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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • 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)

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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.

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

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

Chaim Schwartz and Aristide Dogariu, "Backscattered polarization patterns determined by conservation of angular momentum," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 431-436 (2008)

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