Surface polarization scattering generated from a birefringent material with rough surface

Jonas Ritter, Ning Ma, Wolfgang Osten, Mitsuo Takeda, Wei Wang

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Based on a rough-surfaced model for a birefringent material with a random interface between its surface and air, we explore the relationship between the correlation area and the spatial degree of polarization of the scattered electric field and the surface-height fluctuations. The statistical properties of the scattered light and the microstructure of the anisotropic material has been investigated based on the coherence matrix. It is shown that achieving depolarization is much more difficult than reducing the coherence for the scattered light introduced by the rough surface of the birefringent material.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Optics II
EditorsDaniel G. Smith, Frank Wyrowski, Andreas Erdmann
ISBN (Electronic)9781510619265
ISBN (Print)9781510619258
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


  • birefringent material
  • coherence matrix
  • statistical optics
  • surface polarization scattering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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