Abstract

We report a superior high-resolution micropolarizer array fabrication technology that combines a linear polarizer with a micropatterned liquid-crystal (LC) cell. A 2μm pitch is achieved by using UV light to define the orientation of the micropolarizer elements. Reported experimental results validate the concept of high-performance photoaligned LC micropolarizer arrays with major principal transmittance of 80% and extinction ratio as high as 3200 (35dB).

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Electron. Lett. (1)

Z. K. Kalayjian, A. G. Andreou, and L. B. Wolff, Electron. Lett. 33, 38 (1997).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. (1)

X. Zhao, F. Boussaid, A. Bermak, and V. G. Chigrinov, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 21, 805 (2009).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Sens. J. (1)

A. G. Andreou and Z. K. Kalayjian, IEEE Sens. J. 2, 566 (2002).
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G. C. Giakos, IEEE Trans. Instrum. Meas. 55, 1628 (2006).
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J. Opt. Soc. Am. A (1)

Nature (1)

P. J. Shannon, W. M. Gibbons, and S. T. Sun, Nature 368, 532 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Eng. (1)

J. Guo and D. Brady, Opt. Eng. 36, 2268 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (1)

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V. G. Chigrinov, H. S. Kwok, H. Takada, and H. Takatsu, in Proceedings of SID International Symposium Digest of Technical Papers (SID, 2006), p. 1253.
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Sulfonic-dye-1 SD1.

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Photoaligned LC micropolarizer array fabrication process flow.

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LC molecules: (A) 90° twisted, (B) untwisted.

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Microphotographs of the micropolarizer array when applying (A) 0° analyzer, (B) 90° analyzer.

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Transmittances of 0° and 90° micropolarizers following Malus’s law at different wavelengths.

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Spectral measurements of the major principal transmittance for 0° and 90° micropolarizer elements.

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