An experiment to measure Mie and Rayleigh total scattering cross sections

@article{Cox2002AnET,
  title={An experiment to measure Mie and Rayleigh total scattering cross sections},
  author={A. Cox and A. DeWeerd and J. Linden},
  journal={American Journal of Physics},
  year={2002},
  volume={70},
  pages={620-625}
}
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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