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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 18 — Sep. 5, 2005
  • pp: 6723–6737

Coherent reflection of light from a turbid suspension of particles in an internal-reflection configuration: Theory versus experiment

Augusto García-Valenzuela, Rubén Barrera, Celia Sánchez-Pérez, Alejandro Reyes-Coronado, and Eugenio Méndez  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 18, pp. 6723-6737 (2005)

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We compare a recently developed coherent-scattering model for the reflectance of light from a turbid colloidal suspension of particles with experimental measurements. The experimental data were obtained in an internal reflection configuration around the critical angle using a glass prism in contact with a monodisperse colloidal suspension of latex particles, and a polydisperse suspension of TiO2 particles. First, we review the coherent scattering model and extend it to the case of polydisperse suspensions in an internal reflection configuration. The experimental data is then compared with results of the coherent scattering model and results obtained assuming that the colloidal system can be treated as a homogeneous medium with an effective index of refraction. We find that the experimental results are not compatible with the effective medium model. On the other hand, good fits to the experimental curves can be obtained with the coherent scattering model.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media

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Original Manuscript: July 15, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 15, 2005
Published: September 5, 2005

Augusto García-Valenzuela, Rubén Barrera, Celia Sánchez-Pérez, Alejandro Reyes-Coronado, and Eugenio Méndez, "Coherent reflection of light from a turbid suspension of particles in an internal-reflection configuration: Theory versus experiment," Opt. Express 13, 6723-6737 (2005)

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