## Abstract

Within the framework of the generalized Lorenz–Mie theory (GLMT), the incident shaped beam of an arbitrary orientation and location is expanded in terms of the spheroidal vector wave functions in given spheroidal coordinates. The beam shape coefficients (BSCs) in spheroidal coordinates are computed by the quadrature method. The classical localization approximation method for BSC evaluation is found to be inapplicable when the Cartesian coordinates of the beam and the particle are not parallel to each other. Once they are parallel, all the symmetry relationships existing for the BSCs in spherical coordinates (spherical BSCs) [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A **11**, 1812 (1994)
] still pertain to the BSCs in spheroidal coordinates (spheroidal BSCs). In addition, the spheroidal BSCs computed by our method are verified by comparing them with those evaluated by Asano and Yamamoto for plane wave incidence [Appl. Opt. **14**, 29 (1975)
]. Furthermore, formulas are given for field reconstruction from the spheroidal BSCs, and consistency is found between the original incident fields and the reconstructed ones.

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