The authors report experimental confirmation of backscattering enhancement induced by a photonic jet emerging from a dielectric sphere, a phenomenon recently predicted by theoretical solutions of Maxwell's equations. To permit relatively straightforward laboratory measurements at microwave frequencies rather than visible light, they appropriately scaled the original conceptual dimensions of the dielectric microsphere and its adjacent perturbing nanoparticle (located within the microsphere's photonic jet). Their experiments verified the existence of enhanced position-dependent backscattering perturbations by the adjacent particle. Their measured backscattering perturbations agreed well with prior theory and with additional finite-difference time-domain computational models of the complete microwave test geometry.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)