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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1585–1593

Light scattering from a rough metal surface: theory and experiment

Roberto Li Voti, Grigore L. Leahu, Simone Gaetani, Concita Sibilia, Vittorio Violante, Emanuele Castagna, and Mario Bertolotti  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 8, pp. 1585-1593 (2009)

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There is still great interest in the determination of microtopographic properties of rough metallic surfaces from light scattering measurements. According to Beckmann–Kirchhoff theory a clear relationship is established between the in-plane angular scattered light intensity and the statistical properties of the surface. We discuss one way to invert this relationship, and we introduce a new iterative procedure to retrieve the height autocorrelation function even for a very rough metallic surface (rms surface roughness of the same order of the optical wavelength). The procedure is eventually applied to the experimental data of a known metallic surface for validation.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(290.5880) Scattering : Scattering, rough surfaces
(240.3695) Optics at surfaces : Linear and nonlinear light scattering from surfaces

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: March 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 27, 2009
Published: July 15, 2009

Roberto Li Voti, Grigore L. Leahu, Simone Gaetani, Concita Sibilia, Vittorio Violante, Emanuele Castagna, and Mario Bertolotti, "Light scattering from a rough metal surface: theory and experiment," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 1585-1593 (2009)

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