Laser induced disorder is an efficient and very fast mechanism to induce changes in the birefringence of nematic liquid crystals, which in turn enable many nonlinear optical processes. Using a 90-degrees twist alignment nematic liquid crystal doped with suitable dye to impart the required photonic absorption and order parameter modulation, we have demonstrated ultrafast all-optical shuttle operation for lasers spanning the visible to near-infrared spectral region (532nm; 488nm; 750nm; 1060nm; 1550nm). With increasing intensity, the on-time of the switch decreases from microseconds to the nanoseconds regime, in such a manner that the transmitted light energy/intensity is clamped to below the eye- or sensor-safe levels.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics