Size parameter for thermally emitting particles.
- Published Article
- Publication Date
Aug 20, 1999
For thermal emission from particles the conventional size parameter X = 2 pi a/lambda does not distinguish between small and large particles. We show that the opacity parameter Omega = 4 pi ka/lambda = 2 kX is a more accurate means of demarcating the two emission regimes. Omega is approximately equal to the particle's mean optical depth, and it can be derived from both scattering theory and geometrical optics.
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