Abstract

The backscattered intensity from a dense distribution of latex microspheres is measured near the retroreflection direction. It is shown that a sharp peak appears in the retroreflection direction when the volume density is above 1%. The angular width of this peak is much smaller than (wavelength)/(particle size) and cannot be explained by Mie theory, double-passage effects, or radiative-transfer theory. When the particle size D is less than the wavelength λw, a small peak appears at the retroreflection direction. When D is 2–4 times greater than λw, the peak becomes large as the density increases. When D is many times greater than λw, the sharp peak at the retroreflection direction is superimposed upon the Mie-scattering pattern. The angular width of the peak is of the order of (a wavelength)/(a mean free path).

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1983

1982

Yu. A. Kravtsov, A. I. Saichev, “Effects of double passage of waves in randomly inhomogeneous media,” Sov. Phys. Usp. 25, 494–508 (1982).
[CrossRef]

A. Ishimaru, Y. Kuga, “Attenuation constant of a coherent field in a dense distribution of particles,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. 72, 1317–1320 (1982).
[CrossRef]

1977

S. Ito, S. Adachi, “Multiple scattering effect on backscattering from a random medium,” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. AP-2, 205–208 (1977).
[CrossRef]

1976

1971

D. A. deWolf, “Electromagnetic reflection from an extended turbulent medium: cumulative forward-scatter single-back-scatterer approximation,” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. AP-19, 254–262 (1971).
[CrossRef]

1966

P. Oetking, “Photometric studies of diffusely reflecting surfaces with applications to the brightness of the moon,” J. Geophys. Res. 71, 2505–2513 (1966).
[CrossRef]

1964

T. Gehrels, T. Coffeen, D. Owings, “Wavelength dependence of polarization. III. The lunar surface,” Astron. J. 69, 826–852 (1964).
[CrossRef]

Adachi, S.

S. Ito, S. Adachi, “Multiple scattering effect on backscattering from a random medium,” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. AP-2, 205–208 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Cheung, R. L.-T.

Coffeen, T.

T. Gehrels, T. Coffeen, D. Owings, “Wavelength dependence of polarization. III. The lunar surface,” Astron. J. 69, 826–852 (1964).
[CrossRef]

deWolf, D. A.

D. A. deWolf, “Electromagnetic reflection from an extended turbulent medium: cumulative forward-scatter single-back-scatterer approximation,” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. AP-19, 254–262 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Egan, W. G.

Gehrels, T.

T. Gehrels, T. Coffeen, D. Owings, “Wavelength dependence of polarization. III. The lunar surface,” Astron. J. 69, 826–852 (1964).
[CrossRef]

Hilgeman, T.

Ishimaru, A.

Ito, S.

S. Ito, S. Adachi, “Multiple scattering effect on backscattering from a random medium,” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. AP-2, 205–208 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Kravtsov, Yu. A.

Yu. A. Kravtsov, A. I. Saichev, “Effects of double passage of waves in randomly inhomogeneous media,” Sov. Phys. Usp. 25, 494–508 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Kuga, Y.

Oetking, P.

P. Oetking, “Photometric studies of diffusely reflecting surfaces with applications to the brightness of the moon,” J. Geophys. Res. 71, 2505–2513 (1966).
[CrossRef]

Owings, D.

T. Gehrels, T. Coffeen, D. Owings, “Wavelength dependence of polarization. III. The lunar surface,” Astron. J. 69, 826–852 (1964).
[CrossRef]

Saichev, A. I.

Yu. A. Kravtsov, A. I. Saichev, “Effects of double passage of waves in randomly inhomogeneous media,” Sov. Phys. Usp. 25, 494–508 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Shimizu, K.

Tsang, L.

Yeh, K. C.

K. C. Yeh, “Mutual coherence functions and intensities of backscattered signals in a turbulent medium,” Radio Sci. 18, 159–165 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt.

Astron. J.

T. Gehrels, T. Coffeen, D. Owings, “Wavelength dependence of polarization. III. The lunar surface,” Astron. J. 69, 826–852 (1964).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag.

D. A. deWolf, “Electromagnetic reflection from an extended turbulent medium: cumulative forward-scatter single-back-scatterer approximation,” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. AP-19, 254–262 (1971).
[CrossRef]

S. Ito, S. Adachi, “Multiple scattering effect on backscattering from a random medium,” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. AP-2, 205–208 (1977).
[CrossRef]

J. Geophys. Res.

P. Oetking, “Photometric studies of diffusely reflecting surfaces with applications to the brightness of the moon,” J. Geophys. Res. 71, 2505–2513 (1966).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am.

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A

Radio Sci.

K. C. Yeh, “Mutual coherence functions and intensities of backscattered signals in a turbulent medium,” Radio Sci. 18, 159–165 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Sov. Phys. Usp.

Yu. A. Kravtsov, A. I. Saichev, “Effects of double passage of waves in randomly inhomogeneous media,” Sov. Phys. Usp. 25, 494–508 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Other

A. Ishimaru, Wave Propagation and Scattering in Random Media (Academic, New York, 1978).

Y. Kuga, “Laser light propagation and scattering in a dense distribution of spherical particles,” Ph.D. Dissertation (University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., 1983).

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