All-optical switching of a signal by a pair of interacting nematicons

Ya V. Izdebskaya, J. Rebling, A. S. Desyatnikov, G. Assanto, Yu S. Kivshar

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We investigate a power tunable junction formed by two interacting spatial solitons self-trapped in nematic liquid crystals. By launching a counter-propagating copolarized probe we assess the guided-wave behavior induced by the solitons and demonstrate a novel all-optical switch. Varying soliton power the probe gets trapped into one or two or three guided-waves by the soliton-induced index perturbation, an effect supported by the nonlocal nonlinearity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24701-24707
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Express
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Oct 22 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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