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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 14 — Jul. 9, 2007
  • pp: 8592–8597

Oil droplets as light absorbents in seawater

Zbigniew Otremba  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 14, pp. 8592-8597 (2007)

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This paper presents spectra of light absorption coefficient of oil-in-water emulsion, derived using the Mie theory. In order to achieve that concentration of oil, degree of oil dispersion in seawater as well as spectra of light absorption coefficient and refractive index of chosen oils must be known. A significant role of the size distribution of oil droplets has been revealed: light absorption coefficient of emulsion increases with the rate of dispersion.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption
(300.6170) Spectroscopy : Spectra

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and oceanic optics

Original Manuscript: April 30, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 19, 2007
Published: June 25, 2007

Zbigniew Otremba, "Oil droplets as light absorbents in seawater," Opt. Express 15, 8592-8597 (2007)

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  1. Z. Otremba, "Modelling the bidirectional reflectance distribution functions (BRDF) of sea areas polluted by oil," Oceanologia 46, 505-518 (2004). http://www.iopan.gda.pl/oceanologia/46_4.html#A3
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  6. Z. Li, P. Kepkay, K. Lee, T. King, M. C. Boufadel, A. D. Venosa., "Effects of chemical dispersants and mineral fines on crude oil dispersion in wave tank under breaking waves," Mar. Pollut. Bull. (2007), in press (doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.02.012). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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