Abstract

The main objective of this paper is to endorse a recently derived theoretical model for the coherent reflectance and transmittance from a surface supporting a disordered monolayer of large and tenuous particles by comparison with experimental measurements. The model is based on the so-called anomalous-diffraction approximation and is assumed to be valid for small and moderate angles of incidence. We prepared disordered monolayers of spherical polystyrene particles of 1.8 μm diameter and of human red blood cells on glass microscope slides. In both cases, particles were immersed in a liquid of refractive index close to that of the particle. We measured the relative reflectivity and transmissivity of the samples versus the wavelength of light at normal incidence and the reflectivity and transmissivity versus the angle of incidence at a fixed wavelength, and compared with predictions of the anomalous-diffraction approximation model. For the polystyrene particle samples, we also compare the results with another available theoretical model developed some years ago to deal with disordered monolayers of highly scattering particles. In the case of red blood cell monolayers, we also present measurements with a hemolyzed sample and a disordered multilayer film for comparison. We find that the anomalous diffraction model can be fitted very well to the experimental curves, in some cases, even for high angles of incidence.

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