Light backscattering polarization patterns from turbid media: theory and experiment. Academic Article uri icon


  • We present both experimental measurements and Monte-Carlo-based simulations of the diffusely backscattered intensity patterns that arise from illuminating a turbid medium with a polarized laser beam. It is rigorously shown that, because of axial symmetry of the system, only seven elements of the effective backscattering Mueller matrix are independent. A new numerical method that allows simultaneous calculation of all 16 elements of the two-dimensional Mueller matrix is used. To validate our method we compared calculations to measurements from a turbid medium that consisted of polystyrene spheres of different sizes and concentrations in deionized water. The experimental and numerical results are in excellent agreement.

published proceedings

  • Appl Opt

author list (cited authors)

  • Rakovi, M. J., Kattawar, G. W., Mehrubeolu, M. B., Cameron, B. D., Wang, L. V., Rastegar, S., & Cot, G. L.

citation count

  • 151

complete list of authors

  • Raković, MJ||Kattawar, GW||Mehrubeoğlu, MB||Cameron, BD||Wang, LV||Rastegar, S||Coté, GL

publication date

  • January 1999