Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Rayleigh Scattering

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_9783

n (1937) Scattering of light by small or molecular size particles to render the effect selective so that different colors are deflected through different angles, scattering = 1/λ4 where λ = wavelength of light. This relationship explains why earth’s sky is blue as viewed in direct sunlight because blue has a lower wavelength compared to other wavelengths of the visible spectrum (Flory PJ (1953) Principles of polymer science. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY; and Elias HG (1977) Macromolecules, vol 1–2. Plenum Press, New York).

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA