We experimentally investigate the interplay between spatial shock waves and the degree of disorder during nonlinear optical propagation in a thermal defocusing medium. We characterize the way the shock point is affected by the amount of disorder and scales with wave amplitude. Evidence for the existence of a phase diagram in terms of nonlinearity and amount of randomness is reported. The results are in quantitative agreement with a theoretical approach based on the hydrodynamic approximation.

Shock Waves in Disordered Media / N., Ghofraniha; S., Gentilini; V., Folli; DEL RE, Eugenio; Conti, Claudio. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS. - ISSN 0031-9007. - STAMPA. - 109:24(2012), p. 243902. [10.1103/physrevlett.109.243902]

Shock Waves in Disordered Media

DEL RE, EUGENIO;CONTI, CLAUDIO
2012

Abstract

We experimentally investigate the interplay between spatial shock waves and the degree of disorder during nonlinear optical propagation in a thermal defocusing medium. We characterize the way the shock point is affected by the amount of disorder and scales with wave amplitude. Evidence for the existence of a phase diagram in terms of nonlinearity and amount of randomness is reported. The results are in quantitative agreement with a theoretical approach based on the hydrodynamic approximation.
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