Nematicons

Marco Peccianti, Gaetano Assanto

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    Abstract

    We review the recent developments of spatial optical solitons in nematic liquid crystals, also known as Nematicons. We outline their properties, linked to a reorientational nonlinearity in the presence of significant optical anisotropy and spatial nonlocality. The molecular response is described in conjunction with the pertinent wave-evolution models and their reduction to known equations. Various features and experimental results are reported in to highlight the main concepts and point out potential applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)147-208
    Number of pages62
    JournalPHYSICS REPORTS: REVIEW SECTION OF PHYSICS LETTERS
    Volume516
    Issue number4-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
    Publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

    Keywords

    • Liquid crystals
    • Nonlinear optics
    • Optical solitons
    • Self-effects
    • Spatial solitons

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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