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Relationships between the statistical properties of a rough surface and the diffuse surface scattering are investigated. For a physical optics model, we consider the roughness dependence of the angular distribution of the diffuse scattering as a function of surface height statistics and form of the correlation function. This includes examining the characteristics of the diffuse scattering from a surface with heights that are still statistically dependent when decorrelated. Finally, we analyze the effect of correlation function on the scattering when the roughness is in the perturbation regime.
Date of Publication: Feb 1987