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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2003
  • pp: 412–417

Observation of the enhanced backscattering of light by the end of a tilted dielectric cylinder owing to the caustic merging transition

Philip L. Marston, Yibing Zhang, and David B. Thiessen  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 3, pp. 412-417 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.42.000412


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Abstract

The scattering of light by obliquely illuminated circular dielectric cylinders was previously demonstrated to be enhanced by a merger of Airy caustics at a critical tilt angle. [Appl. Opt. 37, 1534 (1998)]. A related enhancement is demonstrated here for backward and near-backward scattering for cylinders cut with a flat end perpendicular to the cylinder’s axis. It is expected that merged caustics will enhance the backscattering by clouds of randomly oriented circular cylinders that have appropriately flat ends.

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OCIS Codes
(010.2940) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Ice crystal phenomena
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(080.1510) Geometric optics : Propagation methods
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

History
Original Manuscript: January 14, 2002
Revised Manuscript: March 29, 2002
Published: January 20, 2003

Citation
Philip L. Marston, Yibing Zhang, and David B. Thiessen, "Observation of the enhanced backscattering of light by the end of a tilted dielectric cylinder owing to the caustic merging transition," Appl. Opt. 42, 412-417 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-42-3-412


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