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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 17 — Aug. 21, 2006
  • pp: 7579–7586

Singular-optical coloring of regularly scattered white light

Oleg V. Angelsky, Peter V. Polyanskii, and Steen G. Hanson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 17, pp. 7579-7586 (2006)

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When the surface roughness is comparable with the wavelength of the probing radiation, the scattered field contains both the regular (forward-scattered) component of coherent nature and the diffusely scattered part. Coloring of the regular component of white light scattered by a colorless dielectric slab with a rough surface is considered as a peculiar effect of singular optics with zero (infinitely extended) interference fringes. To explain the observed alternation of colors with respect to the increasing depth of the surface roughness, we apply a model of transition layers associated with the surface roughness. By applying the chromascopic technique, it is shown that the modifications of the normalized spectrum of the forward-scattered white light can be interpreted as the effect of a quarter-wavelength (anti-reflecting) layer for some spectral component of a polychromatic probing beam.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 26, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 3, 2006
Published: August 21, 2006

Oleg V. Angelsky, Peter V. Polyanskii, and Steen G. Hanson, "Singular-optical coloring of regularly scattered white light," Opt. Express 14, 7579-7586 (2006)

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