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Fast and low loss flexoelectro-optic liquid crystal phase modulator with a chiral nematic reflector

Wang, Xiuze; Morris, Stephen M.; Elston, Steve J.; Fells, Julian A. J.; Yip, Wing C.; Ali, Taimoor; Lin, Jia-de; Welch, Chris; Mehl, Georg H.; Booth, Martin J.; Wilkinson, Timothy D.

Authors

Xiuze Wang

Julian A. J. Fells

Wing C. Yip

Taimoor Ali

Jia-de Lin

Chris Welch

Martin J. Booth

Timothy D. Wilkinson

Stephen M. Morris

Steve J. Elston

Abstract

In this paper, we demonstrate a flexoelectro-optic liquid crystal phase-only device that uses a chiral nematic reflector to achieve full 2π phase modulation. This configuration is found to be very tolerant to imperfections in the chiral nematic reflector provided that the flexoelectro-optic LC layer fulfils the half-wave condition. Encouragingly, the modulation in the phase, which operates at kHz frame rates, is also accompanied by low amplitude modulation. The configuration demonstrated herein is particularly promising for the development of next-generation liquid crystal on silicon spatial light modulators.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2019
Journal Scientific Reports
Print ISSN 2045-2322
Electronic ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Article Number 7016
Pages 1-8
Institution Citation Wang, X., Fells, J. A. J., Yip, W. C., Ali, T., Lin, J., Welch, C., …Elston, S. J. (2019). Fast and low loss flexoelectro-optic liquid crystal phase modulator with a chiral nematic reflector. Scientific reports, 9, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-42831-5
DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-42831-5
Keywords Liquid crystal
Publisher URL https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-42831-5
Additional Information Received: 9 November 2018; Accepted: 5 April 2019; First Online: 7 May 2019; : The authors declare no competing interests.

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