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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 1998
  • pp: 3324–3332

Raman Scattering by Pure Water and Seawater

Jasmine S. Bartlett, Kenneth J. Voss, Shubha Sathyendranath, and Anthony Vodacek  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 15, pp. 3324-3332 (1998)

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Measurements of the magnitude and spectral distribution of the Raman-scattering coefficients of pure water (brw) and seawater (brs) are presented. Two independent measurements of the spectral distribution of the Raman-scattering coefficient of pure water were made for incident wavelengths ranging from 250 to 500 nm. These measurements revealed a strong dependence of brw on wavelength that could be represented by a (λ′)−5.3∓0.3 relationship, where λ′ is the incident wavelength, or a λ−4.6∓0.3 relationship, where λ is the Raman-scattered wavelength, when normalized to units of photons. The corresponding relationships for normalization to energy are (λ′)−5.5∓0.4 and λ−4.8∓0.3, respectively. These relationships are found to be consistent with resonance Raman theory for an absorption wavelength of 130 nm. The absolute value ofbrw for the 3400-cm−1 line was found to be (2.7 ∓ 0.2) × 10−4 m−1 for an incident wavelength of 488 nm, which is consistent with a number of earlier reports. The difference between the magnitudes of the Raman-scattering coefficients for pure water and seawater was statistically insignificant.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements
(290.5860) Scattering : Scattering, Raman

Jasmine S. Bartlett, Kenneth J. Voss, Shubha Sathyendranath, and Anthony Vodacek, "Raman Scattering by Pure Water and Seawater," Appl. Opt. 37, 3324-3332 (1998)

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