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Effect of Air Bubbles on Absorption of Solar Radiation by Water Droplets

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  • 1 Atmospheric Science Program, Departments of Physics and Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • | 2 U.S. Army Edgewood Research and Development Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
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Abstract

It was suggested that absorption by a weakly absorbing droplet may be increased substantially by the presence of air bubbles within a droplet. The authors use an exact solution of the scattering of electromagnetic waves by a spherical particle containing an arbitrarily located spherical inclusion to investigate absorption of solar radiation by water droplets containing air bubbles. The presence of air bubbles within water droplets was found to have no significant effect on the absorption of solar radiation.

* Additional affiliations: Department of Physics, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and U.S. Army Research Laboratory, White Sands, New Mexico.

Corresponding author address: Dr. Petr Chýlek, Atmospheric Science Program, Department of Physics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 3J5, Canada.

Email: chylek@fizz.phys.dal.ca

Abstract

It was suggested that absorption by a weakly absorbing droplet may be increased substantially by the presence of air bubbles within a droplet. The authors use an exact solution of the scattering of electromagnetic waves by a spherical particle containing an arbitrarily located spherical inclusion to investigate absorption of solar radiation by water droplets containing air bubbles. The presence of air bubbles within water droplets was found to have no significant effect on the absorption of solar radiation.

* Additional affiliations: Department of Physics, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and U.S. Army Research Laboratory, White Sands, New Mexico.

Corresponding author address: Dr. Petr Chýlek, Atmospheric Science Program, Department of Physics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 3J5, Canada.

Email: chylek@fizz.phys.dal.ca

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