## Electromagnetic scattering by discrete random media. I: The dispersion equation...

*J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 230*, 282-303, doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2019.03.012.

We consider the scattering of a plane electromagnetic wave obliquely incident on a plane-parallel layer of discrete random medium with non-scattering boundaries. We solve the Lax integral equation for the conditional configuration-averaged exciting field coefficients by assuming a special-form solution, that is, by representing the conditional configuration-averaged exciting field coefficients as a linear combination of the coefficients corresponding to an up-going and a down-going wave. This solution representation is supposed to be valid within the whole domain occupied by the particles, even in the close proximity of the boundaries. By balancing the waves with different propagation directions and wavenumbers we derive two homogeneous systems of equations corresponding to the generalized Lorenz–Lorentz law and two inhomogeneous systems of equations corresponding to the generalized Ewald–Oseen extinction theorem. It is shown that (i) the two homogeneous systems of equations of the generalized Lorenz–Lorentz law reduce to a single homogeneous system of equations corresponding to a semi-infinite discrete random medium at normal incidence; (ii) the dispersion equation is direction and polarization independent; and (iii) the two inhomogeneous systems of equations of the generalized Ewald–Oseen extinction theorem can be reduced to two scalar equations by means of the addition theorem for vector spherical harmonics. It is also shown that the same dispersion equation can be obtained without assuming a special-form solution representation in the proximity of the boundaries.