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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2001
  • pp: 1354–1361

Mie theory for light scattering by a spherical particle in an absorbing medium

Qiang Fu and Wenbo Sun  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 9, pp. 1354-1361 (2001)

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Analytic equations are developed for the single-scattering properties of a spherical particle embedded in an absorbing medium, which include absorption, scattering, extinction efficiencies, the scattering phase function, and the asymmetry factor. We derive absorption and scattering efficiencies by using the near field at the surface of the particle, which avoids difficulty in obtaining the extinction based on the optical theorem when the far field is used. Computational results demonstrate that an absorbing medium significantly affects the scattering of light by a sphere.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(290.1090) Scattering : Aerosol and cloud effects
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

Original Manuscript: July 24, 2000
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2000
Published: March 20, 2001

Qiang Fu and Wenbo Sun, "Mie theory for light scattering by a spherical particle in an absorbing medium," Appl. Opt. 40, 1354-1361 (2001)

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