The problem of light scattering by ice crystal particles whose sizes are essentially larger than the incident wavelength is divided into two parts. First, the scattered field is represented as a set of plane-parallel outgoing beams in the near zone of the particle. Then, in the far zone the scattered field is represented as a result of both diffraction and interference of these beams within the framework of physical optics. A proper ray-tracing algorithm for calculation of the amplitude (Jones) scattering matrix is developed and applied. For large particles, a number of reduced Mueller matrices are introduced and discussed, since the pure Mueller matrix obtained from the Jones matrix becomes a rather cumbersome and quickly oscillating value. Backscattering by hexagonal ice crystals, including polarization properties, is considered in detail.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 30, 2002
Revised Manuscript: July 14, 2003
Manuscript Accepted: July 21, 2003
Published: November 1, 2003
Anatoli G. Borovoi and Igor A. Grishin, "Scattering matrices for large ice crystal particles," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 2071-2080 (2003)