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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1496–1503

Transverse Anderson localization in a disordered glass optical fiber

Salman Karbasi, Thomas Hawkins, John Ballato, Karl W. Koch, and Arash Mafi  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 2, Issue 11, pp. 1496-1503 (2012)

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We report the first observation of transverse Anderson localization in a glass optical fiber. The strong localization happens near the outer boundary of the fiber and no trace of localization is observed in the central regions. However, these observations complement previous reports that the boundary of a disordered medium has a de-localizing effect. Our observations can be explained by considering the non-uniform distribution of disorder in the fiber, where the substantially larger disorder near the outer boundary of the fiber offsets the de-localizing effect of the boundary.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(160.2290) Materials : Fiber materials
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

ToC Category:
Materials for Fiber Optics

Original Manuscript: August 16, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 18, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 21, 2012
Published: October 1, 2012

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Salman Karbasi, Thomas Hawkins, John Ballato, Karl W. Koch, and Arash Mafi, "Transverse Anderson localization in a disordered glass optical fiber," Opt. Mater. Express 2, 1496-1503 (2012)

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