Waveguide optical properties of a cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) layer with a deformed lying helix (DLH) have been studied by numerical simulations using the finite difference time domain method. The DLH structure, when the helix’s axis is oriented in plane of a CLC layer, is induced by an electric field in a virtual CLC cell with periodic (planar/homeotropic) boundary conditions at one of the alignment surfaces. This in-plane helical structure is stable only in a permanently applied electric field providing the helix deformation. In this work the polarized light reflectance spectra have been studied at different electric fields and light impingement into a waveguide formed by the DLH layer. It is found that for light propagating along the helix axis the reflectance spectrum has multiple stop-bands centred at wavelengths , which is different from set of bands located at , and characteristic of CLC spectra for the Grandjean-plane textures subjected to distortion by an electric or magnetic field perpendicular to the helix axis, where j is a natural number, p is the helix pitch and is the average refractive index. Each of the higher order (j > 1) bands consists of three polarization-dependent sub-bands. In the case of an amplifying CLC DLH layer, depending on an extent of the helix deformation, the lasing modes can be excited at different edges of the sub-bands. While at the strongest deformation the lasing is preferable at the edges of the central sub-band; a lower extent of deformation makes favourable conditions for the lasing at edges of the two other sub-bands.
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