A search procedure based on a least-squares method including a regularization scheme constructed from numerical filtering is presented. This method, with the addition of a nephelometer, can be used to determine the particle-size distributions of various scattering media (aerosols, fogs, rocket exhausts, motor plumes) from angular static light-scattering measurements. For retrieval of the distribution function, the experimental data are matched with theoretical patterns derived from Mie theory. The method is numerically investigated with simulated data, and the performance of the inverse procedure is evaluated. The results show that the retrieved distribution function is quite reliable, even for strong levels of noise.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 3, 2000
Revised Manuscript: August 28, 2000
Published: December 20, 2000
Laurent Hespel and André Delfour, "Mie light-scattering granulometer with adaptive numerical filtering. I. Theory," Appl. Opt. 39, 6897-6917 (2000)