Nematic director slippage: role of the angular momentum of light

Andrienko, D., Reznikov, Y., Reshetnyak, V. and Sluckin, T.J. (2001) Nematic director slippage: role of the angular momentum of light. Physical Review E, 63, (1), 011701-[7pp]. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.63.011701).


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We propose a theoretical model of the light-induced director slippage effect. In this effect the bulk director reorientation contributes to the surface director reorientation. It is found that the director and ellipticity profiles, obtained in the geometric optics approximation, are dependent on the ellipticity of the incident light wave. The director distribution is spatially modulated in linearly polarized light but grows monotonically in circularly polarized light. The surface director deviation has been examined, and comparison made with existing experimental data, which then permits the magnitude of the orientational nonlinearity coefficient to be calculated.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.63.011701
ISSNs: 1539-3755 (print)
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Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
ePrint ID: 29585
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 2001Published
Date Deposited: 12 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:55

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