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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2593–2595

Light scattering by multiple spheres: comparison between Maxwell theory and radiative-transfer-theory calculations

Florian Voit, Jan Schäfer, and Alwin Kienle  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 17, pp. 2593-2595 (2009)

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We present a methodology to compare results of classical radiative transfer theory against exact solutions of Maxwell theory for a high number of spheres. We calculated light propagation in a cubic scattering region ( 20 × 20 × 20 μ m 3 ) consisting of different concentrations of polystyrene spheres in water (diameter 2 μ m ) by an analytical solution of Maxwell theory and by a numerical solution of radiative transfer theory. The relative deviation of differential as well as total scattering cross sections obtained by both approaches was evaluated for each sphere concentration. For the considered case, we found that deviations due to radiative transfer theory remain small, even for concentrations up to ca. 20 vol. %.

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OCIS Codes
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: March 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 25, 2009
Published: August 20, 2009

Florian Voit, Jan Schäfer, and Alwin Kienle, "Light scattering by multiple spheres: comparison between Maxwell theory and radiative-transfer-theory calculations," Opt. Lett. 34, 2593-2595 (2009)

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