Isotropically polarized speckle patterns

Mikolaj K. Schmidt, Javier Aizpurua, Xavier Zambrana-Puyalto, Xavier Vidal, Gabriel Molina-Terriza, Juan José Sáenz

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The polarization of the light scattered by an optically dense and random solution of dielectric nanoparticles shows peculiar properties when the scatterers exhibit strong electric and magnetic polarizabilities. While the distribution of the scattering intensity in these systems shows the typical irregular speckle patterns, the helicity of the incident light can be fully conserved when the electric and magnetic polarizabilities of the scatterers are equal. We show that the multiple scattering of helical beams by a random dispersion of "dual" dipolar nanospheres leads to a speckle pattern exhibiting a perfect isotropic constant polarization, a situation that could be useful in coherent control of light as well as in lasing in random media.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113902
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2015

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Schmidt, M. K., Aizpurua, J., Zambrana-Puyalto, X., Vidal, X., Molina-Terriza, G., & Sáenz, J. J. (2015). Isotropically polarized speckle patterns. Physical review letters, 114(11), 113902. Copyright 2015 by the American Physical Society. The original article can be found at


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