We demonstrate the all optical control of the molecular orientation of nematic liquid crystals confined in microfluidic channels engraved in lithium niobate. Microchannels are obtained by a novel approach based on femtosecond pulse laser micromachining carried on in controlled atmosphere. The combined effect of photovoltaic and pyroelectric fields generated by light in lithium niobate crystals on the liquid crystal orientation, is reported for the first time. The total space charge field and its dependence on the incident light intensity can be controlled by changing the direction of pump light propagation through the microfluidic chip. The results reported in this manuscript demonstrate that liquid crystals and lithium niobate can efficiently be combined in microfluidic configuration, in order to push forward a novel class of optofluidic devices.

Optofluidic platform using liquid crystals in lithium niobate microchannel / Bonfadini, Silvio; Ciciulla, Fabrizio; Criante, Luigino; Zaltron, Annamaria; Simoni, Francesco; Reshetnyak, Victor; Lucchetti, Liana. - In: OPEN ACCESS SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. - ISSN 2332-2675. - ELETTRONICO. - 9:(2019), p. 1062. [10.1038/s41598-018-37351-7]

Optofluidic platform using liquid crystals in lithium niobate microchannel

Fabrizio Ciciulla;Luigino Criante;Francesco Simoni;Liana Lucchetti
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2019-01-01

Abstract

We demonstrate the all optical control of the molecular orientation of nematic liquid crystals confined in microfluidic channels engraved in lithium niobate. Microchannels are obtained by a novel approach based on femtosecond pulse laser micromachining carried on in controlled atmosphere. The combined effect of photovoltaic and pyroelectric fields generated by light in lithium niobate crystals on the liquid crystal orientation, is reported for the first time. The total space charge field and its dependence on the incident light intensity can be controlled by changing the direction of pump light propagation through the microfluidic chip. The results reported in this manuscript demonstrate that liquid crystals and lithium niobate can efficiently be combined in microfluidic configuration, in order to push forward a novel class of optofluidic devices.
2019
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