Abstract

2+1-dimensional spatial solitary waves are generated by launching of milliwatt-power linearly polarized light beams in voltage-biased planar cells with undoped nematic liquid crystals, regardless of the degree of spatial coherence of the input. Coherent and incoherent self-trapping, as well as guidance of a weaker copolarized signal, is demonstrated.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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