Abstract

A new theory of the rainbow based on Huygens’s principle is given and compared with the complex angular momentum theory. There is good agreement over a large range of angles and size parameters for both the magnetic and electric polarizations.

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  2. H. C. van de Hulst, Light Scattering by Small Particles (Chapman and Hall, London, 1957).
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  5. V. Khare and H. M. Nussenzveig, "Theory of the Rainbow," Phys. Rev. Lett. 33, 976–980 (1974).
  6. R. A. R. Tricker, Introduction to Meteorological Optics (Mills and Boon, London, 1970).

1974

V. Khare and H. M. Nussenzveig, "Theory of the Rainbow," Phys. Rev. Lett. 33, 976–980 (1974).

1969

H. M. Nussenzveig, "High frequency scattering by a transparent sphere. II. Theory of the Rainbow and Glory," J. Math. Phys. 10, 125–176 (1969).

1908

G. Mie, "Beiträge zur Optik trüber Medien, speziell kolloidaler Metallosungen," Ann. Phys. (Leipzig) 25, 377–445 (1908).

1838

G. B. Airy, "On the intensity of light in the neighbourhood of a caustic," Trans. Camb. Phil. Soc. 6, 379 (1838).

Airy, G. B.

G. B. Airy, "On the intensity of light in the neighbourhood of a caustic," Trans. Camb. Phil. Soc. 6, 379 (1838).

Khare, V.

V. Khare and H. M. Nussenzveig, "Theory of the Rainbow," Phys. Rev. Lett. 33, 976–980 (1974).

Mie, G.

G. Mie, "Beiträge zur Optik trüber Medien, speziell kolloidaler Metallosungen," Ann. Phys. (Leipzig) 25, 377–445 (1908).

Nussenzveig, H. M.

V. Khare and H. M. Nussenzveig, "Theory of the Rainbow," Phys. Rev. Lett. 33, 976–980 (1974).

H. M. Nussenzveig, "High frequency scattering by a transparent sphere. II. Theory of the Rainbow and Glory," J. Math. Phys. 10, 125–176 (1969).

Tricker, R. A. R.

R. A. R. Tricker, Introduction to Meteorological Optics (Mills and Boon, London, 1970).

van de Hulst, H. C.

H. C. van de Hulst, Light Scattering by Small Particles (Chapman and Hall, London, 1957).

Ann. Phys. Leipzig

G. Mie, "Beiträge zur Optik trüber Medien, speziell kolloidaler Metallosungen," Ann. Phys. (Leipzig) 25, 377–445 (1908).

J. Math. Phys.

H. M. Nussenzveig, "High frequency scattering by a transparent sphere. II. Theory of the Rainbow and Glory," J. Math. Phys. 10, 125–176 (1969).

Phys. Rev. Lett.

V. Khare and H. M. Nussenzveig, "Theory of the Rainbow," Phys. Rev. Lett. 33, 976–980 (1974).

Trans. Camb. Phil. Soc.

G. B. Airy, "On the intensity of light in the neighbourhood of a caustic," Trans. Camb. Phil. Soc. 6, 379 (1838).

Other

H. C. van de Hulst, Light Scattering by Small Particles (Chapman and Hall, London, 1957).

R. A. R. Tricker, Introduction to Meteorological Optics (Mills and Boon, London, 1970).

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