In this paper the scattering from eccentrically stratified spheres is considered. For the case of a spherical inhomogeneity embedded inside a dielectric sphere, the method of separation of variables is used in conjunction with translational addition theorems for spherical vector waves. Analytical results are obtained when the difference in the dielectric constants of the two spheres is small by employing a special perturbation technique. Scattering properties such as distortion of the scattering patterns, variation of total and backscattering cross sections, and depolarization for randomly oriented scatterers are investigated. Methods of detection and identification of inhomogeneities are discussed.
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