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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2013
  • pp: 3522–3525

Radiative transfer theory verified by controlled laboratory experiments

Michael I. Mishchenko, Dennis H. Goldstein, Jacek Chowdhary, and Arthur Lompado  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 18, pp. 3522-3525 (2013)

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We report the results of high-accuracy controlled laboratory measurements of the Stokes reflection matrix for suspensions of submicrometer-sized latex particles in water and compare them with the results of a numerically exact computer solution of the vector radiative transfer equation (VRTE). The quantitative performance of the VRTE is monitored by increasing the volume packing density of the latex particles from 2% to 10%. Our results indicate that the VRTE can be applied safely to random particulate media with packing densities up to 2 % . VRTE results for packing densities of the order of 5% should be taken with caution, whereas the polarized bidirectional reflectivity of suspensions with larger packing densities cannot be accurately predicted. We demonstrate that a simple modification of the phase matrix entering the VRTE based on the so-called static structure factor can be a promising remedy that deserves further examination.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization

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Original Manuscript: June 7, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 19, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 2, 2013
Published: September 5, 2013

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Michael I. Mishchenko, Dennis H. Goldstein, Jacek Chowdhary, and Arthur Lompado, "Radiative transfer theory verified by controlled laboratory experiments," Opt. Lett. 38, 3522-3525 (2013)

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