On Babinet's principle and diffraction associated with an arbitrary particle. Academic Article uri icon


  • Babinet's principle is widely used to compute the diffraction by a particle. However, the diffraction by a 3-D object is not totally the same as that simulated with Babinet's principle. This Letter uses a surface integral equation to exactly formulate the diffraction by an arbitrary particle and illustrate the condition for the applicability of Babinet's principle. The present results may serve to close the debate on the diffraction formalism.

published proceedings

  • Opt Lett

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Sun, B., Yang, P., Kattawar, G. W., & Mishchenko, M. I.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Sun, Bingqiang||Yang, Ping||Kattawar, George W||Mishchenko, Michael I

publication date

  • December 2017