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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2011
  • pp: 1356–1358

Dark nematicons

A. Piccardi, A. Alberucci, N. Tabiryan, and G. Assanto  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 8, pp. 1356-1358 (2011)

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We experimentally demonstrate and model dark spatial solitons in azo-doped liquid crystals, in the presence of saturation and nonlocality of the effective nonlinearity due to changes in molecular order. The guiding properties of dark solitons are probed with a weak input of different wavelength.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: December 14, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 22, 2011
Published: April 7, 2011

A. Piccardi, A. Alberucci, N. Tabiryan, and G. Assanto, "Dark nematicons," Opt. Lett. 36, 1356-1358 (2011)

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