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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 1999
  • pp: 5887–5893

Limits of optical transmission measurements with application to particle sizing techniques

Nancy L. Swanson, Barton D. Billard, and Theresa L. Gennaro  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 27, pp. 5887-5893 (1999)

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Considerable confusion exists regarding the applicability limits of the Bouguer–Lambert–Beer law of optical transmission. We review the derivation of the law and discuss its application to the optical thickness of the light-scattering medium. We demonstrate the range of applicability by presenting a method for determining particle size by measuring optical transmission at two wavelengths.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.7000) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Transmission
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

Original Manuscript: April 7, 1999
Revised Manuscript: June 24, 1999
Published: September 20, 1999

Nancy L. Swanson, Barton D. Billard, and Theresa L. Gennaro, "Limits of optical transmission measurements with application to particle sizing techniques," Appl. Opt. 38, 5887-5893 (1999)

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