Polarization effects in weak localization of light: Calculation of the copolarized and depolarized backscattering enhancement factors
Abstract
Weak localization of polarized light in a medium composed of arbitrary uncorrelated particles is considered. Saxon's reciprocity relation for the singlescattering amplitude matrix is used to derive a rigorous relation between the ladderterm and cylindricalterm contributions to the Stokes reflection matrix in the pure backscattering direction. By numerically solving Chandrasekhar's vector radiativetransfer equation to compute the ladderterm contribution, the copolarized and depolarized backscattering enhancement factors are calculated for Rayleigh scattering and spherical latex particles in water. The computations for latex particles show good agreement with experimental data.
 Publication:

Physical Review B
 Pub Date:
 1991
 DOI:
 10.1103/PhysRevB.44.12597
 Bibcode:
 1991PhRvB..4412597M
 Keywords:

 42.20.y;
 78.20.Dj