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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2003
  • pp: 1050–1059

Absorption in multiple-scattering systems of coated spheres

Brian Stout, Christine Andraud, Sophie Stout, and Jacques Lafait  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 20, Issue 6, pp. 1050-1059 (2003)

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We derive formulas for rigorous transfer matrix calculations of absorption in multiple-coherent-scattering systems in which the scatterers are multiply coated spheres (not necessarily concentric). Any of the spherical coatings, cores, or host media may be composed of absorbing materials. For a nonabsorbing host media, the total absorption may be deduced from overall energy conservation. A more detailed description of the absorption is obtained through formulas yielding the absorption within individual scatterers and/or coatings. We present some illustrative applications of these formulas to the design of heterogeneous coated-sphere media exhibiting enhanced absorption.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(290.1990) Scattering : Diffusion
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

Original Manuscript: September 30, 2002
Revised Manuscript: January 27, 2003
Manuscript Accepted: January 27, 2003
Published: June 1, 2003

Brian Stout, Christine Andraud, Sophie Stout, and Jacques Lafait, "Absorption in multiple-scattering systems of coated spheres," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 1050-1059 (2003)

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