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Journal of Nanophotonics • Open Access

Do extended effective-medium formulas scale properly?
Author(s): Craig F. Bohren

Paper Abstract

The original Bruggeman and Maxwell Garnett formulas for the average dielectric function of a composite medium satisfy a scaling law: if the dielectric functions of both components are scaled by the same factor, the average dielectric function scales by this factor. These formulas are independent of the size of polarizable elements. Extended formulas explicitly account for size, but at least one formula fails to satisfy the scaling law, a likely failing of all such formulas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2009
PDF: 3 pages
J. Nanophoton. 3(1) 039501 doi: 10.1117/1.3157171
Published in: Journal of Nanophotonics Volume 3, Issue 1
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Craig F. Bohren, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


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