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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1078–1090

Scattering-induced changes in the degree of polarization of a stochastic electromagnetic plane-wave pulse

Chaoliang Ding, Yangjian Cai, Yongtao Zhang, and Liuzhan Pan  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 6, pp. 1078-1090 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.29.001078


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Abstract

The scattering of a stochastic electromagnetic plane-wave pulse on a deterministic spherical medium is investigated. An analytical formula for the degree of polarization (DOP) of the scattered field in the far zone is derived. Letting pulse duration T0, our formula can be applied to study the scattering of a stationary stochastic electromagnetic light wave. Numerical results show that the DOP of the far zone field is closely determined by the size of the spherical medium when the incident field is a stochastic electromagnetic plane-wave pulse. This is much different from the case when the incident field is a stationary stochastic electromagnetic light wave, where the DOP of the far zone field is independent of the size of the medium. One may obtain the information of the spherical medium by measuring the scattering-induced changes in the DOP of a stochastic electromagnetic plane-wave pulse.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 17, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2012
Published: May 30, 2012

Citation
Chaoliang Ding, Yangjian Cai, Yongtao Zhang, and Liuzhan Pan, "Scattering-induced changes in the degree of polarization of a stochastic electromagnetic plane-wave pulse," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 1078-1090 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-29-6-1078

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