Abstract

We describe a procedure for identifying morphology-dependent resonances observed in various optical processes in micrometer-sized droplets. This capability results from the use of a vibrating-orifice aerosol generator in which the radius a of a droplet stream is repeatedly ramped between fixed values, providing characteristic size spectra. When acquired in conjunction with other optical data (such as fluorescence, lasing, and Raman scattering), fixed-angle elastic scattering provides a fiducial spectrum from which mode positions are assigned and transferred. From Lorenz–Mie theory calculations, spectral spans of ≈0.1a are shown to be sufficient to yield unambiguous mode identification, given an initial experimental uncertainty of ±1.5° in the scattering angle and ±6% in the refractive index.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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