1 May 2014 Optical glass: refractive index change with wavelength and temperature
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With the catalog of 1992 SCHOTT introduced two formulae each with six parameters for a better representation of the refractive index of optical glasses. The Sellmeier-equation improved the characterization of dispersion at room temperature and the Hoffmann equation that of its temperature dependence. Better representation had been expected because both formulae were derived from general dispersion theory. The original publication of Hoffmann et al. from 1992 contains first results on the accuracy of the fits. The extended use of the formulae has led to a collection of data allowing reviewing the adequacy of the Sellmeier-equation approach on a much broader basis. We compare fitted refractive index values with measured values for all wavelengths used at our precision refractive index goniometer. Data sets are available for specific melts of the four representative glass types N-BK7, N-FK5, LF5 and IRG2. For some materials, the optical glass N-LAF21, the IR glass IRG2 and the crystal CaF2, several sets of data for the temperature dependence of the refractive index are available thus giving evidence for the variation of these properties among melts of the same material.
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Marion Englert, Marion Englert, Peter Hartmann, Peter Hartmann, Steffen Reichel, Steffen Reichel, } "Optical glass: refractive index change with wavelength and temperature", Proc. SPIE 9131, Optical Modelling and Design III, 91310H (1 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2052706; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2052706

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