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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2005
  • pp: 1127–1131

Light scattering from a birefringent cylinder, spider silk, slimmer than the wavelength approaches dipole radiation

Fumiaki Tajima and Yoshio Nishiyama  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 1127-1131 (2005)

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Using a plane-polarized laser of wavelength λ = 543.5 or 441.6 nm and spider silk, we investigated the diffraction of a transparent cylinder of diameter D λ λ 5 at normal incidence. The measured pattern corresponded well to the one calculated by a rigorous solution of the theory for the problem. The birefringent index and D of the sample could be determined simultaneously. The experimental data of the scattering cross section for D < λ 4 suggested that the data approached dipole radiation.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements

Original Manuscript: August 5, 2004
Revised Manuscript: December 8, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: December 9, 2004
Published: June 1, 2005

Fumiaki Tajima and Yoshio Nishiyama, "Light scattering from a birefringent cylinder, spider silk, slimmer than the wavelength approaches dipole radiation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 1127-1131 (2005)

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