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Expansion of a wave-packet in lattices with disorder and nonlinearity

: Naether, Uta; Rojas-Rojas, Santiago; Martinez, Alejandro J.; Stützer, Simon; Tünnermann, Andreas; Nolte, Stefan; Molina, Mario I.; Vicencio, Rodrigo A.; Szameit, Alexander

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Online im WWW, 2012, arXiv:1205.5457, 5 pp.
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We show, theoretically and experimentally, the counterintuitive result that an increase of disorder can result in an enhanced spreading of an initially localized excitation. Moreover, we find that adding a focusing nonlinearity facilitates the expansion of the wave-packet even further by increasing its effective size. We find a clear transition between between the regions of enhanced spreading (weak disorder) and localization (strong localization) described by a "diffusion peak".