Measurement of back-scattering patterns from single laser trapped aerosol particles in air

Yong Le Pan, Chuji Wang, Leonid A. Beresnev, Alex J. Yuffa, Gorden Videen, David Ligon, Joshua L. Santarpia

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We demonstrate a method for measuring elastic back-scattering patterns from single laser trapped micron-sized particles, spanning the scattering angle range of θ = 167.7°-180° and φ = 0°-360° in spherical coordinates. We calibrated the apparatus by capturing light-scattering patterns of 10 μm diameter borosilicate glass microspheres and comparing their scattered intensities with Lorenz-Mie theory. Back-scattering patterns are also presented from a single trapped Johnson grass spore, two attached Johnson grass spores, and a cluster of Johnson grass spores. The method has potential use in characterizing airborne aerosol particles, and may be used to provide back-scattering data for lidar applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)B1-B4
JournalApplied optics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 20 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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