Abstract

The scattered waves of a shaped beam by an infinite cylinder in the far field are, stricto sensu, neither cylindrical nor spherical, so the asymptotic form of special functions involved in the theories based on the rigorous solution of Maxwell equations cannot be used to evaluate scattered intensities, even in the most simple case of Gaussian beam scattering by an infinite circular cylinder. Thus, although theories exist for the scattering of a shaped beam by infinite cylinders with circular and elliptical sections, the numerical calculations are limited to the near field. The vectorial complex ray model (VCRM) developed by Ren et al. describes waves by rays with a new property: the curvature of the wavefront. It is suitable to deal with the scattering of an arbitrarily shaped beam by a particle with a smooth surface of any form. In this paper, we apply this method to the scattering of an infinite elliptical cylinder illuminated by a Gaussian beam at normal incidence with an arbitrary position and orientation relative to the symmetric axis of the elliptical section of the cylinder. The method for calculating the curvature of an arbitrary surface is given and applied in the determination of the two curvature radii of the Gaussian beam wavefront at any point. Scattered intensities for different parameters of the beam and the particle as well as observation distance are presented to reveal the scattering properties and new phenomena observed in the beam scattering by an infinite elliptical cylinder.

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