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Thermo-optic soliton routing in nematic liquid crystals

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2296-2299
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Volume43
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2018
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

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.

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