Electro-Steering Tapered Fiber-Optic Device with Liquid Crystal Cladding

Joanna Korec, Karol A. Stasiewicz, Olga Strzeżysz, Przemysław Kula, Leszek R. Jaroszewicz
2019 Journal of Sensors  
The paper presents the results of design, manufacturing, and characterization of a hybrid broad band in-line fiber-optic device. It uses nematic liquid crystal as cladding with electro-steering properties in a biconical optical fiber taper structure. Liquid crystal mixtures denoted as 6CHBT and E7 are designed for electric as well as temperature control of electromagnetic wave propagation in a broad wavelength range. The applied taper with 10±0.5 μm diameters has losses lower than 0.5 dB in
more » ... e investigated spectrum range. Three kinds of initial liquid crystal molecules' orientations (parallel, orthogonal, and twist) in relation to the light beam propagating in a taper were applied. The performance of a tuned cladding was studied at an electric field of the range of 0–190 V and the temperature range from 20°C up to 42°C and 59°C for 6CHBT and E7, respectively. The induced reorientation of liquid crystal molecules was measured at a broad wavelength range (550-1550 nm).
doi:10.1155/2019/1617685 fatcat:j2lu6jprjjcjnhbkhx2ri3jl7m