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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2002
  • pp: 1589–1591

Backscattering of circularly polarized pulses

Arnold D. Kim and Miguel Moscoso  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 18, pp. 1589-1591 (2002)

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Using numerical simulations of vector radiative transport, we examine time-resolved backscattering of circularly polarized plane waves normally incident upon a slab containing a random distribution of latex spheres in water. For large spheres the effect of polarization memory occurs a short time after first-order scattering and before depolarization. It is the result of successive near-forward-scattering events that maintain the incident wave's helicity. For moderately large scatterers it exhibits a simple dependence on the anisotropy factor. For larger spheres or those with higher refractive indices, it also depends on complicated angular and polarization characteristics of backscattering given by Mie theory.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

Arnold D. Kim and Miguel Moscoso, "Backscattering of circularly polarized pulses," Opt. Lett. 27, 1589-1591 (2002)

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