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Review: Model particles in atmospheric optics
SMHI, Research Department, Air quality.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5695-1356
2014 (English)In: Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, ISSN 0022-4073, E-ISSN 1879-1352, Vol. 146, 41-58 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This review paper provides an overview over model geometries for computing light scattering by small particles. The emphasis is on atmospheric optics, although much of this review will also be relevant to neighbouring fields, in particular to astronomy. Various morphological particle properties are discussed, such as overall nonsphericity, pristine shapes, aggregation, and different forms of inhomogeneity, e.g. porous and compact inhomogeneous morphologies, as well as encapsulated aggregates. Models employed to reproduce the optical properties of complex particles range from strongly simplified to highly realistic and morphologically sophisticated model geometries. Besides reviewing the most recent literature, we discuss the idea behind models of varying degree of complexity with regard to the intended use of the models. Applications range from fundamental studies of light scattering processes to routine applications of particle optics look-up tables in operational modelling systems. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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2014. Vol. 146, 41-58 p.
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Scattering, Aerosols, Ice clouds, Mineral dust, Black carbon, Cosmic dust, Regolith
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Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:smhi:diva-104DOI: 10.1016/j.jqsrt.2014.02.014ISI: 000339697300004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:smhi-104DiVA: diva2:804966
Available from: 2015-04-14 Created: 2015-03-26 Last updated: 2015-04-14Bibliographically approved

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