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A free spectroscopic databank of optical constants for use in optics education and modeling: complex refractive index data n and k from 1.0 to 25 μm
Author(s): Ashley M. Oeck; Russell G. Tonkyn; John S. Loring; Catherine A. Banach; Ryan M. Francis; Sarah D. Burton; Bruce E. Bernacki; Steven C. Smith; Yin-Fong Su; James E. Szecsody; Danielle L. Saunders; Tanya L. Myers; Timothy J. Johnson

Paper Abstract

The reflectance spectra of solid and liquids can be complicated since they depend not only on absorption, but also on the refraction, reflection, and scattering of light, all of which are wavelength dependent. The physical form and morphological effects associated with solid and liquid samples are thus known to affect their reflectance spectra in a non-linear fashion, particularly in the infrared. Measuring the optical constants n(ν) and k(ν) represents an alternative approach, allowing one to model these many effects and thus requiring fewer laboratory measurements. In this paper an overview is presented of the protocols used to measure the n/k optical constants, particularly for liquids. For the liquids, a multiple path length measurements approach is employed, and in this paper we demonstrate the method to determine the complex optical constants n(ν) and k(ν) of squalene. The resultant calculated spectra of 1 μm and 100 μm thick layers of squalene on an aluminum substrate as derived from the experimental n(ν) and k(ν) values are shown to demonstrate such effects. The public availability of the n(ν)/k(ν) data as well as solids hemispherical reflectance data are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 July 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11143, Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019, 111430H (2 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2532130
Show Author Affiliations
Ashley M. Oeck, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Russell G. Tonkyn, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
John S. Loring, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Catherine A. Banach, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Ryan M. Francis, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Sarah D. Burton, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Bruce E. Bernacki, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Steven C. Smith, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Yin-Fong Su, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
James E. Szecsody, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Danielle L. Saunders, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Tanya L. Myers, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Timothy J. Johnson, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11143:
Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019
Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard; Joseph A. Shaw, Editor(s)

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