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Nematicon-enhanced spontaneous symmetry breaking

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-65
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2017
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


We investigate topological and optical spontaneous symmetry breaking in nematic liquid crystals subject to the Fréedericksz transition. Specular nematicon states couple to mirrored distributions of the director due to symmetry breaking, with transverse velocities controlled by beam power in the strong nonlinear regime. Hysteresis in transverse velocity versus incidence angle is observed in the soliton regime.


  • liquid crystals, nonlinear optics, solitons, Spontaneous symmetry breaking

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