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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 14 — Jul. 7, 2008
  • pp: 10372–10383

Partial polarization of light induced by random defects at surfaces or bulks

Claude Amra, Myriam Zerrad, Laure Siozade, Gaelle Georges, and Carole Deumié  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 14, pp. 10372-10383 (2008)

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Partial polarization may be the result of a scattering process from a fully polarized incident beam. It is shown how the “loss of polarization” is connected with the nature of scatterers (surface roughness, bulk heterogeneity) and on the receiver solid angle. These effects are theoretically predicted and confirmed via multiscale polarization measurements in the speckle pattern of rough surfaces. “Full” polarization can be recovered when reducing the receiver aperture.

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OCIS Codes
(120.6150) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Speckle imaging
(240.5770) Optics at surfaces : Roughness
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements
(290.5825) Scattering : Scattering theory

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Original Manuscript: January 2, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 7, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 21, 2008
Published: June 27, 2008

Claude Amra, Myriam Zerrad, Laure Siozade, Gaelle Georges, and Carole Deumié, "Partial polarization of light induced by random defects at surfaces or bulks," Opt. Express 16, 10372-10383 (2008)

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