Circular polarization memory in polydisperse scattering media


We investigate the survival of circularly polarized light in random scattering media. The surprising persistence of this form of polarization has a known dependence on the size and refractive index of scattering particles, however a general description regarding polydisperse media is lacking. Through analysis of Mie theory, we present a means of calculating the magnitude of circular polarization memory in complex media, with total generality in the distribution of particle sizes and refractive indices. Quantification of this memory effect enables an alternate pathway toward recovering particle size distribution, based on measurements of diffusing circularly polarized light.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Engineering and Technology > Mechanical, Biomedical & Design
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Additional Information: ©2015 American Physical Society
Uncontrolled Keywords: Statistical and Nonlinear Physics,Statistics and Probability,Condensed Matter Physics
Publication ISSN: 1550-2376
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https://journal ... sRevE.91.033204 (Publisher URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015-03-16
Authors: Macdonald, C. M.
Jacques, S. L.
Meglinski, I. V. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7613-8191)



Version: Accepted Version

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