Abstract

We present experimental results concerning the process of switching from the total-internal-reflection to the transmission state at a glass–nematic-liquid-crystal interface. The results are in agreement with our detailed theory of the dynamics of interface switching [ J. Opt. Soc. Am B. 6, 884 ( 1989)]. An optical limiting effect, caused by the transverse nonlinear phase shift that is associated with the Gaussian profile of the laser beam, is also observed.

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