Authors

N. V. Tabiryan; S. R. Nersisyan;M. Warenghem

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Abbreviated Journal Title

J. Appl. Phys.

Keywords

LIQUID-CRYSTALS; Physics, Applied

Abstract

Interaction of a laser beam with a transversely moving nonlinear medium has been studied both experimentally and theoretically. With the mesophase of a nematic Liquid crystal (NLC) as the nonlinear medium, transverse motion of the NLC at speeds of similar to 1 mu m/s relative to the laser beam, causes remarkable changes in its orientational state. The response of the medium to the transverse motion is enhanced considerably in the case of threshold nonlinearity where the reorientation of the LC takes place as a second order phase transition. The diffusive transport of light induced perturbations of the nonlinear medium, give rise to a far field projection pattern that consist of a system of concentric arcs. The observed phenomena can lead to potential applications for measurement or visual sensing of motion. Alternatively it can provide a means for the characterization of nonlinear materials. (C) 1998 American Institute of Physics.

Journal Title

Journal of Applied Physics

Volume

83

Issue/Number

1

Publication Date

1-1-1998

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

1

Last Page

7

WOS Identifier

WOS:000071320400001

ISSN

0021-8979

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