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Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2005 Dec;72(6 Pt 2):065601. Epub 2005 Dec 16.

Circular polarization memory of light.

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Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers, New York State Center of Advanced Technology for Ultrafast Photonics, The City College and Graduate Center of City University of New York, New York, New York 10031, USA. minxu@sci.ccny.cuny.edu

Abstract

Circular polarization memory of light multiply scattered by Mie particles is investigated. The mechanism of randomization of helicity is found, in general, to dominate light circular depolarization by particles of large size or a high refractive index while the mechanism of randomization of direction dominates for small particles of a lower refractive index. The characteristic length for circular polarized light to lose its helicity is determined for Mie scatterers of arbitrary size and refractive index and is used successfully to analyze circular depolarization of light transmission through a slab. Circular polarization memory of light is found to be most pronounced for not only large soft particles but also particles of smaller size and a high refractive index.

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16486003
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevE.72.065601
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