Wave transport along surfaces with random impedance

Guillaume Bal, Valentin Freilikher, George Papanicolaou, Leonid Ryzhik

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We study transport and diffusion of classical waves in two-dimensional disordered systems and in particular surface waves on a flat surface with randomly fluctuating impedance. We derive from first principles a radiative transport equation for the angularly resolved energy density of the surface waves. This equation accounts for multiple scattering of surface waves as well as for their decay because of leakage into volume waves. We analyze the dependence of the scattering mean free path and of the decay rate on the power spectrum of fluctuations. We also consider the diffusion approximation of the surface radiative transport equation and calculate the angular distribution of the energy transmitted by a strip of random surface impedance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6228-6240
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2000


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