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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2003
  • pp: 436–444

Simulation of rainbows, coronas, and glories by use of Mie theory

Philip Laven  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 3, pp. 436-444 (2003)

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Mie theory offers an exact solution to the problem of scattering of sunlight by spherical drops of water. Until recently, most applications of Mie theory to scattering of light were restricted to a single wavelength. Mie theory can now be used on modern personal computers to produce full-color simulations of atmospheric optical effects, such as rainbows, coronas, and glories. Comparison of such simulations with observations of natural glories and cloudbows is encouraging.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory

Original Manuscript: January 16, 2002
Revised Manuscript: March 25, 2002
Published: January 20, 2003

Philip Laven, "Simulation of rainbows, coronas, and glories by use of Mie theory," Appl. Opt. 42, 436-444 (2003)

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