Mie Scattering

  • Scattering:
  • Light can be scattered.....redirected in many directions
  • We will consider two types of scattering that occur in the atmosphere
  • Mie Scattering
  • large particles in the atmosphere are able to scatter all wavelengths of white light equally 
  • when all wavelengths of white light are scattered equally, then Mie scattering is occurring
  • this is why clouds appear white....
  • however, if a cloud is optically thick, then little light will penetrate through the cloud....
  • when little light can penetrate to a particular location in a cloud, such as cloud base, how will it look?????