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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1976
  • pp: 2746–2750

Mie scattering, Maxwell Garnett theory, and the Giaever immunology slide

Jesse I. Treu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 15, Issue 11, pp. 2746-2750 (1976)

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The physical mechanism whereby adsorbed layers of transparent material cause a visual darkening of thin indium films is investigated. The indium is observed to be in the form of discrete islands. The wavelength of minimum optical transmission through the indium film does not vary proportionately with the size of the indium island size, as would be expected if Mie scattering were the dominant optical effect. Instead, this wavelength depends on the fractional volume of the indium film occupied by the indium islands themselves, in the manner predicted by Maxwell Garnett theory.

© 1976 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 20, 1976
Published: November 1, 1976

Jesse I. Treu, "Mie scattering, Maxwell Garnett theory, and the Giaever immunology slide," Appl. Opt. 15, 2746-2750 (1976)

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