We consider scattering of stochastic scalar fields on deterministic as well as on random media, occupying a finite domain. The scattering is characterized by a generalized scattering matrix which transforms the angular correlation function of the incident field into the angular correlation function of the scattered field. Within the accuracy of the first Born approximation this matrix can be expressed in a simple manner in terms of the scattering potential of the scatterer. Apart from determining the angular distribution of the spectral intensity of the scattered field, the scattering matrix makes it possible also to determine the changes in the state of coherence of the field produced on scattering.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Using the angular spectrum representation of fields and the first Born approximation we develop a theory of scattering of scalar waves with any spectral composition and any correlation properties from collections of particles which have either deterministic or random distributions of the index of refraction and locations. An example illustrating the far-field intensity and the far-field spectral degree of coherence produced on scattering of a model field from collections of several particles with Gaussian potentials is considered.
Physical Review A 12/2008; 78(6). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevA.78.063815 · 2.81 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Using scattering matrices and the angular spectrum representation of waves, we develop the analytical theory of scattering of random scalar waves from random collections of particles, valid under the first Born approximation. We demonstrate that in the calculation of far-field statistics, such as the spectral density and the spectral degree of coherence, the knowledge of the pair-structure factor of the collection is crucial. We illustrate our analytical approach by considering a numerical example involving scattering of two partially correlated plane waves from a random distribution of spheres.
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