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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2000
  • pp: 888–891

Full angular profile of the coherent polarization opposition effect

Michael I. Mishchenko, Jean-Marc Luck, and Theo M. Nieuwenhuizen  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 888-891 (2000)

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We use the rigorous vector theory of weak photon localization for a semi-infinite medium composed of nonabsorbing Rayleigh scatterers to compute the full angular profile of the polarization opposition effect. The effect is caused by coherent backscattering of unpolarized incident light and accompanies the well-known backscattering intensity peak.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5870) Scattering : Scattering, Rayleigh

Original Manuscript: August 12, 1999
Manuscript Accepted: January 21, 2000
Published: May 1, 2000

Michael I. Mishchenko, Jean-Marc Luck, and Theo M. Nieuwenhuizen, "Full angular profile of the coherent polarization opposition effect," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 888-891 (2000)

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