Generation of vector vortex beams by axially symmetric sheared polymer network liquid crystals

Ting Hua Lu*, Yu Jen Wang, Yu Fang Chen, Yi Hsin Lin

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Liquid crystals have been widely used in optoelectronic devices because of their fast response and excellent electrooptic properties. Featuring a unique ability to manipulate light, they are also proposed as a good candidate in topological photonics for further applications. In this study, an axially symmetric sheared polymer network liquid crystal (ASPNLC) is fabricated to demonstrate vector vortex beams. Linearly and circularly polarized light is used to illuminate the sample, and the output vector vortex beams generated from the ASPNLC indicate that the polarization states of the output beams are dependent on the polarization of the incident light. The measured phenomena are modeled on the bases of phase retardation and Jones calculus to eventually calculate the polarization-resolved intensity profiles accordingly. Hence, our experimental study provides a holistic understanding of the method for generating vector vortex beams by an ASPNLC, which is expected to enhance the knowledge of optical mechanisms for liquid crystal applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6373-6376
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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