Molecular light scattering by pure seawater

  • Xiaodong ZhangEmail author
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


The general theory of the molecular scattering, and the scattering by water and seawater in particular, will be reviewed. For a pure liquid, free from any foreign particles, the statistical thermal motion of the molecules gives rise to the scattering of light. The resultant fluctuation of the density of the water and fluctuation in the orientations of the water molecules bring about fluctuation of the optical dielectric constant, which in turn causes scattering.


Pure Water Partial Molar Volume Helmholtz Free Energy Destructive Interference Pure Liquid 
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  1. 1.Earth System Science and PolicyUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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