All-optical steering of soliton waveguides in dye doped liquid crystals

A. Piccardi, G. Assanto, L. Lucchetti and F. Simoni

Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 171104 (2008)


Soliton induced waveguides can be all-optically readdressed in planar cells by modifying the molecular anchoring with an external light source. Using an elliptically shaped control beam we demonstrate refraction and total internal reflection of spatial solitons in dye-doped nematic liquid crystals.