The light scattering properties of twenty-eight particles, spanning four sizes (near the resonance region) and seven related shapes (a 4:1 cylinder, 4:1 and 2:1 prolate spheroids, a sphere, 2:1 and 4:1 oblate spheroids, and a 4:1 disk), are presented for a common index of refraction, m = 1.61–i0.004, representing silicates. Microwave analog and theoretical methods were used to derive the scattered intensity and degree of polarization as a function of the scattering angle along with the extinction. All results refer to an ensemble or a cloud of identical particles because averages have been taken over random particle orientations. The degree of polarization, backscatter, and the radiation-pressure cross section are most sensitive to particle shape, implying that the use of Mie theory may be inappropriate for many applications.
© 1981 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 27, 1981
Published: December 1, 1981
D. W. Schuerman, R. T. Wang, B. Å. S. Gustafson, and R. W. Schaefer, "Systematic studies of light scattering. 1: Particle shape," Appl. Opt. 20, 4039-4050 (1981)