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Internal Caustic Structure of Illuminated Liquid Droplets
Journal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics Image Science and Vision
  • James A. Lock, Cleveland State University
  • Edward A. Hovenac
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-1991
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Abstract
The internal electric field of an illuminated liquid droplet is studied in detail with the use of both wave theory and ray theory. The internal field attains its maximum values on the caustics within the droplet. Ray theory is used to determine the equations of these caustics and the density of rays on them. The Debye-series expansion of the interior-field Mie amplitudes is used to calculate the wave-theory version of these caustics. The physical interpretation of the sources of stimulated Raman scattering and fluorescence emission within a liquid droplet is then given.
DOI
10.1364/JOSAA.8.001541
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Citation Information
Lock, James A. and Edward A. Hovenac. "Internal Caustic Structure of Illuminated Liquid Droplets." Journal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics Image Science and Vision 8 (1991): 1541-1553.