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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 9, Iss. 13 — Dec. 17, 2001
  • pp: 791–795

Beam coupling in nanotube-doped nematic liquid-crystal films

Wei Lee, Sheng-Long Yeh, Chih-Chao Chang, and Chien-Chih Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 9, Issue 13, pp. 791-795 (2001)

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Diffraction gratings written in films of nematic liquid crystals doped with multiwall carbon nanotubes were investigated by measurements of exponential beam-coupling coefficients. These phase gratings were induced by the interference modulation of two coherent optical beams, in conjunction with an externally applied dc field. Systematic and consistent results of the gain properties indicate that the observed coherent-beam amplification depends strongly on the pump-to-probe intensity ratio.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(160.5320) Materials : Photorefractive materials
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials

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Original Manuscript: November 12, 2001
Published: December 17, 2001

Wei Lee, Sheng-Long Yeh, Chih-Chao Chang, and Chein-Chih Lee, "Beam coupling in nanotube-doped liquid-crystal films," Opt. Express 9, 791-795 (2001)

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