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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2004
  • pp: 1799–1804

Depolarization of backscattered linearly polarized light

Luis Fernando Rojas-Ochoa, David Lacoste, Ralf Lenke, Peter Schurtenberger, and Frank Scheffold  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 21, Issue 9, pp. 1799-1804 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.21.001799


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Abstract

We formulate a quantitative description of backscattered linearly polarized light with an extended photon diffusion formalism taking explicitly into account the scattering anisotropy parameter g of the medium. From diffusing wave spectroscopy measurements, the characteristic depolarization length for linearly polarized light, lp, is deduced. We investigate the dependence of this length on the scattering anisotropy parameter g spanning an extended range from -1 (backscattering) to 1 (forward scattering). Good agreement is found with Monte Carlo simulations of multiply scattered light.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

History
Original Manuscript: January 29, 2004
Revised Manuscript: March 24, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: March 24, 2004
Published: September 1, 2004

Citation
Luis Fernando Rojas-Ochoa, David Lacoste, Ralf Lenke, Peter Schurtenberger, and Frank Scheffold, "Depolarization of backscattered linearly polarized light," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 1799-1804 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-21-9-1799

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