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  • Vol. 71, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 1981
  • pp: 856–861

Reflection properties of pressed polytetrafluoroethylene powder

Victor R. Weidner and Jack J. Hsia  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 71, Issue 7, pp. 856-861 (1981)

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The reflection properties of pressed polytetrafluoroethylene powder have been under investigation by the Radiometric Physics Division at the National Bureau of Standards for the past five years. This material has a great potential use, both as a standard of diffuse reflectance and as a coating for integrating spheres for applications in reflectance spectrophotometry and other signal-averaging devices. It possesses certain physical and optical properties that make it ideal for use in these applications. Techniques are given for preparing reflection standards and coating integrating spheres with the pressed powder. The effects of powder density and thickness on its reflectance are reported, and observations of possible problems with fluorescence that are due to the presence of contaminants in the powder are discussed. The absolute reflectance (6°/hemispherical reflectance factor relative to a perfect diffuser) is reported for the spectral range of 200–2500 nm. The directional/hemispherical reflectance factor relative to 6°/hemispherical reflectance is given for several wavelengths in the ultraviolet and visible spectrum and for angles of incidence between 5 and 75°. The bidirectional reflectance factor is reported for 300, 600, and 1500 nm at angles of incidence of −10, −30, −50, and −70° and at viewing angles at 10° intervals from −80 to +80°.

Victor R. Weidner and Jack J. Hsia, "Reflection properties of pressed polytetrafluoroethylene powder," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 71, 856-861 (1981)

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  1. The polytetrafluoroethylene powder used in these investigations is manufactured by Allied Chemical Company. The material is commonly referred to by the trade name Halon and is further identified as type G-80 tetrafluoroethylene resin. The commercial name of this material is given here for purposes of identification only and in no way implies endorsement by the National Bureau of Standards.
  2. Bureau Central de la Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage, Review of Publications on Properties and Reflection Values of Material Reflection Standards (Paris, 1979), CIE Publication 46 (TC-2.3), pp. 15–72.
  3. The term "perfect diffuser" is defined in Bureau Central de la Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage, International Lighting Vocabulary (Paris, 1970), CIE Publication 17 (E-1.1), p. 95.
  4. F. Grum and M. Saltzman, P-75-77 New White Standard of Reflectance (Paris, 1976), CIE Publication 36, 91.
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  6. V. R. Weidner and J. J. Hsia, "NBS specular reflectometer-spectrophotometer," Appl. Opt. 19, 1268–1273 (1980).
  7. W. H. Venable, J. J. Hsia, and V. R. Weidner, "Establishing a scale of directional-hemispherical reflectance factor I: the Van den Akker method," J. Res. Nat. Bur. Stand. 82, 29–55, (1977).
  8. E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company, Inc., Fluorocarbons Division, Teflon Fluorocarbon Resins—Safety in Handling and Use (Wilmington, Del., 1970), pp. 1–10. This publication references technical papers dealing with the thermal decomposition of fluorocarbons and associated safety problems.
  9. The following U.S. patents are assigned to J. A. Seiner of PPG Industries, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.: U.S. Patent No. 3,956,201, May 11, 1976, and U.S. Patent No. 3,764,364, October 9, 1973.
  10. From uncorrected emission spectra supplied by K. Mielenz and R. Velapoldi using the reference spectrofluorimeter in the NBS Center for Analytical Chemistry.
  11. R. D. Saunders and W. R. Ott, "Spectral irradiance measurements: effect of UV produced fluorescence in integrating spheres," Appl. Opt. 15, 827–828 (1976).

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