Light Self-Localization and Power-Dependent Steering in Anisotropic Dielectrics: Spatial Solitons in Uniaxial Nematic Liquid Crystals

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Part of the Progress in Optical Science and Photonics book series (POSP, volume 1)

Abstract

We discuss nonlinear propagation of light beams in anisotropic media, addressing the role of nonlocality and nonlinearity in power-dependent beam self-steering. With specific reference to spatial solitons in positive uniaxial nematic liquid crystals (i.e. nematicons), we describe soliton self-acceleration through reorientational response and nonlinear walk-off.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nonlinear Optics and OptoElectronics Lab (NooEL)University “Roma Tre”RomeItaly

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