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  • Vol. 2, Iss. 11 — Nov. 26, 2007

Effects of absorption on multiple scattering by random particulate media: exact results

Michael I. Mishchenko, Li Liu, and Joop W. Hovenier  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 20, pp. 13182-13187 (2007)

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We employ the numerically exact superposition T-matrix method to perform extensive computations of electromagnetic scattering by a volume of discrete random medium densely filled with increasingly absorbing as well as non-absorbing particles. Our numerical data demonstrate that increasing absorption diminishes and nearly extinguishes certain optical effects such as depolarization and coherent backscattering and increases the angular width of coherent backscattering patterns. This result corroborates the multiple-scattering origin of such effects and further demonstrates the heuristic value of the concept of multiple scattering even in application to densely packed particulate media.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

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Original Manuscript: August 20, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 18, 2007
Published: September 26, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Michael I. Mishchenko, Li Liu, and Joop W. Hovenier, "Effects of absorption on multiple scattering by random particulate media: exact results," Opt. Express 15, 13182-13187 (2007)

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