We demonstrate the formation of dark spatial solitons in nematic liquid crystals, with an azo-dye dopant providing the self-defocusing response. A collinear copolarized beam is used to probe the guiding properties of the soliton.
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A. Piccardi, A. Alberucci, G. Assanto, and N. Tabiryan, "Dark Solitons in Nematic Liquid Crystals," in Nonlinear Optics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper NWE4.
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