Abstract

Polarized light propagation in a multiple scattering medium is governed by the vector radiative transfer equation. We analyze the vector radiative transfer equation in asymptotic limit of forward-peaked scattering and derive an approximate system of equations for the Stokes parameters, which we call the vector Fokker–Planck approximation. The vector Fokker–Planck approximation provides valuable insight into several outstanding issues regarding the forward-peaked scattering of polarized light such as the polarization memory phenomenon.

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Corrections

Julia P. Clark and Arnold D. Kim, "Forward-peaked scattering of polarized light: erratum," Opt. Lett. 40, 2020-2020 (2015)
https://www.osapublishing.org/ol/abstract.cfm?uri=ol-40-9-2020

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