Abstract

It is usually assumed that some randomness of a surface is required for the occurrence of the enhanced backscattering of light from it. We study numerically the scattering of s-polarized light from a quasi-periodic, perfectly conducting surface. We find that under certain conditions the angular distribution of the intensity of the light scattered by this deterministic surface displays a peak in the retroreflection direction—enhanced backscattering. This phenomenon is shown to be a multiple-scattering effect.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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