Micro-Sized Tunable Liquid Crystal Optical Filters

Published in Optics Letters, 2017

Recommended citation: Stoltzfus, Caleb, Russell Barbour, David Atherton, and Zeb Barber. "Micro-sized tunable liquid crystal optical filters." Optics Letters 42, no. 11 (2017): 2090-2093. https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.42.002090


Liquid crystal arrayed microcavities (LCAM) is a new technology for ultra-narrow optical filtering (FWHM ∼0.1  nm) that uses picoliter volume Fabry–Perot-type optical cavities filled with liquid crystal for tuning. LCAMs are sub-nm spectral resolution filters, which utilize well-established laser writing, thin film deposition, and wafer manufacturing techniques. These filters are compact, robust, and inexpensive. Compact, high-resolution optical filters have applications, including biomedical imaging, chemical detection, and environmental monitoring. Here, we describe the LCAM design and initial performance metrics.

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