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Anomalous interaction of spatial solitons in nematic liquid crystals

Cyprych, Konrad; Jung, Pawel S; Izdebskaya, Yana; Shvedov, Vladlen; Christodoulides, Demetrios N; Krolikowski, Wieslaw

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We study experimentally the interaction of mutually incoherent bright spatial solitons in dye-doped nematic liquid crystals (LCs). The dye-induced light absorption results in a complex nonlinear optical response of the LC having spatially nonlocal focusing and defocusing contributions. The competition between both nonlinearities leads to the separation-dependent soliton interaction with repulsion of distant and attraction of closely placed solitons.

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Date published: 2019-01-07
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/202497
Source: Optics Letters
DOI: 10.1364/OL.44.000267

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