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THEORY AND EXPERIMENTS ON SCATTERING FROM ROUGH INTERFACES

DOI: 10.1615/AnnualRevHeatTransfer.v10.50
pages 101-140

K. Tang
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801

Y. Yang
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801

Richard O. Buckius
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 158 Mechanical Engineering Building, MC-244, 1206 West Green Street, Urbana-Champaign, IL 61801, USA

Abstract

Surface scattering has received considerable attention in the last few decades with numerous papers and books written by investigators from many diverse areas of science and engineering. Perspectives and directions of surface scattering investigations vary significantly, and this review provides an integration of work conducted in the various disciplines. Theoretical studies, including both exact methods and approximate models, and experimental research are discussed with a concentration on theoretical approaches, experimental techniques, and applications. The influences of incident angle, incident wavelength, surface materials, and geometric parameters on surface reflection are presented. The domains of validity of the approximate models are discussed, and the regions of applicability are noted. Experimental findings from several independent facilities are also presented and compared.

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