Theoretical approach of a polymer stabilized blue phase beam steering


  • Jose Francisco Algorri Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Virginia Urruchi Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Noureddine Bennis Military University of Warsaw
  • Jose Manuel Sanchez-Pena Universidad Carlos III de Madrid



Nematic liquid crystal (LC)-based beam steering has been reported for wide applications. However, for conventional nematic LC beam steering the thickness is of several microns in order to have a wider deflection angle. The response time is relatively slow and the diffraction efficiency is low. In this work, novel beam steering based on polymer stabilized blue phase liquid crystal (PS-BPLC) has been designed and theoretically analyzed. This special mesophase of the chiral doped nematic LC has several advantageous characteristics, for example no need for alignment layers, microsecond response time and an isotropic voltage-off state. The results reveal control over phase retardation. The direction of the steered beam can be tuned by voltage. Depending on voltage configuration, either diffractive beam steering (0.5deg deviation for 1st order) or a tunable continuous phase (tunable deviation of 0.002deg) can be obtained. In the first case, the deflection angle could be tuned by stacks of samples. The second option has the same phase shift for the TE and TM modes so unpolarized light could be used.

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J. F. Algorri, V. Urruchi, N. Bennis, and J. M. Sanchez-Pena, “Theoretical approach of a polymer stabilized blue phase beam steering”, Photonics Lett. Pol., vol. 9, no. 1, pp. pp. 14–16, Mar. 2017.