Microwave liquid-crystal variable phase grating
Sambles, J. Roy
University of Exeter; Tsinghua University, Beijing
Applied Physics Letters
American Institute of Physics
A voltage-controlled variable phase grating, at microwave frequencies, is described and its response characterized. It comprises a stack of 71 aluminium strips of 1 mm thickness separated by 75 µm spaces, filled with aligned nematic liquid crystal. For microwaves polarized normal to the grating strips there are a set of resonant transmitted frequencies. By varying the voltages applied across the liquid crystal layers and their distribution, a variable phase microwave grating is realized. This allows low-voltage control of output beam profile and intensity.
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85 (11), pp. 2041-2043