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A film thinner than about 1 4wavelength of visible light. Black films are often equilibrium films, but equilibrium films may be considerably thicker under some conditions. In soap films, two types of equilibrium film are often observed: the one characterized by thickness of the order of 7 nm or more which varies significantly with minor changes in composition such as ionic strength, is called common black film.
PAC, 1972, 31, 577 (Manual of Symbols and Terminology for Physicochemical Quantities and Units, Appendix II: Definitions, Terminology and Symbols in Colloid and Surface Chemistry) on page 614
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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