Abstract

Methods for determining the size and refractive index of single, homogeneous, micrometer-sized aerosol particles using Mie resonance spectroscopy are studied using measurements from optically trapped particles and light-scattering calculations based on Mie theory. We consider both single-particle broadband light scattering and cavity-enhanced Raman scattering (CERS) and demonstrate that, when resonances observed in either type of spectroscopy are fitted using Mie theory, the accuracy of the best fits are similar. However, broadband measurements can yield more resonances than CERS, thus reducing the uncertainty in the retrieved parameters of best fit and increasing the range of particles that can be characterized. Resonance fitting methods are also compared to methods that fit the entire Mie scattering spectrum. Through calculations, it is shown that measured scattering spectra are sensitive to small changes in how light is collected, while Mie resonance positions are much less sensitive. This means that additional parameters are required to accurately fit entire light-scattering spectra using Mie theory, but these parameters are not needed to accurately determine Mie resonance positions.

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