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  • Coupled surface plasmons and optical guided wave exploration of near-surface director profile 

    Yang, Fuzi; Ruan, Lizhen; Jewell, Sharon A.; Sambles, J. Roy (Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, 2007)
    For a liquid crystal (LC) cell with thin silver claddings it is possible, using a high index coupling prism, to excite both surface plasmon modes and ordinary optical guided modes. In a situation where the tilt of the ...
  • Delay effect of switch-on in a supertwisted nematic cell 

    Yang, Fuzi; Dong, Youmei; Ruan, Lizhen; Sambles, J. Roy (American Institute of Physics, 2004)
    By using a convergent beam system and the fully leaky guided mode technique the switch-on dynamics of an 180° supertwisted nematic have been studied. Using the Ericksen–Leslie theory and analyzing the guided mode data taken ...
  • Dynamical process of switch-off in a supertwisted nematic cell 

    Yang, Fuzi; Dong, Youmei; Ruan, Lizhen; Sambles, J. Roy (American Institute of Physics, 2004)
    The switch-off dynamics of a 180° supertwisted nematic (STN) are explored in detail by using a convergent beam system and the fully leaky guided-mode technique. From the dynamical guided-mode data and using the Ericksen–Leslie ...
  • Exploration of the surface director profile in a liquid crystal cell using coupling between the surface plasmon and half-leaky optical guided modes 

    Yang, Fuzi; Ruan, Lizhen; Sambles, J. Roy (American Institute of Physics, 2008)
    The half-leaky guided mode geometry with a thin metal tunnel barrier as one cladding layer is used to explore the distribution of the director very near to the surface in a hybrid aligning nematic liquid crystal cell. From ...
  • Flow-driven transition and associated velocity profiles in a nematic liquid-crystal cell 

    Jewell, Sharon A.; Cornford, Stephen Leslie; Yang, Fuzi; Cann, P. S.; Sambles, J. Roy (American Physical Society, 2009)
    The alignment properties and distribution of flow speed during Poiseuille flow through a microchannel of a nematic liquid crystal in a cell with homeotropic surface alignment has been measured using a combination of ...
  • Microwave liquid-crystal variable phase grating 

    Yang, Fuzi; Sambles, J. Roy (American Institute of Physics, 2004)
    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 ...
  • Microwaves: thin metal slits and liquid crystals 

    Sambles, J. Roy; Hibbins, Alastair P.; Kelly, Robert J.; Suckling, James R.; Yang, Fuzi (SPIE, 2004)
    Using liquid crystals to control the propagation of microwaves is a potentially interesting technology. By incorporating small amounts of liquid crystal in thin slat metal structures through which the microwaves may ...
  • Otto-coupled surface plasmons in a liquid crystal cell 

    Ruan, Lizhen; Yang, Fuzi; Sambles, J. Roy (American Institute of Physics, 2009)
    Surface plasmons on silver in the visible domain are excited using a several micron thick layer of liquid crystal as the optical tunnel barrier. This thickness is possible when the orientation of the director in the liquid ...
  • Resonant Transmission of Microwaves through a Narrow Metallic Slit 

    Yang, Fuzi; Sambles, J. Roy (American Physical Society, 2002)
    Strong resonant transmission of microwave radiation through a very narrow (much less than the radiation wavelength) metallic slit is recorded. The results show that a set of resonant self-coupled surface plasmons are excited ...
  • Voltage dependent director of a homeotropic negative liquid crystal cell 

    Ruan, Lizhen; Yang, Fuzi; Sambles, J. Roy (American Institute of Physics, 2008)
    Thin layers of obliquely (60° to normal) thermally evaporated SiOx lead to homeotropic alignment of a nematic liquid crystal (LC) having negative dielectric anisotropy. Under application of an ac voltage the director, as ...