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I have a 0.05 mm radius sperical source of Photons, and a 10 mm X 10 mm detector aligned to be orthogonal to their distance vector. Distance is D $\approx$ mm.

I want to know how good the point source approximation for my source is, given distance D. In particular, I suspect that if $D\approx 4\, mm$, the point source approximation is not very good.

Characteristic lengths of the problem are Distance $D$ and radius $r$. I can calculate the solid angle $\theta$ from which the detector looks at the source, but how should I relate those quantities?

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    $\begingroup$ Is that source $0.05$ mm or $0.5$ mm? $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos May 9 '14 at 16:07
  • $\begingroup$ 0.05 mm. Sorry it was a Typo (now edited). $\endgroup$ – PhilipV May 9 '14 at 16:53

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