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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1996
  • pp: 532–535

Measurement of a liquid refractive index by using high-order rainbows

C. W. Chan and W. K. Lee  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 13, Issue 3, pp. 532-535 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.13.000532


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Abstract

High-order rainbows, formed by a pendant drop, with an order number as high as 32 have been observed, to our knowledge, for the first time. We measured the refractive index of distilled-water drops, with an accuracy of ˜2 parts in 104, by exploiting some of the high-order rainbows.

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C. W. Chan and W. K. Lee, "Measurement of a liquid refractive index by using high-order rainbows," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 13, 532-535 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-13-3-532


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