Author(s): I. M. Vellekoop, E. G. van Putten, A. Lagendijk, and A. P. Mosk

Abstract:

“We experimentally demonstrate the first method to focus light inside disordered photonic metamaterials. In such materials, scattering prevents light from forming a geometric focus. Instead of geometric optics, we used multi-path interference to make the scattering process itself concentrate light on a fluorescent nanoscale probe at the target position. Our method uses the fact that the disorder in a solid material is fixed in time. Therefore, even disordered light scattering is deterministic. Measurements of the probes fluorescence provided the information needed to construct a specific linear combination of hundreds of incident waves, which interfere constructively at the probe.”

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Publication: Optics Express, (free download)

Issue/Year/DOI: Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 1, pp. 67-80
doi:10.1364/OE.16.000067