Unique optical properties of anisotropic helical structures in a Fabry-Perot cavity

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Abstract

Anisotropic helical structures in Fabry-Perot (FP) cavities are shown to exhibit unique properties. The FP peaks are unpolarized, consisting of doublets corresponding to Bloch-Lyaponov eigenwaves with increased splitting as the local anisotropy increases and as they become closer to the photonic bandgap. The Bragg-type selective reflection peak existing in a free-cavity sample is inhibited when the helical medium is inside a cavity, and it has no effect on the cavity modes. Hence the unique characteristics are obtained even with a single period of the helix, and consequently thin films of helical liquid crystals can be used to build fast tunable polarization insensitive FP filters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3019-3021
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Volume31
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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