Phototunable photonic bandgap in a chiral liquid crystal laser device

Furumi, Seiichi; Yokoyama, Shiyoshi; Otomo, Akira; Mashiko, Shinro
April 2004
Applied Physics Letters;4/5/2004, Vol. 84 Issue 14, p2491
Academic Journal
This letter describes the phototunable photonic bandgap of cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) doped with a fluorescent dye to generate the distributed feedback effect. Photoirradiation of the dye-doped CLC cell under UV light at 254 nm resulted in continuous changes in the chiral photonic bandgap from 550 to 720 nm due to photolysis reaction of the cholesteryl iodide embedded in the CLC host. We showed that the laser oscillation wavelength could be controlled in a wide wavelength range from 610 to 700 nm by photoassisted adjustment of CLC photonic bandgaps. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.


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