Abstract

A method is presented for obtaining the specific intensity of linearly polarized optical waves propagated in discrete random media. This method is an extension of our previous analysis of circular polarization, applied to linear polarization. Using a combination of small-angle and diffusion solutions in vector form, solutions for the specific intensity are obtained for large particles over a wide range of optical depths. Linearly polarized waves for normal incidence require an analysis of azimuth-dependent terms, and those components contributing to the major scattering process are retained. Copolarized and cross-polarized incoherent intensities are obtained within the framework of a 4 × 4 matrix. A comparison with numerical solutions obtained by the method of extended spherical harmonics is made to demonstrate the validity of the present theory. The ratio of small-angle scattering intensity to total scattering intensity in the forward direction is also represented as a function of optical depths.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (5)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (58)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription