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OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF DUST

Aigen Li


Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri,
Columbia, MO 65211; LiA@missouri.edu


Abstract. Except in a few cases cosmic dust can be studied in situ or in terrestrial laboratories, essentially all of our information concerning the nature of cosmic dust depends upon its interaction with electromagnetic radiation. This chapter presents the theoretical basis for describing the optical properties of dust - how it absorbs and scatters starlight and reradiates the absorbed energy at longer wavelengths.


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

SCATTERING OF LIGHT BY DUST: A CONCEPTUAL OVERVIEW

SCATTERING OF LIGHT BY DUST: DEFINITIONS

SCATTERING OF LIGHT BY DUST: DIELECTRIC FUNCTIONS

SCATTERING OF LIGHT BY DUST: ANALYTIC SOLUTIONS

SCATTERING OF LIGHT BY DUST: NUMERICAL TECHNIQUES

REFERENCES

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