Expansion of tabulated scattering matrices in generalized spherical functions

Mishchenko, M., I. Geogdzhayev, and P. Yang (2016), Expansion of tabulated scattering matrices in generalized spherical functions, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 183, 78-84, doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2016.05.015.

An efficient way to solve the vector radiative transfer equation for plane-parallel turbid media is to Fourier-decompose it in azimuth. This methodology is typically based on the analytical computation of the Fourier components of the phase matrix and is predicated on the knowledge of the coefficients appearing in the expansion of the normalized scattering matrix in generalized spherical functions. Quite often the expansion coefficients have to be determined from tabulated values of the scattering matrix obtained from measurements or calculated by solving the Maxwell equations. In such cases one needs an efficient and accurate computer procedure converting a tabulated scattering matrix into the corresponding set of expansion coefficients. This short communication summarizes the theoretical basis of this procedure and serves as the user guide to a simple publicdomain FORTRAN program.

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