Anderson localization and nonlinearity in one-dimensional disordered photonic lattices

Lahini, Y., Avidan, A., Pozzi, F., Sorel, M., Morandotti, R., Christodoulides, D. N. and Silberberg, Y. (2008) Anderson localization and nonlinearity in one-dimensional disordered photonic lattices. Physical Review Letters, 100(1), 013906. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.013906)

Lahini, Y., Avidan, A., Pozzi, F., Sorel, M., Morandotti, R., Christodoulides, D. N. and Silberberg, Y. (2008) Anderson localization and nonlinearity in one-dimensional disordered photonic lattices. Physical Review Letters, 100(1), 013906. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.013906)

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Abstract

We experimentally investigate the evolution of linear and nonlinear waves in a realization of the Anderson model using disordered one-dimensional waveguide lattices. Two types of localized eigenmodes, flat-phased and staggered, are directly measured. Nonlinear perturbations enhance localization in one type and induce delocalization in the other. In a complementary approach, we study the evolution on short time scales of delta-like wave packets in the presence of disorder. A transition from ballistic wave packet expansion to exponential (Anderson) localization is observed. We also find an intermediate regime in which the ballistic and localized components coexist while diffusive dynamics is absent. Evidence is found for a faster transition into localization under nonlinear conditions

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:COHERENT BACKSCATTERING DELOCALIZATION FIELD DISTRIBUTIONS INTRABAND DISCRETE BREATHERS LIGHT LOCALIZATION PHOTONIC LATTICES PROPAGATION RANDOM-MEDIA SYSTEMS TRANSPORT WEAK LOCALIZATION
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sorel, Professor Marc
Authors: Lahini, Y., Avidan, A., Pozzi, F., Sorel, M., Morandotti, R., Christodoulides, D. N., and Silberberg, Y.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Physical Review Letters
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:0031-9007
ISSN (Online):1079-7114

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