We describe the technology behind a platform for integrated optics based on liquid crystals. Design and technological issues are addressed and effective technological solutions are presented. The physical implementation of optical waveguides characterized by a practical and reproducible process based on preferential etching of crystalline silicon substrates are presented. Devices are manufactured by wet etching a Si substrates first and then by thermally growing thick SiO2 cladding layer. A nematic liquid crystal is used as core of the waveguiding devices. Experimental results on polarizing properties and single mode propagation of infrared light are presented and discussed.
Taylor & Francis Group
26 Mar 2007
Volume: 465 Issue: 1 Pages: 249-257
Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals