Abstract

In the theory of light scattering by small particles we use two different kinds of notation for the incident plane wave. In both cases we often use the same notation for the scattered spherical wave (compare H. C. van de Hulst, Light Scattering by Small Particles (Wiley, New York, 1957), Chap. 3, p. 18 and Chap. 1, p. 8, with C. Bohren and D. Huffman, Absorption and Scattering of Light by Small Particles (Wiley, New York, 1957), Chap. 3, p. 18 and Chap. 9, p. 124). If one is careless, this will lead to confusion. We must be aware of this and, correspondingly, change the calculated electromagnetic fields.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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