Application of twisted nematic cell in beam steering devices


  • Grzegorz Derfel
  • Mariola Buczkowska



Several simple beam steering devices composed of twisted nematic cells and typical optical elements are proposed. Principles of operation, based on elementary optical phenomena as total internal reflection or polarisation by reflection, are described. The deflection angles are calculated for exemplary parameters. The possibility of modifications of the proposed devices is discussed.

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How to Cite

G. Derfel and M. Buczkowska, “Application of twisted nematic cell in beam steering devices”, Photon.Lett.PL, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. pp. 103–105, Dec. 2015.