Soliton self-deflection via power-dependent walk-off

A. Piccardi, A. Alberucci and G. Assanto

Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 061105 (2010)


We demonstrate, both experimentally and theoretically, excitation-dependent self-bending of spatial solitons in nematic liquid crystals. The observed deflection is explained by nonlinear changes in walk-off, as induced by the rotation of the optic axis via power-driven reorientation