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On the gamut of colors seen through birefringent airplane windows.
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PMID:  20706413     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Colors in birefringent airplane windows seen through polarizing filters are not especially pure nor are all colors equally probable. This is a consequence of the shape of transmission vs wavelength for a retarder-polarizer combination illuminated by partially polarized skylight. Although transmission can have a single peak in the blue or green, a peak in the red is accompanied by one in the blue. This and the general blueness of skylight are why the purest colors seen in airplane windows are greens, yellowish-greens, and purples (mixtures of red and blue). Purer colors and a wider gamut are obtained for birefringent sheets interposed between dichroic polarizing filters and illuminated by tungsten light.
C F Bohren
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied optics     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0003-6935     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Opt     Publication Date:  1991 Aug 
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Created Date:  2010-08-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0247660     Medline TA:  Appl Opt     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3474-8     Citation Subset:  -    
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