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Does the coherent lidar system corroborate non-interaction of waves (NIW)?
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Paper Abstract

The NIW (non-interaction of waves) property has been proposed by one of the coauthors. The NIW property states that in the absence of any “obstructing” detectors, all the Huygens-Fresnel secondary wave lets will continue to propagate unhindered and without interacting (interfering) with each other. Since a coherent lidar system incorporates complex behaviors of optical components with different polarizations including circular polarization for the transmitted radiation, then the question arises whether the NIW principle accommodate elliptical polarization of light. Elliptical polarization presumes the summation of orthogonally polarized electric field vectors which contradicts the NIW principle. In this paper, we present working of a coherent lidar system using Jones matrix formulation. The Jones matrix elements represent the anisotropic dipolar properties of molecules of optical components. Accordingly, when we use the Jones matrix methodology to analyze the coherent lidar system, we find that the system behavior is congruent with the NIW property.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 2013
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8832, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? V, 883209 (1 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2025459
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Narasimha S. Prasad, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8832:
The Nature of Light: What are Photons? V
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Al F. Kracklauer; Hans De Raedt, Editor(s)

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