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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1999
  • pp: 1266–1267

Polarization parameters of cotton leaves from a refraction model

Ranjan S. Muttiah  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 16, Issue 6, pp. 1266-1267 (1999)

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The Clausius-Mossotti refractive-index equation, derived as solution to Maxwell’s equation for wave propagation through dense media, is shown to explain the equality of transmittance and reflectance for cotton leaves in 1–1.6-μm-wavelength light. A procedure suggested by Feynman is used to derive the polarizability of water and of chlorophyll during light capture by leaves. Application of Clausius-Mossotti’s equation suggest that the presence of water and chlorophyll in chloroplasts could explain light refraction by leaves.

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OCIS Codes
(260.5130) Physical optics : Photochemistry
(290.3030) Scattering : Index measurements
(290.5840) Scattering : Scattering, molecules

Ranjan S. Muttiah, "Polarization parameters of cotton leaves from a refraction model," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 1266-1267 (1999)

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