The interaction between light and matter is studied thoroughly by means of the quantum theory. On the basis of it, the refractive indices of types of optical materials are calculated by several formerly experienced formulas. Finally a new, tested approximate formula with the highest calculated accuracy is obtained, and some groups of valuable parameters are given.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 30, 1995
Revised Manuscript: August 10, 1995
Published: January 1, 1996
Li Jing, Li Xishan, and Li Yi, "High-accuracy calculations of the refractive indices of optical materials in a wide spectral range," Appl. Opt. 35, 158-160 (1996)