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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2010
  • pp: 2412–2414

Scattering theory of stochastic electromagnetic light waves

Tao Wang and Daomu Zhao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 14, pp. 2412-2414 (2010)

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We generalize scattering theory to stochastic electromagnetic light waves. It is shown that when a stochastic electromagnetic light wave is scattered from a medium, the properties of the scattered field can be characterized by a 3 × 3 cross-spectral density matrix. An example of scattering of a spatially coherent electromagnetic light wave from a deterministic medium is discussed. Some interesting phenomena emerge, including the changes of the spectral degree of coherence and of the spectral degree of polarization of the scattered field.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(290.5825) Scattering : Scattering theory
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization

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Original Manuscript: April 1, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 21, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 21, 2010
Published: July 9, 2010

Tao Wang and Daomu Zhao, "Scattering theory of stochastic electromagnetic light waves," Opt. Lett. 35, 2412-2414 (2010)

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