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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2008
  • pp: 431–436

Backscattered polarization patterns determined by conservation of angular momentum

Chaim Schwartz and Aristide Dogariu  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 431-436 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.25.000431


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Abstract

It is demonstrated that the occurence of backscattered polarization patterns relates to the conservation of angular momentum of light. Using the geometrical phase formalism in the spin space, we develop a model where the helicity-maintaining and the helicity-flipping multiple-scattering processes can be accounted for. The model explains practically all the symmetries present in the spatially resolved Mueller matrices.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

ToC Category:
Scattering

History
Original Manuscript: June 19, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 16, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 14, 2007
Published: January 28, 2008

Citation
Chaim Schwartz and Aristide Dogariu, "Backscattered polarization patterns determined by conservation of angular momentum," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 431-436 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-25-2-431

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