Abstract

An algorithm is presented based on an evolution strategy to retrieve a particle size distribution from angular light-scattering data. The analyzed intensity patterns are generated using the Mie theory, and the algorithm retrieves a series of known normal, gamma, and lognormal distributions by using the Fraunhofer approximation. The distributions scan the interval of modal size parameters 100α¯150. The numerical results show that the evolution strategy can be successfully applied to solve this kind of inverse problem, obtaining a more accurate solution than, for example, the Chin–Shifrin inversion method, and avoiding the use of a priori information concerning the domain of the distribution, commonly necessary for reconstructing the particle size distribution when this analytical inversion method is used.

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