Abstract

Enhanced backscattering has been observed for many surfaces, but a conclusive explanation of its physical mechanisms is lacking, and it cannot be explained by the radiative-transfer theory. In our previous papers [ J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 1, 831, 836 ( 1984)], we proposed that the enhancement is caused by multiple-scattering effects. If this were true, cross polarization would also be present. In this paper, we present the experimental results on cross-polarized enhanced backscattering from a dense distribution of spherical particles in support of our multiple-scattering theory. It is noted, however, that some solid surfaces appear to exhibit no cross polarization.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Retroreflectance from a dense distribution of spherical particles

Yasuo Kuga and Akira Ishimaru
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 1(8) 831-835 (1984)

Time-domain depolarization of waves retroreflected from dense colloidal media

A. Dogariu, C. Kutsche, P. Likamwa, G. Boreman, and B. Moudgil
Opt. Lett. 22(9) 585-587 (1997)

Backscattering enhancement by randomly distributed very large particles

Yasuo Kuga and Akira Ishimaru
Appl. Opt. 28(11) 2165-2169 (1989)

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 (4)

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