Wavelength Dependence of Aerosol Extinction Coefficient for Stratospheric Aerosols

Glenn K. Yue Atmospheric Sciences Division, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23665

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Abstract

A simple empirical formula for the wavelength dependence of the aerosol extinction coefficient is proposed. The relationship between the constants in the formula and the variable parameter in the aerosol size distribution is explicitly expressed. Good agreement is found between the extinction coefficients calculated from the proposed formula and that calculated from Mie theory. The proposed expression is shown to be better than the Ångström formula commonly used by atmospheric scientists.

Abstract

A simple empirical formula for the wavelength dependence of the aerosol extinction coefficient is proposed. The relationship between the constants in the formula and the variable parameter in the aerosol size distribution is explicitly expressed. Good agreement is found between the extinction coefficients calculated from the proposed formula and that calculated from Mie theory. The proposed expression is shown to be better than the Ångström formula commonly used by atmospheric scientists.

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