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Imaging spheres with general incident wavefronts using a dipole decomposition
Author(s): Steven H. Izen; Ben Ovryn
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Paper Abstract

Although scattering for spheres with plane wave illumination was solved precisely by Mie in 1909, often it is of interest to image spheres with non-planar illumination. An extension of Mie theory which incorporates non-planar illumination requires knowledge of the coefficients for a spherical harmonic expansion of the incident wavefront about the center of the sphere. These coefficients have been determined for a few special cases, such as Gaussian beams, which have a relatively simple model. Using a vectorized Huygen's principle, a general vector wavefront can be represented as a superposition of dipole sources. We have computed the spherical wave function expansion coefficients of an arbitrarily placed dipole and hence the scattering from a sphere illuminated by a general wavefront can be computed. As a special case, Mie's solution of plane wave scattering was recovered. POtential applications include scattering with partially coherent illumination. Experimental results from the scattering from polystyrene spheres using Koehler illumination show agreement with numerical tests.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3261, Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing V, (9 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.310545
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Steven H. Izen, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Ben Ovryn, NASA Lewis Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3261:
Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing V
Thomas Taiwei Lu; Carol J. Cogswell; Jeremy M. Lerner; Jose-Angel Conchello; Jeremy M. Lerner; Thomas Taiwei Lu; Tony Wilson, Editor(s)

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