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  • Vol. 55, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1965
  • pp: 1205–1208

Interspecimen Comparison of the Refractive Index of Fused Silica

I. H. MALITSON  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 55, Issue 10, pp. 1205-1208 (1965)

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The index of refraction of optical quality fused silica (SiO2) was determined for 60 wavelengths from 0.21 to 3.71 µ at 20°C. The dispersion equation [equation] where λ is expressed in microns was found to yield an absolute residual of 10.5×10-6. The variation in index between 12 specimens was determined. Dispersive properties of the material and thermal coefficient of index are graphically presented. A comparison with previous NBS index data is discussed.

I. H. MALITSON, "Interspecimen Comparison of the Refractive Index of Fused Silica," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 1205-1208 (1965)

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