Refractive index of the fly rhabdomere

D.G.M. Beersma, B.J. Hoenders, A.M.J. Huiser, P. van Toorn

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The refractive index and the diameter of the fly rhabdomere were determined by comparing the experimental results derived from interference microscopy with the results of a theoretical study on the scattering of plane waves by a homogeneous, isotropic cylindrical dielectric rod. It was found that the refractive index of the isolated rhabdomere of Calliphora erythrocephala is 1.363 ± 0.003 in an area of the rhabdomere where its diameter is calculated to be 1.32 ± 0.04 µm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-588
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1982

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