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  • Vol. 1, Iss. 12 — Dec. 18, 2006

Superposition rule for light scattering by a composite particle

Min Xu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 22, pp. 3223-3225 (2006)

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A superposition rule for light scattering by composite particles is presented that expresses the scattering amplitude of a composite particle as a superposition of that of the host particle and those of the shadowed inclusions. The superposition rule is derived for a soft composite particle but also provides insight into light scattering by a general composite scatterer. Favorable comparison with an exact numerical method demonstrates the usefulness of the rule in analyzing light scattering by composite particles such as biological cells.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(170.1530) Medical optics and biotechnology : Cell analysis
(170.4580) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical diagnostics for medicine
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: July 17, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 2, 2006
Published: October 26, 2006

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Vol. 1, Iss. 12 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Min Xu, "Superposition rule for light scattering by a composite particle," Opt. Lett. 31, 3223-3225 (2006)

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