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Laser-pointer-induced self-focusing effect in hybrid-aligned dye-doped liquid crystals

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Laser-pointer-induced self-focusing effect in hybrid-aligned dye-doped liquid crystals. / Wang, Jing; Aihara, Yosuke; Kinoshita, Motoi; Mamiya, Jun-ichi; Priimagi, Arri; Shishido, Atsushi.

In: Scientific Reports, Vol. 5, 9890, 06.05.2015.

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Wang, J, Aihara, Y, Kinoshita, M, Mamiya, J, Priimagi, A & Shishido, A 2015, 'Laser-pointer-induced self-focusing effect in hybrid-aligned dye-doped liquid crystals', Scientific Reports, vol. 5, 9890. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep09890

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Wang, J., Aihara, Y., Kinoshita, M., Mamiya, J., Priimagi, A., & Shishido, A. (2015). Laser-pointer-induced self-focusing effect in hybrid-aligned dye-doped liquid crystals. Scientific Reports, 5, [9890]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep09890

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Wang J, Aihara Y, Kinoshita M, Mamiya J, Priimagi A, Shishido A. Laser-pointer-induced self-focusing effect in hybrid-aligned dye-doped liquid crystals. Scientific Reports. 2015 May 6;5. 9890. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep09890

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Wang, Jing ; Aihara, Yosuke ; Kinoshita, Motoi ; Mamiya, Jun-ichi ; Priimagi, Arri ; Shishido, Atsushi. / Laser-pointer-induced self-focusing effect in hybrid-aligned dye-doped liquid crystals. In: Scientific Reports. 2015 ; Vol. 5.

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