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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 1990
  • pp: 579–582

Formation of spatial structures in bistable optical elements containing nematic liquid crystals

Markus Kreuzer, Wolfgang Balzer, and Theo Tschudi  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 29, Issue 4, pp. 579-582 (1990)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.29.000579


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Abstract

We present experimental results on bistable elements with liquid crystals as nonlinear elements showing that, under cw illumination, sequences of spatial structures occur. Index fluctuations, as a particular characteristic of this class of material, seem to play a central role in this effect. We describe the system and discuss some of its key properties.

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History
Original Manuscript: July 18, 1989
Published: February 1, 1990

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Markus Kreuzer, Wolfgang Balzer, and Theo Tschudi, "Formation of spatial structures in bistable optical elements containing nematic liquid crystals," Appl. Opt. 29, 579-582 (1990)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-29-4-579


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