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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1988
  • pp: 886–888

Self-pulsing of the laser light transmitted by a nonlinear liquid-crystal interface near the phase transition

F. Simoni, G. Cipparrone, C. Umeton, and I. C. Khoo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 13, Issue 10, pp. 886-888 (1988)

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We report bistability and self-pulsing effects in the switching from total internal reflection to a transmitting state at a glass-liquid-crystal interface. The role of the phase transition to the isotropic state is underlined, and the generation of 20-msec pulses from a continuous laser beam is observed.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: February 23, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: July 12, 1988
Published: October 1, 1988

F. Simoni, G. Cipparrone, I. C. Khoo, and C. Umeton, "Self-pulsing of the laser light transmitted by a nonlinear liquid-crystal interface near the phase transition," Opt. Lett. 13, 886-888 (1988)

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