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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 1 — Jan. 7, 2008
  • pp: 67–80

Demixing light paths inside disordered metamaterials

I. M. Vellekoop, E. G. van Putten, A. Lagendijk, and A. P. Mosk  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 1, pp. 67-80 (2008)

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We experimentally demonstrate the first method to focus light inside disordered photonic metamaterials. In such materials, scattering prevents light from forming a geometric focus. Instead of geometric optics, we used multi-path interference to make the scattering process itself concentrate light on a fluorescent nanoscale probe at the target position. Our method uses the fact that the disorder in a solid material is fixed in time. Therefore, even disordered light scattering is deterministic. Measurements of the probes fluorescence provided the information needed to construct a specific linear combination of hundreds of incident waves, which interfere constructively at the probe.

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OCIS Codes
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(290.1990) Scattering : Diffusion
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: November 15, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 20, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 21, 2007
Published: January 2, 2008

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I. M. Vellekoop, E. G. van Putten, A. Lagendijk, and A. P. Mosk, "Demixing light paths inside disordered metamaterials," Opt. Express 16, 67-80 (2008)

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