Depolarization of light

(Opt.) a change in the plane of polarization of rays, especially by a crystalline medium, such that the light which had been extinguished by the analyzer reappears as if the polarization had been anulled. The word is inappropriate, as the ray does not return to the unpolarized condition.

See also: Depolarization

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Complete depolarization of light by a cloud (for which [delta] = 1) creates equal signals in the orthogonal polarization detectors of a linear polarimetric lidar, but for a circular polarimetric lidar, the signal passes fully from one polarization state detector to its counterpart.
Even though, the depolarization of light in such an inhomogeneously nano-corrugated medium is still not quantitatively analyzed and completely elucidated due to the complex numerical calculation of the randomly multiple scattering.
Other papers (31, 32) have shown that the depolarization of light passing through dense materials can provide valuable information for the characterization of two-phase systems.