Abstract

Traditional methods of determining the optical constants of particulate materials by means of transmission, absorption, and reflectance measurements are known to be inherently inaccurate. The use of the Lorenz-Mie formalism to derive the optical constants from extinction data overcomes the problems associated with the traditional methods; but, as currently practiced, this method has severe limitations. In this paper we report an entirely new approach to determining the optical constants of aerosols from extinction data. This is an iterative method that uses the Lorenz-Mie formalism in conjunction with the Kramers-Kronig dispersion relations in order to derive the optical constants of the aerosol material. The theory of the method is developed in detail and is applied successfully to find the optical constants of an <i>o</i>-phosphoric-acid aerosol in the 7–14-µm infrared. The numerical procedure is shown to introduce an error of less than 1% in the determination of the <i>o</i>-phosphoric-acid optical constants. Limits on <i>n</i>,<i>k</i> and the particle size distribution for which the method is valid are indicated.

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1980 (3)

A. B. Pluchino, S. S. Goldberg, J. M. Dowling, and C. M. Randall, "Refractive-index measurements of single micron-sized carbon particles," Appl. Opt. 19, 3371–3372 (1980).

P. J. Wyatt, "Some chemical, physical, and optical properties of fly ash particles," Appl. Opt. 19, 975–983 (1980).

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1979 (4)

1978 (1)

1977 (2)

1976 (1)

O. B. Toon, J. B. Pollack, and B. N. Khare, "The optical constants of several atmospheric aerosol species: ammonium sulfate, aluminum oxide, and sodium chloride," J. Geophys. Res. 81, 5733–5748 (1976).

1973 (2)

R. W. Bergstrom, "Extinction and absorption coefficients of the atmospheric aerosol as a function of particle size," Beitr. Phys. Atmos. 46, 198–202 (1973).

G. M. Hale and M. R. Querry, "Optical constants of water in the 200-nm to 200-µm wavelength region," Appl. Opt. 12, 555–563 (1973).

1971 (1)

1970 (1)

R. Z. Bachrach and F. C. Brown, "Exciton-optical properties of TiBr and TiCl," Phys. Rev. B 1, 818–831 (1970).

Ahrenkiel, R. K.

Auvermann, H. J.

Bachrach, R. Z.

R. Z. Bachrach and F. C. Brown, "Exciton-optical properties of TiBr and TiCl," Phys. Rev. B 1, 818–831 (1970).

Bergstrom, R. W.

R. W. Bergstrom, "Extinction and absorption coefficients of the atmospheric aerosol as a function of particle size," Beitr. Phys. Atmos. 46, 198–202 (1973).

Brown, F. C.

R. Z. Bachrach and F. C. Brown, "Exciton-optical properties of TiBr and TiCl," Phys. Rev. B 1, 818–831 (1970).

Cardona, M.

M. Cardona, Optical Properties of Solids, S. Nudelman and S. S. Mitra, eds. (Plenum, New York, 1969).

Dave, J. V.

J. V. Dave, Rep. no. 320-3237, IBM Scientific Center, Palo Alto, California (1968).

Deirmendjian, D.

D. Deirmendjian, Electromagnetic Scattering on Spherical Polydispersions (Elsevier, New York, 1969).

Dowling, J. M.

A. B. Pluchino, S. S. Goldberg, J. M. Dowling, and C. M. Randall, "Refractive-index measurements of single micron-sized carbon particles," Appl. Opt. 19, 3371–3372 (1980).

Faxvog, F. R.

Gal, G.

Gillespie, J. B.

Gilra, D. P.

D. P. Gilra, "Collective excitations in small solid particles and astronomical applications," Ph.D. thesis, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (1972).

Goldberg, S. S.

A. B. Pluchino, S. S. Goldberg, J. M. Dowling, and C. M. Randall, "Refractive-index measurements of single micron-sized carbon particles," Appl. Opt. 19, 3371–3372 (1980).

Gouesbet, G.

Grehan, G.

Hale, G. M.

Janzen, J.

J. Janzen, "The refractive index of colloidal carbon," J. Colloid Interface Sci. 69, 436–447 (1979).

Jennings, S. G.

Kerker, M.

M. Kerker, The Scattering of Light and Other Electromagnetic Radiation (Academic, New York, 1969).

Khare, B. N.

O. B. Toon, J. B. Pollack, and B. N. Khare, "The optical constants of several atmospheric aerosol species: ammonium sulfate, aluminum oxide, and sodium chloride," J. Geophys. Res. 81, 5733–5748 (1976).

Landau, L. D.

L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Electrodynamics of Continuous Media (Pergamon, Oxford, 1960).

Lifshitz, E. M.

L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Electrodynamics of Continuous Media (Pergamon, Oxford, 1960).

Munn, M. W.

Patterson, E. M.

Pinnick, R. G.

Pluchino, A. B.

A. B. Pluchino, S. S. Goldberg, J. M. Dowling, and C. M. Randall, "Refractive-index measurements of single micron-sized carbon particles," Appl. Opt. 19, 3371–3372 (1980).

Pollack, J. B.

O. B. Toon, J. B. Pollack, and B. N. Khare, "The optical constants of several atmospheric aerosol species: ammonium sulfate, aluminum oxide, and sodium chloride," J. Geophys. Res. 81, 5733–5748 (1976).

Querry, M. R.

G. M. Hale and M. R. Querry, "Optical constants of water in the 200-nm to 200-µm wavelength region," Appl. Opt. 12, 555–563 (1973).

M. R. Querry, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri 64110, personal communication (1978).

M. R. Querry, "Molecular and crystalline electromagnetic properties of selected condensed materials in the infrared," U.S. Army Research Office, Research Triangle Park, N.C. 27709, Final Rep. no. DAAG-29-76-GS-0185 (1979).

Randall, C. M.

A. B. Pluchino, S. S. Goldberg, J. M. Dowling, and C. M. Randall, "Refractive-index measurements of single micron-sized carbon particles," Appl. Opt. 19, 3371–3372 (1980).

Roessler, D. M.

Toon, O. B.

O. B. Toon, J. B. Pollack, and B. N. Khare, "The optical constants of several atmospheric aerosol species: ammonium sulfate, aluminum oxide, and sodium chloride," J. Geophys. Res. 81, 5733–5748 (1976).

van de Hulst, H. C.

H. C. van de Hulst, Light Scattering by Small Particles (Wiley, New York, 1957).

Wells, W. C.

Wiscombe, W. J.

Wyatt, P. J.

Appl. Opt. (10)

A. B. Pluchino, S. S. Goldberg, J. M. Dowling, and C. M. Randall, "Refractive-index measurements of single micron-sized carbon particles," Appl. Opt. 19, 3371–3372 (1980).

G. M. Hale and M. R. Querry, "Optical constants of water in the 200-nm to 200-µm wavelength region," Appl. Opt. 12, 555–563 (1973).

W. C. Wells, G. Gal, and M. W. Munn, "Aerosol distributions in maritime air and predicted scattering coefficients in the infrared," Appl. Opt. 16, 654–659 (1977).

E. M. Patterson, "Atmospheric extinction between 0.55 µm and 10.6 µm due to soil-derived aerosols," Appl. Opt. 16, 2414–2418 (1977).

S. G. Jennings, R. G. Pinnick, and H. J. Auvermann, "Effects of particulate complex refractive index and particle size distribution variations on atmospheric extinction and absorption for visible through middle IR wavelengths," Appl. Opt. 17, 3922–3929 (1978).

S. G. Jennings, R. G. Pinnick, and J. B. Gillespie, "Relation between absorption coefficient and imaginary index of atmospheric aerosol constituents," Appl. Opt. 18, 1368–1371 (1979).

D. M. Roessler and F. R. Faxvog, "Opacity of black smoke: calculated variation with particulate size and refractive index," Appl. Opt. 18, 1399–1403 (1979).

G. Grehan and G. Gouesbet, "Mie theory calculations: new progress, with emphasis on particle sizing," Appl. Opt. 18, 3489–3493 (1979).

P. J. Wyatt, "Some chemical, physical, and optical properties of fly ash particles," Appl. Opt. 19, 975–983 (1980).

W. J. Wiscombe, "Improved Mie scattering algorithms," Appl. Opt. 19, 1505–1509 (1980).

Beitr. Phys. Atmos. (1)

R. W. Bergstrom, "Extinction and absorption coefficients of the atmospheric aerosol as a function of particle size," Beitr. Phys. Atmos. 46, 198–202 (1973).

J. Colloid Interface Sci. (1)

J. Janzen, "The refractive index of colloidal carbon," J. Colloid Interface Sci. 69, 436–447 (1979).

J. Geophys. Res. (1)

O. B. Toon, J. B. Pollack, and B. N. Khare, "The optical constants of several atmospheric aerosol species: ammonium sulfate, aluminum oxide, and sodium chloride," J. Geophys. Res. 81, 5733–5748 (1976).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. (1)

Phys. Rev. (1)

R. Z. Bachrach and F. C. Brown, "Exciton-optical properties of TiBr and TiCl," Phys. Rev. B 1, 818–831 (1970).

Other (9)

D. P. Gilra, "Collective excitations in small solid particles and astronomical applications," Ph.D. thesis, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (1972).

M. R. Querry, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri 64110, personal communication (1978).

M. R. Querry, "Molecular and crystalline electromagnetic properties of selected condensed materials in the infrared," U.S. Army Research Office, Research Triangle Park, N.C. 27709, Final Rep. no. DAAG-29-76-GS-0185 (1979).

M. Cardona, Optical Properties of Solids, S. Nudelman and S. S. Mitra, eds. (Plenum, New York, 1969).

L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Electrodynamics of Continuous Media (Pergamon, Oxford, 1960).

H. C. van de Hulst, Light Scattering by Small Particles (Wiley, New York, 1957).

D. Deirmendjian, Electromagnetic Scattering on Spherical Polydispersions (Elsevier, New York, 1969).

M. Kerker, The Scattering of Light and Other Electromagnetic Radiation (Academic, New York, 1969).

J. V. Dave, Rep. no. 320-3237, IBM Scientific Center, Palo Alto, California (1968).

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