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Opt Lett. 2010 Jul 15;35(14):2412-4. doi: 10.1364/OL.35.002412.

Scattering theory of stochastic electromagnetic light waves.

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  • 1Department of Physics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China.

Abstract

We generalize scattering theory to stochastic electromagnetic light waves. It is shown that when a stochastic electromagnetic light wave is scattered from a medium, the properties of the scattered field can be characterized by a 3 x 3 cross-spectral density matrix. An example of scattering of a spatially coherent electromagnetic light wave from a deterministic medium is discussed. Some interesting phenomena emerge, including the changes of the spectral degree of coherence and of the spectral degree of polarization of the scattered field.

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