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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 7 — Jul. 27, 2011

Modeling optical properties of particles with small-scale surface roughness: combination of group theory with a perturbation approach

Michael Kahnert and Tom Rother  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 12, pp. 11138-11151 (2011)

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A T-matrix method for scattering by particles with small-scale surface roughness is presented. The method combines group theory with a perturbation expansion approach. Group theory is found to reduce CPU-time by 4–6 orders of magnitude. The perturbation expansion extends the range of size parameters by a factor of 5 compared to non-perturbative methods. An application to optically hard particles shows that small-scale surface roughness changes scattering in side- and backscattering directions, and it impacts the single-scattering albedo. This can have important implications for interpreting remote sensing observations, and for the climate impact of mineral aerosols.

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(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(290.1090) Scattering : Aerosol and cloud effects
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(290.5880) Scattering : Scattering, rough surfaces
(290.5825) Scattering : Scattering theory

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Original Manuscript: April 27, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 17, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 17, 2011
Published: May 23, 2011

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Vol. 6, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Michael Kahnert and Tom Rother, "Modeling optical properties of particles with small-scale surface roughness: combination of group theory with a perturbation approach," Opt. Express 19, 11138-11151 (2011)

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