Models for the Wavelength Dependence of the Index of Refraction of Water

Appl. Opt. 36, 3785-3787 (1997).

Paul D.T. Huibers

Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 66-317, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307


Models for the index of refraction of water are reviewed and reduced to wavelength-dependent formulas. A simple three-term nonlinear model derived from Quan and Fry [Appl. Opt. 34, 3477-3480 (1995)], originally developed for the visible region, fits the available data well over an extended range covering the UV to the near-IR (200-1100 nm). (C) 1997 Optical Society of America.

Key Words: water, index of refraction, refractive index, wavelength dependence.

Posted July 10, 1997 by Paul Huibers.
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