The generalized Lorenz–Mie theory describes the electromagnetic scattering of a Gaussian laser beam by a spherical particle. The most intensive computational aspect of the theory concerns the evaluation of the beam-shape coefficients in the general case of an off-axis location of the scatterer. These beam-shape coefficients can be computed starting from the set of beam-shape coefficients for an on-axis location by using the addition theorem for the spherical vector wave functions of the first kind under a translation of the coordinate origin.
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A. Doicu and T. Wriedt, "Computation of the beam-shape coefficients in the generalized Lorenz-Mie theory by using the translational addition theorem for spherical vector wave functions," Appl. Opt. 36, 2971-2978 (1997)