### Mie scattering

(scattering of light by large particles)

**Mie scattering** is scattering of
light by large particles, i.e.,
on a larger scale than atomic and subatomic particles. It is
more precisely a theory (aka **Mie theory**) based on the
theory of electromagnetic radiation per Maxwell's equations, and the presumption
of spherical particles, so when applied to non-spherical particles,
it only approximates.

It scatters all wavelengths, but does have some resonances
based on the size of the particle. The equations are sufficiently
complicated to require numerical solution.
Rayleigh scattering is, in effect, an approximation of
Mie scattering for a narrower
regime, i.e., particles smaller than the wavelength.

Mie scattering can be used to model the apparent color of the sky
and the color of atmospheres viewed from above. It can also
be used to model reddening.

(*optics,radiative transfer*)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mie_Scattering

http://www.iapmw.unibe.ch/teaching/vorlesungen/radiative_transfer/skript/Lecture2009_9.pdf

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