Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 323–327 | Cite as

Surface roughness measurements from coherent light scattering

  • P. J. Chandley


Results are presented of surface roughness measurements obtained by applying Beckmann's theory on the scattering of electromagnetic waves from rough surfaces to the scattering of laser light from ground glass surfaces. Measurements of the variance of surface height obtained in several scattering geometries and also from stylus measurements are presented and shown to agree closely for each surface. Also results are presented which show that the usual assumption of a Gaussian form for the autocorrelation function of surface height does not apply to the surfaces being studied here.


Surface Roughness Autocorrelation Communication Network Light Scattering Electromagnetic Wave 
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© Chapman and Hall Ltd. 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. Chandley
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentImperial CollegeLondon

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