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Published October 15, 1972 | Published
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Scalar Debye Potentials for Electromagnetic Fields in Spherical Gravity and Spherical Media. I


Modified scalar Debye potentials for electromagnetic (EM) waves in spherical gravity and spherical media are found. These potentials decompose the EM waves into two completely independent electric and magnetic radial modes and achieve scalarization and boundary fitting. Their equations, being different in a vacuum medium from Φ^(;μ)_(;μ) = 0 of a scalar field, are reduced to one-dimensional Helmholtz equations under a separability condition, and can have their gravity effect "nullified" by a particular medium. Also the reflection coefficient R_l for an l spherical wave satisfies a Ricatti equation, and the phase shifts δ_l and scattering cross sections are related to R_l. For an incident plane EM wave, the nonforward differential scattering cross section is expressed in terms of the R_l for the case where the medium and/or gravity tapers off slower than (radius)^(−1) and R_l,δ_l themselves diverge.

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© 1972 American Physical Society. (Received 19 May 1972). This work is supported by the U. S, Air Force Office of Scientific Research under Grant No. AFOSR-70-1935.

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