Biological Particles as Irregularly Shaped Scatterers

  • William S. Bickel
  • Mary E. Stafford


Light scattering techniques used in biology provide a fast, non-destructive probe that is very sensitive to small but significant biological changes that are not seen by any other optical technique. The S34 component of the scattering matrix is particularly sensitive to temporal changes in the biosystem as depicted in several examples.


Light Scattering Scattering Angle Irregular Particle Circular Dichroism Measurement Biological Particle 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • William S. Bickel
    • 1
  • Mary E. Stafford
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Physics and MicrobiologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of MicrobiologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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