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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2005
  • pp: 1424–1431

Measurement of the self-induced waveguide of a solitonlike optical beam in a nematic liquid crystal

Xavier Hutsebaut, Cyril Cambournac, Marc Haelterman, Jeroen Beeckman, and Kristiaan Neyts  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 22, Issue 7, pp. 1424-1431 (2005)

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Using phase-measurement interferometry, we observe the waveguide induced by a solitonlike optical beam sustained by the molecular reorientation-induced optical nonlinearity of a nematic liquid crystal in planar configuration. Our purpose in the study is to characterize the nonlocality of the optical response of nematic liquid crystals. A good agreement is obtained between the experiment and a full (2+1)-dimensional numerical simulation of the nonlinear optical beam propagation in the cell.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2650) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fringe analysis
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(260.5950) Physical optics : Self-focusing

Xavier Hutsebaut, Cyril Cambournac, Marc Haelterman, Jeroen Beeckman, and Kristiaan Neyts, "Measurement of the self-induced waveguide of a solitonlike optical beam in a nematic liquid crystal," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 1424-1431 (2005)

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