### 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.

The model scatters all wavelengths, but does scatter according
to 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*)
**Further reading:**

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mie_Scattering

**Referenced by pages:**

scattering

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