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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2001
  • pp: 3085–3097

Semiclassical scattering of an electric dipole source inside a spherical particle

James A. Lock  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 18, Issue 12, pp. 3085-3097 (2001)

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Semiclassical scattering phenomena appearing in the far-zone scattered intensity of a point source of electromagnetic radiation inside a spherical particle are examined in the context of both ray theory and wave theory, and the evolution of the phenomena is studied as a function of source position. A number of semiclassical effects that do not occur for plane-wave scattering by the sphere appear prominently for scattering by an interior source. These include a series of scattering resonances and a new family of rainbows in regions of otherwise total internal reflection. Diffractive effects accompanying the semiclassical phenomena are also examined.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.2510) Physical optics : Fluorescence
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

Original Manuscript: March 12, 2001
Revised Manuscript: June 8, 2001
Manuscript Accepted: May 22, 2001
Published: December 1, 2001

James A. Lock, "Semiclassical scattering of an electric dipole source inside a spherical particle," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 3085-3097 (2001)

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