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.
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)