Nematicons in Liquid Crystal Light Valves

G. Assanto, A. Piccardi, A. Alberucci, S. Residori and U. Bortolozzo

Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 527, 98-108 (2010)


We demonstrate that photoconductive light valves with nematic liquid crystals support the propagation of spatial solitons and provide a convenient and effective environment for their all-optical routing and switching by means of external illumination.