Abstract

Nonspherical particles with reflectance symmetry with respect to the scattering plane (particle is identical to its mirror image) have a diagonal scattering matrix and consequently do not depolarize an incoming linearly polarized plane electromagnetic wave with electric vector either parallel or perpendicular to the scattering plane. They behave like a sphere as far as the depolarization is concerned, and consequently they cannot be distinguished from spheres using usual remote sensing depolarization techniques.

© 1977 Optical Society of America

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