Forward-peaked scattering of polarized light.

Optics letters

PubMedID: 25490484

Clark JP, Kim AD. Forward-peaked scattering of polarized light. Opt Lett. 2014;39(22):6422-6425.
Polarized light propagation in a multiple scattering medium is governed by the vector radiative transfer equation. We analyze the vector radiative transfer equation in asymptotic limit of forward-peaked scattering and derive an approximate system of equations for the Stokes parameters, which we call the vector Fokker-Planck approximation. The vector Fokker-Planck approximation provides valuable insight into several outstanding issues regarding the forward-peaked scattering of polarized light such as the polarization memory phenomenon.