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Author Waterman, P. C. ♦ Truell, R.
Sponsorship USDOE
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword PHYSICS ♦ ACOUSTICS ♦ CROSS SECTIONS ♦ DENSITY ♦ ELECTROMAGNETISM ♦ EQUATIONS ♦ FIELD THEORY ♦ INTEGRALS ♦ QUANTUM MECHANICS ♦ SCATTERING
Abstract Multiple scattering effects due to a random array of obstacles are considered. Employing a "configurational averaging" procedure, a criterion is obtained for the validity of approximate integral equations describing the various field quantities of interest. The extinction theorem is obtained and shown to give rise to the forward-amplitude theorem of multiple scattering. In the limit of vanishing correlations in position, the complex propagation constant k of the scattering medium is obtained. Under appropriate restrictions, the expression for k is shown to include both the square-root law of isotropic scatterers and the additive rule for cross sections valid for sufficiently low densities of anisotropic obstacles. Some specific examples from acoustics and electromagnetic theory then indicate that at least in the simplest cases the results remain for physically allowable densities of obstacles. (auth)
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1961-07-01
Publisher Department Avco Corp., Wilmington, Mass.
Journal J. Math. Phys.
Volume Number 2
Organization Avco Corp., Wilmington, Mass.


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