Reversible photoisomerization of azobenzene liquid crystal molecules allows formation of solitons at microwatt power levels of a He-Ne laser beam. Steering, deflection, merging and all-optical switching of spatial solitons were observed.
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S. Serak and N. Tabiryan, "Spatial Solitons in Azobenzene Liquid Crystals," in Nonlinear Optics: Materials, Fundamentals and Applications, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper WB7.
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