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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 8 — Apr. 16, 2007
  • pp: 5248–5259

Spatial solitons in nematic liquid crystals: from bulk to discrete

G. Assanto, A. Fratalocchi, and M. Peccianti  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 8, pp. 5248-5259 (2007)

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We review theoretical and experimental results on spatial solitons in nematic liquid crystalline cells, including two-dimensional solitons in bulk and discrete solitons in one-dimensional waveguide arrays. In bulk we describe the propagation of continuous solitons in the presence of adjustable walk-off, their interaction with light-induced defects and refraction-reflection at a voltage-tunable interface. In optical lattices we address the transition from discrete diffraction to localization, as well as all-optical beam steering.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics in Novel Media and Materials

Original Manuscript: February 1, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 21, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 21, 2007
Published: April 13, 2007

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G. Assanto, A. Fratalocchi, and M. Peccianti, "Spatial solitons in nematic liquid crystals: from bulk to discrete," Opt. Express 15, 5248-5259 (2007)

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