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Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar by V. N. Bringi

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2    Scattering matrix

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The scattering matrix of spheroids in the Rayleigh–Gans limit is the principal topic of this chapter. While the assumption of spheroidal shape is somewhat simplistic considering the wide distribution of shapes of natural hydrometeors, it is quite remarkable that important polarimetric radar observations of precipitation can, to a large degree, be explained using the spheroidal model and Rayleigh–Gans scattering. It will also become evident that important concepts gained from Rayleigh–Gans scattering (e.g. the dependence of elevation angle, particle orientation effects), can also be extended to Mie scattering. The scattering ...

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