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Demonstration of complex dynamics of light interaction with liquid crystals for educational purposes

Paper Abstract

Investigations of interaction of laser beams with liquid crystals reveal new fundamental features of nonlinear dynamic systems. Those features are connected with the giant values of optical nonlinearity, multitude of control parameters, specific properties of light propagation in highly anisotropic and inhomogeneous media, and multidimensional (vector) character of light-induced modulations of liquid crystals. Exceptional opportunities to visualize complex spatio-temporal phenomena in real time, in simple experimental situations, and with utilization of low-power lasers and thin layers of materials, provide a great potential for the design of low-cost and portable set-ups for modeling, demonstrations, and general educational purposes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1995
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2525, 1995 International Conference on Education in Optics, (13 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.224055
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Patrick LiKamWa, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
M. J. Soileau, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Nelson V. Tabiryan, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Cesare Umeton, Univ. of Calabria (Italy)
Boris Ya. Zeldovich, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2525:
1995 International Conference on Education in Optics
M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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