Scattering, Absorption, and Emission of Light by Small Particles

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Cambridge University Press, 2002 - Science - 445 pages
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This thorough and up-to-date treatment first introduces the general formalism of scattering, absorption, and emission of light and other electromagnetic radiation by arbitrarily shaped and arbitrarily oriented particles. It then discusses the relation of the radiative transfer theory to single-scattering solutions of Maxwell's equations and describes in detail exact theoretical methods and computer codes for calculating scattering, absorption, and emission properties of arbitrarily shaped particles. Further chapters demonstrate how scattering and absorption characteristics of small particles depend on particle size, refractive index, shape, and orientation. The work illustrates how the high efficiency and accuracy of existing theoretical and experimental techniques, and the availability of fast scientific workstations, result in advanced physically-based applications of electromagnetic scattering to non-invasive particle characterization and remote sensing. This book will be valuable for science professionals, engineers and graduate students in a wide range of disciplines including optics, electromagnetics, remote sensing, climate research, and biomedicine.

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Polarization characteristics of electromagnetic radiation
Scattering absorption and emission of electromagnetic radiation by
Scattering absorption and emission by collections of independent
Scattering matrix and macroscopically isotropic and mirrorsymmetric
Chapters matrix method and LorenzMie theory
Miscellaneous exact techniques
6f Superposition method for compounded spheres and spheroids
Scattering and absorption properties of spherical particles
Scattering and absorption properties of nonspherical particles
Appendix A Spherical wave expansion of a plane wave in the farfield zone
Scalar and vector spherical wave functions
ClebschGordan coefficients and Wigner 3j symbols

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About the author (2002)

Michael I. Mishchenko is a Senior Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. He has published widely on electromagnetic scattering and remote sensing, including editing three contributory monographs, and is the first author of three books (including Multiple Scattering of Light by Particles, with Larry Travis and Andrew Lacis, Cambridge University Press, 2006). In other publishing work, he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer and served previously as Topical Editor of Applied Optics. Dr Mishchenko is an elected Fellow of four major professional societies and has received many professional awards, including the Henry G. Houghton Award from the American Meteorological Society, two NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, and the Hendrik C. van de Hulst Award from Elsevier.

Larry Travis is presently Associate Chief of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He gained his PhD in Astronomy at Pennsylvania State University in 1971. He has acted as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several NASA projects, and was awarded a NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal. His research interests include theoretical interpretation of remote sensing measurements of polarization, planetary atmospheres, atmospheric dynamics, and radiative transfer.

Andrew Lacis is a Physical Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and teaches radiative transfer at Colombia University. He gained his PhD in Physics at the University of Iowa in 1970, and has acted as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of several NASA and DOE projects. His research interests include radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres, absorption of solar radiation by the Earth's atmosphere, and climate modelling.

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