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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2001
  • pp: 5495–5502

Polarized pulse waves in random discrete scatterers

Akira Ishimaru, Sermsak Jaruwatanadilok, and Yasuo Kuga  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 30, pp. 5495-5502 (2001)

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In recent years there has been increasing interest in the use of polarization for imaging objects in a cluttered environment. Examples are optical imaging through clouds, optical detection of objects in a biological medium, and microwave detection of objects in clutter. We extend previous studies of continuous-wave scattering to pulse-polarization scattering in discrete scatterers. We solve the time-dependent vector radiative transfer equation for a plane-parallel medium by using Mie scattering and the discrete ordinates method. The time-dependent degree of polarization and cross-polarization discrimination are calculated and verify the advantages of circular over linear polarization in maintaining greater copolarized components rather than cross-polarized components.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(110.7050) Imaging systems : Turbid media
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

Original Manuscript: February 12, 2001
Revised Manuscript: May 21, 2001
Published: October 20, 2001

Akira Ishimaru, Sermsak Jaruwatanadilok, and Yasuo Kuga, "Polarized pulse waves in random discrete scatterers," Appl. Opt. 40, 5495-5502 (2001)

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