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Polarized light propagation and scattering in random media
Author(s): Arnold D. Kim; Sermsak Jaruwatanadilok; Akira Ishimaru; Yasuo Kuga
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Paper Abstract

Using radiative transfer, we investigate linear and circular polarized light normally impinging a plane-parallel medium containing a random distribution of identically sized latex spheres in water. The focus of this study is to understand fundamental properties of polarized light scattering. In particular, we analyze backscattered and transmitted flux responses computed form direct numerical simulations. Form these numerical computations, we observe that circular polarized light depolarizes at a slower rate than linear polarized light. In addition, circular polarized light shows a more noticeable dependence on the size of the scatterers than linear polarized light. Furthermore, the helicity flip observed in circular polarized backscattered light is a fundamental phenomenon manifested by low order scattering.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4257, Laser-Tissue Interaction XII: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical, (9 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.434691
Show Author Affiliations
Arnold D. Kim, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Sermsak Jaruwatanadilok, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Akira Ishimaru, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Yasuo Kuga, Univ. of Washington (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4257:
Laser-Tissue Interaction XII: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical
Donald Dean Duncan; Donald Dean Duncan; Steven L. Jacques; Peter C. Johnson; Peter C. Johnson, Editor(s)

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