Mirror Symmetry in three-dimensional Multiple-Scattering Media

Sudhir Kumar Saini, Evangelos Marakis, Kayleigh Start, Gerwin Osnabrugge, Ivo Micha Vellekoop, Pepijn W.H. Pinkse

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We investigate the effect of a mirror-symmetry plane in multiple-scattering media under plane-wave illumination along the symmetry plane. Designed and fabricated samples' optical transport properties are compared quantitatively with three-dimensional modeling. Strong polarization-dependent deviations of the bulk speckle-averaged intensity distribution at the symmetry plane are observed, showing either up to a factor two enhancement or complete suppression of the ensemble-averaged intensities. We derive analytical expressions for the ensemble-averaged intensity profiles near the symmetry plane. Apart from their interest in fundamental light propagation studies, applications of mirror-symmetric scattering media are envisioned in anti-counterfeiting.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2023


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