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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 1999
  • pp: 262–264

Observations of non-Rayleigh statistics in the approach to photon localization

M. Stoytchev and A. Z. Genack  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 4, pp. 262-264 (1999)

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We measure the distribution of intensity of microwave radiation transmitted through absorbing random waveguides of lengths L up to localization length ξ . For large intensity values the distribution is given by a negative stretched exponential to the 1/2 power, in agreement with predictions by Nieuwenhuizen and van Rossum [Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 2674 (1995)] for diffusing waves in nonabsorbing samples, as opposed to a negative exponential given by Rayleigh statistics. The intensity distribution is well described by a transform derived by Kogan and Kaveh [Phys. Rev. B 52, R3813 (1995)] of the measured distribution of total transmission.

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OCIS Codes
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

M. Stoytchev and A. Z. Genack, "Observations of non-Rayleigh statistics in the approach to photon localization," Opt. Lett. 24, 262-264 (1999)

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