Influence of multiple reflections on the transmission through a stack of plates

WL Schaich, GE Ewing, RL Karlinsey. Influence of multiple reflections on the transmission through a stack of plates. Applied Optics 45(27), 7012 (2006).

Abstract

We examine the problem of light transmission along the normal through a stack of flat plates whose thicknesses and separations vary. For a modest number of plates, an exact calculation is straightforward, but then one must address how to average over both the disorder in the stack and the distribution of incident wavelengths. Model calculations are used to show that an average over the light’s distribution can suppress most of the fluctuations due to disorder. Our results are in qualitative agreement with experimental data and imply that multiple reflections do contribute significantly to the measurements. Finally we explore the effect of multiple reflections on photometry.

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Robert L. Karlinsey, PhD

Dr. Robert L. Karlinsey earned a BS in Physics and PhD in Chemical Physics, holds several patents, and has published in multiple fields including dentistry, chemistry, and materials science. His lifelong struggles with his own dental decay ultimately inspired him to investigate the remineralization of teeth.  
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