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Scattering of Waves from Large Spheres

Uses common atmospheric phenomena to illustrate the theory
Provides a thorough and complete mathematical description
Includes an extensive bibliography

By: WT Grandy

380 pages, 1 b/w photo, 97 b/w illustrations, 11 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Nov 2000 | #172610 | ISBN: 0521661269
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Scattering of Waves from Large Spheres describes the scattering of waves, both scalar and electromagnetic, from impenetrable and penetrable spheres. Although the scattering of plane waves from spheres is an old subject, there is little doubt that it is still maturing as a broad range of new applications demands an understanding of finer details. In Scattering of Waves from Large Spheres attention is focused primarily on spherical radii much larger than incident wavelengths, along with the asymptotic techniques required for physical analysis of the scattering mechanisms involved. Applications to atmospheric phenomena such as the rainbow and glory are included, as well as a detailed analysis of optical resonances. Extensions of the theory to inhomogeneous and nonspherical particles, collections of spheres, and bubbles are also discussed. Scattering of Waves from Large Spheres will be of primary interest to graduate students and researchers in physics (particularly in the fields of optics, the atmospheric sciences and astrophysics), electrical engineering, physical chemistry and some areas of biology.

useful for anyone seeking to broaden his or her understanding and make connections between different theoretical approaches to scattering prolems...Grandy provides a fresh approach, incorporating many different physical models, to illuminate the physical characteristics of scattering from spheres. Am. J. Phys. 69 Oct 2001



1. Classical scattering
2. Scattering of scalar waves
3. Scattering of electromagnetic waves from spherical targets
4. First applications of the Mie solution
5. Short-wavelength scattering by transparent spheres
6. Scattering observables for large dielectric spheres
7. Resonance scattering
8. Extensions and further applications


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