Abstract

Manipulation of the nonlinear optical response of materials plays a significant role in photonics applications; however, it may be irreversible, untunable, and uncontrollable, which makes it difficult. In this Letter, we present a mechanical-hydrodynamical approach through a microchannel to tune the nonlinear absorption response of graphene oxide liquid crystals. In this material, the optical properties depend on the flake orientation. This feature has helped us to study empirically the dependency of the nonlinear absorption coefficients to external hydrodynamical force by employing the Z-scan technique. The experimental results show that increasing the flow rate in the microchannel enhances both linear and nonlinear absorption coefficients and, as a result, reduces the laser beam transmission through the sample. It has been observed that the percentage change in the nonlinear absorption coefficient of the sample is significant due to the flow rate.

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» Visualization 1       Polarized optical microscopy observation of the GO-NLC at flow rate of 2 ml/h.

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