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Microwaves through an ice sphere: Which scattering solution is best?

  1. Feb 9, 2013 #1
    I apologize for not following the template, but it doesn't really fit. I would have posted it elsewhere but as it's for academic purposes I think it has to be here. Please excuse me if I'm wrong.

    I'm a high schooler working on a project, and I was planning to send ≈3 cm microwaves through an ice sphere with diameter varying from about 1-6 cm and see the change in scattering.

    Unfortunately, through the research I've done it seems like this is way more complicated than I'd imagined.

    So, I need some help.

    Wikipedia (Most reliable source... Well...) states:
    And this confuses me. I know ice absorbs some EM waves, and thus it must be somewhat inelastic. However, I'm not sure whether that's what is meant.

    Can someone help me with which I should use, and why?
     
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  3. Feb 9, 2013 #2

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    Re: Microwaves through an ice sphere: Which scattering solution is bes

    The wavelength is so long, effects from the whole material should be more relevant than those inelastic scattering processes. I would expect significant absorption.

    I think classical physics was the right subforum ;).
     
  4. Feb 9, 2013 #3
    Re: Microwaves through an ice sphere: Which scattering solution is bes

    Huh, okay. Does this mean I can use something like the Mie Theory to predict scattering, or not?
     
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