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Refractive indices of liquids in the ultraviolet and infrared
Author(s): Paul N. Robb; Michael N. Tolstoy; Maria V. Petrova
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we report on a new research program for optical liquids which is now under way. Refractive indices are measured over the useful transmission range of each liquid, which range from the ultraviolet (UV) through the visible and into the infrared (IR). Many of the liquids have abnormal dispersion and are useful for low-cost materials in lens designs in the visible. In the UV and IR, design options are now possible which are not available with existing solid materials. Liquids have not found widespread application in optical design because the index of refraction of the liquids was not available for more than a very select few, and the data that existed was only in the visible spectral region. Furthermore, the relationships between the optical properties and the physical-chemical structures of the liquids were not available. This was the motivation for our project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 1993
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2018, Passive Materials for Optical Elements II, (6 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.165230
Show Author Affiliations
Paul N. Robb, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Lab. (United States)
Michael N. Tolstoy, S.I. Vavilov State Optical Institute (Russia)
Maria V. Petrova, S.I. Vavilov State Optical Institute (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2018:
Passive Materials for Optical Elements II
Gary W. Wilkerson, Editor(s)

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