One-Billion-Particle electromagnetic Scattering Problem

Consider one billion spherical particles (radius r) randomly located in a finite, spherical medium (radius R) in free space in an incident electromagnetic plane wave field (wavelength λ, wave number k=2π/λ). Show the ensemble-averaged 4×4 Mueller scattering matrix interrelating the four Stokes parameters (I = (I,Q,U,V)) of the incident field and the scattered field when the size parameter (x=kr) and complex refractive index (m) of the individual spherical particles are x=1.76 and m=1.50+i10-4 and when the volume fraction of the spherical particles in the spherical medium is v=20%.

You may consider an exact or an approximate solution, or a measurement. If the one-billion-particle challenge cannot be met, compute or measure the scattering matrix for a finite medium composed of the maximum number of spherical particles accessible for your method.


The problem and the solution attempts will be discussed at a one-day workshop on Friday, August 19th, 2016. The workshop is organized as a part of the EMTS 2016 conference and its Multiple Scattering session. The workshop is open and free of charge. If interested to join, please e-mail tentative registration to Dr. Antti Penttilä. The workshop will be held at the University of Helsinki and organized by the ERC SAEMPL project.


Kumpula Campus, Physicum lobby

Kumpula Campus, Physicum, room E207

12.15-13.30, lunch, Kumpula Campus, Dynamicum

End by 15:00


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