Probability density functions of instantaneous Stokes parameters on weak scattering

Xi Chen, Olga Korotkova

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The single-point probability density functions (PDF) of the instantaneous Stokes parameters of a polarized plane-wave light field scattered from a three-dimensional, statistically stationary, weak medium with Gaussian statistics and Gaussian correlation function have been studied for the first time. Apart from the scattering geometry the PDF distributions of the scattered light have been related to the illumination's polarization state and the correlation properties of the medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Communications
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017


  • Polarization
  • Probability density function
  • Random medium
  • Stokes parameters
  • Weak scattering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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