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Mishchenko 1994

Mishchenko, M.I., 1994: Asymmetry parameters of the phase function for densely packed scattering grains. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 52, 95-110, doi:10.1016/0022-4073(94)90142-2.

Spatial correlation among densely packed particles can substantially change their single-scattering properties, thus making questionable the applicability of the independent scattering approximation in calculations of light scattering by planetary regoliths. The same problem arises in geophysics in light scattering computations for snow, frosts, and bare soil. In this paper, we use a dense-medium light-scattering theory based on the introduction of the static structure factor to calculate asymmetry parameters of the phase function for densely packed particles with real refractive indices 1.31 and 1.66, approximating water ice and soil particles, respectively, and imaginary refractive indices 0, 0.01, and 0.3. For sparsely distributed, independently scattering grains, the calculated asymmetry parameters are always positive and always larger than those for densely packed particles. For densely packed grains, the asymmetry parameters may be negative but only for radius-to-wavelength ratios from about 0.1 to about 0.4. With decreasing particle size, the calculated asymmetry parameters tend to zero independently of the compaction state. In the geometrical optics regime, the asymmetry parameters for densely packed scatterers are positive and very close to those for independently scattering grains. These results may have important implications for remote sensing of the Earth and solid planetary surfaces. In particular, it is demonstrated that negative asymmetry parameters derived with some approximate multiple-scattering theories may be physically irrelevant and can be the result of using an inaccurate bidirectional reflection function combined with the ill-conditionality of the inverse scattering problem.

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  author={Mishchenko, M. I.},
  title={Asymmetry parameters of the phase function for densely packed scattering grains},
  journal={J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer},

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ID  - mi09600g
AU  - Mishchenko, M. I.
PY  - 1994
TI  - Asymmetry parameters of the phase function for densely packed scattering grains
JA  - J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer
VL  - 52
SP  - 95
EP  - 110
DO  - 10.1016/0022-4073(94)90142-2
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