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Article Contents
1 Introduction
2 The "Synthetic Field Method''
3 Discussion of systematic effects
4 Surface brightness and disk opacity
5 Surface brightness and opacity in arm and disk
6 Disk opacity and NIR color
7 Dust and light scalelengths
8 Comparison to Cepheid reddening
9 Discussion: implication for our view of spiral disk
10 Conclusions

List of tables
List of figures

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