Abstract

The entire light scattering matrix is experimentally determined for two fused silica cylinders illuminated at normal incidence (λ441.6 nm). Radii of 0.960 ± 0.002 and 3.091 ± 0.003 μm are determined by comparison with Mie theory indicating that micron-sized fiber radii can be determined to within a few nanometers by polarized light scattering techniques. The single fiber provides a good calibration source for polarization nephalometers, being free from problems inherent with spheres in solution. The fiber is a well-known geometry which is amenable to perturbation toward irregular shapes, and as such it provides the starting point for studying scattering from irregular particles.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

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