Light Scattering and Nanoscale Surface Roughness

by Alexei A. Maradudin

Series: Nanostructure Science and Technology

All real surfaces, both those occurring naturally, and those fabricated artificially and with great care, are rough to some degree. It is therefore of interest, and often of importance, to know the extent to which this roughness affects physical p- cesses occurring at a surface. A particularly interesting class of physical processes occurring at a rough surface is the scattering of electromagnetic waves from it, or their transmission through it. In this case the degree of the surface roughness is referred to the wavelength of the waves incident on it. The study of the scattering of electromagnetic waves from rough surfaces has been actively carried out for more than a century now, since Rayleigh's inves- gations of the scattering of a monochromatic plane wave incident normally on a 1 sinusoidal interface between two different media. The first theoretical treatment of the scattering of an electromagnetic wave from a randomly rough surface was due to Mandel'shtam/ in the context of the scattering of light from a liquid s- face. In these pioneering studies the angular dependence of the intensity of the scattered field was calculated by perturbation theory as an expansion in powers of the surface profile function though the first nonzero term, a single scattering approximation.
  • Springer US; May 2010
  • ISBN: 9780387356594
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Light Scattering and Nanoscale Surface Roughness
  • Series: Nanostructure Science and Technology
  • Author: Alexei A. Maradudin (ed.)
  • Imprint: Springer

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"This book presents an up-to-date survey of theoretical and experimental studies of rough surface scattering of electromagnetic waves. … It should be of interest to scientists and graduate students, especially those investigating areas in nanotechnology such as the effect of light scattering of quasi-particle nonlinear optics involving surface plasmons. This book can be used as a reference for a course on nanotechnology … ." (Hsiung Hsu, Optics and Photonics News, May, 2007)