Abstract

We adapt the differential method to the study of scattering from randomly rough inhomogeneous films, and we extend the application domain of the surface-integral method to rough surfaces with many embedded scatterers. These methods are compared in the case of geometries in which both volume and surface scattering occur. A good agreement is obtained, and the advantages and drawbacks of each technique are pointed out. The angular scattering from rough inhomogeneous structures corresponding to models of snowcover in the radio-frequency domain or paints in the optical domain is shown.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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