Absorption and Scattering of Light by Small Particles

Absorption and Scattering of Light by Small Particles

Author(s): Craig F. Bohren, Donald R. Huffman

Published Online: 29 DEC 2007

Print ISBN: 9780471293408

Online ISBN: 9783527618156

DOI: 10.1002/9783527618156

About this Book

Absorption and Scattering of Light by Small Particles
Treating absorption and scattering in equal measure, this self-contained, interdisciplinary study examines and illustrates how small particles absorb and scatter light. The authors emphasize that any discussion of the optical behavior of small particles is inseparable from a full understanding of the optical behavior of the parent material-bulk matter. To divorce one concept from the other is to render any study on scattering theory seriously incomplete.
Special features and important topics covered in this book include:
* Classical theories of optical properties based on idealized models
* Measurements for three representative materials: magnesium oxide, aluminum, and water
* An extensive discussion of electromagnetic theory
* Numerous exact and approximate solutions to various scattering problems
* Examples and applications from physics, astrophysics, atmospheric physics, and biophysics
* Some 500 references emphasizing work done since Kerker's 1969 work on scattering theory
* Computer programs for calculating scattering by spheres, coated spheres, and infinite cylinders

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: Basic Theory

  2. Part 2: Optical Properties of Bulk Matter

  3. Part 3: Optical Properties of Particles

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