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Temperature-dependent absolute refractive index measurements of synthetic fused silica
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Paper Abstract

Using the Cryogenic, High-Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, we have measured the absolute refractive index of five specimens taken from a very large boule of Corning 7980 fused silica from temperatures ranging from 30 to 310 K at wavelengths from 0.4 to 2.6 microns with an absolute uncertainty of ±1 ×10-5. Statistical variations in derived values of the thermo-optic coefficient (dn/dT) are at the ±2 × 10-8/K level. Graphical and tabulated data for absolute refractive index, dispersion, and thermo-optic coefficient are presented for selected wavelengths and temperatures along with estimates of uncertainty in index. Coefficients for temperature-dependent Sellmeier fits of measured refractive index are also presented to allow accurate interpolation of index to other wavelengths and temperatures. We compare our results to those from an independent investigation (which used an interferometric technique for measuring index changes as a function of temperature) whose samples were prepared from the same slugs of material from which our prisms were prepared in support of the Kepler mission. We also compare our results with sparse cryogenic index data from measurements of this material from the literature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6273, Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy, 62732K (6 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672853
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas B. Leviton, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Bradley J. Frey, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6273:
Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Joseph Antebi; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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