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Polarized light propagation and scattering in random media

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Arnold D. Kim

Stanford Univ. (USA)

Sermsak Jaruwatanadilok, Akira Ishimaru, Yasuo Kuga

Univ. of Washington (USA)

Proc. SPIE 4257, Laser-Tissue Interaction XII: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical, 90 (July 9, 2001); doi:10.1117/12.434691
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  • Laser-Tissue Interaction XII: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical
  • Donald D. Duncan; Steven L. Jacques; Peter C. Johnson
  • San Jose, CA | January 20, 2001

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.

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Arnold D. Kim ; Sermsak Jaruwatanadilok ; Akira Ishimaru and Yasuo Kuga
"Polarized light propagation and scattering in random media", Proc. SPIE 4257, Laser-Tissue Interaction XII: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical, 90 (July 9, 2001); doi:10.1117/12.434691; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.434691


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