OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 20 — Oct. 7, 2013
  • pp: 24191–24200

Mapping the coherence time of far-field speckle scattered by disordered media

G. Soriano, M. Zerrad, and C. Amra  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 20, pp. 24191-24200 (2013)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (808 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



The polarization and temporal coherence properties of light are altered by scattering events. In this paper, we follow a far-field approach, modelizing the scattering from disordered media with the scattering matrix formalism. The degree of polarization and coherence time of the scattered light are expressed with respect to the characteristics of the incident field.

© 2013 OSA

OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.5880) Scattering : Scattering, rough surfaces
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: July 26, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 16, 2013
Published: October 2, 2013

G. Soriano, M. Zerrad, and C. Amra, "Mapping the coherence time of far-field speckle scattered by disordered media," Opt. Express 21, 24191-24200 (2013)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. M. Zerrad, J. Sorrentini, G. Soriano, and C. Amra, “Gradual loss of polarization in light scattered from rough surfaces: Electromagnetic prediction,” Opt. Express18, 15832–15843 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  2. J. Sorrentini, M. Zerrad, G. Soriano, and C. Amra, “Enpolarization of light by scattering media,” Opt. Express19, 21313–21320 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. P. Réfrégier, M. Zerrad, and C. Amra, “Coherence and polarization properties in speckle of totally depolarized light scattered by totally depolarizing media,” Opt. Lett.37, 2055–2057 (2012). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. M. Zerrad, G. Soriano, A. Ghabbach, and C. Amra, “Light enpolarization by disordered media under partial polarized illumination: The role of cross-scattering coefficients,” Opt. Express21, 2787–2794 (2013). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. J. Goodman, Statistical Optics (Wiley-Interscience, 1985).
  6. L. Mandel and E. Wolf, Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics (Cambridge University press, 1995). [CrossRef]
  7. E. Wolf, Introduction to the Theory of Coherence and Polarization of Light (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
  8. G. Gbur and T. Visser, “The structure of partially coherent fields,” Progress in optics55, 285 (2011). [CrossRef]
  9. T. Wang and D. Zhao, “Scattering theory of stochastic electromagnetic light waves,” Opt. Lett.35, 2412–2414 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  10. Z. Tong and O. Korotkova, “Theory of weak scattering of stochastic electromagnetic fields from deterministic and random media,” Phys. Rev. A82, 033836 (2010). [CrossRef]
  11. C. Ding, Y. Cai, O. Korotkova, Y. Zhang, and L. Pan, “Scattering-induced changes in the temporal coherence length and the pulse duration of a partially coherent plane-wave pulse,” Opt. Lett.36, 517–519 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  12. C. Ding, Y. Cai, Y. Zhang, and L. Pan, “Scattering-induced changes in the degree of polarization of a stochastic electromagnetic plane-wave pulse,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A29, 1078–1090 (2012). [CrossRef]
  13. M. Salem, O. Korotkova, A. Dogariu, and E. Wolf, “Polarization changes in partially coherent electromagnetic beams propagating through turbulent atmosphere,” Waves in Random Media14, 513–523 (2004). [CrossRef]
  14. J. Lancis, V. Torres-Company, E. Silvestre, and P. Andrés, “Space-time analogy for partially coherent plane-wave-type pulses,” Opt. Lett.30, 2973–2975 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  15. H. Roychowdhury, G. P. Agrawal, and E. Wolf, “Changes in the spectrum, in the spectral degree of polarization, and in the spectral degree of coherence of a partially coherent beam propagating through a gradient-index fiber,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A23, 940–948 (2006). [CrossRef]
  16. W. Huang, S. Ponomarenko, M. Cada, and G. P. Agrawal, “Polarization changes of partially coherent pulses propagating in optical fibers,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A24, 3063–3068 (2007). [CrossRef]
  17. J. Tervo, T. Setälä, and A. T. Friberg, “Theory of partially coherent electromagnetic fields in the space–frequency domain,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A21, 2205–2215 (2004). [CrossRef]
  18. P. Vahimaa and J. Tervo, “Unified measures for optical fields: degree of polarization and effective degree of coherence,” Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics6, S41 (2004). [CrossRef]
  19. J. Ellis and A. Dogariu, “Complex degree of mutual polarization,” Opt. Lett.29, 536–538 (2004). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  20. P. Réfrégier and F. Goudail, “Invariant degrees of coherence of partially polarized light,” Opt. Express13, 6051–6060 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  21. P. Réfrégier and A. Roueff, “Intrinsic coherence: a new concept in polarization and coherence theory,” Optics and photonics news18, 30–35 (2007). [CrossRef]
  22. J. G. Van Bladel, Electromagnetic Fields (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2007). [CrossRef]
  23. A. G. Voronovich, Wave Scattering from Rough Surfaces (Springer-Verlag, 1994). [CrossRef]
  24. J. Dainty, A. Ennos, M. Françon, J. Goodman, T. McKechnie, G. Parry, and J. Goodman, “Statistical properties of laser speckle patterns,” Topics in Applied Physics9, 9–75 (1975). [CrossRef]
  25. J. Goodman, Speckle Phenomena in Optics: Theory and Applications(Roberts & Co, 2007).
  26. W. H. Press, Numerical Recipes in Fortran 77: the Art of Scientific Computing, (Cambridge University Press, 1992).
  27. J. Sorrentini, M. Zerrad, and C. Amra, “Statistical signatures of random media and their correlation to polarization properties,” Opt. Lett.34, 2429–2431 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited