Paper from Rotter-Group on the cover of Nature Photonics!

The paper on Scattering invariant modes of light in complex media
from the Rotter-Group made it on the Cover of Nature Photonics!

Paper Abstract

Random scattering of light in disordered media is an intriguing phenomenon of fundamental relevance to various applications1. Although techniques such as wavefront shaping and transmission matrix measurements2,3 have enabled remarkable progress in advanced imaging concepts4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11, the most successful strategy to obtain clear images through a disordered medium remains the filtering of ballistic light12,13,14. Ballistic photons with a scattering-free propagation are, however, exponentially rare and no known method has been able to increase their proportion. To address these limitations, we introduce and experimentally implement a new set of optical states that we term scattering invariant modes, whose transmitted field pattern is the same, irrespective of whether they scatter through a disordered sample or propagate ballistically through a homogeneous medium. We observe scattering invariant modes that are only weakly attenuated in dense scattering media, and show in simulations that their correlations with the ballistic light can be used to improve imaging inside scattering materials.

Pritam Pai, Jeroen Bosch, Matthias Kühmayer, Stefan Rotter, Allard P. Mosk;

Scattering invariant modes of light in complex media,

Nature Photonics (2021);

DOI: 10.1038/s41566-021-00789-9

Prof. Stefan Rotter

Institute for Theoretical Physics
TU Wien
Wiedner Hauptstraße 8–10, 1040 Vienna, Austria

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