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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2012
  • pp: 602–604

Self-induced nonlinear spin–orbit interaction of light in liquid crystals

Mohamed El Ketara and Etienne Brasselet  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 4, pp. 602-604 (2012)

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We report on the observation of self-induced nonlinear spin–orbit interaction of light driven by Kerr orientational optical nonlinearities in liquid crystals. It consists of the self-induced spin-to-orbital nonlinear conversion for the angular momentum of light. The optical angular momentum conversion is driven by the creation of a topological liquid crystal defect by the light itself. Moreover, we show that such a nonlinear process can be significantly enhanced by using additional electric fields.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(160.1245) Materials : Artificially engineered materials
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

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Original Manuscript: December 2, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 15, 2011
Published: February 9, 2012

Mohamed El Ketara and Etienne Brasselet, "Self-induced nonlinear spin–orbit interaction of light in liquid crystals," Opt. Lett. 37, 602-604 (2012)

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