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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 12 — Jun. 11, 2007
  • pp: 7522–7527

Conditions of applicability of the single-scattering approximation

Michael I. Mishchenko, Li Liu, and Gorden Videen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 12, pp. 7522-7527 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.007522


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Abstract

We employ the numerically exact superposition T-matrix method to perform extensive computations of electromagnetic scattering by small volume elements filled with 8 randomly distributed wavelength-sized spherical particles. The results of these computations are used to examine quantitatively the conditions of applicability of the single-scattering approximation (SSA). We show that one may need large inter-particle distances and low packing densities in order to make the SSA sufficiently accurate.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

ToC Category:
Scattering

History
Original Manuscript: May 1, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 22, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 22, 2007
Published: June 4, 2007

Citation
Michael I. Mishchenko, Li Liu, and Gorden Videen, "Conditions of applicability of the single-scattering approximation," Opt. Express 15, 7522-7527 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-12-7522


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