Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1990, 55, 2889-2897

The light-scattering Mueller matrices for Rayleigh and Rayleigh-Gans-Debye approximation

Jaroslav Holoubek

Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 162 06 Prague 6


Recent theoretical work has shown that the complete set of polarized elastic light-scattering studies should yield information about scatterer structure that has so far hardly been utilized. We present here calculations of angular dependences of light-scattering matrix elements for spheres near the Rayleigh and Rayleigh-Gans-Debye limits. The significance of single matrix elements is documented on examples that show how different matrix elements respond to changes in particle parameters. It appears that in the small-particle limit (Rg/λ < 0.1) we do not loose much information by ignoring "large particle" observables.