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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 25 — Dec. 10, 2007
  • pp: 16424–16430

Backscattering of light from disk-like particles with aperiodic angular fine structure

Howard R. Gordon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 25, pp. 16424-16430 (2007)

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Recent computations of the backscattering cross section (σ b ) of randomly-oriented disk-like particles (refractive index, 1.20) with small-scale periodic angular internal structure, have been repeated for similarly sized particles, but with the periodic structure replaced by an aperiodic structure. The latter is formed by randomly perturbing a periodic structure. Although σ b for individual realizations of an aperiodic disk can differ significantly from that of its periodic counterpart, averaging over several realizations brings the two into confluence, unless the aperiodicity is too large. These computations suggest that using disks with perfectly periodic (as opposed to quasi-periodic) fine structure for modeling the backscattering of detached coccoliths from E. huxleyi is justified.

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(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

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Original Manuscript: October 31, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 20, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2007
Published: November 27, 2007

Howard R. Gordon, "Backscattering of light from disk-like particles with aperiodic angular fine structure," Opt. Express 15, 16424-16430 (2007)

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