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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 1998
  • pp: 7897–7905

Light scattering from an optically active sphere into a circular aperture

J. David Pendleton and David L. Rosen  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 33, pp. 7897-7905 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.37.007897


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Abstract

To show how apertures affect measurements of the circularly polarized components of light scattered to a detector, we develop two methods of averaging the V and I Stokes parameters over a circular aperture that collects light scattered from an optically active sphere. One method uses a two-dimensional numerical integration that is appropriate for small apertures, and the other gives analytical expressions for scattering into a solid angle of any size. We identify the aperture locations that, independent of aperture size, give an average V (and an effective degree of circular polarization) of zero for scattering from an optically inactive sphere and of nonzero for scattering from an optically active sphere.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory

History
Original Manuscript: May 11, 1998
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 1998
Published: November 20, 1998

Citation
J. David Pendleton and David L. Rosen, "Light scattering from an optically active sphere into a circular aperture," Appl. Opt. 37, 7897-7905 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-37-33-7897

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