Title:Polarization microstatistics of laser speckle
Journal:Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Coden:PLRAA
Issue:Vol. 45, No. 8
Issue Date:15 April 1992
Pages:6013-6018
Author:I. Inanc Tarhan , George H. Watson Address:Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 19716

Abstract: The microstatistics of laser speckle has been investigated under varying incident polarization angle theta . The intensity at each point in a speckle pattern varies sinusoidally with theta and can be described completely by three parameters: amplitude, baseline, and relative phase. The probability-density distributions for these parameters were obtained by carefully measuring the intensity modulation in several thousand independent coherence areas. Samples were studied which spanned the full range of depolarization ratio rho , recently suggested to be the main parameter needed to describe microstatistics. Excellent agreement with recent theoretical results for unity rho was observed in the amplitude microstatistics. For different samples having the same value of rho, differences were seen for the baseline microstatistics at low value, possibly suggesting a need to include other light-scattering parameters in the description of the microstatistics. Furthermore, the decay of the baseline microstatistics measured at high values is not in good agreement with theoretical predictions. Finally, the distributions obtained for high rho values for speckle in transmission show excellent agreement with those in reflection.

Rct Date:(Received 21 August 1991; revised manuscript received 26 November 1991)
PACS:Type: E-T-Experimental-Theoretical. Year: 92. Class nos. 42.30.Ms; 78.90.&t
Country:US-United States
CPM no.: Microfilm no(s): 9206G1807
Keywords:Number: 06. LASER RADIATION :T1; SPECKLES :Q1,T2; INCIDENCE ANGLE; POLARIZATION; LIGHT TRANSMISSION; STATISTICAL MODELS :Q2