Title

Liquid-based infrared optical switch

Authors

Authors

H. Ren; S. Xu; Y. F. Liu;S. T. Wu

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Appl. Phys. Lett.

Keywords

POLYIMIDE FILMS; DROPLET; LENS; CRYSTALS; AREA; Physics, Applied

Abstract

We report an infrared (IR) optical switch using a position-shifting glycerol droplet. The droplet is surrounded by density-matched oil. In the voltage-on state, the droplet shifts in one direction. Upon removing the voltage, the droplet returns to its original position with the aid of interfacial tensions. Due to the strong absorption of glycerol at 1.55 mu m, our IR optical switch shows similar to 95:1 contrast ratio and similar to 200 ms response time. Such a device is promising for fiber optical switch and various IR optical attenuators. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4738995]

Journal Title

Applied Physics Letters

Volume

101

Issue/Number

4

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

5

WOS Identifier

WOS:000306944700004

ISSN

0003-6951

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