Granularity and inhomogeneity are the joint generators of optical rogue waves.

@article{Arecchi2011GranularityAI,
  title={Granularity and inhomogeneity are the joint generators of optical rogue waves.},
  author={Fortunato Tito Arecchi and Umberto Bortolozzo and A. Montina and S. Residori},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2011},
  volume={106 15},
  pages={
          153901
        }
}
In the presence of many waves, giant events can occur with a probability higher than expected for random dynamics. By studying linear light propagation in a glass fiber, we show that optical rogue waves originate from two key ingredients: granularity, or a minimal size of the light speckles at the fiber exit, and inhomogeneity, that is, speckles clustering into separate domains with different average intensities. These two features characterize also rogue waves in nonlinear systems; thus… CONTINUE READING

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