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Appl Opt. 1991 Dec 20;30(36):5316-24. doi: 10.1364/AO.30.005316.

Optical properties of aggregate particles whose outer diameter is comparable to the wavelength.


I describe results of numerical calculations of the optical properties (extinction efficiency, single-scattering albedo, phase function, and linear polarization) of aggregate particles whose outer diameter is comparable with the wavelength. Results are presented for two types of particle, one composed of monomers whose radius is small compared with the wavelength and a second containing monomers with larger radii. The shape of the forward-scattered lobe of the phase function is diagnostic of the mean projected area (but differs from that for an equal-area sphere), while the linear polarization, phase function at large scattering angles, and single-scattering albedo depend on the monomer diameter. The wavelength dependence of the extinction efficiency differs markedly from that for equal-area spheres. These results can be used to infer particle properties from remotely sensed data.


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