Polarization memory of multiply scattered light

F. C. MacKintosh, J. X. Zhu, D. J. Pine, D. A. Weitz

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Light backscattered from an optically dense random medium is shown to exhibit a pronounced polarization dependence. An unexpected memory of the incident circular polarization of multiply scattering light arises because the wave's helicity is randomized less rapidly than is its direction. A simple model is developed to account for the observed polarization dependence of the intensity and temporal correlations of the intensity fluctuations of backscattered light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9342-9345
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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