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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1998
  • pp: 528–532

Mean-field theory of light scattering by one-dimensional rough surfaces

A. Sentenac and J.-J. Greffet  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 15, Issue 2, pp. 528-532 (1998)

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We present a new approximate theory of scattering by randomly rough surfaces. The selvedge region is considered to be a layer with fluctuating index. A mean-field theory is used to derive the diffuse intensity. Comparisons with Monte Carlo simulations based on surface integral equations show that the technique can be used for rms heights as large as λ/2 and for any type of slope for a dielectric constant of 2.25. However, the accuracy decreases with increasing dielectric constant.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5770) Coherence and statistical optics : Roughness
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(290.5880) Scattering : Scattering, rough surfaces

Original Manuscript: May 19, 1997
Manuscript Accepted: August 19, 1997
Published: February 1, 1998

A. Sentenac and J.-J. Greffet, "Mean-field theory of light scattering by one-dimensional rough surfaces," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 15, 528-532 (1998)

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