Thermo-optic soliton routing in nematic liquid crystals

Urszula A. Laudyn, Armando Piccardi, Michal Kwasny, Mirosław A. Karpierz, Gaetano Assanto

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    We demonstrate thermo-optic control on the propagation of optical spatial solitons in nematic liquid crystals. By varying the sample temperature, both linear and nonlinear optical properties of the reorientational material are modulated by acting on the refractive indices, the birefringence, and the elastic response. As a result, both the trajectory and transverse confinement of spatial solitons can be adjusted, demonstrating an effective means to tune and readdress self-induced optical waveguides.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2296-2299
    Number of pages4
    JournalOptics Letters
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2018
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 2

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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