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Optical isolation via direction-dependent soliton routing in birefringent soft matter

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Abstract

We introduce optical isolation based on reorientational solitary waves in nonuniformly oriented uniaxial soft matter, namely nematic liquid crystals. A longitudinally nonsymmetric angular distribution of the optic axis provides the system with direction-dependent routing, resulting in an all-optical diode owing to input-side sensitive steering. Numerical experiments demonstrate the phenomenon and its effectiveness in realistic samples.

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