depolarization of scattered light

https://doi.org/10.1351/goldbook.D01598
The phenomenon, due primarily to the @[email protected] of the @[email protected] of the @[email protected] medium, resulting from the fact that the electric vectors of the incident and scattered beams are not coplanar and that, therefore, light scattered from a vertically (horizontally) polarized incident beam contains a horizontal (vertical) component.
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Purple Book, 1st ed., p. 67 [Terms] [Book]