Non-Rayleigh distribution of reflected intensity from photonic crystals with disorder

Oluwafemi Stephen Ojambati, Elahe Yeganegi Dastgerdi, Allard Mosk, Aart Lagendijk, Willem L. Vos

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Structural disorder results in multiple scattering in real photonic crystals, which have been widely used for applications and studied for fundamental interests. The interaction of light with such complex photonic media is expected to show interplay between disorder and order. For a completely disordered medium, the intensity statistics is well-known to obey Rayleigh statistics with a negative exponential distribution function, corresponding to absence of correlations. Intensity statistics is unexplored however for complex media with both order and disorder. We study experimentally the intensity statistics of light reflected from photonic crystals with various degree of disorder. We observe deviations from the Rayleigh distribution and the deviations increase with increasing long-range order.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusSubmitted - 30 Nov 2016

Publication series
PublisherCornell University


  • METIS-320450
  • IR-102896


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