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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 35 — Dec. 10, 2010
  • pp: 6756–6761

Attenuation of an electromagnetic wave by charged dust particles in a sandstorm

Xie Li, Li Xingcai, and Zheng Xiaojing  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 35, pp. 6756-6761 (2010)

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We calculate the light scattering properties of the partially charged dust particles with the Mie theory for electromagnetic waves with different frequencies, and the attenuation coefficients of an electromagnetic wave propagating in a sandstorm are also calculated. The results show that the electric charges distributed on the sand surface have a significant effect on the attenuation of the electromagnetic wave, especially for a frequency lower than 40 GHz , and attenuation coefficients increase with the magnitude of charges carried by the dust particles (expressed by the charge-to-mass ratio in this paper). For the higher frequency electromagnetic wave, such as visible light, the effect of charges carried by sand particles on its attenuation is very little, which can be ignored.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: June 7, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 14, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 18, 2010
Published: December 9, 2010

Xie Li, Li Xingcai, and Zheng Xiaojing, "Attenuation of an electromagnetic wave by charged dust particles in a sandstorm," Appl. Opt. 49, 6756-6761 (2010)

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