Long-range correlations in the speckle patterns of directed waves

Oded Agam, A. V. Andreev, B. Spivak

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We develop a general method for calculating statistical properties of the speckle pattern of coherent waves propagating in disordered media. In some aspects this method is similar to the Boltzmann-Langevin approach for the calculation of classical fluctuations. We apply the method to the case where the incident wave experiences many small angle scattering events during propagation, but the total angle change remains small. In many aspects our results for this case are different from results previously known in the literature. The correlation function of the wave intensity at two points separated by a distance r, has a long-range character. It decays as a power of r and changes sign. We also consider sensitivities of the speckles to changes of external parameters, such as the wave frequency and the incidence angle.

Original languageEnglish
Article number223901
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


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