The nonlocal nonlinearity stemming from molecular reorientation in nematic liquid crystals supports the formation of multiple solitary waves, following the onset of spatial modulational instability from both wide and focused input beams. We report experimental observations of such phenomena at power levels of hundreds of milliwatts in planar cells with a voltage bias.
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Marco Peccianti, Claudio Conti, and Gaetano Assanto, "Optical multisoliton generation in nematic liquid crystals," Opt. Lett. 28, 2231-2233 (2003)