"When electromagnetic radiation falls upon a material body of any kind, the associated electric field induces periodic oscillations of the electrons of the material synchronous with the incident radiation. The material serves as a secondary source and emits energy in the form of scattered radiation with a frequency equal to that of the incident electromagnetic wave. The polarization and intensity of the scattered radiation are determined by the size, shape, electric constants, and interactions among the scattering elements.
The scattering of electromagnetic waves is an old problem in physics. Such names as Rayleigh, Debye, and Mie have become associated with scattering, in recognition of their contribution to the subject. Because of the complexity of the general solution, applying to particles of arbitrary size, shape, orientation, and index of refraction, the complete solution probably will never be obtained. In some special cases however, notably the case of plane electromagnetic waves scattered by independent isotropic spherical particles as treated by Mie, a complete and rigorous solution has been obtained"--Introduction, page 1.
Cleveland, E. Lynn
M.S. in Physics
Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy
iv, 36 pages
© 1951 Athel L. Merts, All rights reserved.
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Electromagnetic waves -- Scattering -- Mathematical models
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Merts, A. L., "Integrated scattering of microwaves by small metal spheres" (1951). Masters Theses. 2983.