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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2001
  • pp: 577–583

Numerical calculation of light scattering from a layered sphere by the boundary-element method

Moon Kyu Choi  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 577-583 (2001)

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It is demonstrated in the present investigation that the scattering from a layered (i.e., coated) sphere can be calculated numerically by application of the boundary-element method both inside and outside the sphere. A homogeneous sphere is treated first to prove that the computer algorithm is correctly applied, and then the same procedure is followed to deal with a coated sphere. A three-layered sphere will admit of similar treatment, but that is not demonstrated in this study. The scattering intensities from a homogeneous sphere, obtained numerically, are shown to agree well with the analytical Mie solution. It is expected that the calculation algorithm of the analytical Mie-type solution can be improved with the help of the present numerical method.

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OCIS Codes
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

Original Manuscript: July 20, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: September 20, 2000
Published: March 1, 2001

Moon Kyu Choi, "Numerical calculation of light scattering from a layered sphere by the boundary-element method," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 577-583 (2001)

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