Abstract

We present simulations of a novel liquid-crystal-based electro-optical device that enables a switching effect owing to a backreflection phenomenon. In the simulations, we exploit the optical properties of a liquid-crystal layer with a Freédericksz alignment in an unconventional way. The resulting switching effect of the proposed optical design can be controlled by means of an external electric field. Possible applications of the liquid-crystal device can be found in, but are not restricted to, optical communication systems and lighting applications.

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2005

J. Beeckman, K. Neyts, X. Hutsebaut, C. Cambournac, and M. Haelterman, Opt. Quantum Electron. 37, 95 (2005).
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Beeckman, J.

J. Beeckman, K. Neyts, X. Hutsebaut, C. Cambournac, and M. Haelterman, Opt. Quantum Electron. 37, 95 (2005).
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Braat, J. J. M.

Cambournac, C.

J. Beeckman, K. Neyts, X. Hutsebaut, C. Cambournac, and M. Haelterman, Opt. Quantum Electron. 37, 95 (2005).
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Collings, P. J.

P. J. Collings and M. Hird, Introduction to Liquid Crystals: Chemistry and Physics (Taylor & Francis, 1997).

de Boer, D. K. G.

Haelterman, M.

J. Beeckman, K. Neyts, X. Hutsebaut, C. Cambournac, and M. Haelterman, Opt. Quantum Electron. 37, 95 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Hird, M.

P. J. Collings and M. Hird, Introduction to Liquid Crystals: Chemistry and Physics (Taylor & Francis, 1997).

Hutsebaut, X.

J. Beeckman, K. Neyts, X. Hutsebaut, C. Cambournac, and M. Haelterman, Opt. Quantum Electron. 37, 95 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Neyts, K.

J. Beeckman, K. Neyts, X. Hutsebaut, C. Cambournac, and M. Haelterman, Opt. Quantum Electron. 37, 95 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Sluijter, M.

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A

Opt. Quantum Electron.

J. Beeckman, K. Neyts, X. Hutsebaut, C. Cambournac, and M. Haelterman, Opt. Quantum Electron. 37, 95 (2005).
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Other

P. J. Collings and M. Hird, Introduction to Liquid Crystals: Chemistry and Physics (Taylor & Francis, 1997).

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