Delocalization of classical waves in highly anisotropic random media

Alex Small, David Pine

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We discuss localization phenomena in multilayer films doped with scattering particles. If the films exhibit a particular type of transmission resonance then above a critical frequency waves in the sample can decay as a power law rather than exponentially. This phenomenon is independent of the scattering strength of the particles, in stark contrast to previous work. We find that this phenomenon has many similarities to a second order phase transition. This work points to interesting avenues in the study of waves in anisotropic disordered media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number016617
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 31 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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