An approach to switching between different patterns of light beams transmitted through the woodpile photonic crystals filled with liquid crystals is proposed. The phase transition between the nematic and isotropic liquid crystal states leads to an observable variation of the spatial pattern transmitted through the photonic structure. The transmission profiles in the nematic phase also show polarization sensibility due to refractive index dependence on the field polarization. The experimental results are consistent with a numerical calculation by Finite Difference Time Domain method.
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CitationHo, C., Cheng, Y., Maigyte, L., Zeng, H., Trull, J., Cojocaru, C., Wiersma, D., Staliunas, K. Controllable light diffraction in woodpile photonic crystals filled with liquid crystal. "Applied physics letters", 12 Gener 2015, vol. 106, núm. 2, p. 1-4.
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