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Atmosphere 2017, 8(4), 68;

Q-Space Analysis of the Light Scattering Phase Function of Particles with Any Shape

Department of Physics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
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Academic Editors: Swarup China and Claudio Mazzoleni
Received: 20 January 2017 / Revised: 18 March 2017 / Accepted: 20 March 2017 / Published: 29 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Morphology and Internal Mixing of Atmospheric Particles)


Q-space analysis is applied to the light scattering phase function of a wide variety of non-spherical and irregularly shaped particles including a great many types of dusts, fractal aggregates, spheroids, irregular spheres, Gaussian random spheres, thickened clusters and nine types of ice crystals. The phase functions were either experimental data or calculations. This analysis method uncovers many specific and quantitative similarities and differences between the scattering by various shapes and also when compared to spheres. From this analysis a general description for scattering by a particle of any shape emerges with specific details assigned to various shapes. View Full-Text
Keywords: light scattering; phase function; irregularly shaped particles; Q-space analysis light scattering; phase function; irregularly shaped particles; Q-space analysis

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Sorensen, C.M.; Heinson, Y.W.; Heinson, W.R.; Maughan, J.B.; Chakrabarti, A. Q-Space Analysis of the Light Scattering Phase Function of Particles with Any Shape. Atmosphere 2017, 8, 68.

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