Numerical studies of the transmission of light through a two-dimensional randomly rough interface
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Original versionPhysical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. 2017, 95 (4), 043808-?. 10.1103/PhysRevA.95.043808
The transmission of polarized light through a two-dimensional randomly rough interface between two dielectric media has been much less studied, by any approach, than the reflection of light from such an interface. We have derived a reduced Rayleigh equation for the transmission amplitudes when p- or s-polarized light is incident on this type of interface, and have obtained rigorous, purely numerical, nonperturbative solutions of it. The solutions are used to calculate the transmissivity and transmittance of the interface, the mean differential transmission coefficient, and the full angular distribution of the intensity of the transmitted light. These results are obtained for both the case where the medium of incidence is the optically less dense medium and in the case where it is the optically more dense medium. Optical analogues of Yoneda peaks observed in the scattering of x-rays from metallic and non-metallic surfaces are present in the results obtained in the former case. For p-polarized incident light we observe Brewster scattering angles, angles at which the diffuse transmitted intensity is zero in a single-scattering approximation, which depend on the angle of incidence in contrast to the Brewster angle for flat-surface reflection.