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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1933
  • pp: 73–83

Standing Light Waves; Repetition of an Experiment by Wiener, Using a Photoelectric Probe Surface

HERBERT E. IVES and THORNTON C. FRY  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 23, Issue 3, pp. 73-83 (1933)

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HERBERT E. IVES and THORNTON C. FRY, "Standing Light Waves; Repetition of an Experiment by Wiener, Using a Photoelectric Probe Surface," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 23, 73-83 (1933)

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  1. See Wood's Optics, 2nd Ed., p. 175 for a general account of these and other stationary light wave experiments.
  2. Ives, The Vectorial Photoelectric Effect in Thin Films of Alkali Metals, Phys. Rev. 38, 1209 (1931); Ives and Briggs, The Photoelectric Effect from Thin Films of Alkali Metal on Silver, Phys. Rev. 38, 1477 (1931); Ives and Briggs, The Depth of Origin of Photoelectrons, Phys. Rev. 40, 802 (1932).
  3. See Wood's Optics, 3rd Ed., p. 173.
  4. Fry, Plane Waves of Light III, Absorption by Metals, J. O. S. A. 22, 307–332 (1932).
  5. The limits of thickness for which the approximation is valid are explained in reference 4, p. 322.
  6. In the case of a film of unit permeability with air or vacuum above it, g/g1reduces simply to 1/(N+iK0)2, N and K0 being the optical constants of the film.
  7. Reference 4, p. 324.
  8. Fry, Plane Waves of Light II, Reflection and Refraction, J. O. S. A. 16, 1–25 (1928). See in particular §17,
  9. The curve shapes repeat the same general characteristics for a series of thicknesses, so that a greater value of t/λwould agree with the experimental data about as well, corresponding to the thickness estimate made from Fig. 4.
  10. The non-coincidence of the curves for 0° in certain cases is probably due to a slight shift of the light spot in turning from one plane of polarization to the other, in conjunction with irregularities in the wedge structure.
  11. The interesting experiments of Suhrmann (Phys. Zeits. 32, 216 (1931)) where exposure to vapors of naphthalene and paraffin modified the selective photoelectric effect of a potassium surface, are possibly subject to reinterpretation on an optical rather than the chemical basis favored by Suhrmann.

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