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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1987
  • pp: 561–563

Method for complete determination of a refractive-index tensor by bireflectance: application to CdWO4

Haim Lotem and Zeev Burshtein  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 12, Issue 8, pp. 561-563 (1987)

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The bireflectance effect is observed when a light beam is internally reflected in an anisotropic material. Generally, an unpolarized light beam splits into four beams on reflection. A new method for simultaneous measurement of the three refractive indices, based on laser-beam splitting due to bireflectance, is demonstrated in the biaxial CdWO4 crystal. The three principal refractive indices of CdWO4 were obtained in the visible range. At λ = 633 nm, nX = 2.09 ± 0.01, nYnX = 0.052 ± 0.001, and nZnX = 0.114 ± 0.002.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 10, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 1987
Published: August 1, 1987

Haim Lotem and Zeev Burshtein, "Method for complete determination of a refractive-index tensor by bireflectance: application to CdWO4," Opt. Lett. 12, 561-563 (1987)

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