Tidying up our descriptions of light propagation in disordered media
A landmark paper in 1958 described a phenomenon now known as Anderson localisation, which is the absence of diffusion of waves in certain disordered media. The original paper addressed how electrons in a disordered crystal lattice get localised through interference of scattering effects, a phenomenon related to the wave nature of electrons. This results in a transition between an insulator and a conductor. Descriptions have since been extended to other wave systems including acoustics, electromagnetics and quantum matter systems and are fundamental to the characterisation of condensed matter and disordered systems. The EU-funded ANDLICA project is enhancing our understanding of Anderson localisation of light using large clouds of cold atoms, with implications for a next generation of quantum devices.
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Funding SchemeERC-ADG - Advanced Grant
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