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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 2011
  • pp: F29–F38

Time domain analysis of scattering by a water droplet

Philip Laven  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 28, pp. F29-F38 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.000F29


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Abstract

Rainbows, coronas and glories are caused by the scattering of sunlight from water droplets in the atmosphere. Although these optical phenomena are seen fairly frequently, even scientifically minded people sometimes struggle to provide explanations for their formation. This paper offers explanations of these phenomena based on numerical computations of the scattering of a 5 fs pulse of red light by a spherical droplet of water. The results reveal the intricate details of the various scattering mechanisms, some of which are essentially undetectable except in the time domain.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena

History
Original Manuscript: May 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 21, 2011
Published: August 23, 2011

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Citation
Philip Laven, "Time domain analysis of scattering by a water droplet," Appl. Opt. 50, F29-F38 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-50-28-F29

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