Light-induced director reorientation in dye-doped nematic liquid crystals was recently reported to be an efficient method of writing permanent holographic gratings with high sensitivity [Phys. Rev. Lett. <b>82</b>, 1855 (1999)]. We report the achievement of stable director reorientation in the same materials by means of a single 4-ns pulse of the second harmonic of a Nd:YAG laser. Fast recording of high-resolution holographic gratings (more than 500 lines/mm) can be obtained with an energy density as low as 7×10<sup>-3</sup>J /cm<sup>2</sup> .
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L. Lucchetti, F. Simoni, and Y. Reznikov, "Fast optical recording in dye-doped liquid crystals," Opt. Lett. 24, 1062-1064 (1999)