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  • Vol. 56, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1966
  • pp: 1059–1063

Dispersion of Nitrogen

EDSON R. PECK and BAIJ NATH KHANNA  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 56, Issue 8, pp. 1059-1063 (1966)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.56.001059


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Abstract

The refractivity of nitrogen gas has been measured, with high relative precision, at vacuum wavelengths from 4679 Å to 20 586 Å. The absolute value of refractivity for 5462 Å, reduced to one atmosphere at 0°C., is 2.991×10-4. A dispersion formula fitting the data well at 15°C. is 108 (n-1) = 6497.378+3073 864.9/ (144-σ2), where σ is wave number in reciprocal microns. This is compared to Svensson’s dispersion formula for air. Alternative dispersion formulas are discussed. Quantities related to dispersion are deduced: mean absorption frequency, effective total oscillator strength., dielectric constant, Verdet constant, and Rayleigh scattering coefficient.

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EDSON R. PECK and BAIJ NATH KHANNA, "Dispersion of Nitrogen," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 1059-1063 (1966)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-56-8-1059


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