An analytic phase function that reduces to the Rayleigh phase function for the scattering of unpolarized light is presented and compared with the traditional Henyey–Greenstein phase function. Comparisons between the proposed phase function and the phase function for three of Deirmendjian’s polydispersions are shown and applications to radiative transfer are demonstrated.
© 1992 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 10, 1991
Published: June 1, 1992
William M. Cornette and Joseph G. Shanks, "Physically reasonable analytic expression for the single-scattering phase function," Appl. Opt. 31, 3152-3160 (1992)