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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 10 — May. 20, 2013
  • pp: 11688–11697

Interplay between localization and absorption in disordered waveguides

Alexey G. Yamilov and Ben Payne  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 11688-11697 (2013)

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This work presents results of ab-initio simulations of continuous wave transport in disordered absorbing waveguides. Wave interference effects cause deviations from diffusive picture of wave transport and make the diffusion coefficient position- and absorption-dependent. As a consequence, the true limit of a zero diffusion coefficient is never reached in an absorbing random medium of infinite size, instead, the diffusion coefficient saturates at some finite constant value. Transition to this absorption-limited diffusion exhibits a universality which can be captured within the framework of the self-consistent theory (SCT) of localization. The results of this work (i) justify use of SCT in analyses of experiments in localized regime, provided that absorption is not weak; (ii) open the possibility of diffusive description of wave transport in the saturation regime even when localization effects are strong.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(160.2710) Materials : Inhomogeneous optical media

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Original Manuscript: March 12, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2013
Published: May 6, 2013

Alexey G. Yamilov and Ben Payne, "Interplay between localization and absorption in disordered waveguides," Opt. Express 21, 11688-11697 (2013)

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