Inherent and apparent scattering properties of coated or uncoated spheres embedded in an absorbing host medium. Academic Article uri icon


  • The conventional Lorenz-Mie formalism is extended to the case for a coated sphere embedded in an absorbing medium. The apparent and inherent scattering cross sections of a particle, derived from the far field and near field, respectively, are different if the host medium is absorptive. The effect of absorption within the host medium on the phase-matrix elements associated with polarization depends on the dielectric properties of the scattering particle. For the specific cases of a soot particle coated with a water layer and an ice sphere containing an air bubble, the phase-matrix elements -P12/P11 and P33/P11 are unique if the shell is thin. The radiative transfer equation for a multidisperse particle system embedded within an absorbing medium is discussed. Conventional multiple-scattering computational algorithms can be applied if scaled apparent single-scattering properties are applied.

published proceedings

  • Appl Opt

author list (cited authors)

  • Yang, P., Gao, B., Wiscombe, W. J., Mishchenko, M. I., Platnick, S. E., Huang, H., ... Park, S. K.

citation count

  • 65

complete list of authors

  • Yang, Ping||Gao, Bo-Cai||Wiscombe, Warren J||Mishchenko, Michael I||Platnick, Steven E||Huang, Hung-Lung||Baum, Bryan A||Hu, Yong X||Winker, Dave M||Tsay, Si-Chee||Park, Seon K

publication date

  • May 2002