NTRS - NASA Technical Reports Server

Back to Results
Fundamentals of Polarized LightThe analytical and numerical basis for describing scattering properties of media composed of small discrete particles is formed by the classical electromagnetic theory. Although there are several excellent textbooks outlining the fundamentals of this theory, it is convenient for our purposes to begin with a summary of those concepts and equations that are central to the subject of this book and will be used extensively in the following chapters. We start by formulating Maxwell's equations and constitutive relations for time- harmonic macroscopic electromagnetic fields and derive the simplest plane-wave solution that underlies the basic optical idea of a monochromatic parallel beam of light. This solution naturally leads to the introduction of such fundamental quantities as the refractive index and the Stokes parameters. Finally, we define the concept of a quasi-monochromatic beam of light and discuss its implications.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Mishchenko, Michael (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Subject Category
Meeting Information
NATO Advanced Study Institute/Lecture Course(Yalta)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.