The internal electric field of an illuminated liquid droplet is studied in detail with the use of both wave theory and ray theory. The internal field attains its maximum values on the caustics within the droplet. Ray theory is used to determine the equations of these caustics and the density of rays on them. The Debye-series expansion of the interior-field Mie amplitudes is used to calculate the wave-theory version of these caustics. The physical interpretation of the sources of stimulated Raman scattering and fluorescence emission within a liquid droplet is then given.
© 1991 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 10, 1990
Revised Manuscript: May 9, 1991
Manuscript Accepted: May 9, 1991
Published: October 1, 1991
James A. Lock and Edward A. Hovenac, "Internal caustic structure of illuminated liquid droplets," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 8, 1541-1552 (1991)