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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 1980
  • pp: 680–685

Rainbow phenomena and the detection of nonsphericity in drops

Philip L. Marston  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 19, Issue 5, pp. 680-685 (1980)

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Liquid drops were levitated and deformed with acoustic techniques and illuminated with monochromatic light. Changes in the rainbow-angle scattering induced by the deformations were detected. Reflected and refracted rays form an interference pattern that changes with shape and the angle of Airy’s diffraction pattern shifts. A calculation by Möbius W. [ Ann. Phys. (Leipzig) 33, 1493 ( 1910)] was modified to facilitate the use of these changes for the measurement of micron amplitude shape oscillations of millimeter radius drops.

© 1980 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 30, 1979
Published: March 1, 1980

Philip L. Marston, "Rainbow phenomena and the detection of nonsphericity in drops," Appl. Opt. 19, 680-685 (1980)

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