Complexity of waves in nonlinear disordered media

, and . Phys. Rev. B 83 (13): 134204 (2011)ArXiv e-prints arXiv:1009.3290.


The statistical properties of the phases of several modes nonlinearly coupled in a random system are investigated by means of a Hamiltonian model with disordered couplings. The regime in which the modes have a stationary distribution of their energies and in which the phases are coupled is studied for arbitrary degrees of randomness and energy. The complexity versus temperature and strength of nonlinearity is calculated. A phase diagram is derived in terms of the stored energy and amount of disorder. Implications in random lasing, nonlinear wave propagation, and finite-temperature Bose-Einstein condensation are discussed.

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