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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 2012
  • pp: 7842–7852

Ramsauer approach for light scattering on nonabsorbing spherical particles and application to the Henyey–Greenstein phase function

Karim Louedec and Marcel Urban  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 32, pp. 7842-7852 (2012)

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We present a new method to study light scattering on nonabsorbing spherical particles. This method is based on the Ramsauer approach, a model known in atomic and nuclear physics. Its main advantage is its intuitive understanding of the underlying physics phenomena. We show that although the approximations are numerous, the Ramsauer analytical solutions describe fairly well the scattering phase function and the total cross section. Then this model is applied to the Henyey–Greenstein parameterization of the scattering phase function to give a relation between its asymmetry parameter and the mean particle size.

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OCIS Codes
(020.2070) Atomic and molecular physics : Effects of collisions
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(290.1310) Scattering : Atmospheric scattering
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.5825) Scattering : Scattering theory

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Original Manuscript: August 20, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 2, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 4, 2012
Published: November 9, 2012

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Karim Louedec and Marcel Urban, "Ramsauer approach for light scattering on nonabsorbing spherical particles and application to the Henyey–Greenstein phase function," Appl. Opt. 51, 7842-7852 (2012)

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