Optical isolation via direction-dependent soliton routing in birefringent soft matter

Enrique Calisto Leiva, Noel F Smyth, GAETANO ASSANTO

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Abstract

We introduce optical isolation based on reorientational solitary waves in non-uniformly oriented uniaxial soft matter, namely nematic liquid crystals. A longitudinally non-symmetric angular distribution of the optic axis provides the system with direction dependent routing,
resulting in an all-optical diode owing to input side sensitive steering. Numerical experiments demonstrate the phenomenon and its effectiveness in realistic samples.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Letters
Early online date9 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 May 2022

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