Optimal control of laser induced transient birefringence in liquid crystals

B. E. Vugmeister, J. Botina, H. Rabitz

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Optimal control theory is applied to design a laser pulse to produce an anisotropic change of the refraction index in the vicinity of the isotropicnematic phase transition in liquid crystals. The laser induced birefringence originates from the orientational anisotropy induced by the laser field that is enhanced significantly due to the excluded volume effect. The shape of the optimal pulse is analyzed for different values of relaxation time and different molecule concentrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-114
Number of pages10
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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