Size distributions out of static light scattering: Inclusion of distortions from the experimental setup, e.g. a SOFICA-type goniometer

Jan Hansen*, Dieter Maier, Josef Honerkamp, Walter Richtering, Frank Horn, Holger Senff

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In this paper the estimation of sphere size distributions of polymer latex with static light scattering is investigated. For the calculation of the scattering data a model is proposed which describes a SOFICA-type goniometer that was used for the light scattering experiments. From the comparison of this model with a model that is based on Mie's Theory only, conclusions about the reliability of the estimation of size distributions from uni- and bimodal colloidal suspensions with static light scattering could be drawn. Furthermore, the contribution of multiple scattering was investigated, and a method is suggested which further improves the obtained results. Both simulated and experimental data were examined. For data analysis, a method based on Tikhonov regularization was used.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72 - 84
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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