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  • Vol. 53, Iss. 11 — Apr. 10, 2014
  • pp: 2405–2415

Optical role of randomness for structured surfaces

Villads Egede Johansen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 11, pp. 2405-2415 (2014)

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It has long been known that random height variations of a repeated nanoscale structure can give rise to smooth angular color variations instead of the well-known diffraction pattern experienced if no randomization is present. However, until now there have been few publications trying to explain this and similar phenomena taking outset in electromagnetic theory. This paper presents a method for analyzing far-field reflection from a surface constructed by translated instances of a given structure. Several examples of the effect of random translations are given.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(240.6700) Optics at surfaces : Surfaces
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(330.7326) Vision, color, and visual optics : Visual optics, modeling

ToC Category:
Vision, Color, and Visual Optics

Original Manuscript: January 2, 2014
Revised Manuscript: January 2, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 26, 2014
Published: April 7, 2014

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Villads Egede Johansen, "Optical role of randomness for structured surfaces," Appl. Opt. 53, 2405-2415 (2014)

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