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  • Vol. 54, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1964
  • pp: 628–630

Refractive Properties of Barium Fluoride

IRVING H. MALITSON  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 54, Issue 5, pp. 628-630 (1964)

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Refractive properties of barium fluoride are discussed. The refractive index, n, was determined at 25°C for 46 measured wavelengths from 0.2652 µ in the ultraviolet to 10.346 in the infrared. The dispersion equation [equation] where λ is expressed in microns was found to fit the measured values with an average absolute residual of l.9×10-5. A tentative average thermal coefficient of index dn/dt for the measured spectral range is -12×10-6/°C. Dispersive quantities which indicate the expected relative dispersion, chromatic aberration, and the effect of index on resolution are graphically presented. A review of transmittance data from the literature is also presented.

IRVING H. MALITSON, "Refractive Properties of Barium Fluoride," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 628-630 (1964)

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