Circular polarization memory in polydisperse scattering media

C. M. Macdonald, Steven Jacques, I. V. Meglinski

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Abstract

We investigate the survival of circularly polarized light in random scattering media. The surprising persistence of this form of polarization has a known dependence on the size and refractive index of scattering particles, however a general description regarding polydisperse media is lacking. Through analysis of Mie theory, we present a means of calculating the magnitude of circular polarization memory in complex media, with total generality in the distribution of particle sizes and refractive indices. Quantification of this memory effect enables an alternate pathway toward recovering particle size distribution, based on measurements of diffusing circularly polarized light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number033204
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume91
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 16 2015

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Circular Polarization
circular polarization
Particle Size
Refractive Index
Scattering
Mie Theory
polarized light
Memory Effect
scattering
Alternate
Persistence
refractivity
Quantification
Pathway
Polarization
Mie scattering
particle size distribution
polarization
Form

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  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Circular polarization memory in polydisperse scattering media. / Macdonald, C. M.; Jacques, Steven; Meglinski, I. V.

In: Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, Vol. 91, No. 3, 033204, 16.03.2015.

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Macdonald, C. M. ; Jacques, Steven ; Meglinski, I. V. / Circular polarization memory in polydisperse scattering media. In: Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics. 2015 ; Vol. 91, No. 3.
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