Optical-thermal induced total internal reflection-to-transmission switching at a glass-liquid crystal interface

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An intensity dependent change from a state of total internal reflection to transmission of an optical beam at a nonlinear glass-nematic liquid crystal interface is observed. The effect is attributed to optically induced molecular reorientation and thermal indexing, depending on the liquid crystal used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)645-647
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1982


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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