Abstract

The statistics of the normalized Stokes parameters for a stochastic plane wave field that is Gaussian distributed is examined. The resulting probability density functions and lower-order moments generalized those obtained by previous investigators. Results of some numerical calculations are discussed.

As an application of this analysis, we consider multiple scattering of light by a spatially random medium, composed of uncorrelated spherical pointlike particles, where the description of partially polarized light in terms of normalized Stokes parameters may be useful.

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