Highly Nonlocal Response benefit or drawback?

Noel Smyth, Armando Piccardi, Alessandro Alberucci, Gaetano Assanto

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A highly nonlocal optical response in space has been shown to heal several shortcomings
of beam self-action in nonlinear optics. At the same time, nonlocality is often connected
to limits and constraints in both temporal and spatial domains. We provide a brief and
rather subjective review of what we consider the main benefits and some drawbacks of
a highly nonlocal response in light localization through nonlinear optics, with several
examples related to reorientational soft matter, specifically nematic liquid crystals.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1650043
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Nonlinear Optical Physics and Materials
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


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