Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, Vol.619, No.1, 2-11, 2015
Tunable Optofluidic Polymer Photonic Liquid Crystal Fibers
New trends are presented in optofluidics based on microstructured photonic crystal fibers filled with liquid crystals. It significantly enhanced optical properties of the fibers and introduced new levels of tunability to photonic crystal fibers. The paper discusses basic research directions in fiber-based optofluidics and, in particular, in polycarbonate-based photonic liquid crystal fibers. Experimental and theoretical results are presented on polymer crystal fibers filled with nematic liquid crystal with two different types of dielectric anisotropies.