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Complex nonlinear optical phenomena in nematic liquid crystals
Author(s): Vincenzo Carbone; Gabriella Cipparrone; Danilo Duca; Carlo Versace; Cesare Umeton; Nelson V. Tabiryan
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Paper Abstract

We show that a nematic liquid crystal acted on by a laser field is an apparently simple physical system that, however, undergoes variety of complex dynamic phenomena. We have studied the dynamics of the NLC-reorientation in a homeotropic NLC-cell in a laser beam. The nature and features of observed phenomena are essentially determined by the geometry of interaction. For normal incidence of the light beam, we have found that the knowledge of the speed of reorientation is needed to fully characterize the transition of the system form the unstable to the stable equilibrium. In the case of oblique incidence of light, the director can start persistent oscillations that become irregular and evolve towards a chaotic dynamics in a particular range of the light intensity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 October 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3143, Liquid Crystals, (30 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.290762
Show Author Affiliations
Vincenzo Carbone, Univ. della Calabria (Italy)
Gabriella Cipparrone, Univ. della Calabria (Italy)
Danilo Duca, Univ. della Calabria (Italy)
Carlo Versace, Univ. della Calabria (Italy)
Cesare Umeton, Univ. della Calabria (Italy)
Nelson V. Tabiryan, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3143:
Liquid Crystals
Iam-Choon Khoo, Editor(s)

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