Dynamic Tuning and Memory Switching of Defect Modes in a Hybrid Photonic Structure

Hsiao-Tsung Wang; Po-Chang Wu; Wei Lee; Zyryanov, Victor Ya.; Timofeev, Ivan V.
October 2016
Crystals (2073-4352);Oct2016, Vol. 6 Issue 10, p1
Academic Journal
We propose a memorable and electrically tunable photonic device by infiltrating a dual-mode chiral-doped dual-frequency liquid crystal (LC) as the central defect layer in a one-dimensional photonic crystal (PC). According to the transmission properties of this structure, the wavelength tunability of defect modes is obtained by manipulating the LC layer in the dynamic mode due to the electrically controlled birefringence effect. Moreover, the switching between two memorable states, the splay and π-twist states, creates two distinct sets of defect modes at null voltage. The spectral characteristics of this device ensure its potential application as an energy-efficient multichannel wavelength filter.


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