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Optical Engineering

Method for measuring the refractive index of liquids using a cylindrical cell
Author(s): Victor M. Duran-Ramirez; Alejandro Martínez-Rios; Jesús Muñoz-Maciel; Francisco G. Pena-Lecona; Francisco Javier Casillas-Rodriguez; Romeo Selvas-Aguilar; Miguel J. Mora-González
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Paper Abstract

A new and simple method for measuring the refractive index of liquid substances is presented. In this method, a laser beam impinges transversely on a glass tube (cylindrical cell) filled with the liquid to be measured. The laser beam incident on the cylindrical cell is deviated when it propagates through the wall of the cell and the liquid contained in it. By measuring the deviation of the principal ray of the laser beam when it emerges from the cylindrical cell, we can determine the refractive index of the liquid. To show the feasibility of the method, we measured the refractive index of pure water with a He-Ne laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(7) 074101 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.7.074101
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
Victor M. Duran-Ramirez, Univ. de Guadalajara (Mexico)
Alejandro Martínez-Rios, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
Jesús Muñoz-Maciel, Univ. de Guadalajara (Mexico)
Francisco G. Pena-Lecona, Univ. de Guadalajara (Mexico)
Francisco Javier Casillas-Rodriguez, Univ. de Guadalajara (Mexico)
Romeo Selvas-Aguilar, Univ. Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico)
Miguel J. Mora-González, Univ. de Guadalajara (Mexico)

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