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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)

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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)

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