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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2008
  • pp: 2413–2415

Scattering of light by multiple dielectric cylinders: comparison of radiative transfer and Maxwell theory

Jan Schäfer and Alwin Kienle  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 20, pp. 2413-2415 (2008)

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We have compared radiative transfer theory with analytical solutions of the Maxwell equations for light scattering by multiple infinitely long parallel cylinders at perpendicular incidence. The calculated scattering cross sections for both methods show large differences, but the angle-dependent differential scattering cross-section results are very similar for small cylinder densities, except close to the forward direction. In contrast to recently published results, it is shown that the radiative transfer equation is a useful approximation for small cylinder concentrations.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(170.4580) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical diagnostics for medicine
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: June 17, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 8, 2008
Published: October 15, 2008

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Jan Schäfer and Alwin Kienle, "Scattering of light by multiple dielectric cylinders: comparison of radiative transfer and Maxwell theory," Opt. Lett. 33, 2413-2415 (2008)

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