Among photofunctional materials that can be employed to control the propagation of light by modifying their properties, soft dielectrics such as nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) stand out for their large all-optical response. Through reorientation, the molecular distribution of NLCs can be modified by the electric field of light, permitting functional operations and supporting self-localised light beams or spatial optical solitons. To date, the generation and routing of such solitons have been limited by the boundary conditions employed to tailor the properties of NLCs in planar cells or capillaries. Here we report on spatial solitons in bulk NLCs with no lateral anchoring or electrodes, where the application of an external magnetic field effectively controls the direction of propagation and the angular steering of the self-trapped wavepackets. Our results entail a completely new approach to the routing of self-localised beams and light-induced waveguides in three-dimensions, without the usual limitations imposed by transverse boundary conditions.

Izdebskaya, Y., Shvedov, V., Assanto, G., & Krolikowski, W. (2017). Magnetic routing of light induced waveguides. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 8, 14452 [10.1038/NCOMMS14452].

Magnetic routing of light induced waveguides

ASSANTO, GAETANO
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2017

Abstract

Among photofunctional materials that can be employed to control the propagation of light by modifying their properties, soft dielectrics such as nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) stand out for their large all-optical response. Through reorientation, the molecular distribution of NLCs can be modified by the electric field of light, permitting functional operations and supporting self-localised light beams or spatial optical solitons. To date, the generation and routing of such solitons have been limited by the boundary conditions employed to tailor the properties of NLCs in planar cells or capillaries. Here we report on spatial solitons in bulk NLCs with no lateral anchoring or electrodes, where the application of an external magnetic field effectively controls the direction of propagation and the angular steering of the self-trapped wavepackets. Our results entail a completely new approach to the routing of self-localised beams and light-induced waveguides in three-dimensions, without the usual limitations imposed by transverse boundary conditions.
Izdebskaya, Y., Shvedov, V., Assanto, G., & Krolikowski, W. (2017). Magnetic routing of light induced waveguides. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 8, 14452 [10.1038/NCOMMS14452].
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