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Self-pulsing of the laser light transmitted by a nonlinear liquid-crystal interface near the phase transition

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Abstract

We report bistability and self-pulsing effects in the switching from total internal reflection to a transmitting state at a glass-liquid-crystal interface. The role of the phase transition to the isotropic state is underlined, and the generation of 20-msec pulses from a continuous laser beam is observed.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

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