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The Mie theory is a complete mathematical-physical theory of the scattering of electromagnetic radiation by spherical particles, developed by G. Mie[?] in 1908. In contrast to Rayleigh scattering, the Mie theory embraces all possible ratios of diameter to wavelength.

The Mie theory is very important in meteorological optics, where diameter-to-wavelength ratios of the order of unity and larger are characteristic of many problems regarding haze and cloud scattering. Scattering of radar energy by raindrops constitutes another significant application of the Mie theory.

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