By means of geometrical optics we present an approximation algorithm with which to accelerate the computation of scattering intensity distribution within a forward angular range (0°–60°) for coated particles illuminated by a collimated incident beam. Phases of emerging rays are exactly calculated to improve the approximation precision. This method proves effective for transparent and tiny absorbent particles with size parameters larger than 75 but fails to give good approximation results at scattering angles at which refractive rays are absent. When the absorption coefficient of a particle is greater than 0.01, the geometrical optics approximation is effective only for forward small angles, typically less than 10° or so.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(200.0200) Optics in computing : Optics in computing
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
Feng Xu, Xiaoshu Cai, and Kuanfang Ren, "Geometrical-Optics Approximation of Forward Scattering by Coated Particles," Appl. Opt. 43, 1870-1879 (2004)