Rigorous 3-D vectorial complex ray model applied to light scattering by an arbitrary spheroid Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 Elsevier Ltd. After a ray bundle passes a curved surface, the equal-phase wavefront associated with the refracted rays will be distorted. Consequently, the cross-section of a ray bundle with a curved wavefront during propagation in a homogeneous medium will vary with the ray-bundle propagation distance. Moreover, the phase of a ray bundle with convergent wavefront will undergo a phase shift of /2 with each passage of a focal line. The contribution to the scattering amplitude by a ray bundle after passing a scatterer is determined by three elements: the cross-section variation of its wavefront, the total phase, and the refraction coefficients determined by Fresnel equations. In the geometric optics regime, the aforesaid three elements caused by a curved surface can be systematically quantified in terms of the vectorial complex ray-tracing technique. In this study, rigorous vectorial complex ray-tracing calculations are conducted for light scattering by a general spheroid and the results are validated in comparison with the benchmarks provided by the rigorous T-matrix method.

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  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Sun, B., Kattawar, G. W., Yang, P., & Ren, K. F.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Sun, Bingqiang||Kattawar, George W||Yang, Ping||Ren, Kuan Fang

publication date

  • August 2016