High-frequency extinction efficiencies of spheroids: rigorous T-matrix solutions and semi-empirical approximations. Academic Article uri icon


  • A semi-empirical high-frequency formula is developed to efficiently and accurately compute the extinction efficiencies of spheroids in the cases of moderate and large size parameters under either fixed or random orientation condition. The formula incorporates the semi-classical scattering concepts formulated by extending the complex angular momentum approximation of the Lorenz-Mie theory to the spheroid case on the basis of the physical rationales associated with changing the particle morphology from a sphere to a spheroid. The asymptotic edge-effect expansion is truncated with an optimal number of terms based on a priori knowledge obtained from comparing the semi-classical Mie extinction efficiencies with the Lorenz-Mie solutions. The present formula is fully tested in comparison with the T-matrix results for spheroids with the aspect ratios from 0.5 to 2.0, and for various refractive indices m(r) + im(i), with m(r) from 1.0 to 2.0 and m(i) from 0 to 0.5.

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

author list (cited authors)

  • Bi, L., & Yang, P

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Bi, Lei||Yang, Ping

publication date

  • May 2014