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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 37, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 1998
  • pp: 1527–1533

Amplification of high-order rainbows of a cylinder with an elliptical cross section

James A. Lock, Charles L. Adler, Bradley R. Stone, and Patrick D. Zajak  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 9, pp. 1527-1533 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.37.001527


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Abstract

The intensity of high-order rainbows for normally incident light and certain rotation angles of a cylinder with an elliptical cross section is greatly amplified with respect to the intensity for a circular cross-sectional cylinder. The amplification is due to a number of the internal reflections occurring past the critical angle for total internal reflection, and the effect is especially strong for odd-order rainbows, beginning with the third order. Experimentally, the fourth- and the fifth-order rainbows of a nearly elliptical cross-sectional glass rod were observed and analyzed.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.5640) Holography : Rainbow holography
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

History
Original Manuscript: June 20, 1997
Revised Manuscript: October 6, 1997
Published: March 20, 1998

Citation
James A. Lock, Charles L. Adler, Bradley R. Stone, and Patrick D. Zajak, "Amplification of high-order rainbows of a cylinder with an elliptical cross section," Appl. Opt. 37, 1527-1533 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-37-9-1527

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