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  • Vol. 69, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1979
  • pp: 1089–1092

Theory of the rainbow

S. D. Mobbs  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 69, Issue 8, pp. 1089-1092 (1979)

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A new theory of the rainbow based on Huygens’s principle is given and compared with the complex angular momentum theory. There is good agreement over a large range of angles and size parameters for both the magnetic and electric polarizations.

© 1979 Optical Society of America

S. D. Mobbs, "Theory of the rainbow," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 69, 1089-1092 (1979)

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