Polarized light scattering by small particles

J. R. Bottiger, K. J. Voss, E. S. Fry

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All of the polarized light scattering properties of single particles and suspensions of particles are contained in the 16-element Mueller matrix. For single-particle studies the particle is electrostatically suspended, the light scattering functions are measured, and the particle is then extracted from the suspension chamber by placing it on the point of a needle. The particle is examined subsequently with an electron microscope to determine precisely its size and shape. Results will be presented for single polystyrene spheres, sphere multiplets, approximately cubic NaCl crystals, and cubes of MgO. Recent studies of suspensions have concentrated on oceanic hydrosols. Some results and general features of these hydrosols will be presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-327
Number of pages11
JournalAerosol Science and Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 14 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Pollution


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