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Liquid crystal-infiltrated photonic crystal fibres for switching applications

D.C. Zografopoulos1, A. Pitilakis2,  and E.E. Kriezis2     1Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi (IMM), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Roma, Italy     2Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract

This work reviews the key aspects on the design and analysis of fibre-polarization control components based on liquid crystal (LC)-infiltrated photonic crystal fibres (PCFs). The physics governing the electro-optic actuation of LC materials both inside cylindrical capillaries and the entire PCF lattice are discussed. Different light guidance mechanisms in LC-PCFs are investigated ...

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