Anisotropic layers in waveguides for mode tuning and tunable filtering

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Modes dispersion relations of multilayered anisotropic waveguides are presented and investigated for the case of nematic liquid crystal waveguide layer. The multilayered waveguide modes are investigated using the analytic 4x4 propagation matrix approach. Dispersion relations are derived for the TE and TM confined waves for variety of orientations of the dielectric ellipsoid. For the case of coupling via a shallow grating layer where guided wave resonance is excited, it is shown that for the purpose of mode determination, this analytic approach agrees very well with rigorous diffraction calculations. Dependence of the modes on the anisotropic layer parameters is investigated particularly for liquid crystal layer parameters where thin layers are important both for single mode operation, higher switching speed, reduced absorption and scattering losses. Liquid crystals response to an applied electric field usually produces nonuniform molecular director profiles that are shown to have strong effect on the guided wave.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiquid Crystal Materials, Devices, and Applications XI
StatePublished - 14 Jul 2006
EventLiquid Crystal Materials, Devices, and Applications XI - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 21 Jan 200625 Jan 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceLiquid Crystal Materials, Devices, and Applications XI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Anisotropic media
  • Liquid crystals optics
  • Magnetooptic media
  • Tunable filters
  • Waveguides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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