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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 1998
  • pp: 3333–3338

Theoretical analysis of polarization patterns from incoherent backscattering of light

Milun J. Raković and George W. Kattawar  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 15, pp. 3333-3338 (1998)

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Anisotropy in the polarization of the backscattered light from a polarized laser beam incident upon a scattering medium has been observed experimentally. When the beam is viewed through an oriented polarizer, characteristic patterns in the backscattered light are observed. We present here a simple explanation of these patterns, using the theory of incoherent scattering of light by spheres. It appears that the major contribution to the observed patterns comes from the double scattering of light.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(280.1310) Remote sensing and sensors : Atmospheric scattering
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media

Original Manuscript: August 2, 1997
Revised Manuscript: February 2, 1998
Published: May 20, 1998

Milun J. Raković and George W. Kattawar, "Theoretical analysis of polarization patterns from incoherent backscattering of light," Appl. Opt. 37, 3333-3338 (1998)

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