Optimizing Hyperuniformity in SelfAssembled Bidisperse Emulsions. Ricouvier, J., R. Pierrat, R. Carminati, P. Tabeling, and P. Yazhgur. Physical Review Letters 119, no. 20 (2017).
Résumé: © 2017 American Physical Society. We study long range density fluctuations (hyperuniformity) in twodimensional jammed packings of bidisperse droplets. Taking advantage of microfluidics, we systematically span a large range of size and concentration ratios of the two droplet populations. We identify various defects increasing long range density fluctuations mainly due to organization of local particle environment. By choosing an appropriate bidispersity, we fabricate materials with a high level of hyperuniformity. Interesting transparency properties of these optimized materials are established based on numerical simulations.


Observation of mean path length invariance in lightscattering media. Savo, R., R. Pierrat, U. Najar, R. Carminati, S. Rotter, and S. Gigan. Science 358, no. 6364 (2017): 765–768.
Résumé: © 2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science. All rights reserved. The microstructure of a medium strongly influences how light propagates through it. The amount of disorder it contains determines whether the medium is transparent or opaque. Theory predicts that exciting such a medium homogeneously and isotropically makes some of its optical properties depend only on the medium’s outer geometry. Here, we report an optical experiment demonstrating that the mean path length of light is invariant with respect to the microstructure of the medium it scatters through. Using colloidal solutions with varying concentration and particle size, the invariance of the mean path length is observed over nearly two orders of magnitude in scattering strength. Our results can be extended to a wide range of systems—however ordered, correlated, or disordered—and apply to all wavescattering problems.


Effect of microstructural elongation on backscattered field: Intensity measurement and multiple scattering estimation with a linear transducer array. Baelde, A., J. Laurent, P. Millien, R. Coulette, W. B. Khalifa, F. Jenson, F. Sun, M. Fink, and C. Prada. Ultrasonics 82 (2018): 379–389.
Résumé: © 2017 Elsevier B.V. The effect of microstructural elongation on ultrasonic backscattered fields was studied. Two methods for determining the elongation direction of macrozones in titanium alloys, using the anisotropic spatial coherence of the backscattered field, are presented. Both methods use a phased array attached on a rotative holder that records the array response matrix at several angles. Two titanium alloys were investigated: TA6V and Ti17. TA6V exhibited a strong macrozone elongation, whereas Ti17 macrozones were found equiaxial. The first method is based on the measurement of backscattered intensity in function of the probe angle relative to the macrozones elongation direction. An angular dependence of backscattered intensity is observed in presence of elongated scatterers, and their elongation direction is collinear with the probe direction corresponding to a minimal intensity. This variability is linked to both piezoelectric shape and the backscattered field spatial properties. The second method is based on the measurement of the relative proportion of single to multiple scattering in a diffusive media, using a simplified version of the single scattering filter developed in Aubry and Derode (2009). It allows the measurement of the level of multiple scattering: both titanium alloys exhibited strong multiple scattering. The elongation direction was determined as the direction of minimal multiple scattering. Furthermore, these results were confirmed by the measurement of the coherent backscattering cone on both samples.


Structure and dynamics of multicellular assemblies measured by coherent light scattering. Brunel, B., C. Blanch, A. Gourrier, V. Petrolli, A. Delon, J. F. Joanny, R. Carminati, R. Pierrat, and G. Cappello. New Journal of Physics 19, no. 7 (2017).
Résumé: © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. Determining the structure and the internal dynamics of tissues is essential to understand their functional organization. Microscopy allows for monitoring positions and trajectories of every single cell. Those data are useful to extract statistical observables, such as intercellular distance, tissue symm etry and anisotropy, and cell motility. However, this procedure requires a large and supervised computational effort. In addition, due to the large crosssection of cells, the light scattering limits the use of microscopy to relatively thin samples. As an alternative approach, we propose to take advantage of light scattering and to analyze the dynamical diffraction pattern produced by a living tissue illuminated with coherent light. In this article, we illustrate with a few examples that supracellular structures produce an exploitable diffraction signal. From the diffraction signal, we deduce the mean distance between cells, the anisotropy of the supracellular organization and, from its fluctuations, the mean speed of moving cells. This easy to implement technique considerably reduces analysis time, allowing real time monitoring.
MotsClés: coherent optics; dynamic light scattering; multicellular structures


Unveiling Extreme Anisotropy in Elastic Structured Media. Lefebvre, G., T. Antonakakis, Y. Achaoui, R. V. Craster, S. Guenneau, and P. Sebbah. Physical Review Letters 118, no. 25 (2017).


Quantum revival for elastic waves in thin plate. Dubois, M., G. Lefebvre, and P. Sebbah. European Physical Journal: Special Topics 226, no. 7 (2017): 1593–1601.
Résumé: © 2017, The Author(s).Quantum revival is described as the timeperiodic reconstruction of a wave packet initially localized in space and time. This effect is expected in finitesize systems which exhibit commensurable discrete spectrum such as the infinite quantum well. Here, we report on the experimental observation of full and fractional quantum revival for classical waves in a two dimensional cavity. We consider flexural waves propagating in thin plates, as their quadratic dispersion at low frequencies mimics the dispersion relation of quantum systems governed by Schrödinger equation. Timedependent excitation and measurement are performed at ultrasonic frequencies and reveal a periodic reconstruction of the initial elastic wave packet.


Spatial correlations of the spontaneous decay rate as a probe of dense and correlated disordered materials. Leseur, O., R. Pierrat, and R. Carminati. European Physical Journal: Special Topics 226, no. 7 (2017): 1423–1432.
Résumé: © 2017, The Author(s).We study theoretically and numerically a new kind of spatial correlation for waves in disordered media. We define CΓ as the correlation function of the fluorescent decay rate of an emitter at two different positions inside the medium. We show that the amplitude and the width of CΓ provide decoupled information on the structural correlation of the disordered medium and on the local environment of the emitter. This result may stimulate the emergence of new imaging and sensing modalities in complex media.


Correlationenhanced control of wave focusing in disordered media. Hsu, C. W., S. F. Liew, A. Goetschy, H. Cao, and A. Douglas Stone. Nature Physics 13, no. 5 (2017): 497–502.
Résumé: A fundamental challenge in physics is controlling the propagation of waves in disordered media despite strong scattering from inhomogeneities. Spatial light modulators enable one to synthesize (shape) the incident wavefront, optimizing the multipath interference to achieve a specific behaviour such as focusing light to a target region. However, the extent of achievable control is not known when the target region is much larger than the wavelength and contains many speckles. Here we show that for targets containing more than g speckles, where g is the dimensionless conductance, the extent of transmission control is substantially enhanced by the longrange mesoscopic correlations among the speckles. Using a filtered random matrix ensemble appropriate for coherent diffusion in open geometries, we predict the full distributions of transmission eigenvalues as well as universal scaling laws for statistical properties, in excellent agreement with our experiment. This work provides a general framework for describing wavefrontshaping experiments in disordered systems.


Causality, Nonlocality, and Negative Refraction. Forcella, D., C. Prada, and R. Carminati. Physical Review Letters 118, no. 13 (2017).
Résumé: © 2017 American Physical Society. American Physical Society.The importance of spatial nonlocality in the description of negative refraction in electromagnetic materials has been put forward recently. We develop a theory of negative refraction in homogeneous and isotropic media, based on first principles, and that includes nonlocality in its full generality. The theory shows that both dissipation and spatial nonlocality are necessary conditions for the existence of negative refraction. It also provides a sufficient condition in materials with weak spatial nonlocality. These fundamental results should have broad implications in the theoretical and practical analyses of negative refraction of electromagnetic and other kinds of waves.


Correlated blinking of fluorescent emitters mediated by single plasmons. Bouchet, D., E. Lhuillier, S. Ithurria, A. Gulinatti, I. Rech, R. Carminati, Y. De Wilde, and V. Krachmalnicoff. Physical Review A – Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 95, no. 3 (2017).
Résumé: © 2017 American Physical Society.We observe timecorrelated emission between a single CdSe/CdS/ZnS quantum dot exhibiting singlephoton statistics and a fluorescent nanobead located micrometers apart. This is accomplished by coupling both emitters to a silver nanowire. Single plasmons are created on the latter from the quantum dot, and transfer energy to excite in turn the fluorescent nanobead. We demonstrate that the molecules inside the bead show the same blinking behavior as the quantum dot.


Temperature of a nanoparticle above a substrate under radiative heating and cooling. Kallel, H., R. Carminati, and K. Joulain. Physical Review B – Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 95, no. 11 (2017).
Résumé: © 2017 American Physical Society.Controlling the temperature in architectures involving nanoparticles and substrates is a key issue for applications involving micro and nanoscale heat transfer. We study the thermal behavior of a single nanoparticle interacting with a flat substrate under external monochromatic illumination, and with thermal radiation as the unique heat loss channel. We develop a model to compute the temperature of the nanoparticle, based on an effective dipolepolarizability approach. Using numerical simulations, we thoroughly investigate the impacts of various parameters affecting the nanoparticle temperature, such as the nanoparticletosubstrate gap distance, the incident light wavelength and polarization, or the material resonances. This study provides a tool for the thermal characterization and design of micro or nanoscale systems coupling substrates with nanoparticles or optical antennas.


LightMediated Cascaded Locking of Multiple NanoOptomechanical Oscillators. GilSantos, E., M. Labousse, C. Baker, A. Goetschy, W. Hease, C. Gomez, A. Lemaître, G. Leo, C. Ciuti, and I. Favero. Physical Review Letters 118, no. 6 (2017).
Résumé: © 2017 American Physical Society.Collective phenomena emerging from nonlinear interactions between multiple oscillators, such as synchronization and frequency locking, find applications in a wide variety of fields. Optomechanical resonators, which are intrinsically nonlinear, combine the scientific assets of mechanical devices with the possibility of long distance controlled interactions enabled by traveling light. Here we demonstrate lightmediated frequency locking of three distant nanooptomechanical oscillators positioned in a cascaded configuration. The oscillators, integrated on a chip along a common coupling waveguide, are optically driven with a single laser and oscillate at gigahertz frequency. Despite an initial mechanical frequency disorder of hundreds of kilohertz, the guided light locks them all with a clear transition in the optical output. The experimental results are described by Langevin equations, paving the way to scalable cascaded optomechanical configurations.


Radiative transfer of acoustic waves in continuous complex media: Beyond the Helmholtz equation. Baydoun, I., D. Baresch, R. Pierrat, and A. Derode. Physical Review E 94, no. 5 (2016).


Multiple scattering of polarized light in disordered media exhibiting shortrange structural correlations. Vynck, K., R. Pierrat, and R. Carminati. Physical Review A 94, no. 3 (2016).


Highdensity hyperuniform materials can be transparent. Leseur, O., R. Pierrat, and R. Carminati. Optica 3, no. 7 (2016): 763–767.


One Single Static Measurement Predicts Wave Localization in Complex Structures. Lefebvre, G., A. Gondel, M. Dubois, M. Atlan, F. Feppon, A. Labbe, C. Gillot, A. Garelli, M. Ernoult, S. Mayboroda et al. Physical Review Letters 117, no. 7 (2016).


Nearfield to farfield characterization of speckle patterns generated by disordered nanomaterials. Parigi, V., E. Perros, G. Binard, C. Bourdillon, A. Maitre, R. Carminati, V. Krachmalnicoff, and Y. De Wilde. Optics Express 24, no. 7 (2016): 7019–7027.


Coherent Control of Photocurrent in a Strongly Scattering Photoelectrochemical System. Liew, S. F., S. M. Popoff, S. W. Sheehan, A. Goetschy, C. A. Schmuttenmaer, A. D. Stone, and H. Cao. Acs Photonics 3, no. 3 (2016): 449–455.
MotsClés: photoelectrochemical; dyesensitized solar cells; wavefront shaping; multiple scattering; multimode interference


Quantum coherence of light emitted by two singlephoton sources in a structured environment. CanaguierDurand, A., and R. Carminati. Physical Review A – Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 93, no. 3 (2016).
Résumé: © 2016 American Physical Society. We develop a theoretical framework for the analysis of the quantum coherence of light emitted by two independent singlephoton sources in an arbitrary environment. The theory provides design rules for the control of the degree of quantum coherence in terms of classical quantities widely used in nanophotonics. As an important example, we derive generalized conditions to generate superradiant and subradiant states of the emitters and demonstrate the ability of a structured environment to induce longrange quantum coherence. These results should have broad applications in quantum nanophotonics and for the sensing of fluorescent sources in complex environments.


LongRange PlasmonAssisted Energy Transfer between Fluorescent Emitters. Bouchet, D., D. Cao, R. Carminati, Y. De Wilde, and V. Krachmalnicoff. Physical Review Letters 116, no. 3 (2016).


Thermal emission by a subwavelength aperture. Joulain, K., Y. Ezzahri, and R. Carminati. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 173 (2016): 1–6.
Résumé: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. We calculate, by means of fluctuational electrodynamics, the thermal emission of an aperture separating from the outside, vacuum or a material at temperature T. We show that thermal emission is very different whether the aperture size is large or small compared to the thermal wavelength. Subwavelength apertures separating vacuum from the outside have their thermal emission strongly decreased compared to classical blackbodies which have an aperture much larger than the wavelength. A simple expression of their emissivity can be calculated and their total emissive power scales as T8 instead of T4 for large apertures. Thermal emission of disk of materials with a size comparable to the wavelength is also discussed. It is shown in particular that emissivity of such a disk is increased when the material can support surface waves such as phonon polaritons.
MotsClés: Fluctuational electrodynamics; Nanoscale Thermal emission; Phononpolaritons


Competition and Coexistence of Raman and Random Lasing in Silica/TitaniaBased Solid Foams. Gaikwad, P., N. Bachelard, P. Sebbah, R. Backov, and R. A. L. Vallee. Advanced Optical Materials 3, no. 11 (2015): 1640–1651.


Cooperative Emission of a Pulse Train in an Optically Thick Scattering Medium. Kwong, C. C., T. Yang, D. Delande, R. Pierrat, and D. Wilkowski. Physical Review Letters 115, no. 22 (2015).
Résumé: © 2015 American Physical Society. An optically thick cold atomic cloud emits a coherent flash of light in the forward direction when the phase of an incident probe field is abruptly changed. Because of cooperativity, the duration of this phenomena can be much shorter than the excited lifetime of a single atom. Repeating periodically the abrupt phase jump, we generate a train of pulses with short repetition time, high intensity contrast, and high efficiency. In this regime, the emission is fully governed by cooperativity even if the cloud is dilute.


Broadband Coherent Enhancement of Transmission and Absorption in Disordered Media. Hsu, C. W., A. Goetschy, Y. Bromberg, A. D. Stone, and H. Cao. Physical Review Letters 115, no. 22 (2015).
Résumé: © 2015 American Physical Society. Spatial modulation of the incident wave front has become a powerful method for controlling the diffusive transport of light in disordered media; however, such interferencebased control is intrinsically sensitive to frequency detuning. Here, we show analytically and numerically that certain wave fronts can exhibit strongly enhanced total transmission or absorption across bandwidths that are orders of magnitude broader than the spectral correlation width of the speckles. Such broadband enhancement is possible due to longrange correlations in coherent diffusion, which cause the spectral degrees of freedom to scale as the square root of the bandwidth rather than the bandwidth itself.


Scattering mean free path in continuous complex media: Beyond the Helmholtz equation. Baydoun, I., D. Baresch, R. Pierrat, and A. Derode. Physical Review E – Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 92, no. 3 (2015).
Résumé: © 2015 American Physical Society. We present theoretical calculations of the ensembleaveraged (or effective or coherent) wave field propagating in a heterogeneous medium considered as one realization of a random process. In the literature, it is usually assumed that heterogeneity can be accounted for by a random scalar function of the space coordinates, termed the potential. Physically, this amounts to replacing the constant wave speed in Helmholtz' equation by a spacedependent speed. In the case of acoustic waves, we show that this approach leads to incorrect results for the scattering mean free path, no matter how weak the fluctuations. The detailed calculation of the coherent wave field must take into account both a scalar and an operator part in the random potential. When both terms have identical amplitudes, the correct value for the scattering mean free paths is shown to be more than 4 times smaller (13/3, precisely) in the lowfrequency limit, whatever the shape of the correlation function. Based on the diagrammatic approach of multiple scattering, theoretical results are obtained for the selfenergy and mean free path within Bourret's and onshell approximations. They are confirmed by numerical experiments.


Intensity correlations between reflected and transmitted speckle patterns. Fayard, N., A. Cazé, R. Pierrat, and R. Carminati. Physical Review A – Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 92, no. 3 (2015).
Résumé: © 2015 American Physical Society. ©2015 American Physical Society. We study theoretically the spatial correlations between the intensities measured at the input and output planes of a disordered scattering medium. We show that at large optical thicknesses, a longrange spatial correlation persists and takes negative values. For small optical thicknesses, shortrange and longrange correlations coexist, with relative weights that depend on the optical thickness. These results may have direct implications for the control of wave transmission through complex media by wavefront shaping, thus finding applications in sensing, imaging, and information transfer.


Subwavelength focusing in bubbly media using broadband time reversal. Lanoy, M., R. Pierrat, F. Lemoult, M. Fink, V. Leroy, and A. Tourin. Physical Review B 91, no. 22 (2015).


Breakthroughs in photonics 2014: Random lasers. Sebbah, P., and R. Carminati. IEEE Photonics Journal 7, no. 3 (2015).
Résumé: © 2015 IEEE. Multiple scattering of light in a disordered medium with gain may provide for the necessary feedback to achieve lasing action without an optical cavity. In addition to the fundamental interest raised by this regime of lightmatter interaction in open cavity, the relatively simple design of these socalled “random lasers” and the possibility to control their emission open perspective of new applications in domains not yet covered by conventional lasers.
MotsClés: Laser; random media


Deterministic control of broadband light through a multiply scattering medium via the multispectral transmission matrix. Andreoli, D., G. Volpe, S. Popoff, O. Katz, S. Gresillon, and S. Gigan. Scientific reports 5 (2015): 10347.


Linear and nonlinear Rabi oscillations of a twolevel system resonantly coupled to an Andersonlocalized mode. Bachelard, N., R. Carminati, P. Sebbah, and C. Vanneste. Physical Review A 91, no. 4 (2015).


Mapping the radiative and the apparent nonradiative local density of states in the near field of a metallic nanoantenna. Cao, D., A. Cazé, M. Calabrese, R. Pierrat, N. Bardou, S. Collin, R. Carminati, V. Krachmalnicoff, and Y. De Wilde. ACS Photonics 2, no. 2 (2015): 189–193.
Résumé: © 2015 American Chemical Society. We present a novel method to extract the various contributions to the photonic local density of states from nearfield fluorescence maps. The approach is based on the simultaneous mapping of the fluorescence intensity and decay rate and on the rigorous application of the reciprocity theorem. It allows us to separate the contributions of the radiative and the apparent nonradiative local density of states to the change in the decay rate. The apparent nonradiative contribution accounts for losses due to radiation out of the detection solid angle and to absorption in the environment. Data analysis relies on a new analytical calculation, and does not require the use of numerical simulations. One of the most relevant applications of the method is the characterization of nanostructures aimed at maximizing the number of photons emitted in the detection solid angle, which is a crucial issue in modern nanophotonics.
MotsClés: fluorescence microscopy; local density of states; nearfield scanning probe; plasmonic nanoantennas; radiative decay rate; reciprocity theorem


Electromagnetic field correlations in threedimensional speckles. Dogariu, A. C., and R. Carminati. Physics Reports 559 (2015): 1–29.
Résumé: © 2015. We describe recent developments in the characterization of threedimensional speckle fields produced by scattering of electromagnetic waves. In many practical situations the description of such fields requires approaches going beyond the Gaussian statistics approximation. Quantitative measures of spatial coherence and polarization can be defined from the fieldfield correlation matrix, known as the crossspectral density matrix in coherence theory. The complex degree of mutual polarization provides a measure of the similarity between polarization states at two different points. The degree of spatial coherence describes spatial coherence and averages out the polarization properties. We discuss their behavior in speckle fields produced by multiple scattering in disordered materials. A number of nonuniversal properties arise, that are related to the internal microscopic structure of the scattering medium. Nonuniversality affects observables quantities, such as spatial correlations in speckle patterns measured in the near field of the medium surface, statistics of the local density of states or the depolarization of the exciting electromagnetic field due to scattering. Specific microscopic scales are necessary to describe the nonuniversal behaviors, that characterize the scaledependent morphology of the scattering medium.
MotsClés: Coherence; Polarization; Random fields; Speckle


Experiments on Maxwell's fisheye dynamics in elastic plates. Lefebvre, G., M. Dubois, R. Beauvais, Y. Achaoui, R. K. Ing, S. Guenneau, and P. Sebbah. Applied Physics Letters 106, no. 2 (2015).


Speckle fluctuations resolve the interdistance between incoherent point sources in complex media. Carminati, R., G. A. Cwilich, L. S. FroufePérez, and J. J. Sáenz. Physical Review A – Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 91, no. 2 (2015).
Résumé: © 2015 American Physical Society. We study the fluctuations of the light emitted by two identical incoherent point sources in a disordered environment. The intensityintensity correlation function and the speckle contrast, obtained after proper temporal and configurational averaging, encode the relative distance between the two sources. This suggests the intriguing possibility that intensity measurements at only one point in a speckle pattern produced by two incoherent sources can provide information about the relative distance between the sources, with a precision that is not limited by diffraction. The theory also suggests an alternative approach to the Green'sfunction retrieval technique, where the correlations of the isotropic ambient noise detected by two receivers are replaced by a measurement at a single point of the noise due to two fluctuating incoherent sources.


Probing twodimensional Anderson localization without statistics. Leseur, O., R. Pierrat, J. J. Sáenz, and R. Carminati. Physical Review A – Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 90, no. 5 (2014).
Résumé: © 2014 American Physical Society. We investigate the possibility of using the independence of the transmitted speckle pattern on the illumination condition as a signature of Anderson localization in a single configuration of a twodimensional and open disordered medium. The analysis is based on exact numerical simulations of multiple light scattering. We introduce a similarity function that we propose as a reliable observable to probe Anderson localization without requiring any statistical averaging over an ensemble.


Cooperative emission of a coherent superflash of light. Kwong, C. C., T. Yang, M. S. Pramod, K. Pandey, D. Delande, R. Pierrat, and D. Wilkowski. Physical Review Letters 113, no. 22 (2014).
Résumé: © 2014 American Physical Society. We investigate the transient coherent transmission of light through an optically thick cold strontium gas. We observe a coherent superflash just after an abrupt probe extinction, with peak intensity more than three times the incident one. We show that this coherent superflash is a direct signature of the cooperative forward emission of the atoms. By engineering fast transient phenomena on the incident field, we give a clear and simple picture of the physical mechanisms at play.


Invariance property of wave scattering through disordered media. Pierrat, R., P. Ambichl, S. Gigan, A. Haber, R. Carminati, and S. Rotter. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111, no. 50 (2014): 17765–17770.
Résumé: A fundamental insight in the theory of diffusive random walks is that the mean length of trajectories traversing a finite open system is independent of the details of the diffusion process. Instead, the mean trajectory length depends only on the system's boundary geometry and is thus unaffected by the value of the mean free path. Here we show that this result is rooted on a much deeper level than that of a random walk, which allows us to extend the reach of this universal invariance property beyond the diffusion approximation. Specifically, we demonstrate that an equivalent invariance relation also holds for the scattering of waves in resonant structures as well as in ballistic, chaotic or in Anderson localized systems. Our work unifies a number of specific observations made in quite diverse fields of science ranging from the movement of ants to nuclear scattering theory. Potential experimental realizations using light fields in disordered media are discussed.
MotsClés: Diffusion; Disordered media; Random walk; Time delay; Wave scattering


Electromagnetic density of states in complex plasmonic systems. Carminati, R., A. Cazé, D. Cao, F. Peragut, V. Krachmalnicoff, R. Pierrat, and Y. De Wilde. Surface Science Reports 70, no. 1 (2015): 1–41.
Résumé: © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Nanostructured materials offer the possibility to tailor lightmatter interaction at scales below the wavelength. Metallic nanostructures benefit from the excitation of surface plasmons that permit light concentration at ultrasmall length scales and ultrafast time scales. The local density of states (LDOS) is a central concept that drives basic processes of lightmatter interaction such as spontaneous emission, thermal emission and absorption. We introduce theoretically the concept of LDOS, emphasizing the specificities of plasmonics. We connect the LDOS to real observables in nanophotonics, and show how the concept can be generalized to account for spatial coherence. We describe recent methods developed to probe or map the LDOS in complex nanostructures ranging from nanoantennas to disordered metal surfaces, based on dynamic fluorescence measurements or on the detection of thermal radiation.
MotsClés: Cross density of states; Local density of states; Plasmonics; Spatial coherence; Spontaneous emission; Thermal radiation


Timedriven superoscillations with negative refraction. Dubois, M. A., E. Bossy, S. Enoch, S. Guenneau, G. Lerosey, and P. Sebbah. Physical Review Letters 114, no. 1 (2015).
Résumé: © 2015 American Physical Society. The flatlens concept based on negative refraction proposed by Veselago in 1968 has been mostly investigated in the monochromatic regime. It was recently recognized that time development of the superlensing effect discovered in 2000 by Pendry is yet to be assessed and may spring surprises: Timedependent illumination could improve the spatial resolution of the focusing. We investigate dynamics of flexural wave focusing by a 45°tilted square lattice of circular holes drilled in a duralumin plate. Timeresolved experiments reveal that the focused image shrinks with time below the diffraction limit, with a lateral resolution increasing from 0.8λ to 0.35λ, whereas focusing under harmonic excitation remains diffraction limited. Modal analysis reveals the role in pulse reconstruction of radiating lens resonances, which repeatedly selfsynchronize at the focal spot to shape a superoscillating field.


Local control of the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons by nearfield magnetooptical Kerr effect. Vincent, R., H. Marinchio, J. J. Saenz, and R. Carminati. Physical Review B 90, no. 24 (2014).


Signatures of Levy flights with annealed disorder. Baudouin, Q., R. Pierrat, A. Eloy, E. J. NunesPereira, P.  A. Cuniasse, N. Mercadier, and R. Kaiser. Physical Review E 90, no. 5 (2014).


Disorder as a Playground for the Coexistence of Optical Nonlinear Effects: Competition between Random Lasing and Stimulated Raman Scattering in Complex Porous Materials. Bachelard, N., P. Gaikwad, R. Backov, P. Sebbah, and R. A. L. Vallee. Acs Photonics 1, no. 11 (2014): 1206–1211.
MotsClés: random lasers; Raman lasers; nonlinear effects; porous materials


Mapping and Quantifying Electric and Magnetic Dipole Luminescence at the Nanoscale. Aigouy, L., A. Caze, P. Gredin, M. Mortier, and R. Carminati. Physical Review Letters 113, no. 7 (2014).


Imaging with nature: compressive imaging using a multiply scattering medium. Liutkus, A., D. Martina, S. Popoff, G. Chardon, O. Katz, G. Lerosey, S. Gigan, L. Daudet, and I. Carron. Scientific reports 4 (2014): 5552.


Adaptive pumping for spectral control of random lasers. Bachelard, N., S. Gigan, X. Noblin, and P. Sebbah. Nature Physics 10, no. 6 (2014): 426–431.


Modal representation of spatial coherence in dissipative and resonant photonic systems. Sauvan, C., J. P. Hugonin, R. Carminati, and P. Lalanne. Physical Review A 89, no. 4 (2014).


Analysis of coherence properties of partially polarized light in 3D and application to disordered media. Refregier, P., V. Wasik, K. Vynck, and R. Carminati. Optics Letters 39, no. 8 (2014): 2362–2365.


Partially Pumped Random Lasers. Andreasen, J., N. Bachelard, S. B. N. Bhaktha, H. Cao, P. Sebbah, and C. Vanneste. International Journal Of Modern Physics B 28, no. 5 (2014).
MotsClés: Random lasers; laser pumping; multiple scattering


Polarization and spatial coherence of electromagnetic waves in uncorrelated disordered media. Vynck, K., R. Pierrat, and R. Carminati. Physical Review A 89, no. 1 (2014): 013842.
Résumé: Spatial field correlation functions represent a key quantity for the description of mesoscopic phenomena in disordered media and the optical characterization of complex materials. Yet many aspects related to the vector nature of light waves have not been investigated so far. We study theoretically the polarization and coherence properties of electromagnetic waves produced by a dipole source in a threedimensional uncorrelated disordered medium. The spatial field correlation matrix is calculated analytically using a multiplescattering theory for polarized light. This allows us to provide a formal description of the light depolarization process in terms of “polarization eigenchannels” and to derive analytical formulas for the spatial coherence of multiply scattered light.


Magnetooptical Kerr effect in resonant subwavelength nanowire gratings. Marinchio, H., R. Carminati, A. GarcíaMartín, and J. J. Sáenz. New Journal of Physics 16, no. 1 (2014): 015007.
Résumé: Periodic arrays of nanorods can present a resonant response at specific geometric conditions. We use a multiple scattering approach to analyze the optical response of subwavelength nanowire gratings made of arbitrary anisotropic materials. When the rods are made of magnetooptical dielectrics we show that there is a complex interplay between the geometric resonances of the grating and the magnetooptical Kerr effects (MOKE) response. As we will show, for a given polarization of the incident light, a resonant magnetooptical response can be obtained by tuning the incidence angle and grating parameters to operate near the resonance condition for the opposite polarization. Our results could be important to understand and optimize MOKE structures and devices based on resonant subwavelength gratings and could open new perspectives in sensing applications.


Flat lens for pulse focusing of elastic waves in thin plates. Dubois, M., M. Farhat, E. Bossy, S. Enoch, S. Guenneau, and P. Sebbah. Applied Physics Letters 103, no. 7 (2013): 071915.
Résumé: The ability of lefthanded materials to overcome the diffraction limit was first considered as one of the most exciting and challenging outcomes of the negative refraction concept. Flat lens focusing of elastic waves is, however, a challenge. We demonstrate broadband focusing of elastic waves at 10 kHz carrier frequency, below the first stop band, in a 45°tilted square array of circular air holes perforated in a Duraluminium thin plate. By adjusting the relative thickness of the outer plate we achieve largeangle negative refraction with diffractionlimited lateral resolution. We find good agreement with a simple beamlattice model and finitedifference timedomain simulations. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.
MotsClés: Circular airholes; Diffraction limited; Diffraction limits; Finite difference time domain simulations; Lateral resolution; Left handed materials; Negative refractions; Relative thickness; Diffraction; Focusing; Light refraction; Refraction; Elastic waves


Surface plasmons: A probe for graphene electronics. Carminati, R. Nature Nanotechnology (2013).


Strong coupling to twodimensional Anderson localized modes. Cazé, A., R. Pierrat, and R. Carminati. Physical Review Letters 111, no. 5 (2013).
Résumé: We use a scattering formalism to derive a condition of strong coupling between a resonant scatterer and an Anderson localized mode for electromagnetic waves in two dimensions. The strong coupling regime is demonstrated based on exact numerical simulations, in perfect agreement with theory. The strong coupling threshold can be expressed in terms of the Thouless conductance and the Purcell factor. This connects key concepts in transport theory and cavity quantum electrodynamics, and provides a practical tool for the design or analysis of experiments. © 2013 American Physical Society.


Timedomain radiation and absorption by subwavelength sources. Bossy, E., and R. Carminati. EuroPhysics Letters 97, no. 3 (2012): 34001.
Résumé: Radiation by elementary sources is a basic problem in wave physics. We show that the timedomain energy flux radiated from electromagnetic and acoustic subwalength sources exhibits remarkable features. In particular, a subtle tradeoff between source emission and absorption underlies the mechanism of radiation. This behavior should be observed for any kind of classical waves, thus having broad potential implications. We discuss the implication for subwavelength focusing by time reversal with active sources. Copyright © EPLA, 2012.


Towards a full characterization of a plasmonic nanostructure with a fluorescent nearfield probe. Krachmalnicoff, V., D. Cao, A. Cazé, E. Castanié, R. Pierrat, N. Bardou, S. Collin, R. Carminati, and Y. De Wilde. Optics Express 21, no. 9 (2013): 11536–11545.
Résumé: We report on the experimental and theoretical study of the spatial fluctuations of the local density of states (EMLDOS) and of the fluorescence intensity in the nearfield of a gold nanoantenna. EMLDOS, fluorescence intensity and topography maps are acquired simultaneously by scanning a fluorescent nanosource grafted on the tip of an atomic force microscope at the surface of the sample. The results are in good quantitative agreement with numerical simulations. This work paves the way for a full nearfield characterization of an optical nanoantenna. © 2013 Optical Society of America.
MotsClés: Atomic force microscope (AFM); Fluorescence intensities; Local density of state; Nearfield characterizations; Optical nano antennas; Plasmonic nanostructures; Quantitative agreement; Spatial fluctuation; Atomic force microscopy; Nanostructures; Surface topography; Fluorescence


Subwavelength focusing inside an open disordered medium by time reversal at a single point antenna. Pierrat, R., C. Vandenbem, M. Fink, and R. Carminati. Physical Review A – Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 87, no. 4 (2013).
Résumé: We study theoretically light focusing at subwavelength scale inside a disordered strongly scattering open medium. We show that broadband time reversal at a single point antenna, in conjunction with nearfield interactions and multiple scattering, produces spatial focusing with a quality comparable to that obtained in an ideal closed cavity. This provides different perspectives for superresolved optical imaging and coherent control of single nanosources or absorbers in complex media. © 2013 American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Closed cavity; Coherent control; Disordered medium; Near field interactions; Optical imaging; Spatial focusing; Subwavelength focusing; Subwavelength scale; Antennas; Focusing


Spatial coherence in complex photonic and plasmonic systems. Cazé, A., R. Pierrat, and R. Carminati. Physical Review Letters 110, no. 6 (2013).
Résumé: The concept of cross density of states characterizes the intrinsic spatial coherence of complex photonic or plasmonic systems, independently of the illumination conditions. Using this tool and the associated intrinsic coherence length, we demonstrate unambiguously the spatial squeezing of eigenmodes on disordered fractal metallic films, thus clarifying a basic issue in plasmonics. © 2013 American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Coherence lengths; Density of state; Eigen modes; Illumination conditions; Plasmonic; Plasmonics; Spatial coherence; Atomic physics; Physics; Plasmons


Recovering fluorophore location and orientation from lifetimes. Irishina, N., M. Moscoso, and R. Carminati. Optics Express 21, no. 1 (2013): 421–430.
Résumé: In this paper, we study the possibility of using lifetime data to estimate the position and orientation of a fluorescent dipole source within a disordered medium. The vector FoldyLax equations are employed to calculate the interaction between the fluorescent source and the scatterers that are modeled as pointscatterers. The numerical experiments demonstrate that if good prior knowledge about the positions of the scatterers is available, the position and orientation of the dipole source can be retrieved from its lifetime data with precision. If there is uncertainty about the positions of the scatterers, the dipole source position can be estimated within the same level of uncertainty. © 2013 Optical Society of America.
MotsClés: Dipole sources; Disordered medium; Lifetime data; Numerical experiments; Prior knowledge; Fluorescence; Uncertainty analysis; Scattering


Optofluidic random laser. Shivakiran Bhaktha, B. N., N. Bachelard, X. Noblin, and P. Sebbah. Applied Physics Letters 101, no. 15 (2012).
Résumé: Random lasing is reported in a dyecirculated structured polymeric microfluidic channel. The role of disorder, which results from limited accuracy of photolithographic process, is demonstrated by the variation of the emission spectrum with localpump position and by the extreme sensitivity to a local perturbation of the structure. Thresholds comparable to those of conventional microfluidic lasers are achieved, without the hurdle of stateoftheart cavity fabrication. Potential applications of optofluidic random lasers for onchip sensors are discussed. Introduction of random lasers in the field of optofluidics is a promising alternative to onchip laser integration with light and fluidic functionalities. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.
MotsClés: Emission spectrums; Local perturbation; Microfluidic channel; Microfluidic lasers; On chips; Onchip sensors; Optofluidics; Photolithographic process; Potential applications; Random lasers; Random lasing; Emission spectroscopy; Photolithography; Sensitivity analysis; Laser beams


Radiative and nonradiative local density of states on disordered plasmonic films. Cazé, A., R. Pierrat, and R. Carminati. Photonics and Nanostructures – Fundamentals and Applications 10, no. 4 (2012): 339–344.
Résumé: We present numerical calculations of the local density of optical states (LDOS) in the near field of disordered plasmonic films. The calculations are based on an integral volume method, that takes into account polarization and retardation effects, and allows us to discriminate radiative and nonradiative contributions to the LDOS. At short distance, the LDOS fluctuations are dominated by nonradiative channels, showing that changes in the spontaneous dynamics of dipole emitters are driven by nonradiative coupling to plasmon modes. Maps of radiative and nonradiative LDOS exhibit strong fluctuations, but with substantially different spatial distributions. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
MotsClés: Disordered systems; Fractals; Local density of states; Metallic films; Numerical simulations; Plasmons; Disordered system; Local density; Local density of state; Near fields; Nonradiative; Nonradiative channels; Numerical calculation; Optical state; Plasmon modes; Plasmonic; Retardation effect; Volume method; Computer simulation; Electrical engineering; Fractals; Hardware; Metallic films; Plasmons


Taming random lasers through active spatial control of the pump. Bachelard, N., J. Andreasen, S. Gigan, and P. Sebbah. Physical Review Letters 109, no. 3 (2012).
Résumé: Active control of the spatial pump profile is proposed to exercise control over random laser emission. We demonstrate numerically the selection of any desired lasing mode from the emission spectrum. An iterative optimization method is employed, first in the regime of strong scattering where modes are spatially localized and can be easily selected using local pumping. Remarkably, this method works efficiently even in the weakly scattering regime, where strong spatial overlap of the modes precludes spatial selectivity. A complex optimized pump profile is found, which selects the desired lasing mode at the expense of others, thus demonstrating the potential of pump shaping for robust and controllable single mode operation of a random laser. © 2012 American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Active control; Emission spectrums; Exercise control; Iterative Optimization; Lasing modes; Local pumping; Random laser emission; Random lasers; Scattering regime; Single mode operation; Spatial control; Spatial overlap; Spatial selectivity; Emission spectroscopy; Laser beams; Pumps


Distance dependence of the local density of states in the near field of a disordered plasmonic film. Castanié, E., V. Krachmalnicoff, A. Cazé, R. Pierrat, Y. De Wilde, and R. Carminati. Optics Letters 37, no. 14 (2012): 3006–3008.
Résumé: We measure the statistical distribution of the photonic local density of states in the near field of a semicontinuous gold film. By varying the distance between the measurement plane and the film, we show that nearfield confined modes play a major role in the width of the distribution. Numerical simulations in good agreement with experiments allow us to point out the influence of nonradiative decay channels at short distance. © 2012 Optical Society of America.
MotsClés: Confined modes; Gold film; Local density of state; Measurement planes; Near fields; Nearfield; Nonradiative decay channels; Plasmonic; Semicontinuous; Statistical distribution; Optics; Optoelectronic devices


Light scattering by a magnetooptical nanoparticle in front of a flat surface: Perturbative approach. Marinchio, H., J. J. Sáenz, and R. Carminati. Physical Review B – Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 85, no. 24 (2012).
Résumé: We develop a perturbative formalism for the interaction of a magnetooptical nanoparticle with a flat surface made of a dielectric or metallic material. The formalism leads to a simple interpretation of the interplay between the purely dielectric and the magnetooptical responses, in terms of excitation of (and radiation by) two orthogonal electric dipoles. We analyze two different routes for the enhancement of the magnetooptical response with respect to the purely dielectric contribution, both based on the nanoparticlesurface interaction. The enhancement is discussed in terms of relevant magnetooptical signals, such as changes in reflectivity, polarization (Kerr) rotation, and ellipticity. © 2012 American Physical Society.


Localized mode hybridization by fine tuning of twodimensional random media. Labonté, L., C. Vanneste, and P. Sebbah. Optics Letters 37, no. 11 (2012): 1946–1948.
Résumé: We study numerically the interaction of spatially localized modes in strongly scattering twodimensional (2D) media. We move eigenvalues in the complex plane by changing gradually the index of a single scatterer. When spatial and spectral overlap is sufficient, localized states couple, and avoided level crossing is observed. We show that local manipulation of the disordered structure can couple several localized states to form an extended chain of hybridized modes crossing the entire sample, thus changing the nature of certain modes from localized to extended in a nominally localized disordered system. We suggest such a chain in 2D random systems is the analog of onedimensional necklace states, the occasional open channels predicted by Pendry [Physics 1, 20 (2008).] through which the light can sneak through an opaque medium. © 2012 Optical Society of America.
MotsClés: Complex planes; Disordered structures; Disordered system; Eigenvalues; Fine tuning; Hybridized modes; Level crossing; Localized modes; Localized state; Open channels; Random media; Random systems; Spectral overlap; Eigenvalues and eigenfunctions; Two dimensional


Absorption by an optical dipole antenna in a structured environment. Castanié, E., R. Vincent, R. Pierrat, and R. Carminati. International Journal of Optics 2012 (2012).
Résumé: We compute generalized absorption and extinction crosssections of an optical dipole nanoantenna in a structured environment. The expressions explicitly show the influence of radiation reaction and the local density of states on the intrinsic absorption properties of the antenna. Engineering the environment could allow to modify the overall absorption as well as the frequency and the linewidth of a resonant antenna. Conversely, a dipole antenna can be used to probe the photonic environment, in a similar way as a quantum emitter. Copyright © 2012 E. Castanié et al.


Source location from fluorescence lifetime in disordered media. Irishina, N., M. Moscoso, and R. Carminati. Optics Letters 37, no. 5 (2012): 951–953.
Résumé: We show that the source location problem can be solved in a scattering medium using the fluorescence lifetime and realistic a priori information. The intrinsic illposedness of the problem is reduced when the level of scattering increases. This work is a proof of principle demonstrating the high potential of quantitative lifetime imaging in complex media. © 2012 Optical Society of America.
MotsClés: Complex media; Disordered media; Fluorescence lifetimes; High potential; Illposedness; Lifetime imaging; Priori information; Proof of principles; Scattering medium; Source location; Source location problem; Optics; Optoelectronic devices; Fluorescence


Exploiting the timereversal operator for adaptive optics, selective focusing, and scattering pattern analysis. Popoff, S. M., A. Aubry, G. Lerosey, M. Fink, A. C. Boccara, and S. Gigan. Physical Review Letters 107, no. 26 (2011).
Résumé: We report on the experimental measurement of the backscattering matrix of a weakly scattering medium in optics, composed of a few dispersed gold nanobeads. The decomposition of the timereversal operator is applied to this matrix and we demonstrate selective and efficient focusing on individual scatterers, even through an aberrating layer. Moreover, we show that this approach provides the decomposition of the scattering pattern of a single nanoparticle. These results open important perspectives for optical imaging, characterization, and selective excitation of nanoparticles. © 2011 American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Backscattering matrix; Experimental measurements; matrix; Nanobeads; Optical imaging; Scattering medium; Scattering pattern; Selective excitations; Single nanoparticle; Timereversal operator; Nanoparticles; Scattering


Nonlinear effects in random lasers. Andreasen, J., P. Sebbah, and C. Vanneste. Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics 28, no. 12 (2011): 2947–2955.
Résumé: Recent numerical and theoretical studies have demonstrated that the modes at threshold of a random laser are in direct correspondence with the resonances of the same system without gain, a feature which is well known in conventional lasers but not known until recently for random lasers. This paper presents numerical results of the multimode regime that takes place when the pumping rate is progressively increased above threshold. Behavior that is already known in standard lasers, such as mode competition and nonlinear wave mixing, are shown to also take place in random lasers thus reinforcing their recent modal description. However, due to the complexity of the laser modes and to the openness of such lasers, which require large external pumping to compensate for strong loss, one observes that these effects are systematic and can be more pronounced than in a conventional laser. © 2011 Optical Society of America.
MotsClés: Conventional lasers; Mode competition; Multimodes; Nonlinear effect; Nonlinear wave mixing; Numerical results; Pumping rate; Random lasers; Theoretical study; Laser beams; Pumping (laser)


CramerRao analysis of steadystate and timedomain fluorescence diffuse optical imaging. Boffety, M., M. Allain, A. Sentenac, M. Massonneau, and R. Carminati. Biomedical Optics Express 2, no. 6 (2011): 1626–1636.
Résumé: Using a CramerRao analysis, we study the theoretical performances of a time and spatially resolved fDOT imaging system for jointly estimating the position and the concentration of a pointwide fluorescent volume in a diffusive sample. We show that the fluorescence lifetime is a critical parameter for the precision of the technique. A time resolved fDOT system that does not use spatial information is also considered. In certain cases, a simple steadystate configuration may be as efficient as this time resolved fDOT system. © 2011 Optical Society of America.
MotsClés: Critical parameter; Diffuse optical imaging; Fluorescence lifetimes; Spatial informations; Spatially resolved; Theoretical performance; Time domain; Timeresolved; Fluorescence; Time domain analysis


Controlling light through optical disordered media: Transmission matrix approach. Popoff, S. M., G. Lerosey, M. Fink, A. C. Boccara, and S. Gigan. New Journal of Physics 13 (2011).
Résumé: We experimentally measure the monochromatic transmission matrix (TM) of an optical multiple scattering medium using a spatial light modulator together with a phaseshifting interferometry measurement method. The TM contains all the information needed to shape the scattered output field at will or to detect an image through the medium. We confront theory and experiment for these applications and study the effect of noise on the reconstruction method. We also extracted from the TM information about the statistical properties of the medium and the light transport within it. In particular, we are able to isolate the contributions of the memory effect and measure its attenuation length. © IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.
MotsClés: Attenuation lengths; Disordered media; Light transport; Memory effects; Multiplescattering medium; Phase shifting Interferometry; Reconstruction method; Spatial light modulators; Statistical properties; Transmission matrix; Light modulators; Light transmission


Coherent flash of light emitted by a cold atomic cloud. Chalony, M., R. Pierrat, D. Delande, and D. Wilkowski. Physical Review A – Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 84, no. 1 (2011).
Résumé: When a resonant laser sent on an optically thick cold atomic cloud is abruptly switched off, a coherent flash of light is emitted in the forward direction. This transient phenomenon is observed due to the highly resonant character of the atomic scatterers. We analyze quantitatively its temporal properties and show very good agreement with theoretical predictions. Based on complementary experiments, the phase of the coherent field is reconstructed without interferometric tools. © 2011 American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Atomic clouds; Coherent fields; Temporal property; Theoretical prediction; Transient phenomenon; Atoms


Longtail statistics of the purcell factor in disordered media driven by nearfield interactions. Sapienza, R., P. Bondareff, R. Pierrat, B. Habert, R. Carminati, and N. F. Van Hulst. Physical Review Letters 106, no. 16 (2011).
Résumé: In this Letter, we study the Purcell effect in a 3D disordered dielectric medium through fluorescence decay rates of nanosized light sources. We report distributions of Purcell factor with nonGaussian longtailed statistics and an enhancement of up to 8 times the average value. We attribute this large enhancement to strong fluctuations of the local density of states induced by nearfield scattering sustained by more than one particle. Our findings go beyond standard diagrammatic and singlescattering models and can be explained only by taking into account the full nearfield interaction. © 2011 American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Average values; Disordered dielectrics; Disordered media; Fluorescence decays; Local density of state; Nanosized; Near field interactions; Nearfield scattering; NonGaussian; Purcell effect; Purcell factor; Singlescattering model; Light sources; Dielectric materials


Magnetooptical control of Förster energy transfer. Vincent, R., and R. Carminati. Physical Review B – Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 83, no. 16 (2011).
Résumé: We introduce a general framework to study dipoledipole energy transfer between an emitter and an absorber in a nanostructured environment. The theory allows us to address Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET) between a donor and an acceptor in the presence of a nanoparticle with an anisotropic electromagnetic response. In the particular case of a magnetooptical anisotropy, we compute the generalized FRET rate and discuss the orders of magnitude. The distance dependence, the FRET efficiency, and the sensitivity to the orientation of the transition dipoles orientation differ from standard FRET and can be controlled using the static magnetic field as an external parameter. © 2011 American Physical Society.


Image transmission through an opaque material. Popoff, S., G. Lerosey, M. Fink, A. C. Boccara, and S. Gigan. Nature Communications 1, no. 6 (2010).
Résumé: Optical imaging relies on the ability to illuminate an object, collect and analyse the light it scatters or transmits. Propagation through complex media such as biological tissues was so far believed to degrade the attainable depth, as well as the resolution for imaging, because of multiple scattering. This is why such media are usually considered opaque. Recently, we demonstrated that it is possible to measure the complex mesoscopic optical transmission channels that allow light to traverse through such an opaque medium. Here, we show that we can optimally exploit those channels to coherently transmit and recover an arbitrary image with a high fidelity, independently of the complexity of the propagation. © 2010 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
MotsClés: article; imaging system; laser diffraction; light scattering; optical tomography; visual system


Fluctuations of the local density of states probe localized surface plasmons on disordered metal films. Krachmalnicoff, V., E. Castanié, Y. De Wilde, and R. Carminati. Physical Review Letters 105, no. 18 (2010).
Résumé: We measure the statistical distribution of the local density of optical states (LDOS) on disordered semicontinuous metal films. We show that LDOS fluctuations exhibit a maximum in a regime where fractal clusters dominate the film surface. These large fluctuations are a signature of surfaceplasmon localization on the nanometer scale. © 2010 The American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Disordered metals; Film surfaces; Fractal clusters; Local density; Local density of state; Localized surface plasmon; Nanometer scale; Optical state; Semicontinuous metal films; Statistical distribution; Surfaceplasmon; Metallic films; Plasmons; Optical data storage


Nearfield interactions and nonuniversality in speckle patterns produced by a point source in a disordered medium. Cazé, A., R. Pierrat, and R. Carminati. Physical Review A – Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 82, no. 4 (2010).
Résumé: A point source in a disordered scattering medium generates a speckle pattern with nonuniversal features, giving rise to the socalled C0 correlation. We analyze theoretically the relationship between the C0 correlation and the statistical fluctuations of the local density of states, based on simple arguments of energy conservation. This derivation leads to a clear physical interpretation of the C0 correlation. Using exact numerical simulations, we show that C0 is essentially a correlation resulting from nearfield interactions. These interactions are responsible for the nonuniversality of C0 that confers to this correlation a huge potential for sensing and imaging at the subwavelength scale in complex media. © 2010 The American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Complex media; Disordered medium; Local density of state; Near field interactions; Nonuniversality; Numerical simulation; Physical interpretation; Point sources; Scattering medium; Sensing and imaging; Speckle patterns; Statistical fluctuations; Subwavelength scale; Ferroelectric materials; Speckle; Correlation methods


Theory of infrared nanospectroscopy by photothermal induced resonance. Dazzi, A., F. Glotin, and R. Carminati. Journal of Applied Physics 107, no. 12 (2010).
Résumé: We present a theoretical investigation of the physics involved in a recently developed spectromicroscopy technique, called photothermal induced resonance (PTIR). With this technique, one measures the local infrared absorption spectrum of a sample shined with a tunable infrared laser pulse, and detects the induced photothermal expansion with the tip of an atomic force microscope (AFM). Simple physical assumptions allow us to describe analytically the heating and expansion of the sample, the excitation of the vibration modes of the AFM cantilever, and the detected signal. We show that the signal depends on the thermal expansion velocity rather than on the absolute displacement of the tip, and we investigate the influence of the laser pulse length. Eventually, we express the PTIR signal in terms of relevant parameters, and prove its proportionality to the sample absorbance. This analytical approach complement our experimental results and validates the PTIR method as a technique of choice for infrared spectroscopy of nanoscopic samples, getting around optical artifacts like reflectance perturbation. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.
MotsClés: Absolute displacement; Absorbances; AFM cantilevers; Analytical approach; Atomic force microscopes; Photothermal; Photothermal expansion; Physical assumptions; Spectromicroscopy; Theoretical investigations; Tunable infrared laser; Vibration modes; Absorption spectroscopy; Atomic force microscopy; Atomic spectroscopy; Infrared lasers; Infrared spectroscopy; Laser pulses; Photolithography; Pulsed laser applications; Resonance; Vibration analysis; Thermal expansion


Spontaneous decay rate of a dipole emitter in a strongly scattering disordered environment. Pierrat, R., and R. Carminati. Physical Review A – Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 81, no. 6 (2010).
Résumé: We study the statistics of the fluorescence decay rate of a dipole emitter embedded in a strongly scattering medium. In the multiplescattering regime, the probability of observing a decrease in the decay rate is substantial, as predicted by exact numerical simulations. The decrease originates from a reduction of the local density of optical states and is due to collective interactions and interferences. In the strongscattering regime, signatures of recurrent scattering are visible in the behavior of the average decay rate. © 2010 The American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Decay rate; Fluorescence decays; Local density; Numerical simulation; Optical state; Scattering medium; Scattering regime; Spontaneous decay rates; Computer simulation; Decay (organic); Optical waveguides; Scattering


Subwavelength spatial correlations in nearfield speckle patterns. Carminati, R. Physical Review A – Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 81, no. 5 (2010).
Résumé: At subwavelength distance from the exit surface of a disordered medium, speckle patterns generated by multiple scattering of waves exhibit nonuniversal nearfield correlations. A calculation of the field spatial correlation function shows that the correlation length is driven by the microscopic structure of the medium. The averaged speckle spot size can be smaller than the wavelength, even for nonresonant dielectric media. © 2010 The American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Correlation lengths; Disordered medium; Microscopic structures; Nearfield; Nearfield speckles; Nonresonant dielectrics; Spatial correlation functions; Spatial correlations; Speckle patterns; Spot sizes; Subwavelength; Speckle


Measuring the transmission matrix in optics: An approach to the study and control of light propagation in disordered media. Popoff, S. M., G. Lerosey, R. Carminati, M. Fink, A. C. Boccara, and S. Gigan. Physical Review Letters 104, no. 10 (2010).
Résumé: We introduce a method to experimentally measure the monochromatic transmission matrix of a complex medium in optics. This method is based on a spatial phase modulator together with a fullfield interferometric measurement on a camera. We determine the transmission matrix of a thick random scattering sample. We show that this matrix exhibits statistical properties in good agreement with random matrix theory and allows light focusing and imaging through the random medium. This method might give important insight into the mesoscopic properties of a complex medium. © 2010 The American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Complex medium; Disordered media; Fullfield; Interferometric measurement; matrix; Mesoscopic properties; Random matrix theory; Random medium; Random scattering; Spatial phase modulator; Statistical properties; Transmission matrix; Light; Light propagation; Light transmission


Controlling the quantum yield of a dipole emitter with coupled plasmonic modes. Vandenbem, C., D. Brayer, L. S. FroufePérez, and R. Carminati. Physical Review B – Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 81, no. 8 (2010).
Résumé: We study theoretically the possibility of controlling the quantum yield of a single dipole emitter using coupled plasmonic modes. Plasmon hybridization offers spectral and spatial degrees of freedom that can be used to tune the spontaneous decay rate and the apparent quantum yield with high sensitivity. We demonstrate this concept on simple structures that could be implemented experimentally. © 2010 The American Physical Society.


Radiative corrections to the polarizability tensor of an electrically small anisotropic dielectric particle. Albaladejo, S., R. GómezMedina, L. S. FroufePérez, H. Marinchio, R. Carminati, J. F. Torrado, G. Armelles, A. GarcíaMartín, and J. J. Sáenz. Optics Express 18, no. 4 (2010): 3556–3567.
Résumé: Radiative corrections to the polarizability tensor of isotropic particles are fundamental to understand the energy balance between absorption and scattering processes. Equivalent radiative corrections for anisotropic particles are not well known. Assuming that the polarization within the particle is uniform, we derived a closedform expression for the polarizability tensor which includes radiative corrections. In the absence of absorption, this expression of the polarizability tensor is consistent with the optical theorem. An analogous result for infinitely long cylinders was also derived. Magneto optical Kerr effects in nonabsorbing nanoparticles with magnetooptical activity arise as a consequence of radiative corrections to the electrostatic polarizability tensor. © 2010 Optical Society of America.
MotsClés: Anisotropic dielectrics; Anisotropic particles; Closedform expression; Isotropic particles; Magnetooptical activity; Magnetooptical Kerr effects; Optical theorem; Polarizability tensor; Radiative corrections; Scattering process; Absorption; Anisotropy; Gene expression; High energy physics; Kerr magnetooptical effect; Magnetic field effects; Magnetos; Tensors; Optical Kerr effect; anisotropy; article; computer simulation; electromagnetic field; impedance; particle size; radiation dose; radiation scattering; radiometry; theoretical model; Anisotropy; Computer Simulation; Electric Impedance; Electromagnetic Fields; Models, Theoretical; Particle Size; Radiation Dosage; Radiometry; Scattering, Radiation


Towards a random laser with cold atoms. Guerin, W., N. Mercadier, F. Michaud, D. Brivio, L. S. FroufePérez, R. Carminati, V. Eremeev, A. Goetschy, S. E. Skipetrov, and R. Kaiser. Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics 12, no. 2 (2010).
Résumé: Atoms can scatter light and they can also amplify it by stimulated emission. From this simple starting point, we examine the possibility of realizing a random laser in a cloud of lasercooled atoms. The answer is not obvious as both processes (elastic scattering and stimulated emission) seem to exclude one another: pumping atoms to make them behave as an amplifier drastically reduces their scattering crosssection. However, we show that even the simplest atom model allows the efficient combination of gain and scattering. Moreover, the supplementary degrees of freedom that atoms offer allow the use of several gain mechanisms, depending on the pumping scheme. We thus first study these different gain mechanisms and show experimentally that they can induce (standard) lasing. We then present how the constraint of combining scattering and gain can be quantified, which leads to an evaluation of the random laser threshold. The results are promising and we draw some prospects for a practical realization of a random laser with cold atoms. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.
MotsClés: Cold atoms; Random laser; Cold atoms; Degrees of freedom; Lasercooled atoms; Practical realizations; Pumping schemes; Random lasers; Scattering cross section; Degrees of freedom (mechanics); Laser beams; Pumps; Scattering; Stimulated emission; Atoms


Fluorescence quenching by a metal nanoparticle in the extreme nearfield regime. Castanié, E., M. Boffety, and R. Carminati. Optics Letters 35, no. 3 (2010): 291–293.
Résumé: We study the spontaneous decay rate of a dipóle emitter close to a metallic nanoparticle in the extreme nearfield regime. The metal is modeled using a nonlocal dielectric function that accounts for the microscopic length scales of the free electron gas. We describe quantitatively the crossover between the macroscopic and microscopic regimes and the enhanced nonradiative decay due to microscopic interactions. Our theory is in agreement with results previously established in the asymptotic near and farfield regimes. © 2010 Optical Society of America.
MotsClés: Dielectric functions; Farfield; Fluorescence quenching; Free electron gas; Metal nanoparticles; Metallic nanoparticles; Microscopic interaction; Microscopic length scale; Nearfield; Nonlocal; Nonradiative decays; Spontaneous decay rates; Decay (organic); Electron gas; Nanoparticles


Fluorescence signal of a single emitter coupled to a nanoparticle through a plasmonic film. Vandenbem, C., L. S. FroufePérez, and R. Carminati. Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics 11, no. 11 (2009).
Résumé: We study theoretically the detection of the fluorescence intensity emitted by a single emitter coupled to a nanoparticle through a metallic thin film. The coupling results from the overlap of the surface plasmon modes propagating on each interface of the film. We show that the distance between the nanoparticle and the film can be used to tune the apparent quantum yield and the radiation pattern with nanometerscale sensitivity. Such a system is appealing from the experimental point of view since it involves simple structures that can be controlled using current scanning nearfield optical techniques. It could be used to improve the detection sensitivity of molecules embedded in substrates, or to design sensitive biological or chemical plasmonic sensors. © 2009 IOP Publishing Ltd.
MotsClés: Fluorescence; Molecular imaging; Plasmons; Quenching; Single molecule; Detection sensitivity; Fluorescence intensities; Fluorescence molecular; Fluorescence signals; Metallic thin films; Molecular imaging; Nanometerscale; Nearfield; Optical technique; Plasmonic sensors; Radiation patterns; Simple structures; Single emitter; Single molecule; Surface plasmon modes; Fluorescence; Molecules; Optical data storage; Plasmons; Quenching; Nanoparticles


Threshold of a random laser with cold atoms. FroufePérez, L. S., W. Guerin, R. Carminati, and R. Kaiser. Physical Review Letters 102, no. 17 (2009).
Résumé: We address the problem of achieving an optical random laser with a cloud of cold atoms, in which gain and scattering are provided by the same atoms. The lasing threshold can be defined using the onresonance optical thickness b0 as a single critical parameter. We predict the threshold quantitatively, as well as power and frequency of the emitted light, using two different light transport models and the atomic polarizability of a strongly pumped twolevel atom. We find a critical b0 on the order of 300, which is within reach of stateoftheart coldatom experiments. Interestingly, we find that random lasing can already occur in a regime of relatively low scattering. © 2009 The American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Atomic polarizability; Cold atoms; Critical parameter; Emitted light; Lasing threshold; Light transport model; Optical thickness; Random lasers; Random lasing; Twolevel atom; Laser beams; Atoms


Density of states and extinction mean free path of waves in random media: Dispersion relations and sum rules. Carminati, R., and J. J. Sáenz. Physical Review Letters 102, no. 9 (2009).
Résumé: We establish a fundamental relationship between the averaged local density of states and the extinction mean free path of waves propagating in random media. From the principle of causality and the KramersKronig relations, we show that both quantities are connected by dispersion relations and are constrained by a frequency sum rule. The results should be helpful in the analysis of wave transport through complex media and in the design of materials with specific transport properties. © 2009 The American Physical Society.
MotsClés: Transport properties; Complex medias; Density of state; Dispersion relations; KramersKronig relations; Local density of state; Mean free paths; Random medias; Sum rules; Wave transports; Quantum theory


Analysis of the depth resolution limit of luminescence diffuse optical imaging. Boffety, M., M. Allain, A. Sentenac, M. Massonneau, and R. Carminati. Optics Letters 33, no. 20 (2008): 2290–2292.
Résumé: We introduce a methodology to determine quantitatively the depth resolution limit in luminescence diffuse optical imaging. The approach is based on a CramerRao statistical analysis, a noise model, and calculations of photon transport in tissues. We illustrate the method in the case of luminescence imaging in a brainskull model, showing its potential applications in molecular imaging on small animals. © 2008 Optical Society of America.
MotsClés: Light emission; Luminescence; Optical image storage; Optical variables measurement; Depth resolutions; Diffuse optical imaging; Luminescence imaging; Molecular imaging; Noise models; Photon transports; Potential applications; Skull models; Small animals; Statistical analysis; Light sources


Controlling the fluorescence lifetime of a single emitter on the nanoscale using a plasmonic superlens. FroufePérez, L. S., and R. Carminati. Physical Review B – Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 78, no. 12 (2008).
Résumé: Coupling a single dipole emitter to a metallic nanoparticle through the optical modes of a planar superlens made of lefthanded material can lead to substantial modifications of its spontaneous decay rate. We provide a quantitative study based on exact numerical simulation and show that such a scheme could allow the detection, the localization, and the control of the emitter dynamics with nanometerscale sensitivity, as well as the determination of its transition dipole orientation. © 2008 The American Physical Society.


Lifetime fluctuations of a single emitter in a disordered nanoscopic system: The influence of the transition dipole orientation. FroufePérez, L. S., and R. Carminati. Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science 205, no. 6 (2008): 1258–1265.
Résumé: We study the fluctuations of the fluorescence decay rate of a single emitter in a random cluster of nanoparticles, in a regime dominated by nearfield scattering. Configurational changes of the environment induce statistical changes of the decay rate. Two regimes are considered which differ in terms of transition dipole orientation. In one regime, the orientation of the transition dipole is assumed to remain constant while the configuration of the cluster changes randomly. In another regime, the orientation of the transition dipole is assumed unknown and continuously averaged over the three directions of space. Using exact numerical simulations and a simple analytical model, we show that the statistical distributions of the spontaneous decay rate are substantially different in both regimes. In both cases, the decay rate fluctuations are strongly dependent on the level of absorption at the nanoscale. We discuss the impact of this result in terms of imaging in complex media. © 2008 WILEYVCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
MotsClés: Analytical models; Complex medias; Decay rates; Fluorescence decay rates; Imaging; Nanoscale; Nanoscopic systems; Nearfield; Numerical simulations; Random clusters; Spontaneous decay rates; Statistical distributions; Three directions; Transition dipoles; Absorption; Computer simulation; Molecular vibrations; Nanotechnology; Optical waveguides; Statistical methods; Decay (organic)


Theory of the time reversal cavity for electromagnetic fields. Carminati, R., R. Pierrat, J. De Rosny, and M. Fink. Optics Letters 32, no. 21 (2007): 3107–3109.
Résumé: We derive a general expression of the electric dyadic Green function in a timereversal cavity, based on vector diffraction theory in the frequency domain. Our theory gives a rigorous framework to timereversal experiments using electromagnetic waves and suggests a methodology to design structures generating subwavelength focusing after time reversal. © 2007 Optical Society of America.
MotsClés: Diffraction; Electromagnetic waves; Frequency domain analysis; Green's function; Microcavities; Time reversal cavity; Electromagnetic fields


Thermal radiation scanning tunnelling microscopy. De Wilde, Y., F. Formanek, R. Carminati, B. Gralak, P.  A. Lemoine, K. Joulain, J.  P. Mulet, Y. Chen, and J.  J. Greffet. Nature 444, no. 7120 (2006): 740–743.
Résumé: In standard nearfield scanning optical microscopy (NSOM), a subwavelength probe acts as an optical 'stethoscope' to map the near field produced at the sample surface by external illumination. This technique has been applied using visible, infrared, terahertz and gigahertz radiation to illuminate the sample, providing a resolution well beyond the diffraction limit. NSOM is well suited to study surface waves such as surface plasmons or surfacephonon polaritons. Using an aperture NSOM with visible laser illumination, a nearfield interference pattern around a corral structure has been observed, whose features were similar to the scanning tunnelling microscope image of the electronic waves in a quantum corral. Here we describe an infrared NSOM that operates without any external illumination: it is a nearfield analogue of a nightvision camera, making use of the thermal infrared evanescent fields emitted by the surface, and behaves as an optical scanning tunnelling microscope. We therefore term this instrument a 'thermal radiation scanning tunnelling microscope' (TRSTM). We show the first TRSTM images of thermally excited surface plasmons, and demonstrate spatial coherence effects in nearfield thermal emission. ©2006 Nature Publishing Group.
MotsClés: diffraction; scanning tunnelling microscopy; temperature effect; article; illumination; infrared radiation; microscope; near field scanning optical microscopy; priority journal; radiation; scanning tunneling microscopy; signal detection; surface plasmon resonance; thermal radiation scanning tunneling microscopy

