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Optical Lévy flights and super diffusion of light
Author(s): Diederik Wiersma; Pierre Barthelemy; Jacopo Bertolotti
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Paper Abstract

People working with optics and lasers usually try to avoid dust on their equipment as much as possible. Dust particles scatter light randomly in all directions and this is often detrimental to the performance of optical devices and lasers. In this articles we will see that it is possible to turn this situation upside down and actually make use of multiple light scattering to study interesting physical phenomena. In particular, we will discuss optical Lévy flights and super diffusion, and various interference effects like weak and strong localization of light waves.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 January 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7222, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices VI, 72221A (26 January 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.815251
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Diederik Wiersma, European Lab. for Non-linear Spectroscopy, Univ. of Florence (Italy)
Pierre Barthelemy, European Lab. for Non-linear Spectroscopy, Univ. of Florence (Italy)
Jacopo Bertolotti, European Lab. for Non-linear Spectroscopy, Univ. of Florence (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7222:
Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices VI
Manijeh Razeghi; Rengarajan Sudharsanan; Gail J. Brown, Editor(s)

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