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Light scattering from randomly rough surfaces

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A survey is given of a variety of effects that can arise in the scattering of electromagnetic waves from one- and two-dimensional randomly rough surfaces. The focus is primarily on multiple-scattering effects such as enhanced backscattering, enhanced transmission, satellite peaks, new features in speckle correlations and in second harmonic generation in reflection. Theoretical treatments of these phenomena are outlined, and experimental results illustrating them are presented.

Keywords: conical scattering; enhanced backscattering; enhanced transmission; satellite peaks; scattering; second harmonic generation; speckle correlations; spectral redistribution; surface roughness

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Institute for Surface and Interface Science, University of California, Irvine, California, 92697, USA

Publication date: October 30, 2007

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