Possibility of discrete beam propagation in chiral nematic liquid crystals

Authors

  • Michał Kwaśny Warsaw University of Technology
  • Urszula A. Laudyn Warsaw University of Technology
  • Paweł Jung Warsaw University of Technology
  • Mirosław A. Karpierz Warsaw University of Technology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4302/photon.%20lett.%20pl.v1i4.77

Abstract

This work presents an experimental and theoretical analysis of beam propagation in multiple layers formed by chiral nematic liquid crystal. Depending on structure parameters light can be guided in a single layer or propagate in a matrix of coupled layers in a discrete way. It is also shown that the nonlinear behavior leads to creation of spatial solitons (nematicons) in both discrete and single-layer configurations.

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Published

2009-12-31

How to Cite

Kwaśny, M., Laudyn, U. A., Jung, P., & Karpierz, M. A. (2009). Possibility of discrete beam propagation in chiral nematic liquid crystals. Photonics Letters of Poland, 1(4), pp. 160–162. https://doi.org/10.4302/photon. lett. pl.v1i4.77

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