Statistics of Light Scattered by Non-Gaussian Fluctuations

  • Dale W. Schaefer
  • P. N. Pusey


In most scattering experiments the scattered light field represents a chaotic superposition of fields scattered from a large number of individual scatterers and therefore obeys Gaussian statistics [1]. That is, the amplitude distribution of the fluctuating scattered field is Gaussian. It is the purpose of this paper to investigate the single time-interval statistics of the scattered light when the number of scatterers is not large. Under these conditions the scattered field is not Gaussian.


Scattered Field Polystyrene Sphere Factorial Moment Individual Scatterer Laser Beam Profile 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dale W. Schaefer
    • 1
  • P. N. Pusey
    • 1
  1. 1.IBM T.J. Watson Research CenterYorktown HeightsUSA

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