We measure the distribution of intensity of microwave radiation transmitted through absorbing random waveguides of lengths <i>L</i> 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. <i>74,</i> 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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M. Stoytchev and A. Z. Genack, "Observations of non-Rayleigh statistics in the approach to photon localization," Opt. Lett. 24, 262-264 (1999)