Soliton bending and routing induced by interaction with curved surfaces in nematic liquid crystals

Yana V. Izdebskaya, Vladlen G. Shvedov, Anton S. Desyatnikov, Wieslaw Krolikowski, Yuri S. Kivshar

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Abstract

We study experimentally the interaction of spatial optical solitons with curved dielectric surfaces in unbiased nematic liquid crystals. We demonstrate that this interaction depends on the curvature of the surface and the walk-off, and it can be employed for efficient routing and control of the soliton trajectories. We also observe a large-angle total internal reflection of the soliton beam from an interface between liquid crystal and air.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1692-1694
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Volume35
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 15 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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