Localized modes in a finite-size open disordered microwave cavity

Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Dec 21;99(25):253902. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.253902. Epub 2007 Dec 19.


We present measurements of the spatial intensity distribution of localized modes in a two-dimensional open microwave cavity randomly filled with cylindrical dielectric scatterers. We show that each of these modes displays a range of localization lengths, and we successfully relate the largest value to the measured leakage rate at the boundary. These results constitute unambiguous signatures of the existence of strongly localized electromagnetic modes in two-dimensional open random media.