Scattering matrix theory for stochastic scalar fields

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 14627, USA.
Physical Review E (Impact Factor: 2.29). 06/2007; 75(5 Pt 2):056609. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.75.056609
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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.

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