6F40.09 - Rayleigh Scattering Egg
To demonstrate Rayleigh Scattering with a glass egg.
Need a color camera, back plane, and lightsource.
Rayleigh scattering is the scattering of light by particles much smaller than its wavelength. The scattering results from the polarizability of the molecules or particles. The oscillating electric field of the light wave acts on the charges within the particle, causing them to move at teh same frequency. The particle then acts as a small radiating dipole whose radiation we see as scattered light.