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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 26 — Dec. 27, 2004
  • pp: 6530–6539

Electric field Monte Carlo simulation of polarized light propagation in turbid media

Min Xu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 26, pp. 6530-6539 (2004)

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A Monte Carlo method based on tracing the multiply scattered electric field is presented to simulate the propagation of polarized light in turbid media. Multiple scattering of light comprises a series of updates of the parallel and perpendicular components of the complex electric field with respect to the scattering plane by the amplitude scattering matrix and rotations of the local coordinate system spanned by the unit vectors in the directions of the parallel and perpendicular electric field components and the propagation direction of light. The backscattering speckle pattern and the backscattering Mueller matrix of an aqueous suspension of polystyrene spheres in a slab geometry are computed using this Electric Field Monte Carlo (EMC) method. An efficient algorithm computing the Mueller matrix in the pure backscattering direction is detailed in the paper.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(170.5280) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photon migration
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media

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Original Manuscript: November 15, 2004
Revised Manuscript: December 13, 2004
Published: December 27, 2004

Min Xu, "Electric field Monte Carlo simulation of polarized light propagation in turbid media," Opt. Express 12, 6530-6539 (2004)

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