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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3072–3076

Interference of the n th - and the higher-order rainbows formed by a water drop

Kin-Sang Ng and Wing-Kee Lee  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 12, pp. 3072-3076 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.24.003072


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Abstract

We have conducted numerical studies on interference of the n th - and higher-order rainbows ( n = 8 , 9, 10, and 11) formed by a spherical water drop based on Mie scattering theory. Wavelengths studied include 632.8, 532, 514.5, and 488 nm . Our results are compared with the “non-Debye enhancement” of the 11 th -order rainbow reported by Lock and Woodruff [Appl. Opt. 28, 523 (1989)] .

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 23, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 1, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 19, 2007
Published: November 30, 2007

Citation
Kin-Sang Ng and Wing-Kee Lee, "Interference of the nth- and the higher-order rainbows formed by a water drop," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 3072-3076 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-24-12-3072

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