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Light backscattering by fine non-absorbing suspended particles


In this paper, light backscattering measurements with fine silica, alumina, titanium dioxide and polystyrene latex particle suspensions for solids volume fraction φ between 10−6 and 0.3 are presented. For small φ, the measured normalized backscattered intensity can be expressed as a power law of φ with an exponent of about 0.85±0.05. Even for the smallest examined φ, multiple scattering takes place as is proved by Monte Carlo simulations and analytical calculations. For high φ, the total inverse transport mean Î*−1 free path is found to be the determining parameter. Comparison between experimental data and the diffusion approximation of the radiative transfer theory reveals good agreement for Î*−1>10 cm−1. In this case, a mean particle diameter can be determined supposing a particle size distribution (PSD) and knowing the volume fraction and relative refractive index of the particles.

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emse-00497114 , version 1 (02-07-2010)



Christoph Tontrup, Frédéric Gruy. Light backscattering by fine non-absorbing suspended particles. Powder Technology, 2000, 107 (1-2), pp.1-12. ⟨10.1016/S0032-5910(99)00079-0⟩. ⟨emse-00497114⟩
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