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Enhancing Light Transmission through a Disordered Waveguide with Inhomogeneous Scattering and Loss
Applied Physics Letters
  • Raktim Sarma
  • Alexey Yamilov, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Hui Cao

We enhanced the total transmission of light through a disordered waveguide with spatially inhomogeneous scattering and loss by shaping the incident wavefront of a laser beam. Using an on-chip tapered lead, we were able to access all input modes in the waveguide with a spatial light modulator. The adaptive wavefront shaping resulted in selective coupling of input light to high transmission channels, which bypassed the regions of higher scattering and loss in the waveguide. Spatial inhomogeneity in scattering and loss leads to the modification of the spatial structures of transmission eigenchannels, allowing wavefront shaping to redirect the energy flux to circumvent regions of higher scattering and loss and thereby enhancing the energy transported through the system. This work demonstrates the power of wavefront shaping in coherent control of light transport in inhomogeneous scattering media, which are common in real applications.

Keywords and Phrases
  • Coherent Scattering,
  • Laser Beams,
  • Light Modulators,
  • Wavefronts,
  • Waveguides,
  • Disordered Waveguides,
  • Selective Coupling,
  • Spatial In-homogeneity,
  • Spatial Light Modulators,
  • Spatial Structure,
  • Spatially Inhomogeneous,
  • Total Transmission,
  • Wave Front Shaping,
  • Light Transmission
Document Type
Article - Journal
Document Version
Final Version
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© 2017 American Institute of Physics (AIP), All rights reserved.
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Citation Information
Raktim Sarma, Alexey Yamilov and Hui Cao. "Enhancing Light Transmission through a Disordered Waveguide with Inhomogeneous Scattering and Loss" Applied Physics Letters Vol. 110 Iss. 2 (2017) p. 021103-1 - 021103-4 ISSN: 0003-6951
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