Abstract: We report a search for photon localization using a new experimental method which measures the effects of multiple elastic scattering on the shape of a short laser pulse injected into a random optical medium. Several systems have been examined which exhibit diffusive photon transport, but no evidence for strong localization. A theoretical assessment of candidate systems which might exhibit a photon mobility edge is presented.
Rct Date:(Received 14 November 1986)
PACS:Type: E-T-Experimental-Theoretical. Year: 87. Class nos. 78.90.&t; 42.20.-y; 71.55.Jv
CPM no.: Microfilm no(s): 8703C1161 Abstract no(s): 1.06344
Keywords:Number: 12. PULSES; OPTICAL FIBERS; LIGHT TRANSMISSION :Q1,Q2; PHOTONS :T3; LOCALIZED STATES :Q3; ELASTIC SCATTERING; MULTIPLE SCATTERING; LIGHT SCATTERING :Q1,Q2; LASER RADIATION; OPTICAL MATERIALS :T1; DISORDERED SYSTEMS :T2; OSCILLOGRAPHS