Abstract

Angularly resolved elastic light scattering patterns from individual aerosolized Bacillus subtilis spores were qualitatively compared with simulations. Two-dimensional angular optical scattering patterns of the spores were collected for polar scattering angles varying from approximately 77° to 130° and azimuthal angles varying from 0° to 360°. Computations were performed with single T-matrix formalism by simulating a spore with three different particle shapes: (1) a finite-length cylinder with spherical end caps, (2) a spheroid, and (3) two spheres in contact. Excellent agreement between computation and measurement was found for the finite-length cylinder with spherical end caps, poorer agreement was found for the spheroids, and the poorest agreement was for the two spheres in contact.

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