Shock waves emerge in various fields and trigger effects like rogue waves, supercontinuum generation and emission of resonant radiation. Despite shock waves ubiquity, their effect on the coherence properties is barely understood. Among the open problems, the quantum features of shock waves are particularly intriguing for the possibility of generating non-classical states by highly nonlinear regimes. In a manuscript in arXiv, Maria Chiara Braidotti, Antonio Mecozzi, and Claudio Conti theoretically predict classical squeezing of light during shock formation. The picture above shows the Wigner transform of the field in the squeezed regime. By using techniques of rigged Hilbert space quantum mechanics, they show that a coherent state develops squeezing which stops in proximity of the shock point. The analysis holds true for temporal and spatial shock waves in highly nonlocal regime.These results open a new scenario in shock phenomena and link nonlinear propagation in extreme regimes with quantum optics and related applications.
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The results of the team of the Vanguard project presented at at the 60th annual meeting of the Biophysical Society, in Los Angeles appeared in Physics World
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In a paper published in Phys. Rev. Lett. , D. Pierangeli, F. Di Mei, G. Di Domenico, A. J. Agranat, C. Conti, and E. Del Re, report the direct observation of the onset of turbulence in propagating one-dimensional optical waves. The transition occurs as the disordered hosting material passes from being linear to one with extreme nonlinearity. As the response grows, increased wave interaction causes a modulational unstable quasihomogeneous flow to be superseded by a chaotic and spatially incoherent one. Statistical analysis of high-resolution wave behavior in the turbulent regime unveils the emergence of concomitant rogue waves. The transition, observed in a photorefractive ferroelectric crystal, introduces a new and rich experimental setting for the study of optical wave turbulence and information transport in conditions dominated by large fluctuations and extreme nonlinearity.