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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2008
  • pp: 98–107

Reflection symmetry of a sphere’s internal field and its consequences on scattering: a microphysical approach

Matthew J. Berg, Christopher M. Sorensen, and Amitabha Chakrabarti  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 98-107 (2008)

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We examine the reflection symmetries of the electromagnetic wave inside of a uniform spherical particle and identify the consequences of the symmetries for the Stokes parameters describing the polarization state of the far-field scattered wave. The connection between the two waves is described from a microphysical perspective that illustrates the wavelet-superposition origin of the scattered wave. In contrast to more conventional approaches, this microphysical perspective yields new insight into the physical character of the scattering of a plane wave by a sphere. The results of simulations are presented, which graphically demonstrate the relation between the symmetries present in the internal wave and the polarization state of the scattered wave.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(120.5240) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Photometry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

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Original Manuscript: July 30, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2007
Published: December 12, 2007

Matthew J. Berg, Christopher M. Sorensen, and Amitabha Chakrabarti, "Reflection symmetry of a sphere's internal field and its consequences on scattering: a microphysical approach," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 98-107 (2008)

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