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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2002
  • pp: 2517–2520

On the extinction of radiation by a homogeneous but spatially correlated random medium: comment

Anatoli Borovoi  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 19, Issue 12, pp. 2517-2520 (2002)

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Some extinction laws for radiation transmitted through inhomogeneous random media were discussed by Kostinski [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 1929 (2001)] by means of a complicated use of concepts of statistical theory of fluids. We show that these extinction laws are readily obtained in terms of classical probability theory. The validity of exponential extinction laws for large observation distances (as compared with the size of inhomogeneities of a medium) is proven and emphasized. It is shown that Kostinski’s results turn out to be applicable to small observation distances only, for which the concept of extinction law is hardly applicable.

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OCIS Codes
(000.4930) General : Other topics of general interest
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics

Original Manuscript: November 30, 2001
Revised Manuscript: March 19, 2002
Manuscript Accepted: March 19, 2002
Published: December 1, 2002

Anatoli Borovoi, "On the extinction of radiation by a homogeneous but spatially correlated random medium: comment," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 19, 2517-2520 (2002)

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