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Optical Fluid-based Photonic and Display Devices

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Date Issued:
2012
Abstract/Description:
Conventional solid-state photonic devices exhibit an ultra-high optical performance and durability, but minimal adaptability. Recently, optical fluid-based photonic and display devices are emerging. By dynamically manipulating the optical interface formed by liquids, the optical output can be reconfigured or adaptively tuned in real time. Such devices exhibit some unique characteristics that are not achievable in conventional solid-state photonic devices. Therefore, they open a gateway for new applications, such as image and signal processing, optical communication, sensing, and lab-on-a-chip, etc. Different operation principles of optical fluid-based photonic devices have been proposed, for instance fluidic pressure, electrochemistry, thermal effect, environmentally adaptive hydrogel, electro-wetting and dielectrophoresis. In this dissertation, several novel optical fluid-based photonic and display devices are demonstrated. Their working principles are described and electro-optic properties investigated.The first part involves photonic devices based on fluidic pressure. Here, we present a membrane-encapsulated liquid lens actuated by a photo-activated polymer. This approach paves a way to achieve non-mechanical driving and easy integration with other photonic devices. Next, we develop a mechanical-wetting lens for visible and short-wavelength infrared applications. Such a device concept can be extended to longer wavelength if proper liquids are employed.In the second part, we reveal some new photonic and display devices based on dielectrophoretic effects. We conceive a dielectric liquid microlens with well-shaped electrode for fixing the droplet position and lowering the operating voltage. To widen the dynamic range, we demonstrate an approach to enable focus tuning from negative to positive or vice versa in a single dielectric lens without any moving part. The possibility of fabricating microlens arrays with different aperture and density using a simple method is also proposed. Furthermore, the fundamental electro-optic characteristics of dielectric liquid droplets are studied from the aspects of operating voltage, frequency and droplet size. In addition to dielectric liquid lenses, we also demonstrate some new optical switches based on dielectrophoretic effect, e.g., optical switch based on voltage-stretchable liquid crystal droplet, variable aperture or position-shifting droplet. These devices work well in the visible and near infrared spectral ranges. We also extend this approach to display and show a polarizer-free and color filter-free display. Simple fabrication, low power consumption, polarization independence, relatively low operating voltage as well as reasonably fast switching time are their key features.
Title: Optical Fluid-based Photonic and Display Devices.
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Name(s): Xu, Su, Author
Wu, Shintson, Committee Chair
Li, Guifang, Committee Member
Moharam, M., Committee Member
Wu, Xinzhang, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Conventional solid-state photonic devices exhibit an ultra-high optical performance and durability, but minimal adaptability. Recently, optical fluid-based photonic and display devices are emerging. By dynamically manipulating the optical interface formed by liquids, the optical output can be reconfigured or adaptively tuned in real time. Such devices exhibit some unique characteristics that are not achievable in conventional solid-state photonic devices. Therefore, they open a gateway for new applications, such as image and signal processing, optical communication, sensing, and lab-on-a-chip, etc. Different operation principles of optical fluid-based photonic devices have been proposed, for instance fluidic pressure, electrochemistry, thermal effect, environmentally adaptive hydrogel, electro-wetting and dielectrophoresis. In this dissertation, several novel optical fluid-based photonic and display devices are demonstrated. Their working principles are described and electro-optic properties investigated.The first part involves photonic devices based on fluidic pressure. Here, we present a membrane-encapsulated liquid lens actuated by a photo-activated polymer. This approach paves a way to achieve non-mechanical driving and easy integration with other photonic devices. Next, we develop a mechanical-wetting lens for visible and short-wavelength infrared applications. Such a device concept can be extended to longer wavelength if proper liquids are employed.In the second part, we reveal some new photonic and display devices based on dielectrophoretic effects. We conceive a dielectric liquid microlens with well-shaped electrode for fixing the droplet position and lowering the operating voltage. To widen the dynamic range, we demonstrate an approach to enable focus tuning from negative to positive or vice versa in a single dielectric lens without any moving part. The possibility of fabricating microlens arrays with different aperture and density using a simple method is also proposed. Furthermore, the fundamental electro-optic characteristics of dielectric liquid droplets are studied from the aspects of operating voltage, frequency and droplet size. In addition to dielectric liquid lenses, we also demonstrate some new optical switches based on dielectrophoretic effect, e.g., optical switch based on voltage-stretchable liquid crystal droplet, variable aperture or position-shifting droplet. These devices work well in the visible and near infrared spectral ranges. We also extend this approach to display and show a polarizer-free and color filter-free display. Simple fabrication, low power consumption, polarization independence, relatively low operating voltage as well as reasonably fast switching time are their key features.
Identifier: CFE0004620 (IID), ucf:49943 (fedora)
Note(s): 2012-12-01
Ph.D.
Optics and Photonics, Optics and Photonics
Doctoral
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Subject(s): Optical fluid -- Adaptive lens -- Liquid crystal -- Display
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004620
Restrictions on Access: public 2012-12-15
Host Institution: UCF

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