We describe a numerical model for the interaction of light with large raindrops using realistic nonspherical drop shapes. We apply geometrical optics and a Monte Carlo technique to perform ray traces through the drops. We solve the problem of diffraction independently by approximating the drops with area-equivalent ellipsoids. Scattering patterns are obtained for different polarizations of the incident light. They exhibit varying degrees of asymmetry and depolarization that can be linked to the distortion and thus the size of the drops. The model is extended to give a simplified long-path integration.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 13, 2002
Revised Manuscript: May 2, 2002
Published: August 20, 2002
Oliver N. Ross and Stuart G. Bradley, "Model for optical forward scattering by nonspherical raindrops," Appl. Opt. 41, 5130-5141 (2002)