An experiment to measure Mie and Rayleigh total scattering cross sections

  title={An experiment to measure Mie and Rayleigh total scattering cross sections},
  author={A. J. Cox and Alan J. DeWeerd and Jennifer Linden},
  journal={American Journal of Physics},
We present an undergraduate-level experiment using a conventional absorption spectrophotometer to measure the wavelength dependence of light scattering from small dielectric spheres suspended in water. The experiment yielded total scattering cross-section values throughout the visible region that were in good agreement with theoretical values predicted by the Rayleigh and Mie theories. 

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