Shifrin’s Method Applied to Scattering by Tenuous Non-Spherical Particles

  • Charles Acquista


Shifrin constructed an integro-differential equation to describe the scattering characteristics of an irregular particle and developed an iterative procedure for solving the equation. This procedure is fast enough to handle many physical problems that involve scattering by a cloud of particles with different sizes, shapes and orientations. In particular, the case of tenuous particles (small size or weakly refracting) will be considered, and Shifrin’s procedure will be shown to be a generalization of the Rayleigh-Gans approximation.


Scattered Radiation Scattered Field Average Path Length Stokes Parameter Incident Field 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Acquista
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  1. 1.Dept. of Physics & Atmospheric ScienceDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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