A general equation is developed for the efficiency of an integrating sphere with a nonuniform coating. The only assumptions are that the interior is a perfect sphere and that all areas reflect perfectly diffusely. Three special cases of the general equation are examined for the basic applications of integrating spheres as mixing mechanisms in hemispherical reflectance measurements and in absolute reflectance techniques.
© 1967 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 11, 1966
Published: January 1, 1967
David G. Goebel, "Generalized Integrating-Sphere Theory," Appl. Opt. 6, 125-128 (1967)