Abstract

We demonstrate that single scattering of $p$-polarized waves from uncorrelated surface and volume disorder can lead to perfect depolarization. The degree of polarization vanishes in specific scattering directions that can be characterized based on simple geometric arguments. Depolarization results from a different polarization response of each source of disorder, which provides a clear physical interpretation of the depolarization mechanism.

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» Visualization 1       Degree of polarization as a function of the in-plane wave vector for an incident p-polarized plane wave. The different time frames correspond to different angles of incidence.

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