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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 7 — Apr. 8, 2013
  • pp: 8091–8100

Controlling light scattering and polarization by spherical particles with radial anisotropy

Y. X. Ni, L. Gao, A. E. Miroshnichenko, and C. W. Qiu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 7, pp. 8091-8100 (2013)

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Based on full-wave electromagnetic theory, we derive the zero-forward and zero-backward scattering conditions for radially anisotropic spheres within the quasi-static limit. We find that the near-field intensity can be tuned dramatically through the adjustment of the radial anisotropy, while the far-field light scattering diagrams are similar under the zero-forward or zero-backward scattering conditions. Generalized “Brewster’s angle” for anisotropic spheres is also derived, at which the scattering light is totally polarized. In addition, the high-quality polarized scattering wave and the tunable polarization conversion can be achieved for the radially anisotropic spheres.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

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Original Manuscript: February 7, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 14, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2013
Published: March 27, 2013

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Y. X. Ni, L. Gao, A. E. Miroshnichenko, and C. W. Qiu, "Controlling light scattering and polarization by spherical particles with radial anisotropy," Opt. Express 21, 8091-8100 (2013)

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