Accurate simulation of the optical properties of atmospheric ice crystals with the invariant imbedding T-matrix method Academic Article uri icon


  • The invariant imbedding T-matrix method (II-TM) is employed to compute the optical properties of randomly oriented ice crystals of various shapes including hexagonal columns, hollow columns, droxtals, bullet rosettes and aggregates. The II-TM is shown to be numerically stable and capable of obtaining the single-scattering properties of hexagonal ice crystals with size parameters up to 150. The 22 and 46 halo peaks in the phase function of compact hexagonal ice crystals begin to emerge at a size parameter of approximately 80 and tend to become insensitive to particle size as the corresponding size parameter approaches 150. Furthermore, the II-TM solutions are shown to be in agreement with their counterparts based on the discrete dipole approximation (DDA) method and the pseudo-spectral time-domain (PSTD) method. In addition, the accuracy of the improved geometric-optics method (IGOM) is examined for randomly oriented hexagonal ice crystal cases over a wide size-parameter range from the resonant to geometric-optics regimes. The II-TM is also used to study the effects of particle surface roughness and internal inclusions on the single-scattering properties of ice particles. 2014 The Authors.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Bi, L., & Yang, P.

citation count

  • 132

complete list of authors

  • Bi, Lei||Yang, Ping

publication date

  • May 2014