Abstract

An experimental investigation of light scattering from random rough surfaces is described. The surfaces, whose height fluctuations approximately follow Gaussian statistics, are fabricated in photoresist with a metal overcoating. When the lateral correlation length is larger than a wavelength and the surface slopes are mild, measurements of diffuse scattering are found to agree with the Beckmann theory, as long as the angle of incidence is not too large. For other surfaces that have stronger slopes, depolarization and enhanced backscattering may be observed in the diffuse scattering. Though we are unaware of theoretical calculations that compare with the measurements, the effects of multiple scattering are shown to be consistent with the major features of the observations.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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