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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 17, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 1978
  • pp: 531–537

Generalized equations for the calculation of absorptance, reflectance, and transmittance of a number of parallel surfaces

T. W. Cadman and David Sadowski  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 17, Issue 4, pp. 531-537 (1978)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.17.000531


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Abstract

Derivations of general equations to describe the absorptance, reflectance, and transmittance of any number of parallel surfaces are presented. Two corollaries describing the propagation of light by two surfaces are derived and then used to derive the general equations. These general equations have wide utility because they describe exactly the propagation of light by any number or type of parallel surfaces (interfaces), using relatively simple expressions, which are readily adaptable for digital computer use.

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History
Original Manuscript: April 23, 1977
Published: February 15, 1978

Citation
T. W. Cadman and David Sadowski, "Generalized equations for the calculation of absorptance, reflectance, and transmittance of a number of parallel surfaces," Appl. Opt. 17, 531-537 (1978)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-17-4-531


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