Backscattering properties of small layered plates: a model for iridosomes. Academic Article uri icon


  • The backscattering properties of small layered plates are studied for various size parameter values with respect to the plate thickness, plate aspect ratio, number of layers, incident direction, and polarization states of the incident light. The results are compared with the analytical results for semi-infinite plates. The phase functions and the corresponding backscattering efficiencies of the small plates are computed with the Discrete Dipole Approximation method. The angular width of the reflection peak is found to depend on both the size parameter and the aspect ratio. The criteria for using the reflectance of semi-infinite plates to approximate the backscattering efficiencies of finite size plates are quantified with respect to the number of layers, incident angle, and polarization state.

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

author list (cited authors)

  • Gao, M., You, Y. u., Yang, P., & Kattawar, G. W.

citation count

  • 6

publication date

  • October 2012