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Homework Help: Light Bulb and Transmitted Intensity?

  1. Oct 4, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    You have a light bulb where the filament (in vacuum space) starts to glow. This light hits the glass of the bulb at 90 degrees from distance R and is transmitted through the glass of thickness s into the air, of index of refraction nair.

    So light travels like this: vacuum -> glass (thickness s) -> air.

    How do you find the intensity of light transmitted?
    Answer should be in terms of the absorption coefficient α, nair, R, thickness s, and Iο. Index of refraction of a vacuum is 1.
    2. Relevant equations
    Beer Lambert's law?
    Fresnel's Equations?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I tried using Fresnel's equations but couldn't incorporate thickness s , R, and the absorption coefficient α.
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  3. Oct 5, 2015 #2


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    Not my field at all (I've long since forgotten what Beer and Fresnel is all about) but since you haven't had had a reply...

    Presumably the light emitted by the filament is spread out uniformly over the surface area of the sphere R. So the larger R the more spread out the light is and the lower the intensity ("amount of light per unit area").

    Then it's attenuated by the absorption of the glass (proportional to thickness?)
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