Bio-inspired spectropolarimetric sensor based on tandem organic photodetectors and multi-twist liquid crystals

Abstract
Simultaneous spectral and polarimetric imaging enables versatile detection and multimodal characterization of targets of interest. Current architectures incorporate a 2×2 pixel arrangement to acquire the full linear polarimetric information causing spatial sampling artifacts. Additionally, they suffer from limited spectral selectivity and high color crosstalk. Here, we demonstrate a bio-inspired spectral and polarization sensor structure based on integrating semitransparent polarization-sensitive organic photovoltaics (P-OPVs) and liquid crystal polymer (LCP) retarders in a tandem configuration. Color tuning is realized by leveraging the dynamic chromatic retardation control of LCP films, while polarization sensitivity is realized by exploiting the flexible anisotropic properties of P-OPVs. The structure is marked by its ultra-thin design and its ability to detect spectral and polarimetric contents along the same optical axis, thereby overcoming the inherent limitations associated with conventional division-of-focal plane sensors.

Citation
Ali Altaqui, Harry Schrickx, Pratik Sen, Lingshan Li, Jeromy Rech, Jin-Woo Lee, Nrup Balar, Wei You, Bumjoon J. Kim, Michael Escuti, Robert Kolbas, Brendan T. O’Connor, and Michael Kudenov, "Bio-inspired spectropolarimetric sensor based on tandem organic photodetectors and multi-twist liquid crystals," Opt. Express 29, 43953-43969 (2021)