Polarization memory of multiply scattered light

F. C. MacKintosh, J. X. Zhu, D. J. Pine, D. A. Weitz

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Abstract

Light backscattered from an optically dense random medium is shown to exhibit a pronounced polarization dependence. An unexpected memory of the incident circular polarization of multiply scattering light arises because the wave's helicity is randomized less rapidly than is its direction. A simple model is developed to account for the observed polarization dependence of the intensity and temporal correlations of the intensity fluctuations of backscattered light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9342-9345
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume40
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989

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Polarization memory of multiply scattered light. / MacKintosh, F. C.; Zhu, J. X.; Pine, D. J.; Weitz, D. A.

In: Physical Review B, Vol. 40, No. 13, 1989, p. 9342-9345.

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MacKintosh, FC, Zhu, JX, Pine, DJ & Weitz, DA 1989, 'Polarization memory of multiply scattered light', Physical Review B, vol. 40, no. 13, pp. 9342-9345. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.40.9342
MacKintosh, F. C. ; Zhu, J. X. ; Pine, D. J. ; Weitz, D. A. / Polarization memory of multiply scattered light. In: Physical Review B. 1989 ; Vol. 40, No. 13. pp. 9342-9345.
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