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  • Vol. 35, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 1996
  • pp: 3726–3735

Light scattering by ellipsoids in a physical optics approximation

Paul Mazeron and Stéphane Muller  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 35, Issue 19, pp. 3726-3735 (1996)

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A physical optics approximation based on Fresnel's laws is developed to calculate the intensity of light scattered by a three-axis ellipsoid of any orientation and any refractive index. Some results concerning totally reflecting spheres and dielectric spheroids are presented. An approach suitable for large scatterers is particularly good for small scattering angles. The angular intensities, i1 and i2, are then plotted versus θ for large axially oriented ellipsoids of various thicknesses. Theoretical small-angle light-scattering patterns are also presented and discussed. The data from one of them correspond to red cells in a shear flow.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 24, 1995
Revised Manuscript: November 8, 1995
Published: July 1, 1996

Paul Mazeron and Stéphane Muller, "Light scattering by ellipsoids in a physical optics approximation," Appl. Opt. 35, 3726-3735 (1996)

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