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Stable vortex soliton in nonlocal media with orientational nonlinearity

Izdebskaya, Yana; Shvedov, Vladlen; Jung, Pawel S; Krolikowski, Wieslaw


We report on the first experimental observation of stable vortex solitons in nematic liquid crystals with nonlocal nonlinear reorientational response. We show how these nonlinear vortex beams can be formed and confined in extraordinary optical waves by employing the cell with no lateral boundary conditions and the application of an external magnetic field that effectively controls the molecular direction and propagation of the self-trapped beams. We also find that these vortex solitons can be...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Optics Letters
DOI: 10.1364/OL.43.000066


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