Propagation and depolarization of an arbitrarily polarized wave obliquely incident on a slab of random medium
Abstract
The problem of how a slab of random medium affects the propagation and polarization of an arbitrarily polarized obliquely incident electromagnetic wave is investigated. The general formulation is given by using vector radiative transfer theory. The multiple scattering solution is compared with the analytical firstorder solution when the optical distance is small and the comparison shows that the results are consistent with each other. The multiple scattering results for a lefthanded circularly polarized incident wave show that the transmitted wave is still righthanded near the backscattering direction. The scattering signature obtained shows that for normal incidence one can obtain a maximum backscattered power if an arbitrarily oriented linearly polarized incident wave is chosen and that for an incident angle of 30 deg, a minimum backscattered power can be obtained if a linearly polarized incident wave is oriented at 45 or 135 deg.
 Publication:

IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
 Pub Date:
 November 1991
 DOI:
 10.1109/8.102778
 Bibcode:
 1991ITAP...39.1626M
 Keywords:

 Circular Polarization;
 Depolarization;
 Electromagnetic Radiation;
 Electromagnetic Scattering;
 Incidence;
 Polarization (Waves);
 Latex;
 Matrices (Mathematics);
 Slabs;
 Transfer Functions;
 Communications and Radar