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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 10 — May. 16, 2005
  • pp: 3666–3672

Simulation of enhanced backscattering of light by numerically solving Maxwell’s equations without heuristic approximations

Snow H. Tseng, Young L. Kim, Allen Taflove, Duncan Maitland, Vadim Backman, and Joseph T. Walsh, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 10, pp. 3666-3672 (2005)

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We report what we believe to be the first simulation of enhanced backscattering (EBS) of light by numerically solving Maxwell’s equations without heuristic approximations. Our simulation employs the pseudospectral time-domain (PSTD) technique, which we have previously shown enables essentially exact numerical solutions of Maxwell’s equations for light scattering by millimeter-volume random media consisting of micrometer-scale inhomogeneities. We show calculations of EBS peaks of random media in the presence of speckle; in addition, we demonstrate speckle reduction using a frequency-averaging technique. More generally, this new technique is sufficiently robust to permit the study of EBS phenomena for random media of arbitrary geometry not amenable to simulation by other approaches, especially with regard to extension to full-vector electrodynamics in three dimensions.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: March 25, 2005
Revised Manuscript: April 18, 2005
Published: May 16, 2005

Snow Tseng, Young Kim, Allen Taflove, Duncan Maitland, Vadim Backman, and Joseph Walsh, Jr., "Simulation of enhanced backscattering of light by numerically solving Maxwell�??s equations without heuristic approximations," Opt. Express 13, 3666-3672 (2005)

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