The intensity of light scattered by a coated sphere illuminated with an off-axis Gaussian beam is calculated. Results are shown for different beam positions with respect to the sphere. As the beam is shifted further away from the surface of the sphere, the higher-Q morphology-dependent resonances become increasingly important in the backscatter spectra, and the angular scattering intensity becomes smoother. The scattered intensity depends on the beam position, the refractive indices of the core and coat, the radius of the core, and the thickness of the coat. As the beam is moved further away from the sphere, the effect of the core on the scattering intensity decreases. When the incident Gaussian beam is focused outside of a particle with a relatively small core, the scattering spectra and angular scattering patterns become similar to those of a homogeneous sphere having the refractive index of the coat. These calculated results suggest that measurements of spectral scattering and angular scattering patterns for several Gaussian beam positions could be useful for the characterization of coated spheres.
© 1994 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 11, 1993
Revised Manuscript: October 1, 1993
Published: May 20, 1994
Elsayed E. M. Khaled, Steven C. Hill, and Peter W. Barber, "Light scattering by a coated sphere illuminated with a Gaussian beam," Appl. Opt. 33, 3308-3314 (1994)