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Scattering of light by a large, densely packed agglomerate of small silica spheres

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Markkanen,  Johannes
Department Planets and Comets, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society;

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Väisänen, T., Markkanen, J., Hadamcik, E., Renard, J.-B., Lasue, J., Levasseur-Regourd, A. C., et al. (2020). Scattering of light by a large, densely packed agglomerate of small silica spheres. Optics Letters, 45(7), 1679-1682. doi:10.1364/OL.382240.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-39D0-F
Abstract
We model the measured phase function and degree of linear polarization of a macroscopic agglomerate made of micrometer-scale silica spheres using the methodology of multiple scattering. In the laboratory work, the agglomerate is produced ballistically, characterized by scanning electron microscopy, and measured with the PROGRA2 instrument to obtain the light scattering properties. The model phase function and degree of polarization are in satisfactory agreement with the experimental data. To our best knowledge, this is the first time the degree of linear polarization has been modeled well for a large, densely packed agglomerate composed of small particles with known sizes and shapes. The study emphasizes the relevance of the degree of linear polarization and gives insights into the effects of particle aggregation on the scattering characteristics.