Rayleigh scattering for the Kelvin-inverted ellipsoid

George Dassios, Touvia Miloh

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The Kelvin-inverted ellipsoid, with the center of inversion at the center of the ellipsoid, is a nonconvex biquadratic surface that is the image of a triaxial ellipsoid under the Kelvin mapping. It is the most general nonconvex 3-D body for which the Kelvin inversion method can be used to obtain analytic solutions for low-frequency scattering problems. We consider Rayleigh scattering by such a fourth-degree surface and provide all relevant analytical calculations possible within the theory of ellipsoidal harmonics. It is shown that only ellipsoidal harmonics of even degree are needed to express the capacity of the inverted ellipsoid. Special cases of prolate or oblate spheroids and that of the sphere are recovered through appropriate limiting processes. The crucial calculations of the norm integrals, which are expressible in terms of known ellipsoidal harmonics, are outlined in Appendix B.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-770
Number of pages14
JournalQuarterly of Applied Mathematics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1999


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