A set of algorithms is proposed to retrieve the size of spherically symmetric particles from the measured intensity of angular scatter data. Of special interest are low-contrast particles whose real part of the index of refraction is between 1.03 and 1.09 and whose size is constrained so that , where and a is particle radius. Several algorithms are evaluated and compared that are based on either simple matching to the Mie theory predictions or inverse tomography methods. In the tomography methods, a previously proposed algorithm [Opt. Express. 15, 12217 (2007)
] was used after estimating the phase of the scattered data or adapted to use intensity-only data. In order to ensure stability, all algorithms’ performance was evaluated in the presence of moderate noise. The performance varied as a function of particle size, refractive index, and algorithm. Results suggest that a scattering device that collects only the angular scatter that is perpendicular to the polarization of incident light, usually denoted as , can be used to accurately estimate the size of homogeneous, low-contrast, spherical particles whose diameters are close to the wavelength of the incident light.
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