Special Section in Memory of Academician Vladimir E. Zuev: A Legacy in Atmospheric Optics

Light backscattering by hexagonal ice crystal particles in the geometrical optics approximation

[+] Author Affiliations
Anatoli G. Borovoi, Natalia V. Kustova

Russian Academy of Science, Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Tomsk, Russia

Ulrich G. Oppel

L-M-University, Institute of Mathematics, Munich, Germany

Opt. Eng. 44(7), 071208 (July 14, 2005). doi:10.1117/1.1955367
History: Received September 03, 2004; Revised January 18, 2005; Accepted January 31, 2005; Published July 14, 2005
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Light scattering by large, as compared to wavelength, ice crystal particles is considered within the framework of geometric optics. Certain general equations for the scattering matrices and for an averaging procedure over an arbitrary distribution of particle orientations are considered. The appearance of a strong backscattering peak is explained by the occurrence of right dihedral angles in the crystals. An analytical equation for the peak including the polarization properties is proposed.

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Anatoli G. Borovoi ; Natalia V. Kustova and Ulrich G. Oppel
"Light backscattering by hexagonal ice crystal particles in the geometrical optics approximation", Opt. Eng. 44(7), 071208 (July 14, 2005). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.1955367


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