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.
© 1990 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 18, 1989
Published: February 1, 1990
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)