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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2002
  • pp: 2740–2759

Inherent and apparent scattering properties of coated or uncoated spheres embedded in an absorbing host medium

Ping Yang, Bo-Cai Gao, Warren J. Wiscombe, Michael I. Mishchenko, Steven E. Platnick, Hung-Lung Huang, Bryan A. Baum, Yong X. Hu, Dave M. Winker, Si-Chee Tsay, and Seon K. Park  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 15, pp. 2740-2759 (2002)

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The conventional Lorenz-Mie formalism is extended to the case for a coated sphere embedded in an absorbing medium. The apparent and inherent scattering cross sections of a particle, derived from the far field and near field, respectively, are different if the host medium is absorptive. The effect of absorption within the host medium on the phase-matrix elements associated with polarization depends on the dielectric properties of the scattering particle. For the specific cases of a soot particle coated with a water layer and an ice sphere containing an air bubble, the phase-matrix elements -P12/P11 and P33/P11 are unique if the shell is thin. The radiative transfer equation for a multidisperse particle system embedded within an absorbing medium is discussed. Conventional multiple-scattering computational algorithms can be applied if scaled apparent single-scattering properties are applied.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(010.3920) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Meteorology
(280.1310) Remote sensing and sensors : Atmospheric scattering
(290.1090) Scattering : Aerosol and cloud effects
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

Original Manuscript: July 25, 2001
Revised Manuscript: December 7, 2001
Published: May 20, 2002

Ping Yang, Bo-Cai Gao, Warren J. Wiscombe, Michael I. Mishchenko, Steven E. Platnick, Hung-Lung Huang, Bryan A. Baum, Yong X. Hu, Dave M. Winker, Si-Chee Tsay, and Seon K. Park, "Inherent and apparent scattering properties of coated or uncoated spheres embedded in an absorbing host medium," Appl. Opt. 41, 2740-2759 (2002)

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