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  1. Gradient Refractive Index Lenses.

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    Morton, N.

    1984-01-01

    Describes the nature of gradient refractive index (GRIN) lenses, focusing on refraction in these materials, focal length of a thin Wood lens, and on manufacturing of such lenses. Indicates that GRIN lenses of small cross section are in limited production with applications suggested for optical communication and photocopying fields. (JN)

  2. Uniform refraction in negative refractive index materials

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    Gutiérrez, Cristian E.; Stachura, Eric

    2015-11-01

    We study the problem of constructing an optical surface separating two homogeneous, isotropic media, one of which has a negative refractive index. In doing so, we develop a vector form of Snell's law, which is used to study surfaces possessing a certain uniform refraction property, both in the near and far field cases. In the near field problem, unlike the case when both materials have positive refractive index, we show that the resulting surfaces can be neither convex nor concave.

  3. High refractive index immersion liquid for superresolution 3D imaging using sapphire-based aplanatic numerical aperture increasing lens optics

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    Laskar, Junaid M.; Shravan Kumar, P.; Herminghaus, Stephan; Daniels, Karen E.; Schröter, Matthias

    2016-04-01

    Optically-transparent immersion liquids with refractive index (n ~ 1.77) to match sapphire-based aplanatic numerical aperture increasing lens (aNAIL) are necessary for achieving deep 3D imaging with high spatial resolution. We report that antimony tribromide (SbBr$_{3}$) salt dissolved in liquid diiodomethane (CH$_{2}$I$_{2}$) provides a new high refractive index immersion liquid for optics applications. The refractive index is tunable from n = 1.74 (pure) to n = 1.873 (saturated), by adjusting either salt concentration or temperature; this allows it to match (or even exceed) the refractive index of sapphire. Importantly, the solution gives excellent light transmittance in the ultraviolet to near-infrared range, an improvement over commercially-available immersion liquids. This refractive index matched immersion liquid formulation has enabled us to develop a sapphire-based aNAIL objective that has both high numerical aperture (NA = 1.17) and long working distance (WD = 12 mm). This opens up new possibilities for deep 3D imaging with high spatial resolution.

  4. High refractive index immersion liquid for superresolution 3D imaging using sapphire-based aplanatic numerical aperture increasing lens optics.

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    Laskar, Junaid M; Shravan Kumar, P; Herminghaus, Stephan; Daniels, Karen E; Schröter, Matthias

    2016-04-20

    Optically transparent immersion liquids with refractive index (n∼1.77) to match the sapphire-based aplanatic numerical aperture increasing lens (aNAIL) are necessary for achieving deep 3D imaging with high spatial resolution. We report that antimony tribromide (SbBr3) salt dissolved in liquid diiodomethane (CH2I2) provides a new high refractive index immersion liquid for optics applications. The refractive index is tunable from n=1.74 (pure) to n=1.873 (saturated), by adjusting either salt concentration or temperature; this allows it to match (or even exceed) the refractive index of sapphire. Importantly, the solution gives excellent light transmittance in the ultraviolet to near-infrared range, an improvement over commercially available immersion liquids. This refractive-index-matched immersion liquid formulation has enabled us to develop a sapphire-based aNAIL objective that has both high numerical aperture (NA=1.17) and long working distance (WD=12  mm). This opens up new possibilities for deep 3D imaging with high spatial resolution. PMID:27140083

  5. Uniform refraction in negative refractive index materials.

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    Gutiérrez, Cristian E; Stachura, Eric

    2015-11-01

    We study the problem of constructing an optical surface separating two homogeneous, isotropic media, one of which has a negative refractive index. In doing so, we develop a vector form of Snell's law, which is used to study surfaces possessing a certain uniform refraction property, in both the near- and far-field cases. In the near-field problem, unlike the case when both materials have positive refractive indices, we show that the resulting surfaces can be neither convex nor concave. PMID:26560926

  6. Fiber optic refractive index monitor

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    Weiss, Jonathan David (Albuquerque, NM)

    2002-01-01

    A sensor for measuring the change in refractive index of a liquid uses the lowest critical angle of a normal fiber optic to achieve sensitivity when the index of the liquid is significantly less than the index of the fiber core. Another embodiment uses a liquid filled core to ensure that its index is approximately the same as the liquid being measured.

  7. Measuring the Index of Refraction.

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    Phelps, F. M., III; Jacobson, B. S.

    1980-01-01

    Presents two methods for measuring the index of refraction of glass or lucite. These two methods, used in the freshman laboratory, are based on the fact that a ray of light inside a block will be refracted parallel to the surface. (HM)

  8. Index of Refraction without Geometry

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    Farkas, N.; Henriksen, P. N.; Ramsier, R. D.

    2006-01-01

    This article presents several activities that permit students to determine the index of refraction of transparent solids and liquids using simple equipment without the need for geometrical relationships, special lighting or optical instruments. Graphical analysis of the measured data is shown to be a useful method for determining the index of…

  9. Index of Refraction without Geometry

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    Farkas, N.; Henriksen, P. N.; Ramsier, R. D.

    2006-01-01

    This article presents several activities that permit students to determine the index of refraction of transparent solids and liquids using simple equipment without the need for geometrical relationships, special lighting or optical instruments. Graphical analysis of the measured data is shown to be a useful method for determining the index of

  10. Refractive index measurement using comparative interferometry

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    Bojan, Mihaela; Apostol, D.; Damian, V.; Logofatu, P. C.; Garoi, F.; Iordache, Iuliana

    2007-05-01

    The refractive index of a material medium is an important optical parameter since it exhibits the optical properties of the material. The adulteration problem is increasing day by day and hence simple, automatic and accurate measurement of the refractive index of materials is of great importance these days. For solid thin films materials Abeles method was reconsidered. Quick, measurements of refractive index using simple techniques and refractometers can help controlling adulteration of liquids of common use to a greater extent. Very simple interferometric set-up using Fizeau fringe patterns compares the fringe pitch as obtained in a cell with two levels: one down level with the unknown refractive index liquids and the upper level with gas air. A CCD matrix and a PC can handle the data and produce the results up to for digits.

  11. Plasmonic crystal enhanced refractive index sensing

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    Stein, Benedikt; Devaux, Eloïse; Genet, Cyriaque Ebbesen, Thomas W.

    2014-06-23

    We demonstrate experimentally how the local anisotropy of the dispersion relation of surface plasmon modes propagating over periodic metal gratings can lead to an enhancement of the figure of merit of refractive index sensors. Exploiting the possibility to acquire defocused images of the Fourier space of a highly stable leakage radiation microscope, we report a twofold increase in sensing sensitivity close to the band gap of a one-dimensional plasmonic crystal where the anisotropy of the band structure is the most important. A practical sensing resolution of O(10{sup −6}) refractive index units is demonstrated.

  12. Minimal dispersion refractive index profiles.

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    Feit, M D

    1979-09-01

    The analogy between optics and quantum mechanics is exploited by considering a 2-D quantum system whose Schroedinger equation is closely related to the wave equation for light propagation in an optical fiber. From this viewpoint, Marcatili's condition for minimal-dispersion-refractive-index profiles, and the Olshansky- Keck formula for rms pulse spreading in an alpha-profile fiber may be derived without recourse to the WKB approximation. Besides affording physical insight into these results, the present approach points out a possible limitation in their application to real fibers. PMID:20212780

  13. Negative refractive index in chiral metamaterials.

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    Zhang, Shuang; Park, Yong-Shik; Li, Jensen; Lu, Xinchao; Zhang, Weili; Zhang, Xiang

    2009-01-16

    We experimentally demonstrate a chiral metamaterial exhibiting negative refractive index at terahertz frequencies. The presence of strong chirality in the terahertz metamaterial lifts the degeneracy for the two circularly polarized waves and allows for the achievement of negative refractive index without requiring simultaneously negative permittivity and negative permeability. The realization of terahertz chiral negative index metamaterials offers opportunities for investigation of their novel electromagnetic properties, such as negative refraction and negative reflection, as well as important terahertz device applications. PMID:19257274

  14. Photon mass and negative index of refraction

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    Grado-Caffaro, M. A.; Grado-Caffaro, M.

    2007-07-01

    A mathematical expression is established for negative refractive index within the context of non-zero photon rest-mass. From this expression, a key inequality involving the mass in question as a function of wavelength is derived. In addition, an approximate parabolic relationship for the refractive index is obtained.

  15. Refractive index of plant cell walls

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    Gausman, H. W.; Allen, W. A.; Escobar, D. E.

    1974-01-01

    Air was replaced with media of higher refractive indices by vacuum infiltration in leaves of cucumber, blackeye pea, tomato, and string bean plants, and reflectance of noninfiltrated and infiltrated leaves was spectrophotometrically measured. Infiltrated leaves reflected less light than noninfiltrated leaves over the 500-2500-nm wavelength interval because cell wall-air interfaces were partly eliminated. Minimal reflectance should occur when the average refractive index of plant cell walls was matched by the infiltrating fluid. Although refractive indices that resulted in minimal reflectance differed among the four plant genera, an average value of 1.425 approximates the refractive index of plant cell walls for the four plant genera.

  16. Formation of bulk refractive index structures

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    Potter, Jr., Barrett George; Potter, Kelly Simmons; Wheeler, David R.; Jamison, Gregory M.

    2003-07-15

    A method of making a stacked three-dimensional refractive index structure in photosensitive materials using photo-patterning where first determined is the wavelength at which a photosensitive material film exhibits a change in refractive index upon exposure to optical radiation, a portion of the surfaces of the photosensitive material film is optically irradiated, the film is marked to produce a registry mark. Multiple films are produced and aligned using the registry marks to form a stacked three-dimensional refractive index structure.

  17. A terahertz metamaterial with unnaturally high refractive index.

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    Choi, Muhan; Lee, Seung Hoon; Kim, Yushin; Kang, Seung Beom; Shin, Jonghwa; Kwak, Min Hwan; Kang, Kwang-Young; Lee, Yong-Hee; Park, Namkyoo; Min, Bumki

    2011-02-17

    Controlling the electromagnetic properties of materials, going beyond the limit that is attainable with naturally existing substances, has become a reality with the advent of metamaterials. The range of various structured artificial 'atoms' has promised a vast variety of otherwise unexpected physical phenomena, among which the experimental realization of a negative refractive index has been one of the main foci thus far. Expanding the refractive index into a high positive regime will complete the spectrum of achievable refractive index and provide more design flexibility for transformation optics. Naturally existing transparent materials possess small positive indices of refraction, except for a few semiconductors and insulators, such as lead sulphide or strontium titanate, that exhibit a rather high peak refractive index at mid- and far-infrared frequencies. Previous approaches using metamaterials were not successful in realizing broadband high refractive indices. A broadband high-refractive-index metamaterial structure was theoretically investigated only recently, but the proposed structure does not lend itself to easy implementation. Here we demonstrate that a broadband, extremely high index of refraction can be realized from large-area, free-standing, flexible terahertz metamaterials composed of strongly coupled unit cells. By drastically increasing the effective permittivity through strong capacitive coupling and decreasing the diamagnetic response with a thin metallic structure in the unit cell, a peak refractive index of 38.6 along with a low-frequency quasi-static value of over 20 were experimentally realized for a single-layer terahertz metamaterial, while maintaining low losses. As a natural extension of these single-layer metamaterials, we fabricated quasi-three-dimensional high-refractive-index metamaterials, and obtained a maximum bulk refractive index of 33.2 along with a value of around 8 at the quasi-static limit. PMID:21331038

  18. Negative index of refraction in optical metamaterials.

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    Shalaev, Vladimir M; Cai, Wenshan; Chettiar, Uday K; Yuan, Hsiao-Kuan; Sarychev, Andrey K; Drachev, Vladimir P; Kildishev, Alexander V

    2005-12-15

    A double-periodic array of pairs of parallel gold nanorods is shown to have a negative refractive index in the optical range. Such behavior results from the plasmon resonance in the pairs of nanorods for both the electric and the magnetic components of light. The refractive index is retrieved from direct phase and amplitude measurements for transmission and reflection, which are all in excellent agreement with simulations. Both experiments and simulations demonstrate that a negative refractive index n' approximately -0.3 is achieved at the optical communication wavelength of 1.5 microm using the array of nanorods. The retrieved refractive index critically depends on the phase of the transmitted wave, which emphasizes the importance of phase measurements in finding n'. PMID:16389830

  19. Quality control analytical methods: refractive index.

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    Allen, Loyd V

    2015-01-01

    There are numerous analytical methods that can be utilized in a compounding pharmacy for a quality-assurance program. Since the index of refraction of a liquid/solution is a physical constant, it can be used to assist in identification of a substance, establish its purity, and, in some instances, to determine the concentration of an analyte in solution. This article serves as an introduction to refractive index and some applications of its use in a compounding program. PMID:25902627

  20. Research on Refractive Index of Ternary Solution

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    Zhu, Min; Zhang, Tao

    It is known that many conventional methods are not suitable for calculating the refractive index of a medium composed of more than two ingredients. In this paper, refractive indices of H2O-NaCl-KBr ternary solutions have been calculated by using the equation n = 1 + ρΣ(cjDMj). The calculated results were in good agreement with the experimental results. Theoretically, the equation n = 1 + ρΣ(cjDMj) can be applied to calculate refractive index of a medium composed of any number of ingredients. This work supports this point.

  1. On the effective refractive index of blood

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    Nahmad-Rohen, Alexander; Contreras-Tello, Humberto; Morales-Luna, Gesuri; García-Valenzuela, Augusto

    2016-01-01

    We calculated the real and imaginary parts of the effective refractive index {n}{eff} of blood as functions of wavelength from 400 to 800 nm; we employed van de Hulst’s theory, together with the anomalous diffraction approximation, for the calculation. We modelled blood as a mixture of plasma and erythrocytes. Our results indicate that erythrocyte orientation has a strong effect on {n}{eff}, making blood an optically anisotropic medium except when the erythrocytes are randomly oriented. In the case in which their symmetry axis is perpendicular to the wave vector, {n}{eff} equals the refractive index of plasma at certain wavelengths. Furthermore, the erythrocytes’ shape affects their contribution to {n}{eff} in an important way, implying that studies on the effective refractive index of blood should avoid approximating them as spheres or spheroids. Finally, the effective refractive index of blood predicted by van de Hulst’s theory is different from what would be obtained by averaging the refractive indices of its constituents weighted by volume; such a volume-weighted average is appropriate only for haemolysed blood. We then measured the real part of the refractive index of various blood solutions using two different experimental setups. One of the most important results of our expriment is that {n}{eff} is measurable to a good degree of precision even for undiluted blood, although not all measuring apparatuses are appropriate. The experimental data is self-consistent and in reasonable agreement with our theoretical calculations.

  2. Fiber optic liquid refractive index sensor

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    Bhardwaj, Vanita; Gangwar, Rahul Kumar; Singh, Vinod Kumar

    2015-08-01

    In this present work we report fabrication of fiber optic liquid refractive index (RI) measurement sensor based on Michelson Interferometer method. This sensor was assembled by using graded index multimode (MM) fiber with core diameter 50 µm and the cladding of fiber was removed by simple chemical method. To perform this experiment a 2×2 3dB coupler is used. The fiber ends are then immersed in solvent and solution to provide reference and refractive index measurements, respectively. This method was successfully used to measure refractive index of Sodium Chloride (NaCl)-Water solution at different concentrations. The fringe contrast sensitivity of device is 92.90 dB/RIU measured in the RI range from 1.34 to 1.42 which is better than Mach-Zehnder Interferometer sensor [1] and Fabry perot based sensor [2]. The fabrication of sensor is simple, low cost and highly sensitive.

  3. Thermal Expansion and Temperature Dependence of the Refractive Index in Gradient Refractive Index Glasses.

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    McLaughlin, Paul Oliver

    The thermal expansion and temperature dependence of the refractive index in gradient index glass have been investigated. These two thermal properties have been modeled as functions of local glass composition within the gradient index region. Additive relationships have been developed for gradient index glass from previous work done on homogeneous glass modeling. Computer programs have been written to calculate the expansion and change in refractive index due to thermal changes in the gradient index glass environment. A modified multiple Fabry-Perot interferometer was designed and built into an environmental temperature chamber to measure these thermal properties in gradient index glass in the range from 0-100 degrees Celcius. The interferometer operated under computer control to optically measure the differential expansion and change in refractive index profile in several samples of gradient index glass. The observed changes in thermal expansion and gradient index profile were also evaluated in terms of their effect on the imaging performance of a gradient index lens.

  4. Cosmology with a dark refraction index

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    Chen, B.; Kantowski, R.

    2008-08-15

    We review Gordon's optical metric and the transport equations for the amplitude and polarization of a geometrical optics wave traveling in a gravity field. We apply the theory to the Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker cosmologies by associating a refraction index with the cosmic fluid. We then derive an expression for the accumulated effect of a refraction index on the distance-redshift relations and fit the Hubble curve of current supernova observations with a nonaccelerating cosmological model. We also show that some observational effects caused by inhomogeneities, e.g., the Sachs-Wolfe effect, can be interpreted as being caused by an effective index of refraction, and hence this theory could extend to other speed of light communications such as gravitational radiation and neutrino fluxes.

  5. A Liquid Prism for Refractive Index Studies

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    Edmiston, Michael D.

    2001-11-01

    A hollow glass prism filled with liquid becomes a "liquid prism". A simple method for constructing hollow glass prisms is presented. A method is given for a demonstration that uses the liquid prism with a laser or laser pointer so the audience can observe differences in refractive index for various liquids. The demonstration provides a quick and easy determination of the sugar content of soft drinks and juices. The prism makes it easy to determine a numerical value for the refractive index of a liquid.

  6. Complex refractive index of turbid liquids.

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    Niskanen, Ilpo; Rty, Jukka; Peiponen, Kai-Erik

    2007-04-01

    We present a multifunction spectrophotometer for the measurement of light reflection from thick and transmission from very thin turbid liquid samples. Moreover, we present a method to get the complex refractive index of such turbid liquids. As an example of the high performance of the device and the method, we present data on inks that are used in offset printing. PMID:17339962

  7. Matched Index of Refraction Flow Facility

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    Mcllroy, Hugh

    2013-05-28

    What's 27 feet long, 10 feet tall and full of mineral oil (3000 gallons' worth)? If you said INL's Matched Index of Refraction facility, give yourself a gold star. Scientists use computers to model the inner workings of nuclear reactors, and MIR helps validate those models. INL's Hugh McIlroy explains in this video. You can learn more about INL energy research at the lab's facebook site http://www.facebook.com/idahonationallaboratory.

  8. Matched Index of Refraction Flow Facility

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    Mcllroy, Hugh

    2010-01-01

    What's 27 feet long, 10 feet tall and full of mineral oil (3000 gallons' worth)? If you said INL's Matched Index of Refraction facility, give yourself a gold star. Scientists use computers to model the inner workings of nuclear reactors, and MIR helps validate those models. INL's Hugh McIlroy explains in this video. You can learn more about INL energy research at the lab's facebook site http://www.facebook.com/idahonationallaboratory.

  9. Tissue refractive index as marker of disease.

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    Wang, Zhuo; Tangella, Krishnarao; Balla, Andre; Popescu, Gabriel

    2011-11-01

    The gold standard in histopathology relies on manual investigation of stained tissue biopsies. A sensitive and quantitative method for in situ tissue specimen inspection is highly desirable, as it would allow early disease diagnosis and automatic screening. Here we demonstrate that quantitative phase imaging of entire unstained biopsies has the potential to fulfill this requirement. Our data indicates that the refractive index distribution of histopathology slides, which contains information about the molecular scale organization of tissue, reveals prostate tumors and breast calcifications. These optical maps report on subtle, nanoscale morphological properties of tissues and cells that cannot be recovered by common stains, including hematoxylin and eosin. We found that cancer progression significantly alters the tissue organization, as exhibited by consistently higher refractive index variance in prostate tumors versus normal regions. Furthermore, using the quantitative phase information, we obtained the spatially resolved scattering mean free path and anisotropy factor g for entire biopsies and demonstrated their direct correlation with tumor presence. In essence, our results show that the tissue refractive index reports on the nanoscale tissue architecture and, in principle, can be used as an intrinsic marker for cancer diagnosis. PMID:22112122

  10. Tissue refractive index as marker of disease

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    Wang, Zhuo; Tangella, Krishnarao; Balla, Andre; Popescu, Gabriel

    2011-11-01

    The gold standard in histopathology relies on manual investigation of stained tissue biopsies. A sensitive and quantitative method for in situ tissue specimen inspection is highly desirable, as it would allow early disease diagnosis and automatic screening. Here we demonstrate that quantitative phase imaging of entire unstained biopsies has the potential to fulfill this requirement. Our data indicates that the refractive index distribution of histopathology slides, which contains information about the molecular scale organization of tissue, reveals prostate tumors and breast calcifications. These optical maps report on subtle, nanoscale morphological properties of tissues and cells that cannot be recovered by common stains, including hematoxylin and eosin. We found that cancer progression significantly alters the tissue organization, as exhibited by consistently higher refractive index variance in prostate tumors versus normal regions. Furthermore, using the quantitative phase information, we obtained the spatially resolved scattering mean free path and anisotropy factor g for entire biopsies and demonstrated their direct correlation with tumor presence. In essence, our results show that the tissue refractive index reports on the nanoscale tissue architecture and, in principle, can be used as an intrinsic marker for cancer diagnosis.

  11. Scanning focused refractive-index microscopy

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    Sun, Teng-Qian; Ye, Qing; Wang, Xiao-Wan; Wang, Jin; Deng, Zhi-Chao; Mei, Jian-Chun; Zhou, Wen-Yuan; Zhang, Chun-Ping; Tian, Jian-Guo

    2014-01-01

    We present a novel scanning focused refractive-index microscopy (SFRIM) technique to obtain the refractive index (RI) profiles of objects. The method uses a focused laser as the light source, and combines the derivative total reflection method (DTRM), projection magnification, and scanning technique together. SFRIM is able to determine RIs with an accuracy of 0.002, and the central spatial resolution achieved is 1 µm, which is smaller than the size of the focal spot. The results of measurements carried out on cedar oil and a gradient-refractive-index (GRIN) lens agree well with theoretical expectations, verifying the accuracy of SFRIM. Furthermore, using SFRIM, to the best of our knowledge we have extracted for the first time the RI profile of a periodically modulated photosensitive gelatin sample. SFRIM is the first RI profile-resolved reflected light microscopy technique that can be applied to scattering and absorbing samples. SFRIM enables the possibility of performing RI profile measurements in a variety of applications, including optical waveguides, photosensitive materials and devices, photorefractive effect studies, and RI imaging in biomedical fields. PMID:25008374

  12. Refractive Index Enhancement with Vanishing Absorption in an Atomic Vapor

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    Proite, N. A.; Unks, B. E.; Green, J. T.; Yavuz, D. D.

    2008-10-01

    We report a proof-of-principle experiment where the refractive index of an atomic vapor is enhanced while maintaining vanishing absorption of the beam. The key idea is to drive alkali atoms in a vapor with appropriate control lasers and induce a gain resonance and an absorption resonance for a probe beam in a two-photon Raman configuration. The strength and the position of these two resonances can be manipulated by changing the parameters of the control lasers. By using the interference between these two resonances, we obtain an enhanced refractive index without an increase in the absorption.

  13. Measurement of refractive index distribution of biotissue by scanning focused refractive index microscopy

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    Ye, Qing; Sun, Tengqian; Wang, Jin; Wang, Xiaowan; Deng, Zhichao; Zhou, Wenyuan; Zhang, Chunping; Tian, Jianguo

    2014-03-01

    A novel scanning focused refractive-index microscopy (SFRIM) technique are presented. With a focused laser serves as the light source, we combine the derivative total reflection method (DTRM), microscopy and the scanning technique together to obtain the refractive-index profiles (RIP) of objects. The refractive index (RI) accuracy is 0.002. The central spatial resolution of SFRIM achieves 1 μm , smaller than the size of the focal spot. Results of measurements carried out on cedar oil and a gradient-refractive-index (GRIN) lens agree well with theoretical expectations, thereby verifying the accuracy of SFRIM. Refractive index distribution of biotissue are measured by this microscopy. The use of SFRIM opens up possibilities for RIP measurement in many applications, including optical waveguides, photosensitive materials and devices, the study of the photorefractive effect, and RI imaging in biomedical fields. This research is supported by the Chinese National Key Basic Research Special Fund (Grant No.2011CB922003), Science and Technology Program of Tianjin (Grant No.11ZCKFSY00500).

  14. Microwave gain medium with negative refractive index

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    Ye, Dexin; Chang, Kihun; Ran, Lixin; Xin, Hao

    2014-12-01

    Artificial effective media are attractive because of the fantastic applications they may enable, such as super lensing and electromagnetic invisibility. However, the inevitable loss due to their strongly dispersive nature is one of the fundamental challenges preventing such applications from becoming a reality. In this study, we demonstrate an effective gain medium based on negative resistance, to overcompensate the loss of a conventional passive metamaterial, meanwhile keeping its original negative-index property. Energy conservation-based theory, full-wave simulation and experimental measurement show that a fabricated sample consisting of conventional sub-wavelength building blocks with embedded microwave tunnel diodes exhibits a band-limited Lorentzian dispersion simultaneously with a negative refractive index and a net gain. Our work provides experimental evidence to the assertion that a stable net gain in negative-index gain medium is achievable, proposing a potential solution for the critical challenge current metamateiral technology faces in practical applications.

  15. Microwave gain medium with negative refractive index.

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    Ye, Dexin; Chang, Kihun; Ran, Lixin; Xin, Hao

    2014-01-01

    Artificial effective media are attractive because of the fantastic applications they may enable, such as super lensing and electromagnetic invisibility. However, the inevitable loss due to their strongly dispersive nature is one of the fundamental challenges preventing such applications from becoming a reality. In this study, we demonstrate an effective gain medium based on negative resistance, to overcompensate the loss of a conventional passive metamaterial, meanwhile keeping its original negative-index property. Energy conservation-based theory, full-wave simulation and experimental measurement show that a fabricated sample consisting of conventional sub-wavelength building blocks with embedded microwave tunnel diodes exhibits a band-limited Lorentzian dispersion simultaneously with a negative refractive index and a net gain. Our work provides experimental evidence to the assertion that a stable net gain in negative-index gain medium is achievable, proposing a potential solution for the critical challenge current metamateiral technology faces in practical applications. PMID:25524752

  16. Measurement of refractive index distribution of biotissues by scanning focused refractive index microscopy

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    Sun, Tengqian; Ye, Qing; Wang, Xiao-Wan; Wang, Jin; Deng, Zhi-Chao; Mei, Jian-Chun; Zhou, Wen-Yuan; Zhang, Chun-Ping; Tian, Jian-Guo

    2014-11-01

    We adapt the improved scanning focused refractive-index microscopy (SFRIM) technique to the quantitative study of biological tissues. Delicate refractive index (RI) imaging of a porcine muscle tissue is obtained in a reflection mode. Some modifications are made to the SFRIM for better two dimension (2-D) observation of the tissues. The RI accuracy is 0.002. The central spatial resolution of SFRIM achieves 1μm, smaller than the size of the focal spot. Our method is free from signal distortion. The experimental result demonstrates that SFRIM is a potential technique in a wide field of biomedical research.

  17. Refractive index modification of polymers using nanosized dopants

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    Hanemann, Thomas; Boehm, Johannes; Müller, Claas; Ritzhaupt-Kleissl, Eberhard

    2008-04-01

    The addition of nanosized inorganic or organic dopants to polymers allows the modification of the polymers physical properties enabling the realization of functionalized polymers with new application fields e.g. in microoptics. Exemplarily electron rich organic dopants, solved in polymers, cause a pronounced increase of the refractive index. Polymer based reactive resins like PMMA, solved in MMA, or unsaturated polyester, solved in styrene, can be cured to thermoplastic polymers. The resin's low viscous flow behaviour enables an easy composite formation by solving the organic dopants in the liquid up to a dopant content of 50 wt%, followed by solidification to a thermoplastic. The addition of simple organic molecules like phenanthrene or benzochinoline allows a refractive index elevation at 633 nm from 1.56 up to 1.60 retaining the good transmission properties. In comparison the refractive index of PMMA can be increased from the initial value of 1.49 up to values around 1.58 (@633 nm). All composites show an almost linear correlation between dopant content and refractive index. Using these composites devices like 3dB-couplers or an electrooptical modulator applying injection molded or hot embossed substrates have been realized.

  18. The refractive index of reciprocal electromagnetic media

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    McCall, Martin W.; Kinsler, Paul; Topf, Renè D. M.

    2016-04-01

    We study the electromagnetics of media described by identical inhomogeneous relative dielectric and magnetic tensors, {\\boldsymbol{ε }}={\\boldsymbol{μ }}. Such media occur generically as spatial transformation media, i.e. electromagnetic media that are defined by a deformation of space. We show that such media are completely described by a refractive index n({r},\\hat{{s}}) that depends on position {r} and direction \\hat{{s}}, but is independent of polarization. The phase surface is always ellipsoidal, and n({r},\\hat{{s}}) is therefore represented by the radius vector to the surface of the ellipsoid. We apply our method to calculate the angular dependence of the refractive index in the well-studied cylindrical cloak and to a new kind of structurally chiral medium induced by a twist deformation. By way of a simple example we also show that media for which {\\boldsymbol{ε }}={\\boldsymbol{μ }} do not in general preserve the impedance properties of vacuum. The implications of this somewhat surprising conclusion for the field of transformation optics are discussed.

  19. An updated equation for the refractive index of air

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    Li, Wenchen; Dai, Zuoxiao; Dai, Ning; Chen, Ren; Sun, Xiaojie; Xia, Xiang; Li, Tao; Ma, Bei; Sheng, Hao

    2014-12-01

    Laser has been widely used in spectroscopic and metrological measurement. High-precision laser metrology is affected by the refractive index of air. In order to apply the algorithm for the refractive index of air in some situation where low calculation complexity and high-precision are needed, the algorithm of the refractive index of Rueger is updated. As the errors of Rueger's algorithm are mainly affected by temperature, humidity, and the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as well as laser wavelength, we do some revisions about these effects of the factors of atmosphere in Rueger's algorithm. The conditions of standard air is redefined in this paper because of the average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been changed in the past few decades. As the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air is not constant, the effect of carbon dioxide on the refractive index of air is taken into consideration in the updated algorithm. The updated algorithm adapts to the real atmosphere well. The effects of dry air and humid air on the algorithm are also corrected, and the refractive index of air calculated by the updated algorithm is much closer to that of Philip E.Ciddor's algorithm defined as reference algorithm in the paper because of its high-precision. The performance of the updated algorithm is also analyzed in this paper. It is compared to that of the reference algorithm and the real measured data. Comparing results show that the performance of the algorithm has been improved after the correction. Comparing to the reference algorithm, the performance of the updated algorithm is a little bit lower, but the updated algorithm is much simpler and easier to be applied. Comparing to Rueger's algorithm, the performance of the updated algorithm is much higher and the complexity of the updated algorithm increases very small. The updated algorithm meets low calculation complexity and high-precision requirements.

  20. Refractive index of liquid mixtures: theory and experiment.

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    Reis, João Carlos R; Lampreia, Isabel M S; Santos, Angela F S; Moita, Maria Luísa C J; Douhéret, Gérard

    2010-12-01

    An innovative approach is presented to interpret the refractive index of binary liquid mixtures. The concept of refractive index "before mixing" is introduced and shown to be given by the volume-fraction mixing rule of the pure-component refractive indices (Arago-Biot formula). The refractive index of thermodynamically ideal liquid mixtures is demonstrated to be given by the volume-fraction mixing rule of the pure-component squared refractive indices (Newton formula). This theoretical formulation entails a positive change of refractive index upon ideal mixing, which is interpreted in terms of dissimilar London dispersion forces centred in the dissimilar molecules making up the mixture. For real liquid mixtures, the refractive index of mixing and the excess refractive index are introduced in a thermodynamic manner. Examples of mixtures are cited for which excess refractive indices and excess molar volumes show all of the four possible sign combinations, a fact that jeopardises the finding of a general equation linking these two excess properties. Refractive indices of 69 mixtures of water with the amphiphile (R,S)-1-propoxypropan-2-ol are reported at five temperatures in the range 283-303 K. The ideal and real refractive properties of this binary system are discussed. Pear-shaped plots of excess refractive indices against excess molar volumes show that extreme positive values of excess refractive index occur at a substantially lower mole fraction of the amphiphile than extreme negative values of excess molar volume. Analysis of these plots provides insights into the mixing schemes that occur in different composition segments. A nearly linear variation is found when Balankina's ratios between excess and ideal values of refractive indices are plotted against ratios between excess and ideal values of molar volumes. It is concluded that, when coupled with volumetric properties, the new thermodynamic functions defined for the analysis of refractive indices of liquid mixtures give important complementary information on the mixing process over the whole composition range. PMID:20957714

  1. Organic Plasmon-Emitting Diodes for Detecting Refractive Index Variation

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    Chiu, Nan-Fu; Cheng, Chih-Jen; Huang, Teng-Yi

    2013-01-01

    A photo-excited organic layer on a metal thin film with a corrugated substrate was used to generate surface plasmon grating coupled emissions (SPGCEs). Directional emissions corresponded to the resonant condition of surface plasmon modes on the Au/air interface. In experimental comparisons of the effects of different pitch sizes on the plasmonic band-gap, the obtained SPGCEs were highly directional, with intensity increases as large as 10.38-fold. The FWHM emission spectrum was less than 70 nm. This method is easily applicable to detecting refractive index changes by using SP-coupled fluorophores in which wavelength emissions vary by viewing angle. The measurements and calculations in this study confirmed that the color wavelength of the SPGCE changed from 545.3 nm to 615.4 nm at certain viewing angles, while the concentration of contacting glucose increased from 10 to 40 wt%, which corresponded to a refractive index increase from 1.3484 to 1.3968. The organic plasmon-emitting diode exhibits a wider linearity range and a resolution of the experimental is 1.056 × 10−3 RIU. The sensitivity of the detection limit for naked eye of the experimental is 0.6 wt%. At a certain viewing angle, a large spectral shift is clearly distinguishable by the naked eye unaided by optoelectronic devices. These experimental results confirm the potential applications of the organic plasmon-emitting diodes in a low-cost, integrated, and disposable refractive-index sensor. PMID:23812346

  2. Ultrafast refractive index control of a terahertz graphene metamaterial

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    Lee, Seung Hoon; Choi, Jeongmook; Kim, Hyeon-Don; Choi, Hyunyong; Min, Bumki

    2013-01-01

    Modulation of the refractive index of materials is elementary, yet it is crucial for the manipulation of electromagnetic waves. Relying on the inherent properties of natural materials, it has been a long-standing challenge in device engineering to increase the index-modulation contrast. Here, we demonstrate a significant amount of ultrafast index modulation by optically exciting non-equilibrium Dirac fermions in the graphene layer integrated onto a high-index metamaterial. Furthermore, an extremely-large electrical modulation of refractive index up to Δn ~ −3.4 (at 0.69 THz) is achieved by electrical tuning of the density of the equilibrium Dirac fermion in the graphene metamaterial. This manifestation, otherwise remaining elusive in conventional semiconductor devices, fully exploits the characteristic ultrafast charge relaxation in graphene as well as the strong capacitive response of the metamaterial, both of which enable us to drastically increase the light-matter interaction of graphene and the corresponding index contrast in the graphene metamaterials. PMID:23823715

  3. Complex refractive index of Martian dust - Mariner 9 ultraviolet observations

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    Pang, K.; Ajello, J. M.; Hord, C. W.; Egan, W. G.

    1976-01-01

    Mariner 9 ultraviolet spectrometer observations of the 1971 dust clouds obscuring the surface of Mars have been analyzed by matching the observed dust phase function with Mie scattering calculations for size distributions of homogeneous and isotropic material. Preliminary results indicate an effective particle radius of not less than 0.2. The real component of the index of refraction is not less than 1.8 at both 268 and 305 nm; corresponding values for the imagery component are 0.02 and 0.01. These values are consistent with those found by Mead (1970) for the visible and near-visible wavelengths. The refractive index and the absorption coefficient increase rapidly with decreasing wavelength in going from the visible to the ultraviolet, indicating the presence of an ultraviolet absorption band which may shield organisms from ultraviolet irradiation.

  4. Refractive index matching using a diethyl phthalate/ ethanol solution

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    Miller, Paul; Slifka, Andy; Moody, Galan

    2005-11-01

    When studying internal fluid velocity fields of complex geometries such as in vitro cardiovascular models, refractive index matching is critical for undistorted images. A diethyl phthalate (DEP) / ethanol mixture is a good choice of working fluid due to the high index of refraction, low viscosity, safety and low cost. The mixture can be tuned to the refractive index of borosilicate glasses, fused quartz and silicone elastomers. Silicone elastomers do not cloud in DEP/ethanol solutions and also tested negative for change in compliance after DEP exposure. Material compatibility tests showed that only specific formulations of ABS, acrylic, vinyl and PVC plastics are compatible. Measurements were made of index of refraction and viscosity of varied DEP/ ethanol solutions at a range of temperatures, and empirical models for viscosity and refractive index will be presented.

  5. Development of high refractive index Cherenkov detectors

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    Nazzal, Samah Suheil

    High refractive index materials have been investigated for use as Cherenkov media in order to develop a Cherenkov detector with a lower energy threshold. Several materials were surveyed and cubic zirconium was selected for further study. Samples of cubic zirconium were prepared and mated with photomultiplier tubes to form Cherenkov detectors. These detectors were tested using radioactive sources and muons in the laboratory and using protons at the Indiana Cyclotron in order to determine the Cherenkov light yield and to investigate contamination of the Cherenkov signal by scintillation. The results of the experimental tests were analyzed and compared to detailed numerical simulations. It was found that while some scintillation light was produced by ionizing particles in the cubic zirconium, Cherenkov light was detected at levels that make cubic zirconium usable as a Cherenkov detector. During this investigation, it was discovered that while the Cherenkov light signal was prompt with a rapid decay time, the scintillation light signal was slower both in rise time and in decay. This discovery offers the possibility to distinguish the Cherenkov and Scintillation signals.

  6. Refractive index of the alkali halides. II. Effect of pressure on the refractive index of 11 alkali halides

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    Johannsen, P. G.; Reiß, G.; Bohle, U.; Magiera, J.; Müautller, R.; Spiekermann, H.; Holzapfel, W. B.

    1997-03-01

    A recently developed comparative interferometric method for the determination of the refractive index at high pressures is applied to NaF, NaBr, NaI, KCl, KBr, KI, RbCl, RbI, CsCl, CsBr, and CsI. In the studied pressure range up to 12 GPa, the potassium and rubidium halides show a polymorphic phase transition from NaCl- to CsCl-type structure, accompanied by a discontinuous increase of the refractive index. The pressure data of the sodium and cesium halides are converted from pressure to density dependences by the help of ultrasonic equations of state. The refractive index of the sodium halides shows an almost linear density dependence, while the cesium halides exhibit strong nonlinear behavior. The constant joint-density-of-states (CJDOS) model, proposed in the first paper of this series, is used for the further analysis of the data. In the CJDOS model the density dependence of the dielectric function is related to the different behaviors of s and d conduction bands with density. While the almost linear behavior of the sodium halides can be understood by a competition of an increasing contribution of transitions to the d bands, and a decreasing contribution of transitions to the s conduction band, the nonlinear behavior of the cesium halides is predominantly caused by the closure of the band gap, with a d-band character of the lower conduction-band states.

  7. Refractive index behavior of boron-doped silica films by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Horng, R. H.; Chen, F.; Wuu, D. S.; Lin, T. Y.

    1996-02-01

    The optical characterization of boron-doped silica films grown by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) is reported. The refractive index of the deposited film is found to increase with the B 2H 6 flow rate, which is in contrast to the theoretical expectation. Infrared absorption studies show that the SiO main peak for the boron-doped sample shifts to lower wavenumber and broadens, as compared with that for the undoped sample. This suggests that the observed refractive index behavior is due to the contribution of the SiN bond. To alleviate the undesired nitrogen incorporation, the refractive index of the boron-doped film was studied as a function of deposition power. It is found that the refractive index value decreases with increasing power level. Based on the above results, a boron doping mechanism for PECVD silica films is proposed. The annealing effect on the refractive index of boron-doped silica is also described.

  8. Behavior of 157 nm excimer-laser-induced refractive index changes in silica

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    Smith, Charlene M.; Borrelli, Nicholas F.

    2006-09-15

    This study describes the observation of large induced refractive index changes produced by 157 nm excimer laser exposure in high-purity synthetic silica glasses. With 157 nm exposure, large induced changes are observed within a few hundred thousand pulses of exposure. Similar to 193 nm exposures, exposure with polarized 157 nm light yields polarization-induced birefringence (PIB). However, the 157 nm exposure also exhibits a behavior not observed with 193 nm exposures; namely, the initial response of the glass is a decrease in refractive index, followed by an increase with continued exposure. An explanation of the behaviors for both wavelength results is proposed where the induced refractive index is considered to arise from two different concurrent phenomena. One produces a decreased refractive index and also accounts for the PIB. The other, which accounts for the increased refractive index, is associated with an isotropic laser-induced volume change.

  9. Determination of the complex refractive index of cell cultures by reflectance spectrometry

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    Calin, Mihaela Antonina; Calin, Marian Romeo; Munteanu, Constantin

    2014-06-01

    In this paper we propose a new approach to using reflectance spectrometry in connection with the Kramers-Kronig analysis for the determination of the complex refractive index of biological cells. Applying this procedure, the real and imaginary parts of the refractive index (refractive index and extinction coefficient) can be simultaneously determined. The accuracy of this procedure in the determination of the refractive index and extinction coefficient of culture media proved to be comparable with spectroscopic ellipsometry. Applying this procedure on the human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), the results obtained from time-series measurements showed significant changes in the complex refractive index of cell cultures within 72h, the most important increases for both real and imaginary parts of the refractive index being recorded in the first 24h, when synthesis processes are happening. Thus, the analysis of the time-dependent changes in the complex refractive index provides information about the frequencies of the modifications that occur on both organizational structure and cells composition during the cell cycle. In conclusion, the combination of reflectance spectrometry with the Kramers-Kronig analysis is a feasible way to determine the complex refractive index of biological cells and to assess the events taking place during the cell cycle.

  10. Refractive index of silicon at γ ray energies.

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    Habs, D; Günther, M M; Jentschel, M; Urban, W

    2012-05-01

    For x rays the real part of the refractive index, dominated by Rayleigh scattering, is negative and converges to zero for higher energies. For γ rays a positive component, related to Delbrück scattering, increases with energy and becomes dominating. The deflection of a monochromatic γ beam due to refraction was measured by placing a Si wedge into a flat double crystal spectrometer. Data were obtained in an energy range from 0.18 MeV to 2 MeV. The data are compared to theory, taking into account elastic and inelastic Delbrück scattering as well as recent results on the energy dependence of the pair creation cross section. Probably a new field of γ optics with many new applications opens up. PMID:22681083

  11. Charged-particle acceleration through decreasing refractive index

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    Kong, Ling-Bao; Chen, Zhaoyang; Liu, Pu-Kun; Yu, Ming Young

    2015-02-01

    We propose a mechanism for electron acceleration in which circularly polarized electromagnetic waves (CPEMW) propagate along a uniform magnetic field in a medium with a tapered refractive index. Results show that with a decreasing refractive index and a moderate CPEMW electric field, e.g., 1.20 108 V/m, the relativistic factor of an electron can go above 14 after it travels 10 cm in the direction of CPEMW propagation. Without tapering of the refractive index, the maximum value of the relativistic factor is less than 2.92 under the same wave and guiding magnetic field conditions. Similar acceleration efficiency is found for electrons with different initial velocities.

  12. Analyzing refractive index changes and differential bending in microcantilever arrays

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    Huber, Franois; Lang, Hans Peter; Hegner, Martin; Despont, Michel; Drechsler, Ute; Gerber, Christoph

    2008-08-01

    A new microcantilever array design is investigated comprising eight flexible microcantilevers introducing two solid bars, enabling to subtract contributions from differences in refractive index in an optical laser read out system. Changes in the refractive index do not contribute undesirably to bending signals at picomolar to micromolar DNA or protein concentrations. However, measurements of samples with high salt concentrations or serum are affected, requiring corrections for refractive index artifacts. Moreover, to obtain a deeper understanding of molecular stress formation, the differential curvature of cantilevers is analyzed by positioning the laser spots along the surface of the levers during pH experiments.

  13. Determining the Thickness and Refractive Index of a Mirror

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    Uysal, Ahmet

    2010-01-01

    When a laser beam reflects from a back surface glass mirror and falls on a screen, a pattern of discrete bright spots is created by partial reflection and refraction of the light at the air-glass interface and reflection at the mirror surface (Fig. 1). This paper explains how this phenomenon can be used to determine the refractive index and the

  14. Media with zero refractive index at a preset frequency

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    Averbukh, B. B.

    2015-12-01

    The refraction of a plane s-polarized electromagnetic wave on the vacuum-metamaterial interface is considered. It is established that, under certain conditions, a medium consisting of electric and magnetic dipoles or entirely of electric dipoles can behave as possessing a zero refractive index at a preset frequency.

  15. Determining the Thickness and Refractive Index of a Mirror

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    Uysal, Ahmet

    2010-01-01

    When a laser beam reflects from a back surface glass mirror and falls on a screen, a pattern of discrete bright spots is created by partial reflection and refraction of the light at the air-glass interface and reflection at the mirror surface (Fig. 1). This paper explains how this phenomenon can be used to determine the refractive index and the…

  16. Automated measurement of the refractive index of fluids

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    Pixton, Bruce M.; Greivenkamp, John E

    2008-04-01

    A method for automating refractive-index measurements of fluids has been developed. An encoded rotation stage and position-sensitive detector enable automated reading of angles typically acquired by visual means. Two tunable lasers are used to obtain index measurements at ten discrete wavelengths across the visible spectrum. This method has been implemented on a Hilger-Chance refractometer from which the bulk refractive-index values for various transparent fluids have been measured. An index measurement accuracy of better than one part in the fourth decimal place for distilled water and a few parts in the fourth decimal place for higher index fluids is obtained.

  17. Index of refraction of molecular nitrogen for sodium matter waves

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    Loreau, J.; Kharchenko, V.; Dalgarno, A.

    2013-01-01

    We calculate the index of refraction of sodium matter waves propagating through a gas of nitrogen molecules. We use a recent ab initio potential for the ground state of the NaN2 van der Waals complex to perform quantal close-coupling calculations and compute the index of refraction as a function of the projectile velocity. We obtain good agreement with the available experimental data. We show that the refractive index contains glory oscillations but that they are damped by the averaging over the thermal motion of the N2 molecules. These oscillations appear at lower temperatures and projectile velocity. We also investigate the behavior of the refractive index at low temperature and low projectile velocity to show its dependence on the rotational state of N2 and discuss the advantage of using diatomic molecules as projectiles.

  18. Spatially Varying Index of Refraction: An Open Ended Undergraduate Topic.

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    Krueger, David A.

    1980-01-01

    Presents an experiment on the bending of light in a medium with a continuously varying index of refraction. Several theoretical approaches for the analysis of this experiment, designed for college physics students, are also presented. (HM)

  19. Miniature interferometer for refractive index measurement in microfluidic chip

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    Chen, Minghui; Geiser, Martial; Truffer, Frederic; Song, Chengli

    2012-12-01

    The design and development of the miniaturized interferometer for measurement of the refractive index or concentration of sub-microliter volume aqueous solution in microfludic chip is presented. It is manifested by a successful measurement of the refractive index of sugar-water solution, by utilizing a laser diode for light source and the small robust instrumentation for practical implementation. Theoretically, the measurement principle and the feasibility of the system are analyzed. Experimental device is constructed with a diode laser, lens, two optical plate and a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS). Through measuring the positional changes of the interference fringes, the refractive index change are retrieved. A refractive index change of 10-4 is inferred from the measured image data. The entire system is approximately the size of half and a deck of cards and can operate on battery power for long time.

  20. Refractive-index-profile determinations by using Lloyd's mirage.

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    Allman, B E; Klein, A G; Nugent, K A; Opat, G I

    1994-04-01

    A method is presented for the experimental determination of refractive-index profiles for planar media of monotonically decreasing refractive index, such as those used for optical waveguides. The technique is based on a generalization of the classical experiment of Lloyd's mirror, involving the interference pattern formed by a point source and its mirage, i.e., its reflection in such a graded planar medium. PMID:20885511

  1. Temperature dependence of the refractive index of optical fibers

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    Wang, Zhi-Yong; Qiu, Qi; Shi, Shuang-Jin

    2014-03-01

    Many experimental investigations on the temperature dependence of the refractive index of optical fibers have been reported previously, however a satisfying theoretical explanation for it is still absent. In this paper, a theoretical model about the temperature dependence of the refractive index of optical fibers is presented and it is in agreement with the previous experimental results. This work is a significant reference for the research and development of temperature sensors based on optical fiber delay lines.

  2. Refractive index profile determinations using a Lloyd's mirage

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    Allman, Brendan E.; Klein, Anthony G.; Nugent, Keith A.; Opat, Geoffrey I.

    1993-11-01

    A novel method is presented for the experimental determination of refractive index profiles for planar media of monotonically decreasing refractive index, such as those used for optical waveguides. The technique is based upon a generalization of the classical experiment of Lloyd's Mirror, involving the interference pattern formed by a point source and its mirage, i.e., its reflection in such a graded planar medium.

  3. Spatial variation of stratospheric aerosol acidity and model refractive index - Implications of recent results

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    Russell, P. B.; Hamill, P.

    1984-01-01

    Recent experimental results indicate that little or no solid ammonium sulfate is present in background stratospheric aerosols. Other results allow straightforward calculation of sulfuric acid/water droplet properties (acidity, specific gravity, refractive index) as functions of stratospheric temperature and humidity. These results are combined with a variety of latitudinal and seasonal temperature and humidity profiles to obtain corresponding profiles of droplet properties. These profiles are used to update a previous model of stratospheric aerosol refractive index. The new model retains the simplifying approximation of vertically constant refractive index in the inner stratosphere, but has sulfuric acid/water refractive index values that significantly exceed the previously used room temperature values. Mean conversion ratios (e.g., extinction-to-number, backscatter-to-volume) obtained using Mie scattering calculations with the new refractive indices are very similar to those obtained for the old indices, because the effects of deleting ammonium sulfate and increasing acid indices tend to cancel each other.

  4. Biexciton induced refractive index changes in a semiconductor quantum dot

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    Shojaei, S.

    2015-06-01

    We present a detailed theoretical study of linear and third order nonlinear refractive index changes in a optically driven disk-like GaN quantum dot. In our numerical calculations, we consider the three level system containing biexciton, exciton, and ground states and use the compact density matrix formalism and iterative method to obtain refractive index changes. Variational method through effective mass approximation are employed to calculate the ground state energy of biexciton and exciton states. The evolution of refractive index changes around one, two and three photon resonance is investigated and discussed for different quantum dot sizes and light intensities. Size-dependent three-photon nonlinear refractive index change versus incident photon energy compared to that of two-photon is obtained and analyzed. As main result, we found that around resonance frequency at exciton-biexciton transition the quantum confinement has great influence on the linear change in refractive index so that for very large quantum dots, it decreases. Moreover, it was found that third order refractive index changes for three photon process is strongly dependent on QD size and light intensity. Our study reveals that considering our simple model leads to results which are in good agreement with other rare numerical results. Comparison with experimental results has been done.

  5. Photoresist Exposure Parameter Extraction from Refractive Index Change during Exposure

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    Sohn, Young-Soo; Sung, Moon-Gyu; Lee, Young-Mi; Lee, Eun-Mi; Oh, Jin-Kyung; Byun, Sung-Hwan; Jeong, Yeon-Un; Oh, Hye-Keun; An, Ilsin; Lee, Kun-Sang; Park, In-Ho; Cho, Joon-Yeon; Lee, Sang-Ho

    1998-12-01

    The refractive indices of photoresist are usually measured byan ellipsometer or spectrophotometer, but the values are limited to pre-exposure. It is known thatthe real and imaginary indices are changed during the exposure.But there is little report on these variations since itis difficult to measure this refractive index change at deep ultraviolet. The DillABC parameters show a significant variation with the resist and substrate thicknessas well as the experimental conditions.A method is suggested to extract the parameters from the refractive index changes.We can get the refractive index change and extract the Dill ABC exposure parameters from that.The multiple thin film interference calculation is used to fit the measured transmittance data.The results of our experiments and calculations for several resists including193 nm chemically amplified resists are compared with other methods.The results are agreed well with the full multilayer thin film simulation.

  6. Plasmas with index of refraction greater than one

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    Nilsen, J; Scofield, J H

    2004-06-23

    Over the last decade, X-ray lasers in the wavelength range14 - 47 nm have been used to do interferometry of plasmas. Just as for optical interferometry of plasmas, the experimental analysis assumed that the index of refraction is due only to the free electrons. This makes the index of refraction less then one. Recent experiments in Al plasmas have observed fringe lines bend the wrong way as though the electron density is negative. We show how the bound electrons can dominate the index of refraction in many plasmas and make the index greater than one or enhance the index such that one would greatly overestimate the density of the plasma using interferometry.

  7. Three-dimensional optical metamaterial with a negative refractive index.

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    Valentine, Jason; Zhang, Shuang; Zentgraf, Thomas; Ulin-Avila, Erick; Genov, Dentcho A; Bartal, Guy; Zhang, Xiang

    2008-09-18

    Metamaterials are artificially engineered structures that have properties, such as a negative refractive index, not attainable with naturally occurring materials. Negative-index metamaterials (NIMs) were first demonstrated for microwave frequencies, but it has been challenging to design NIMs for optical frequencies and they have so far been limited to optically thin samples because of significant fabrication challenges and strong energy dissipation in metals. Such thin structures are analogous to a monolayer of atoms, making it difficult to assign bulk properties such as the index of refraction. Negative refraction of surface plasmons was recently demonstrated but was confined to a two-dimensional waveguide. Three-dimensional (3D) optical metamaterials have come into focus recently, including the realization of negative refraction by using layered semiconductor metamaterials and a 3D magnetic metamaterial in the infrared frequencies; however, neither of these had a negative index of refraction. Here we report a 3D optical metamaterial having negative refractive index with a very high figure of merit of 3.5 (that is, low loss). This metamaterial is made of cascaded 'fishnet' structures, with a negative index existing over a broad spectral range. Moreover, it can readily be probed from free space, making it functional for optical devices. We construct a prism made of this optical NIM to demonstrate negative refractive index at optical frequencies, resulting unambiguously from the negative phase evolution of the wave propagating inside the metamaterial. Bulk optical metamaterials open up prospects for studies of 3D optical effects and applications associated with NIMs and zero-index materials such as reversed Doppler effect, superlenses, optical tunnelling devices, compact resonators and highly directional sources. PMID:18690249

  8. Quantification of nanoscale nuclear refractive index changes during the cell cycle

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    Bista, Rajan K.; Uttam, Shikhar; Wang, Pin; Staton, Kevin; Choi, Serah; Bakkenist, Christopher J.; Hartman, Douglas J.; Brand, Randall E.; Liu, Yang

    2011-07-01

    Intrigued by our recent finding that the nuclear refractive index is significantly increased in malignant cells and histologically normal cells in clinical histology specimens derived from cancer patients, we sought to identify potential biological mechanisms underlying the observed phenomena. The cell cycle is an ordered series of events that describes the intervals of cell growth, DNA replication, and mitosis that precede cell division. Since abnormal cell cycles and increased proliferation are characteristic of many human cancer cells, we hypothesized that the observed increase in nuclear refractive index could be related to an abundance or accumulation of cells derived from cancer patients at a specific point or phase(s) of the cell cycle. Here we show that changes in nuclear refractive index of fixed cells are seen as synchronized populations of cells that proceed through the cell cycle, and that increased nuclear refractive index is strongly correlated with increased DNA content. We therefore propose that an abundance of cells undergoing DNA replication and mitosis may explain the increase in nuclear refractive index observed in both malignant and histologically normal cells from cancer patients. Our findings suggest that nuclear refractive index may be a novel physical parameter for early cancer detection and risk stratification.

  9. Water absorption in a refractive index model for bacterial spores

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    Siegrist, K. M.; Thrush, E.; Airola, M.; Carr, A. K.; Limsui, D. M.; Boggs, N. T.; Thomas, M. E.; Carter, C. C.

    2009-05-01

    The complexity of biological agents can make it difficult to identify the important factors impacting scattering characteristics among variables such as size, shape, internal structure and biochemical composition, particle aggregation, and sample additives. This difficulty is exacerbated by the environmentally interactive nature of biological organisms. In particular, bacterial spores equilibrate with environmental humidity by absorption/desorption of water which can affect both the complex refractive index and the size/shape distributions of particles - two factors upon which scattering characteristics depend critically. Therefore accurate analysis of experimental data for determination of refractive index must take account of particle water content. First, spectral transmission measurements to determine visible refractive index done on suspensions of bacterial spores must account for water (or other solvent) uptake. Second, realistic calculations of aerosol scattering cross sections should consider effects of atmospheric humidity on particle water content, size and shape. In this work we demonstrate a method for determining refractive index of bacterial spores bacillus atropheus (BG), bacillus thuringiensis (BT) and bacillus anthracis Sterne (BAs) which accounts for these effects. Visible index is found from transmission measurements on aqueous and DMSO suspensions of particles, using an anomalous diffraction approximation. A simplified version of the anomalous diffraction theory is used to eliminate the need for knowledge of particle size. Results using this approach indicate the technique can be useful in determining the visible refractive index of particles when size and shape distributions are not well known but fall within the region of validity of anomalous dispersion theory.

  10. Refractive index of erbium doped GaN thin films

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    Alajlouni, S.; Sun, Z. Y.; Li, J.; Zavada, J. M.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.

    2014-08-01

    GaN is an excellent host for erbium (Er) to provide optical emission in the technologically important as well as eye-safe 1540 nm wavelength window. Er doped GaN (GaN:Er) epilayers were synthesized on c-plane sapphire substrates using metal organic chemical vapor deposition. By employing a pulsed growth scheme, the crystalline quality of GaN:Er epilayers was significantly improved over those obtained by conventional growth method of continuous flow of reaction precursors. X-ray diffraction rocking curve linewidths of less than 300 arc sec were achieved for the GaN (0002) diffraction peak, which is comparable to the typical results of undoped high quality GaN epilayers and represents a major improvement over previously reported results for GaN:Er. Spectroscopic ellipsometry was used to determine the refractive index of the GaN:Er epilayers in the 1540 nm wavelength window and a linear dependence on Er concentration was found. The observed refractive index increase with Er incorporation and the improved crystalline quality of the GaN:Er epilayers indicate that low loss GaN:Er optical waveguiding structures are feasible.

  11. Size dependence of complex refractive index function of growing nanoparticles

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    Eremin, A.; Gurentsov, E.; Popova, E.; Priemchenko, K.

    2011-08-01

    The evidence of the change of the complex refractive index function E( m) of carbon and iron nanoparticles as a function of their size was found from two-color time-resolved laser-induced incandescence (TiRe-LII) measurements. Growing carbon particles were observed from acetylene pyrolysis behind a shock wave and iron particles were synthesized by pulse Kr-F excimer laser photo-dissociation of Fe(CO)5. The magnitudes of refractive index function were found through the fitting of two independently measured values of particle heat up temperature, determined by two-color pyrometry and from the known energy of the laser pulse and the E( m) variation. Small carbon particles of about 1-14 nm in diameter had a low value of E( m)˜0.05-0.07, which tends to increase up to a value of 0.2-0.25 during particle growth up to 20 nm. Similar behavior for iron particles resulted in E( m) rise from ˜0.1 for particles 1-3 nm in diameter up to ˜0.2 for particles >12 nm in diameter.

  12. Refractive index of erbium doped GaN thin films

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    Alajlouni, S.; Sun, Z. Y.; Li, J.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.; Zavada, J. M.

    2014-08-25

    GaN is an excellent host for erbium (Er) to provide optical emission in the technologically important as well as eye-safe 1540 nm wavelength window. Er doped GaN (GaN:Er) epilayers were synthesized on c-plane sapphire substrates using metal organic chemical vapor deposition. By employing a pulsed growth scheme, the crystalline quality of GaN:Er epilayers was significantly improved over those obtained by conventional growth method of continuous flow of reaction precursors. X-ray diffraction rocking curve linewidths of less than 300 arc sec were achieved for the GaN (0002) diffraction peak, which is comparable to the typical results of undoped high quality GaN epilayers and represents a major improvement over previously reported results for GaN:Er. Spectroscopic ellipsometry was used to determine the refractive index of the GaN:Er epilayers in the 1540 nm wavelength window and a linear dependence on Er concentration was found. The observed refractive index increase with Er incorporation and the improved crystalline quality of the GaN:Er epilayers indicate that low loss GaN:Er optical waveguiding structures are feasible.

  13. Refractive index measurement in human tissue samples

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    Tsenova, Vesselina; Stoykova, Elena V.

    2003-11-01

    The aim of this study was to apply a laser refractometer based on a total internal reflection for measurement of refractive indices of thin tissue samples. The tissue slices with thickness from 5 to 15 ?m and cross-sectional area of about 1 - 1.5 cm were cut with a freezing microtome and mounted on microscope glass slides. The samples from a liver, kidney, myocardium and skin were taken post mortem from 3 male patients (50, 52 and 75 years old) with some pathological tissue changes as well as from 3 dead fetuses 24-48 hours after the death. To indicate the morphological changes, the samples were stained with hemolown-eosin (HE) and studied microscopically. Using a two-beam UV-Vis-NIR-spectrophotometer Cary-5E (Variant), on-axis transmittance of the samples was measured over the 350 - 2000 nm range and the spectra of the extinction coefficient, in cm-1, were calculated. The measured refractive indices correspond to dehydrated tissue samples.

  14. Refractive index dependence of Papilio Ulysses butterfly wings reflectance spectra

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    Isnaeni, Muslimin, Ahmad Novi; Birowosuto, Muhammad Danang

    2016-02-01

    We have observed and utilized butterfly wings of Papilio Ulysses for refractive index sensor. We noticed this butterfly wings have photonic crystal structure, which causes blue color appearance on the wings. The photonic crystal structure, which consists of cuticle and air void, is approximated as one dimensional photonic crystal structure. This photonic crystal structure opens potential to several optical devices application, such as refractive index sensor. We have utilized small piece of Papilio Ulysses butterfly wings to characterize refractive index of several liquid base on reflectance spectrum of butterfly wings in the presence of sample liquid. For comparison, we simulated reflectance spectrum of one dimensional photonic crystal structure having material parameter based on real structure of butterfly wings. We found that reflectance spectrum peaks shifted as refractive index of sample changes. Although there is a slight difference in reflectance spectrum peaks between measured spectrum and calculated spectrum, the trend of reflectance spectrum peaks as function of sample's refractive index is the similar. We assume that during the measurement, the air void that filled by sample liquid is expanded due to liquid pressure. This change of void shape causes non-similarity between measured spectrum and calculated spectrum.

  15. On the anodic aluminium oxide refractive index of nanoporous templates

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    Hierro-Rodriguez, A.; Rocha-Rodrigues, P.; Valdés-Bango, F.; Alameda, J. M.; Jorge, P. A. S.; Santos, J. L.; Araujo, J. P.; Teixeira, J. M.; Guerreiro, A.

    2015-11-01

    In the present study, we have determined the intrinsic refractive index of anodic aluminium oxide, which is originated by the formation of nanoporous alumina templates. Different templates have been fabricated by the conventional two-step anodization procedure in oxalic acid. Their porosities were modified by chemical wet etching allowing the tuning of their effective refractive indexes (air-filled nanopores  +  anodic aluminium oxide). By standard spectroscopic light transmission measurements, the effective refractive index for each different template was extracted in the VIS-NIR region. The determination of the intrinsic anodic aluminium oxide refractive index was performed by using the Maxwell-Garnett homogenization theory. The results are coincident for all the fabricated samples. The obtained refractive index (~1.55) is quite lower (~22%) than the commonly used Al2O3 handbook value (~1.75), showing that the amorphous nature of the anodic oxide structure strongly conditions its optical properties. This difference is critical for the correct design and modeling of optical plasmonic metamaterials based on anodic aluminium oxide nanoporous templates.

  16. Planar optical waveguides for optical panel having gradient refractive index core

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    Veligdan, James T.

    2001-01-01

    An optical panel is disclosed. A plurality of stacked planar optical waveguides are used to guide light from an inlet face to an outlet face of an optical panel. Each of the optical waveguides comprises a planar sheet of core material having a central plane. The core material has an index of refraction which decreases as the distance from the central plane increases. The decrease in the index of refraction occurs gradually and continuously.

  17. Planar optical waveguides for optical panel having gradient refractive index core

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    Veligdan, James T.

    2004-08-24

    An optical panel is disclosed. A plurality of stacked planar optical waveguides are used to guide light from an inlet face to an outlet face of an optical panel. Each of the optical waveguides comprises a planar sheet of core material having a central plane. The core material has an index of refraction which decreases as the distance from the central plane increases. The decrease in the index of refraction occurs gradually and continuously.

  18. Interferometric measurement of the refractive-index gradient distribution in gradient-index optical blanks.

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    Gerasimova, L A

    1996-06-01

    Anew interferometric method for measuring the refractive-index distribution in a plane-parallel section cut from a gradient-index lens blank is described. A standard double-pass interferometric scheme modified to provide a single pass of the beam through the investigated gradient-index sample is used. The two-dimensional variation of the refractive index in dimensions transverse to the sample surface is measured with an accuracy of better than 1 × 10(-4). PMID:21085451

  19. Two-dimensional scanning focused refractive-index microscopy and applications to refractive-index profiling of optical fibers

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    Wang, Xiaowan; Ye, Qing; Sun, Tengqian; Wang, Jin; Deng, Zhichao; Mei, Jianchun; Zhou, Wenyuan; Zhang, Chunping; Tian, Jianguo

    2015-01-01

    The refractive-index profile (RIP) of optical fibers is of fundamental significance in determining critical fiber properties. Here, we present the application of a two-dimensional (2-D) scanning focused refractive-index microscopy (SFRIM) to accurately obtain the 2-D RIP of a graded-index optical fiber. Some modifications are made to SFRIM for better 2-D measurement. Quantitative RIP of the fiber is obtained with derivative total reflection method. The refractive-index accuracy is 0.002. The measured result is in good agreement with theoretical expectation. This method is straightforward, simple, repeatable, and free from signal distortion. This technique is suitable for symmetric and asymmetric optical fibers. The results indicate that this technique can be applied to obtain the RIPs of a wide range of materials and has broad application prospect in many fields.

  20. Evidence of negative-index refraction in nonlinear chemical waves.

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    Yuan, Xujin; Wang, Hongli; Ouyang, Qi

    2011-05-01

    The negative index of refraction of nonlinear chemical waves has become a recent focus in nonlinear dynamics researches. Theoretical analysis and computer simulations have predicted that the negative index of refraction can occur on the interface between antiwaves and normal waves in a reaction-diffusion (RD) system. However, no experimental evidence has been found so far. In this Letter, we report our experimental design in searching for such a phenomenon in a chlorite-iodide-malonic acid (CIMA) reaction. Our experimental results demonstrate that competition between waves and antiwaves at their interface determines the fate of the wave interaction. The negative index of refraction was only observed when the oscillation frequency of a normal wave is significantly smaller than that of the antiwave. All experimental results were supported by simulations using the Lengyel-Epstein RD model which describes the CIMA reaction-diffusion system. PMID:21635131

  1. Dirac directional emission in anisotropic zero refractive index photonic crystals.

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    He, Xin-Tao; Zhong, Yao-Nan; Zhou, You; Zhong, Zhi-Chao; Dong, Jian-Wen

    2015-01-01

    A certain class of photonic crystals with conical dispersion is known to behave as isotropic zero-refractive-index medium. However, the discrete building blocks in such photonic crystals are limited to construct multidirectional devices, even for high-symmetric photonic crystals. Here, we show multidirectional emission from low-symmetric photonic crystals with semi-Dirac dispersion at the zone center. We demonstrate that such low-symmetric photonic crystal can be considered as an effective anisotropic zero-refractive-index medium, as long as there is only one propagation mode near Dirac frequency. Four kinds of Dirac multidirectional emitters are achieved with the channel numbers of five, seven, eleven, and thirteen, respectively. Spatial power combination for such kind of Dirac directional emitter is also verified even when multiple sources are randomly placed in the anisotropic zero-refractive-index photonic crystal. PMID:26271208

  2. Evidence of Negative-Index Refraction in Nonlinear Chemical Waves

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    Yuan, Xujin; Wang, Hongli; Ouyang, Qi

    2011-05-01

    The negative index of refraction of nonlinear chemical waves has become a recent focus in nonlinear dynamics researches. Theoretical analysis and computer simulations have predicted that the negative index of refraction can occur on the interface between antiwaves and normal waves in a reaction-diffusion (RD) system. However, no experimental evidence has been found so far. In this Letter, we report our experimental design in searching for such a phenomenon in a chlorite-iodide-malonic acid (CIMA) reaction. Our experimental results demonstrate that competition between waves and antiwaves at their interface determines the fate of the wave interaction. The negative index of refraction was only observed when the oscillation frequency of a normal wave is significantly smaller than that of the antiwave. All experimental results were supported by simulations using the Lengyel-Epstein RD model which describes the CIMA reaction-diffusion system.

  3. Photonic crystal fiber tip interferometer for refractive index sensing.

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    Mileńko, Karolina; Hu, Dora Juan Juan; Shum, Perry Ping; Zhang, Taishi; Lim, Jun Long; Wang, Yixin; Woliński, Tomasz R; Wei, Huifeng; Tong, Weijun

    2012-04-15

    In this paper we present an interferometer based on photonic crystal fiber (PCF) tip ended with a solid silica-sphere for refractive index sensing. The sensor is fabricated by splicing one end of the holey PCF to a single mode fiber (SMF) and applying arc at the other end to form a solid sphere. The sensor has been experimentally tested for refractive index and temperature sensing by monitoring its wavelength shift. Measurement results show that the sensor has the resolution of the order of 8.7×10(-4) over the refractive index range of 1.33-1.40, and temperature sensitivity of the order of 10 pm/°C in the range of 20-100 °C. PMID:22513690

  4. Empirical modelling to predict the refractive index of human blood

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    Yahya, M.; Saghir, M. Z.

    2016-02-01

    Optical techniques used for the measurement of the optical properties of blood are of great interest in clinical diagnostics. Blood analysis is a routine procedure used in medical diagnostics to confirm a patient’s condition. Measuring the optical properties of blood is difficult due to the non-homogenous nature of the blood itself. In addition, there is a lot of variation in the refractive indices reported in the literature. These are the reasons that motivated the researchers to develop a mathematical model that can be used to predict the refractive index of human blood as a function of concentration, temperature and wavelength. The experimental measurements were conducted on mimicking phantom hemoglobin samples using the Abbemat Refractometer. The results analysis revealed a linear relationship between the refractive index and concentration as well as temperature, and a non-linear relationship between refractive index and wavelength. These results are in agreement with those found in the literature. In addition, a new formula was developed based on empirical modelling which suggests that temperature and wavelength coefficients be added to the Barer formula. The verification of this correlation confirmed its ability to determine refractive index and/or blood hematocrit values with appropriate clinical accuracy.

  5. Empirical modelling to predict the refractive index of human blood.

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    Yahya, M; Saghir, M Z

    2016-02-21

    Optical techniques used for the measurement of the optical properties of blood are of great interest in clinical diagnostics. Blood analysis is a routine procedure used in medical diagnostics to confirm a patient's condition. Measuring the optical properties of blood is difficult due to the non-homogenous nature of the blood itself. In addition, there is a lot of variation in the refractive indices reported in the literature. These are the reasons that motivated the researchers to develop a mathematical model that can be used to predict the refractive index of human blood as a function of concentration, temperature and wavelength. The experimental measurements were conducted on mimicking phantom hemoglobin samples using the Abbemat Refractometer. The results analysis revealed a linear relationship between the refractive index and concentration as well as temperature, and a non-linear relationship between refractive index and wavelength. These results are in agreement with those found in the literature. In addition, a new formula was developed based on empirical modelling which suggests that temperature and wavelength coefficients be added to the Barer formula. The verification of this correlation confirmed its ability to determine refractive index and/or blood hematocrit values with appropriate clinical accuracy. PMID:26807785

  6. Dual interferometer system for measuring index of refraction

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    Goodwin, Eric Peter

    The optical power of a lens is determined by the surface curvature and the refractive index, n. Knowledge of the index is required for accurate lens design models and for examining material variations from sample to sample. The refractive index of glass can be accurately measured using a prism spectrometer, but measuring the index of soft contact lens materials presents many challenges. These materials are non-rigid, thin, and must remain hydrated in a saline solution during testing. Clearly an alternative to a prism spectrometer must be used to accurately measure index. A Dual Interferometer System has been designed, built and characterized as a novel method for measuring the refractive index of transparent optical materials, including soft contact lens materials. The first interferometer is a Low Coherence Interferometer in a Twyman-Green configuration with a scanning reference mirror. The contact lens material sample is placed in a measurement cuvette, where it remains hydrated. By measuring the locations of the multiple optical interfaces, the physical thickness t of the material is measured. A new algorithm has been developed for processing the low coherence signals obtained from the reflection at each optical interface. The second interferometer is a Mach-Zehnder interferometer with a tunable HeNe laser light source. This interferometer measures the optical path length (OPL) of the test sample in the cuvette in transmission as a function of five wavelengths in the visible spectrum. This is done using phase-shifting interferometry. Multiple thickness regions are used to solve 2pi phase ambiguities in the OPL. The outputs of the two interferometers are combined to determine the refractive index as a function of wavelength: n(lambda) = OPL(lambda)/t. Since both t and OPL are measured using a detector array, n is measured at hundreds of thousands of data points. A measurement accuracy of 0.0001 in refractive index is achieved with this new instrument, which is verified using custom glass calibration samples.

  7. Development of High Refractive Index Conjugated Materials

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    Graham, Matthew; Jin, Shi; Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    2007-03-01

    The goal of this project is to fabricate a polymeric material with a complete 3-D PBG, to bring the tailorable physical, electrical, and optical properties of polymeric materials to 3-D PBG materials. Because of its conjugated nature and the presence of a heavy sulfur atom in its repeat unit, poly(thiophene) (PT) is predicted to have one of the highest polymeric refractive indices, but the reported n values for PT are 1.4 at 633 nm. This discrepancy is because the potential needed to electrosynthesize PT, the only method available to synthesize thick and high quality PT films, is higher than its degradation potential. It was found that by polymerizing thiophene with an optimized monomer concentration, proton trap concentration, and reaction temperature in a strong aprotic Lewis acid solvent, the polymerization potential could be reduced below the degradation potential of PT. The resultant PT film had a significantly elevated n Photonic templates were then constructed using a combination of Colvin's method^ with monodisperse spheres and mechanical annealing. High n PT was used to infiltrate the templates, and the templates were removed leaving a polymeric inverse opal with the possibility of a complete 3-D PBG.

  8. Controlling a microdisk laser by local refractive index perturbation

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    Liew, Seng Fatt; Ge, Li; Redding, Brandon; Solomon, Glenn S.; Cao, Hui

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate a simple yet effective approach of controlling lasing in a semiconductor microdisk by photo-thermal effect. A continuous wave green laser beam, focused onto the microdisk perimeter, can enhance or suppress lasing in different cavity modes, depending on the position of the focused beam. Its main effect is a local modification of the refractive index of the disk, which results in an increase in the power slope of some lasing modes and a decrease of others. The boundary roughness breaks the rotational symmetry of a circular disk, allowing the lasing process to be tuned by varying the green beam position. Using the same approach, we can also fine tune the relative intensity of a quasi-degenerate pair of lasing modes. Such post-fabrication control, enabled by an additional laser beam, is flexible and reversible, thus enhancing the functionality of semiconductor microdisk lasers.

  9. Superluminal light attenuated by strong dispersion of complex refractive index

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    Abdurahman, Ahmed Yonis; Vadim Nickolaevich, Mal'nev; Belayneh Mesfin, Ali

    2016-02-01

    The propagation of narrow packets of electromagnetic waves (EMWs) in frequency dispersive medium with the consideration of the complex refractive index is studied. It is shown that counting in the dispersion of the complex refractive index within the context of the conventional expression of the group velocity of narrow wave packets of EMWs propagating in a dispersive medium results in the appearance of additional constraints on the group velocity, which dictates that the physically acceptable group velocity can only be realized in the case of a negligible imaginary part of the group index. In this paper, the conditions that allow one to realize the physically acceptable group velocity are formulated and analyzed numerically for the relevant model of the refractive index of a system of two-level atoms in the optical frequency range. It is shown that in the frequency band where superluminal light propagation is expected, there is a strong dispersion of the refractive index that is accompanied with strong absorption, resulting in a strongly attenuated superluminal light.

  10. Non-Contact Measurements Of Refractive Index And Surface Curvature

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    O'Shea, Donald C.; Tilstra, Shawn A.

    1989-01-01

    A simple system geometry using a low power laser has been designed to measure the surface curvature of a lens or a mirror or the refractive index of a slab of a transparent material by using the Fresnel reflection from its surfaces. By comparing our measurements of the surface curvature to those using a precision spherometer, we found this method accurate to ±0.1 mm for curvatures from 25 to 75 mm. If the thickness of a parallel plate can be measured, this technique can determine the refractive index of the plate without resorting to demounting or cutting a sample to be measured. Measurements of fused and crystalline quartz flats determined the refractive indices of the samples to ±0.001. The application of this technique to in situ measurements of optical systems and its limitations will be discussed.

  11. Nano-imprint gold grating as refractive index sensor

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    Kumari, Sudha; Mohapatra, Saswat; Moirangthem, Rakesh S.

    2016-05-01

    Large scale of fabrication of plasmonic nanostructures has been a challenging task due to time consuming process and requirement of expensive nanofabrication tools such as electron beam lithography system, focused ion beam system, and extreme UV photolithography system. Here, we present a cost-effective fabrication technique so called soft nanoimprinting to fabricate nanostructures on the larger sample area. In our fabrication process, a commercially available optical DVD disc was used as a template which was imprinted on a polymer glass substrate to prepare 1D polymer nano-grating. A homemade nanoimprinting setup was used in this fabrication process. Further, a label-free refractive index sensor was developed by utilizing the properties of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of a gold coated 1D polymer nano-grating. Refractive index sensing was tested by exposing different solutions of glycerol-water mixture on the surface of gold nano-grating. The calculated bulk refractive index sensitivity was found to be 751nm/RIU. We believed that our proposed SPR sensor could be a promising candidate for developing low-cost refractive index sensor with high sensitivity on a large scale.

  12. Index of Refraction Profile in a Highway Mirage

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    Nelsen, Bryan; Lobue, James; Edwards, Mark

    2003-11-01

    We have determined the index of refraction of air above the highway on a hot summer's day by measuring the path of a laser beam traveling opposite the path of a mirage ray. A device consisting of a doubled-YAG laser pointer mounted on a tripod on top of a pair of binoculars was used to aim the laser beam into a highway mirage. The path of this ray was measured by obtaining the coordinates of the laser spot at various points along the ray. We used the measured path to determine the index of refraction of the air above the road according to Fermat's Princple of Least Time. We have also developed a model for predicting this index of refraction by assuming that thin horizontal slabs of air act as ideal gases and that the heat conduction law is obeyed. We present a comparison of the measured index of refraction with the predictions of the model. We find that the model gives good agreement with the data.

  13. Giant Kerr nonlinearities using refractive-index enhancement

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    Yavuz, D. D.; Sikes, D. E.

    2010-03-15

    By utilizing refractive-index enhancement with vanishing absorption, a scheme is suggested that achieves giant Kerr nonlinearities between two weak laser beams. One application of this scheme is discussed and an all-optical distributed Bragg reflector is proposed that works at very low light levels.

  14. Unidirectional transmission using array of zero-refractive-index metamaterials

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    Fu, Yangyang; Xu, Lin; Hong Hang, Zhi; Chen, Huanyang

    2014-05-12

    In this Letter, we find that high efficient unidirectional transmission occurs for an array of prisms made of zero-refractive-index metamaterials. As a specific demonstration, we further design the device using Dirac-cone-like photonic crystals. The device can function for a broadband of spectrum. Numerical simulations are performed to verify the one-way wave functionality.

  15. Structures with negative index of refraction

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    Soukoulis, Costas M.; Zhou, Jiangfeng; Koschny, Thomas; Zhang, Lei; Tuttle, Gary

    2011-11-08

    The invention provides simplified negative index materials (NIMs) using wire-pair structures, 4-gap single ring split-ring resonator (SRR), fishnet structures and overleaf capacitor SRR. In the wire-pair arrangement, a pair of short parallel wires and continuous wires are used. In the 4-gap single-ring SRR, the SRRs are centered on the faces of a cubic unit cell combined with a continuous wire type resonator. Combining both elements creates a frequency band where the metamaterial is transparent with simultaneously negative .di-elect cons. and .mu.. In the fishnet structure, a metallic mesh on both sides of the dielectric spacer is used. The overleaf capacitor SRR changes the gap capacities to small plate capacitors by making the sections of the SRR ring overlap at the gaps separated by a thin dielectric film. This technique is applicable to conventional SRR gaps but it best deploys for the 4-gap single-ring structures.

  16. Thermal refraction focusing in planar index-antiguided lasers.

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    Casperson, Lee W; Dittli, Adam; Her, Tsing-Hua

    2013-03-15

    Thermal refraction focusing in planar index-antiguided lasers is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. An analytical model based on zero-field approximation is presented for treating the combined effects of index antiguiding and thermal focusing. At very low pumping power, the mode is antiguided by the amplifier boundary, whereas at high pumping power it narrows due to thermal focusing. Theoretical results are in reasonable agreement with experimental data. PMID:23503263

  17. Nonlinearly enhanced refractive index sensing in coupled optical microresonators.

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    Wang, Chao; Search, Christopher P

    2014-01-01

    We study the use of nonlinear self-phase modulation (SPM) in coupled optical microresonators for ultrasensitive refractive index sensing. SPM leads to a positive feedback enhancement of the resonance frequency shift caused by a perturbation of the index of refraction in a resonator. Moreover, the use of two resonators coupled through input and output waveguides leads to a further improvement in the sensitivity owing to constructive interference and feedback via the waveguides. For parameters based on Si microresonators, the sensitivity is more than 10(2) larger than a single resonator without SPM leading to a minimum detectable index change of 10(-11) RIU with resonator Q-factors of ~10(4). We show that the nonlinearly enhanced system is robust with respect to laser noise when operated at input powers below the onset of bistability. PMID:24365813

  18. Temperature-dependent Refractive Index of Silicon and Germanium

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    Frey, Bradley J.; Leviton, Douglas B.; Madison, Timothy J.

    2006-01-01

    Silicon and germanium are perhaps the two most well-understood semiconductor materials in the context of solid state device technologies and more recently micromachining and nanotechnology. Meanwhile, these two materials are also important in the field of infrared lens design. Optical instruments designed for the wavelength range where these two materials are transmissive achieve best performance when cooled to cryogenic temperatures to enhance signal from the scene over instrument background radiation. In order to enable high quality lens designs using silicon and germanium at cryogenic temperatures, we have measured the absolute refractive index of multiple prisms of these two materials using the Cryogenic, High-Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, as a function of both wavelength and temperature. For silicon, we report absolute refractive index and thermo-optic coefficient (dn/dT) at temperatures ranging from 20 to 300 K at wavelengths from 1.1 to 5.6 pin, while for germanium, we cover temperatures ranging from 20 to 300 K and wavelengths from 1.9 to 5.5 microns. We compare our measurements with others in the literature and provide temperature-dependent Sellmeier coefficients based on our data to allow accurate interpolation of index to other wavelengths and temperatures. Citing the wide variety of values for the refractive indices of these two materials found in the literature, we reiterate the importance of measuring the refractive index of a sample from the same batch of raw material from which final optical components are cut when absolute accuracy greater than k5 x 10" is desired.

  19. Changes in the refractive index of the stroma and its extrafibrillar matrix when the cornea swells.

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    Meek, Keith M; Dennis, Sally; Khan, Shukria

    2003-10-01

    The transparency of the corneal stroma is critically dependent on the hydration of the tissue; if the cornea swells, light scattering increases. Although this scattering has been ascribed to the disruption caused to the arrangement of the collagen fibrils, theory predicts that light scattering could increase if there is an increased mismatch in the refractive indices of the collagen fibrils and the material between them. The purpose of this article is to use Gladstone and Dale's law of mixtures to calculate volume fractions for a number of different constituents in the stroma, and use these to show how the refractive indices of the stroma and its constituent extrafibrillar material would be expected to change as more solvent enters the tissue. Our calculations predict that solvent entering the extrafibrillar space causes a reduction in its refractive index, and hence a reduction in the overall refractive index of the bovine stroma according to the equation n'(s) = 1.335 + 0.04/(0.22 + 0.24 H'), where n'(s) is the refractive index and H' is the hydration of the swollen stroma. This expression is in reasonable agreement with our experimental measurements of refractive index versus hydration in bovine corneas. When the hydration of the stroma increases from H = 3.2 to H = 8.0, we predict that the ratio of the refractive index of the collagen fibrils to that of the material between them increases from 1.041 to 1.052. This change would be expected to make only a small contribution to the large increase in light scattering observed when the cornea swells to H = 8. PMID:14507686

  20. Refractive index and extinction coefficient of doped polycrystalline silicon films in infrared spectrum

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    Zhang, Xia; Zhang, Dacheng

    2016-03-01

    The refractive index and extinction coefficient in infrared spectrum of the polycrystalline silicon films with different doped dosages, base on the inverse calculation, are obtained by means of utilizing the measured reflectance and transmittance of a layer of material and multilayer films, and the equations derived from photonics and electromagnetic theory. The calculation results demonstrate that the refractive index of the doped polycrystalline silicon films decreases with the doped dosages increasing and the extinction coefficient increases with the doped dosages increasing for a given wavelength. This method used for determining the refractive index and extinction coefficient of the polycrystalline silicon films is effective and has the advantage of that the measured samples are fabricated simply.

  1. Long range surface plasmon resonance (LRSPR) based highly sensitive refractive index sensor using Kretschmann prism coupling arrangement

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    Paliwal, Ayushi; Sharma, Anjali; Tomar, Monika; Gupta, Vinay

    2016-04-01

    Long range surface plasmon resonance (LRSPR) when exploited for sensing purpose exhibit less losses in comparison to the sensors based on conventional SPR technique leading to the development of highly sensitive refractive index sensor. In order to excite long range surface plasmon (LRSP) mode, a high refractive index prism is used as coupler and a thin metal layer is sandwiched between a dielectric having similar refractive index with that of another semi-infinite dielectric. LRSP mode has been excited in symmetric configuration where metal (Au) layer is sandwiched between the two similar refractive index dielectrics (LiF thin film and a fixed concentration of sugar solution) for realization of a refractive index sensor. When the concentration of sugar solution is slightly increased from 30% to 40%, the LRSPR angle increases from 64.6° to 67.9° and the sensor is found to be highly sensitive with sensitivity of 0.0911 °/(mg/dl).

  2. Tuning of refractive index of poly(vinyl alcohol): Effect of embedding Cu and Ag nanoparticles

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    Mahendia, Suman; Kumar Tomar, Anil; Goyal, Parveen K.; Kumar, Shyam

    2013-02-01

    In this article, we have reported the results of our measurements, related to the tuning of the refractive index of the poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) polymer on embedding Cu and Ag nanoparticles at different concentrations. The size distribution and dispersion behaviour of embedded nanoparticles within PVA have been studied through transmission electron microscopy. A systematic increase in refractive index of PVA on increasing the concentration of embedded nanoparticles has been observed. These results have been tried to be explained using Bhar and Pinto model based on the Lorimar's theory for polymer composites. The values of refractive index of these nanocomposites have also been calculated using the Lorentz-Lorenz effective medium theory and found to be in close agreement with the experimental data. Nanoparticles embedded induced modifications in the structure of PVA have been revealed through FTIR spectroscopy.

  3. Refractive index compensation in over-determined interferometric systems.

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    Lazar, Josef; Holá, Miroslava; Číp, Ondřej; Čížek, Martin; Hrabina, Jan; Buchta, Zdeněk

    2012-01-01

    We present an interferometric technique based on a differential interferometry setup for measurement under atmospheric conditions. The key limiting factor in any interferometric dimensional measurement are fluctuations of the refractive index of air representing a dominating source of uncertainty when evaluated indirectly from the physical parameters of the atmosphere. Our proposal is based on the concept of an over-determined interferometric setup where a reference length is derived from a mechanical frame made from a material with a very low thermal coefficient. The technique allows one to track the variations of the refractive index of air on-line directly in the line of the measuring beam and to compensate for the fluctuations. The optical setup consists of three interferometers sharing the same beam path where two measure differentially the displacement while the third evaluates the changes in the measuring range, acting as a tracking refractometer. The principle is demonstrated in an experimental setup. PMID:23202037

  4. Refractive Index Compensation in Over-Determined Interferometric Systems

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    Lazar, Josef; Holá, Miroslava; Číp, Ondřej; Čížek, Martin; Hrabina, Jan; Buchta, Zdeněk

    2012-01-01

    We present an interferometric technique based on a differential interferometry setup for measurement under atmospheric conditions. The key limiting factor in any interferometric dimensional measurement are fluctuations of the refractive index of air representing a dominating source of uncertainty when evaluated indirectly from the physical parameters of the atmosphere. Our proposal is based on the concept of an over-determined interferometric setup where a reference length is derived from a mechanical frame made from a material with a very low thermal coefficient. The technique allows one to track the variations of the refractive index of air on-line directly in the line of the measuring beam and to compensate for the fluctuations. The optical setup consists of three interferometers sharing the same beam path where two measure differentially the displacement while the third evaluates the changes in the measuring range, acting as a tracking refractometer. The principle is demonstrated in an experimental setup. PMID:23202037

  5. Perfect conformal invisible device with feasible refractive indexes

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    Xu, Lin; Chen, Huanyang; Tyc, Tomáš; Xie, Yangbo; Cummer, Steven A.

    2016-01-01

    Optical conformal mapping has been used to construct several isotropic devices with novel functionalities. In particular, a conformal cloak could confer omnidirectional invisibility. However, the maximum values of the refractive indexes needed for current designs are too large to implement, even in microwave experiments. Furthermore, most devices designed so far have had imperfect impedance matching and therefore incomplete invisibility functionalities. Here we describe a perfect conformal invisible device with full impedance matching everywhere. The maximum value of refractive index required by our device is just about five, which is feasible for microwave and terahertz experiments using current metamaterial techniques. To construct the device, we use a logarithmic conformal mapping and a Mikaelian lens. Our results should enable a conformal invisible device with almost perfect invisibility to be made soon.

  6. Monin-Obukhov Similarity for Refractive Index Revisited.

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    Sorbjan, Zbigniew

    1993-11-01

    Zbigniew SorbjanSchool of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OklahomaMonin-Obukhov similarity applied to the real part of the refractive index variance 2 is discussed. It is shown that, because the observed correlation coefficient rTQ between temperature and humidity is less than unity, scaling by n( = /u( (where u( is the friction velocity) makes the dimensionless variance 2/(2 dependent on two dimensionless parameters, on dimensionless height z/L (where L is the Monin-Obukhov length), and on a parameter R, which is related to the Bowen ratio. As the Monin-Obukhov similarity framework is applied, a large scatter of the dimensionless refractive index variance is expected for certain values of the Bowen ratio. Such a scatter can be eliminated if a new scale N(, defined as a combination of temperature and humidity scales, is employed.

  7. Enhanced refractive index without absorption in semiconductor quantum dots

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    Chen, Nan; Shui, Tao; Qian, Biqi; Wang, Zhiping; Yu, Benli

    2015-07-01

    We investigate the absorptive-dispersive properties of a weak probe field in a ladder-type quantum dot. It is found that the enhanced refraction index without absorption can be easily controlled via adjusting properly the corresponding parameters of the system. Our scheme may provide some new possibilities for technological applications in dispersion compensation and solid-state quantum communication for quantum information processing.

  8. Three dimensional refractive index imaging with differential interference contrast microscopy

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    Aung, Htet; Buckley, Jared; Kostyk, Piotr; Rodriguez, Braulio; Phelan, Shelley; Xu, M.

    2012-03-01

    We report here a new approach based on an extension of the transport of the intensity equation for three dimensional refractive index imaging of a weak phase object from a series of images recorded by a differential interference contrast microscope at different focus (z-stack). Our method is first validated by imaging polystyrene spheres. We then apply this method to monitor in vivo apoptosis of human breast MCF7 epithelial cells. The potential applications are discussed at the end.

  9. The use of a conical lens to find the refractive index of liquids

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    Anguiano-Morales, Marcelino; Salas Peimbert, Didia P.; Trujillo-Schiaffino, Gerardo

    2011-01-01

    In this work, the basic idea is to determine the refractive index of liquids unknown using a conical lens. The measurement of the refractive index of liquids is an important work in engineering and science since is one of the most important optical parameter. The adulteration problem is increasing day by day; therefore it is necessary to implement new and simple devices for measure the refractive index of several materials. There is a great variety of interferometric methods that may be used for determining the refractive index. However, these methods either need sophisticated equipment or have low accuracy. Our system consists of a conical lens coupled to a cylindrical container with a liquid whose composition can be changed easily or adulterated. The diameter of the emergent beam of the container is associated to the specific index of refraction of each substance. Any adulteration of the liquid will be reflected in the diameter of the beam, which will be detected by a charge-coupled device (CCD). Our hypothesis is supported by developed mathematical calculations and numerical simulations.

  10. Laser optical gas sensor by photoexcitation effect on refractive index.

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    Lim, Geunsik; DeSilva, Upul P; Quick, Nathaniel R; Kar, Aravinda

    2010-03-20

    Laser optical gas sensors are fabricated by using the crystalline silicon carbide polytype 6H-SiC, which is a wide-bandgap semiconductor, and tested at high temperatures up to 650 degrees C. The sensor operates on the principle of semiconductor optics involving both the semiconductor and optical properties of the material. It is fabricated by doping 6H-SiC with an appropriate dopant such that the dopant energy level matches the quantum of energy of the characteristic radiation emitted by the combustion gas of interest. This radiation changes the electron density in the semiconductor by photoexcitation and, thereby, alters the refractive index of the sensor. The variation in the refractive index can be determined from an interference pattern. Such patterns are obtained for the reflected power of a He-Ne laser of wavelength 632.8 nm as a function of temperature. SiC sensors have been fabricated by doping two quadrants of a 6H-SiC chip with Ga and Al of dopant energy levels E(V)+0.29 eV and E(V)+0.23 eV, respectively. These doped regions exhibit distinct changes in the refractive index of SiC in the presence of carbon dioxide (CO(2)) and nitrogen monoxide (NO) gases respectively. Therefore Ga- and Al-doped 6H-SiC can be used for sensing CO(2) and NO gases at high temperatures, respectively. PMID:20300151

  11. Determining index of refraction from polarimetric hyperspectral radiance measurements

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    Martin, Jacob A.; Gross, Kevin C.

    2015-09-01

    Polarimetric hyperspectral imaging (P-HSI) combines two of the most common remote sensing modalities. This work leverages the combination of these techniques to improve material classification. Classifying and identifying materials requires parameters which are invariant to changing viewing conditions, and most often a material's reflectivity or emissivity is used. Measuring these most often requires assumptions be made about the material and atmospheric conditions. Combining both polarimetric and hyperspectral imaging, we propose a method to remotely estimate the index of refraction of a material. In general, this is an underdetermined problem because both the real and imaginary components of index of refraction are unknown at every spectral point. By modeling the spectral variation of the index of refraction using a few parameters, however, the problem can be made overdetermined. A number of different functions can be used to describe this spectral variation, and some are discussed here. Reducing the number of spectral parameters to fit allows us to add parameters which estimate atmospheric downwelling radiance and transmittance. Additionally, the object temperature is added as a fit parameter. The set of these parameters that best replicate the measured data is then found using a bounded Nelder-Mead simplex search algorithm. Other search algorithms are also examined and discussed. Results show that this technique has promise but also some limitations, which are the subject of ongoing work.

  12. Origami with negative refractive index to generate super-lenses.

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    Guenneau, Fanny; Chakrabarti, Sangeeta; Guenneau, Sebastien; Ramakrishna, S Anantha

    2014-10-01

    Negative refractive index materials (NRIM) enable unique effects including superlenses with a high degree of sub-wavelength image resolution, a capability that stems from the ability of NRIM to support a host of surface plasmon states. Using a generalized lens theorem and the powerful tools of transformational optics, a variety of focusing configurations involving complementary positive and negative refractive index media can be generated. A paradigm of such complementary media are checkerboards that consist of alternating cells of positive and negative refractive index, and are associated with very singular electromagnetics. We present here a variety of multi-scale checkerboard lenses that we call origami lenses and investigate their electromagnetic properties both theoretically and computationally. Some of these meta-structures in the plane display thin bridges of complementary media, and this highly enhances their plasmonic response. We demonstrate the design of three-dimensional checkerboard meta-structures of complementary media using transformational optics to map the checkerboard onto three-dimensional corner lenses, the only restriction being that the corresponding unfolded structures in the plane are constrained by the four color-map theorem. PMID:25224380

  13. A simple optical probing technique for nonlinearly induced refractive index

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    Banerjee, Partha; Abeywickrema, Ujitha

    2013-09-01

    Self phase modulation is a nonlinear effect that is observed when a laser beam is focused on to a high-absorbing thermal medium. A regular tea sample in a plastic cuvette is used as the nonlinear absorbing sample. The change in the refractive index of the medium occurs due to the heat generated by the focused pump beam, which in turn changes the refractive index. In this paper, self phase modulation is investigated in different ways. An Ar-Ion laser of 514 nm is used as the pump beam and a 632 nm He-Ne laser is used as the probe beam. The probe beam is introduced from the opposite side of the pump beam. Ring patterns are observed from the each side of the sample. Regular far field ring patterns are observed from the pump beam, and two sets of rings are observed with the probe beam. The behaviors of these inner and outer rings are monitored for different pump powers. The steady state heat equation is solved to obtain an exact solution for the radial heat distribution and far field ring patterns are simulated using the Fresnel-Kirchhoff diffraction integral. Ring patterns are theoretically explained using simulations results, and compared with experimental observations. Finally, an interferometric setup using the low power He-Ne laser is also used to determine the induced change in refractive index. Results are compared with those obtained directly from self-phase modulation and from the probe beam method.

  14. Direct determination of the refractive index of natural multilayer systems

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    Yoshioka, Shinya; Kinoshita, Shuichi

    2011-05-01

    It is well known that the metal-like strong reflection observed in the elytra of some kinds of beetles is produced by multilayer thin-film interference. For the quantitative analyses of the structural colors in these elytra, it is necessary to know accurate values of the refractive indices of the materials that comprise the multilayer structure. However, index determination is not an easy task: The elytron surface is not flat but curved and usually contains many irregular bumps, which cause scattering loss. These structural characteristics prevent us from directly applying conventional optical techniques for index determination, such as ellipsometry, since these techniques require a perfectly specular surface. In this paper, we report a new experimental procedure that can directly determine the refractive indices of individual layers in natural multilayer systems. This procedure involves semi-frontal thin-sectioning of the sample and subsequent optical examinations using a microspectrophotometer. We demonstrate that the complex refractive index and its wavelength dependence can be successfully determined for one kind of beetle.

  15. Compositional dependence of optical band gap and refractive index in lead and bismuth borate glasses

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    Mallur, Saisudha B.; Czarnecki, Tyler; Adhikari, Ashish; Babu, Panakkattu K.

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Refractive indices increase with increasing PbO/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content. • Optical band gap arises due to direct forbidden transition. • Optical band gaps decrease with increasing PbO/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content. • New empirical relation between the optical band gap and the refractive index. - Abstract: We prepared a series of lead and bismuth borate glasses by varying PbO/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content and studied refractive index and optical band gap as a function of glass composition. Refractive indices were measured very accurately using a Brewster’s angle set up while the optical band gaps were determined by analyzing the optical absorption edge using the Mott–Davis model. Using the Lorentz–Lorentz method and the effective medium theory, we calculated the refractive indices and then compared them with the measured values. Bismuth borate glasses show better agreement between the calculated values of the refractive index and experimental values. We used a differential method based on Mott–Davis model to obtain the type of transition and optical band gap (E{sub opt}) which in turn was compared with the value of E{sub opt} obtained using the extinction coefficient. Our analysis shows that in both lead and bismuth borate glasses, the optical band gap arises due to direct forbidden transition. With increasing PbO/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content, the absorption edge shifts toward longer wavelengths and the optical band gap decreases. This behavior can be explained in terms of changes to the Pb−O/Bi−O chemical bonds with glass composition. We obtained a new empirical relation between the optical band gap and the refractive index which can be used to accurately determine the electronic oxide polarizability in lead and bismuth oxide glasses.

  16. High-refractive-index transparent coatings enhance the optical fiber cladding modes refractometric sensitivity.

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    Renoirt, Jean-Michel; Zhang, Chao; Debliquy, Marc; Olivier, Marie-Georges; Mégret, Patrice; Caucheteur, Christophe

    2013-11-18

    The high order cladding modes of standard single mode optical fiber appear in quasi-degenerate pairs corresponding to mostly radially or mostly azimuthally polarized light. In this work, we demonstrate that, in the presence of a high-refractive-index coating surrounding the fiber outer surface, the wavelength spacing between the orthogonally polarized cladding modes families can be drastically enhanced. This behavior can be advantageously exploited for refractometric sensing purposes. For this, we make use of tilted fiber Bragg gratings (TFBGs) as spectral combs to excite the orthogonally polarized cladding modes families separately. TFBGs were coated with a nanometer-scale transparent thin film characterized by a refractive index value close to 1.9, well higher than the one of pure silica. This coating brings two important assets: an ~8-fold increase in refractometric sensitivity is obtained in comparison to bare TFBGs while the sensitivity is extended to surrounding refractive index (SRI) values above 1.45. PMID:24514423

  17. Optical polymers with tunable refractive index for nanoimprint technologies.

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    Landwehr, J; Fader, R; Rumler, M; Rommel, M; Bauer, A J; Frey, L; Simon, B; Fodor, B; Petrik, P; Schiener, A; Winter, B; Spiecker, E

    2014-12-19

    In order to realize a versatile high throughput production of micro-optical elements, UV-curable polymer composites containing titanium dioxide nanoparticles were prepared and characterized. The composites are based on an industrial prototype epoxy polymer. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles smaller than 10 nm were synthesized by the nonaqueous sol method and in situ sterically stabilized by three different organic surfactants. The composites exhibit high transparency. Distinct alteration of optical transmission properties for visible light and near IR wavelength range could be avoided by adaption of the stabilizing organic surfactant. Most importantly, the refractive index (RI) of the composites that depends on the fraction of incorporated inorganic nanoparticles could be directly tuned. E.g. the RI at a wavelength of 635 nm of a composite containing 23 wt% titanium dioxide nanoparticles is increased to 1.626, with respect to a value of 1.542 for the pure polymer. Furthermore, it could be demonstrated that the prepared inorganic-organic nanocomposites are well suited for the direct fabrication of low-cost micro-optical elements by nanoimprint lithography. A low response of the optical composite properties to temperature treatment up to 220 C with a shrinkage of only about 4% ensures its application for integrated micro-optical elements in industrial production. PMID:25427225

  18. Optical polymers with tunable refractive index for nanoimprint technologies

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    Landwehr, J.; Fader, R.; Rumler, M.; Rommel, M.; Bauer, A. J.; Frey, L.; Simon, B.; Fodor, B.; Petrik, P.; Schiener, A.; Winter, B.; Spiecker, E.

    2014-12-01

    In order to realize a versatile high throughput production of micro-optical elements, UV-curable polymer composites containing titanium dioxide nanoparticles were prepared and characterized. The composites are based on an industrial prototype epoxy polymer. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles smaller than 10 nm were synthesized by the nonaqueous sol method and in situ sterically stabilized by three different organic surfactants. The composites exhibit high transparency. Distinct alteration of optical transmission properties for visible light and near IR wavelength range could be avoided by adaption of the stabilizing organic surfactant. Most importantly, the refractive index (RI) of the composites that depends on the fraction of incorporated inorganic nanoparticles could be directly tuned. E.g. the RI at a wavelength of 635 nm of a composite containing 23 wt% titanium dioxide nanoparticles is increased to 1.626, with respect to a value of 1.542 for the pure polymer. Furthermore, it could be demonstrated that the prepared inorganic-organic nanocomposites are well suited for the direct fabrication of low-cost micro-optical elements by nanoimprint lithography. A low response of the optical composite properties to temperature treatment up to 220 °C with a shrinkage of only about 4% ensures its application for integrated micro-optical elements in industrial production.

  19. Refractive index matching improves optical object detection in paper

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    Saarela, J. M. S.; Heikkinen, S. M.; Fabritius, T. E. J.; Haapala, A. T.; Myllylä, R. A.

    2008-05-01

    The demand for high-quality recycled pulp products has increased the need for an efficient deinking process. Assessing process efficiency via residual ink on test sheets has so far been limited to the sheet surface due to the poor transparency of paper. A refractive index matching method was studied to obtain a quantitative measure of particles within the volume of a paper sheet. In actual measurements a glass plate with etched lines from 8.5 µm to 281.1 µm wide was placed beneath the layers of cleared paper, and visible lines were counted with a microscope. Three different paper grades were tested with transparentizing agents. A diffusion theory-based regression model was used to find a correlation between transparency, paper grammage and paper thickness. These equations enable the determination of the size of an object detectable from a paper with a certain transparentizing agent or the parameters of a test sheet needed to detect objects of a known size. Anise oil was found to be the better of the two agents used, and they both had better transparentizing ability than air or water. The transparent paper grammage of the paper grades was determined for all the tested media. Paper's transparency was found to depend more on paper's thickness than grammage.

  20. Mechanisms of ultrafast refractive index change in organic system

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    Kamada, Kenji

    2003-02-01

    The elementary processes contributing to the ultrafast change of refractive index were studied for organic molecular system. The ultrafast change was measured by optical heterodyne detected optical Kerr effect with femtosecond laser pulses. The observed responses were separated into the electronic and nuclear nonlinearities by an analytical method based on the Fourier transform. Second hyperpolarizability γ was determined from the separated electronic contribution, and is discussed in terms of the structure-property relationship for four thiophene homologues. The γ value was found to increase systematically, which is explained with change of the energy levels of the excited states affected by the hetero atom in their aromatic rings. The structure-property relationship of the nuclear nonlinearity was also discussed for CS2 and CCl4. Their pulse width dependences of the nonlinear optical response were demonstrated, which brings the problems of CS2 as a standard material of femtosecond χ(3) measurement to light. Also accumulated thermal effect, which can be a measurement artifact, is demonstrated for femtosecond closed-aperture Z-scan measurements of dye solution. The thermal effect was found to appear at the laser repetition rate as low as 1 kHz and gave apparent large nonlinearity with negative sign.

  1. Refraction index measurement using long period grating fabricated by symmetrical-hole fiber

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    Kang, Juan; Dong, Xinyong; Li, Mengchao; Zhang, Zaixuan; Jin, Shangzhong

    2010-12-01

    A Long-Period Fiber Grating (LPFG) fabricated by CO2 laser in a symmetrical two-hole single-mode fiber (STHSMF) for refraction index (RI) measurement is demonstrated. The solved sugar liquid of different concentration was filled into the holes by capillary force and its RI was experimentally measured. The results show that resonant peak shifts toward shorter wavelengths with its resonance peak intensity changes a little when the external refractive index increases. RI sensitivity of 141.67 nm/RIU have been achieved with R2 of 0.975.The temperature sensitivity of the STHSMF is also investigated.

  2. Refraction index measurement using long period grating fabricated by symmetrical-hole fiber

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    Kang, Juan; Dong, Xinyong; Li, Mengchao; Zhang, Zaixuan; Jin, Shangzhong

    2011-01-01

    A Long-Period Fiber Grating (LPFG) fabricated by CO2 laser in a symmetrical two-hole single-mode fiber (STHSMF) for refraction index (RI) measurement is demonstrated. The solved sugar liquid of different concentration was filled into the holes by capillary force and its RI was experimentally measured. The results show that resonant peak shifts toward shorter wavelengths with its resonance peak intensity changes a little when the external refractive index increases. RI sensitivity of 141.67 nm/RIU have been achieved with R2 of 0.975.The temperature sensitivity of the STHSMF is also investigated.

  3. Refractive index measurement of the mouse crystalline lens using optical coherence tomography

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    Chakraborty, Ranjay; Lacy, Kip D.; Tan, Christopher C.; Park, Han na; Pardue, Machelle T.

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, there has been a growing interest for using mouse models in refractive development and myopia research. The crystalline lens is a critical optical component of the mouse eye that occupies greater than 50% of the ocular space, and significant increases in thickness with age. However, changes in refractive index of the mouse crystalline lens are less known. In this study, we examined the changes in thickness and refractive index of the mouse crystalline lens for two different strains, wild-type (WT) and a nyx mutant (nob) over the course of normal visual development or after form deprivation. Refractive index and lens thickness measurements were made on ex vivo lens using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Comparison of refractive index measurements on 5 standard ball lenses using the SD-OCT and their known refractive indices (manufacturer provided) indicated good precision (intra-class correlation coefficient, 0.998 and Bland-Altman coefficient of repeatability, 0.116) of the SD-OCT to calculate mouse lens refractive index ex vivo. During normal visual development, lens thickness increased significantly with age for three different cohorts of mice, aged 4 (average thickness from both eyes; WT: 1.78 ± 0.03, nob: 1.79 ± 0.08 mm), 10 (WT: 2.02 ± 0.05, nob: 2.01 ± 0.04 mm) and 16 weeks (WT: 2.12 ± 0.06, nob: 2.09 ± 0.06 mm, p<0.001). Lens thickness was not significantly different between the two strains at any age (p=0.557). For mice with normal vision, refractive index for isolated crystalline lenses in nob mice was significantly greater than WT mice (mean for all ages; WT: 1.42 ± 0.01, nob: 1.44 ± 0.001, p<0.001). After 4 weeks of form deprivation to the right eye using a skull-mounted goggling apparatus, a thinning of the crystalline lens was observed in both right and left eyes of goggled animals compared to their naïve controls (average from both the right and the left eye) for both strains (p=0.052). In form deprived mice, lens refractive index was significantly different between the goggled animals and non-goggled naïve controls in nob mice, but not in WT mice (p=0.009). Both eyes of goggled nob mice had significantly greater lens refractive index (goggled, 1.49 ± 0.01; opposite, 1.47 ± 0.03) compared to their naïve controls (1.45 ± 0.02, p<0.05). The results presented here suggest that there are genetic differences in the crystalline lens refractive index of the mouse eye, and that the lens refractive index in mice significantly increase with form deprivation. Research applications requiring precise optical measurements of the mouse eye should take these lens refractive indices into account when interpreting SD-OCT data. PMID:24939747

  4. Foldable antibacterial acrylic intraocular lenses of high refractive index.

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    Parra, F; Vázquez, B; Benito, L; Barcenilla, J; San Román, J

    2009-11-01

    Hydrophilic copolymers with high refractive index and bactericide properties based on quaternary ammonium salts monomers and methacrylates bearing benzothiazole moieties have been developed for application as foldable intraocular lenses. Composition of the systems was adjusted to get materials with optimized flexibility, wettability, and refractive properties. All the materials have been characterized in terms of optical properties, glass transition temperature, water content, and wettability. Water contact values oscillated between 37 and 15% and refractive index values in the wet state between 1.49 and 1.53, depending on composition. Glass transition temperature interval was 63-77 degrees C. Values of surface free energy of the solid ranged from 49 to 54 mN/m, characteristic of IOL hydrogel materials. Bactericide properties of the quaternary ammonium salts methacrylates were higher than that of the benzothiazole derivative, showing inhibition halos as high as 23-25 mm in antibiogram tests against S. epidermidis and P. aeruginosa , strains found in the ocular cavity and responsible for most postsurgical endolphthalmitis. Biocompatibility of the systems was evaluated in cell cultures using human fibroblasts. Cellular viability was higher than 90%, and close to 100% in many cases, for the extracts of selected formulations collected at different periods of time. PMID:19795830

  5. TECHNICAL DESIGN NOTE: Determining the refractive index of liquids using a cylindrical cuvette

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    Vilitis, O.; Shipkovs, P.; Merkulov, D.

    2009-11-01

    The refractive index of a liquid carries important information about its physical properties, including concentration and density, thus making it possible to determine and monitor the composition of the solution. This is important in fundamental research, chemical analysis and medical diagnostics, as well as in the processing and manufacturing of various substances. The authors have developed a compact and adaptable device of high sensitivity for measuring the refractive indices of both stationary liquids and continuous liquid flows. This device can be used in various technological processes requiring real-time analysis of flowing liquid substances, including aggressive compounds. The refractive index is determined by measuring the deviation of a laser beam passed through a cylindrical cuvette containing the test liquid. The magnitude of the deviation, which depends on the RI, is measured as the displacement of the transmitted beam's projection on a linear measuring element, such as a linear CMOS or CCD image sensor. In order to significantly improve the resolution and stability of RI measurements, an efficient solution has been developed, based on repeated reflection and refraction of the light beam travelling through the cylindrical cuvette with liquid. By this, deviation of the rays exiting the cuvette increases several times in respect to refractive index of the liquid. Additionally, a new method for detecting the position of the projected laser beam on a linear optical sensor is employed. Also, an increase in the intensity of the exiting rays has been achieved. By applying the techniques developed, it is possible to achieve high resolution and stability of refractive index measurements even when the distance between the image sensor and the cuvette is short. Hence, a basis for the construction of accurate and compact devices for determining the refractive indices of liquids is provided, suitable for a broad spectrum of applications.

  6. Extraction of complex refractive index dispersion from SPR data

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    Nakkach, Mohamed; Moreau, Julien; Canva, Michael

    2010-02-01

    Surface Plasmon Resonnance (SPR) techniques have been mostly set-up as angular reflectivity interrogation mode using quasi-monochromatic light or as spectral reflectivity interrogation mode at one given wavelength, providing information about variation of effective optical thickness ▵n.e above the metal surface. In this communication we present a dual mode sensor working both in angular and spectral interrogation modes. A white light illuminates the sensor surface and the reflectivity spectra in TE and TM polarization are measured with a spectrometer. By changing the angular coupling conditions, a complete reflectivity surface R(θ, λ) can be measured. The 2D reflectivity decrease valley is affected by both the real and imaginary part of the optical index of the dielectric medium as well as their spectral dispersion. With such experimental data set, it is possible to back calculate the dispersion of the complex refractive index of the dielectric layer. This is demonstrated using a turquoise dye doped solution. According to the Kramers-Kronig relations, the imaginary part of the refractive index for an absorbing medium is proportional to the absorption while the real part presents a large dispersion around the absorption wavelength. The reflectivity surface R(θ, λ) was measured from 500 nm to 750 nm over about 8° angular range. The whole complex refractive optical index of the doped solution, absorbing around 630 nm, was reconstructed from the SPR reflectivity experimental data, using a homemade program based on an extended Rouard method to fit the experimental angular plasmon data for each wavelength. These results show that the classical SPR technique can be extended to acquire precise spectral information about biomolecular interactions occurring on the metallic layer.

  7. Imaging based refractometer for hyperspectral refractive index detection

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    Baba, Justin S.; Boudreaux, Philip R.

    2015-11-24

    Refractometers for simultaneously measuring refractive index of a sample over a range of wavelengths of light include dispersive and focusing optical systems. An optical beam including the range of wavelengths is spectrally spread along a first axis and focused along a second axis so as to be incident to an interface between the sample and a prism at a range of angles of incidence including a critical angle for at least one wavelength. An imaging detector is situated to receive the spectrally spread and focused light from the interface and form an image corresponding to angle of incidence as a function of wavelength. One or more critical angles are identified and corresponding refractive indices are determined.

  8. Method of refractive index, roughness and uniformity of silicon carbide layer deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition method

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    Rostami, Ali; Shafiei, S. Yousef; Shafi-e-asl, Amir; Marami Iranaq, A. R.

    2013-06-01

    The silicon carbide layer was deposited on Si substrate by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition method and it was shown its RFTIR spectrum is periodic in near and medium IR range by using this property refractive index of thin film was calculated. It was shown both deposition rate and uniformity of thin film were decreased by increasing substrate temperature. We also showed although the refractive index and deposition rate of SiC layer depend on the substrate temperature, and the roughness of surface was decreased but refractive index was increased by increasing substrate temperature It was shown the refractive index increases by annealing SiC thin film, at 900 °C.

  9. Tissue Refractive Index Fluctuations Report on Cancer Development

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    Popescu, Gabriel

    2012-02-01

    The gold standard in histopathology relies on manual investigation of stained tissue biopsies. A sensitive and quantitative method for in situ tissue specimen inspection is highly desirable, as it will allow early disease diagnosis and automatic screening. Here we demonstrate that quantitative phase imaging of entire unstained biopsies has the potential to fulfill this requirement. Our data indicates that the refractive index distribution of histopathology slides, which contains information about the molecular scale organization of tissue, reveals prostate tumors. These optical maps report on subtle, nanoscale morphological properties of tissues and cells that cannot be recovered by common stains, including hematoxylin and eosin (H&E). We found that cancer progression significantly alters the tissue organization, as exhibited in our refractive index maps. Furthermore, using the quantitative phase information, we obtained the spatially resolved scattering mean free path and anisotropy factor g for entire biopsies and demonstrated their direct correlation with tumor presence. We found that these scattering parameters are able to distinguish between two adjacent grades, which is a difficult task and relevant for determining patient treatment. In essence, our results show that the tissue refractive index reports on the nanoscale tissue architecture and, in principle, can be used as an intrinsic marker for cancer diagnosis. [4pt] [1] Z. Wang, K. Tangella, A. Balla and G. Popescu, Tissue refractive index as marker of disease, Journal of Biomedical Optics, in press).[0pt] [2] Z. Wang, L. J. Millet, M. Mir, H. Ding, S. Unarunotai, J. A. Rogers, M. U. Gillette and G. Popescu, Spatial light interference microscopy (SLIM), Optics Express, 19, 1016 (2011).[0pt] [3] Z. Wang, D. L. Marks, P. S. Carney, L. J. Millet, M. U. Gillette, A. Mihi, P. V. Braun, Z. Shen, S. G. Prasanth and G. Popescu, Spatial light interference tomography (SLIT), Optics Express, 19, 19907-19918 (2011).[0pt] [4] Z. Wang, H. Ding and G. Popescu, Scattering-phase theorem, Optics Letters, 36, 1215 (2011).[0pt] [5] G. Popescu Quantitative phase imaging of cells and tissues (McGraw-Hill, New York, 2011).[0pt] [6] H. F. Ding, Z. Wang, F. Nguyen, S. A. Boppart and G. Popescu, Fourier Transform Light Scattering of Inhomogeneous and Dynamic Structures, Physical Review Letters, 101, 238102 (2008).

  10. Refractive index change detection based on porous silicon microarray

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    Chen, Weirong; Jia, Zhenhong; Li, Peng; Lv, Guodong; Lv, Xiaoyi

    2016-05-01

    By combining photolithography with the electrochemical anodization method, a microarray device of porous silicon (PS) photonic crystal was fabricated on the crystalline silicon substrate. The optical properties of the microarray were analyzed with the transfer matrix method. The relationship between refractive index and reflectivity of each array element of the microarray at 633 nm was also studied, and the array surface reflectivity changes were observed through digital imaging. By means of the reflectivity measurement method, reflectivity changes below 10-3 can be observed based on PS microarray. The results of this study can be applied to the detection of biosensor arrays.

  11. Dynamics of intensity dependent refractive index using T-Scan

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    Park, Jeong J.; Bian, Shaoping; Kuzyk, Mark G.

    2002-12-01

    Azo-dye-doped polymers have a large intensity dependent refractive index with at least two mechanisms that are characterized by their response times and by the sign of amplitudes. τ1 is in a range of 700ms to 900ms and τ2 in a range of 50s to 60s. To charcterize the dynamics of the real and imaginary part of this response, we use a T-scan technique(using open and closed apertures), where the intesity dependent focusing/defocusing processes of the material is studied as a function of time.

  12. Spatial Frequency Multiplexing of Fiber-Optic Interferometric Refractive Index Sensors Based on Graded-Index Multimode Fibers

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    Liu, Li; Gong, Yuan; Wu, Yu; Zhao, Tian; Wu, Hui-Juan; Rao, Yun-Jiang

    2012-01-01

    Fiber-optic interferometric sensors based on graded-index multimode fibers have very high refractive-index sensitivity, as we previously demonstrated. In this paper, spatial-frequency multiplexing of this type of fiber-optic refractive index sensors is investigated. It is estimated that multiplexing of more than 10 such sensors is possible. In the multiplexing scheme, one of the sensors is used to investigate the refractive index and temperature responses. The fast Fourier transform (FFT) of the combined reflective spectra is analyzed. The intensity of the FFT spectra is linearly related with the refractive index and is not sensitive to the temperature.

  13. Refractive index degeneration in older lenses: A potential functional correlate to structural changes that underlie cataract formation.

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    Bahrami, Mehdi; Hoshino, Masato; Pierscionek, Barbara; Yagi, Naoto; Regini, Justyn; Uesugi, Kentaro

    2015-11-01

    A major structure/function relationship in the eye lens is that between the constituent proteins, the crystallins and the optical property of refractive index. Structural breakdown that leads to cataract has been investigated in a number of studies; the concomitant changes in the optics, namely increases in light attenuation have also been well documented. Specific changes in the refractive index gradient that cause such attenuation, however, are not well studied because previous methods of measuring refractive index require transparent samples. The X-ray Talbot interferometric method using synchrotron radiation allows for measurement of fine changes in refractive index through lenses with opacities. The findings of this study on older human lenses show disruptions to the refractive index gradient and in the refractive index contours. These disruptions are linked to location in the lens and occur in polar regions, along or close to the equatorial plane or in lamellar-like formations. The disruptions that are seen in the polar regions manifest branching formations that alter with progression through the lens with some similarity to lens sutures. This study shows how the refractive index gradient, which is needed to maintain image quality of the eye, may be disturbed and that this can occur in a number of distinct ways. These findings offer insight into functional changes to a major optical parameter in older lenses. Further studies are needed to elicit how these may be related to structural degenerations reported in the literature. PMID:26297613

  14. Simultaneous determination of the aerosol complex index of refraction and size distribution from scattering measurements of polarized light.

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    Zhao, F; Gong, Z; Hu, H; Tanaka, M; Hayasaka, T

    1997-10-20

    In this study we attempt to determine the aerosol complex index of refraction and size distribution from scattering measurements of polarized light. We illustrate that the scattering matrix elements M(2)(100 degrees ) and D(21) (150 degrees ) can be selected as an optimum set of matrix elements for determination of the complex index of refraction. We also illustrate that errors increase if we include insensitive scattering matrix elements in the determination of the complex index of refraction. A method is developed for the simultaneous determination of the complex index of refraction and the size distribution. In our method, we selected two sets of matrix elements, M (2) (100 degrees ) and D (21) (150 degrees ), for the determination of the complex index of refraction and others, which are much less sensitive to the complex index of refraction than M(2) (100 degrees ) and D(21) (150 degrees ), for the determination of the size distribution, based on their sensitivity analyses. A modified inversion library algorithm is adopted to solve the coupled system. Numerical experiments show that both the complex index of refraction and the size distribution can be determined with reasonable accuracy when we apply our method to scattering measurements of polarized light. PMID:18264328

  15. Modified Kramers-Kronig relations and sum rules for meromorphic total refractive index

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    Peiponen, Kai-Erik; Saarinen, Jarkko J.; Vartiainen, Erik M.

    2003-08-01

    Modified Kramers-Kronig relations and corresponding sum rules are shown to hold for the total refractive index that can be presented as a sum of complex linear and nonlinear refractive indices, respectively. It is suggested that a self-action process, involving the degenerate third-order nonlinear susceptibility, can yield a negative total refractive index at some spectral range.

  16. Refractive index sensing with hyperbolic metamaterials: strategies for biosensing and nonlinearity enhancement.

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    Vasilantonakis, N; Wurtz, G A; Podolskiy, V A; Zayats, A V

    2015-06-01

    Metamaterials with hyperbolic dispersion based on metallic nanorod arrays provide a flexible platform for the design of bio- and chemical sensors and nonlinear devices, allowing the incorporation of functional materials into and onto the plasmonic metamaterial. Here, we have investigated, both analytically and numerically, the dependence of the optical response of these metamaterials on refractive index variations in commonly used experimental sensing configurations, including transmission, reflection, and total internal reflection. The strategy for maximising refractive index sensitivity for different configurations has been considered, taking into account contributions from the superstrate, embedding matrix, and the metal itself. It is shown that the sensitivity to the refractive index variations of the host medium is at least 2 orders of magnitude higher than to the ones originating from the superstrate. It is also shown that the refractive index sensitivity increases for higher-order unbound and leaky modes of the metamaterial sensor. The impact of the transducer's thickness was also analysed showing significant increase of the sensitivity for the thinner metamaterial layers (down to few 0.01 fraction of wavelength and, thus, requiring less analyte) as long as modes are supported by the structure. In certain configurations, both TE and TM-modes of the metamaterial transducer have comparable sensitivities. The results provide the basis for the design of new ultrasensitive chemical and biosensors outperforming both surface plasmon polaritons and localised surface plasmons based transducers. PMID:26072797

  17. Bending effect on modal interference in a fiber taper and sensitivity enhancement for refractive index measurement.

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    Sun, Li-Peng; Li, Jie; Tan, Yanzhen; Gao, Shuai; Jin, Long; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2013-11-01

    We demonstrate the bending effect of microfiber on interference fringes in a compact taper-based modal interferometer and sensitivity for refractive index (RI) measurement. For the bend curvature ranging from 0 to 0.283 mm(-1), the measured RI sensitivity distinctively increases from 342.5 nm/RIU (refractive-index unit) to 1192.7 nm/RIU around RI = 1.333 and from 3847.1 nm/RIU to 11006.0 nm/RIU around RI = 1.430, respectively. Theoretical analysis reveals that such enhancement is determined by the dispersion property of the intermodal index rather than other parameters, such as the variation of the straightforward evanescent field. The magnitude of sensitivity varies as a function of the microfiber bend curvature. Approaching a critical curvature (the intermodal-index dispersion factor approaches zero), the sensitivity is significantly enhanced, exhibiting great potential in RI sensing areas. PMID:24216892

  18. High-refractive-index measurement with an elastomeric grating coupler.

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    Kocabas, Askin; Ay, Feridun; Dna, Aykutlu; Kiyat, Isa; Aydinli, Atilla

    2005-12-01

    An elastomeric grating coupler fabricated by the replica molding technique is used to measure the modal indices of a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) planar waveguide structure. Because of the van der Waals interaction between the grating mold and the waveguide, the elastomeric stamp makes conformal contact with the waveguide surface, inducing a periodic index perturbation at the contact region. The phase of the incident light is changed to match the guided modes of the waveguide. The modal and bulk indices are obtained by measuring the coupling angles. This technique serves to measure the high refractive index with a precision better than 10(-3) and allows the elastomeric stamp to be removed without damaging the surface of the waveguide. PMID:16342705

  19. Refractive indexes of aqueous LiBr solutions

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    Zaltash, A.; Ally, M.R. )

    1992-01-01

    This paper reports that the refractive indexes of water-lithium bromide solutions were measured in the temperature range from 5.0 to 80.0 {degrees}C and in the range of salt concentrations from 0.00 (deionized water) to 58.90 mass %. An electrolyte solution of LlBr in water was chosen for study because of its wide use as an absorption chiller fluid. The concentration of LlBr aqueous solution was determined by argentimetric titration using tetrabromofluoresceln (Eosin) as an adsorption indicator and was checked at a few discrete concentrations (10.06, 20.30, and 58.90 mass % LlBr) against the values obtained by gravimetric analysis. The deviation between values obtained using these two techniques was found to be less than 0.27 mass %. The refractive indexes are shown to represent a reliable and convenient way of measuring the concentration of salt (or water) in LlBr solutions with accuracies of {plus minus}0.3 mass % salt.

  20. Dark Matter Constraints from a Cosmic Index of Refraction

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    Gardner, Susan; Latimer, David C.

    2009-04-01

    The dark-matter candidates of particle physics invariably possess electromagnetic interactions, if only via quantum fluctuations. Taken en masse, dark matter can thus engender an index of refraction which deviates from its vacuum value. Its presence is signaled through frequency-dependent effects: the real part yields dispersive effects in propagation, and the imaginary part yields such in attenuation. We discuss theoretical constraints on the expansion of the index of refraction with frequency, the physical interpretation of the terms, and the particular observations needed to isolate its coefficients. This, with the advent of new opportunities to view gamma-ray bursts at cosmological distance scales, gives us a new probe of dark matter. As a first application we use the time delay determined from radio afterglow observations of gamma-ray bursts to limit the charge-to-mass ratio of dark matter to |{var_epsilon}|/M < 1.8 x 10{sup -5} eV{sup -1} at 95% CL.

  1. Dark matter constraints from a cosmic index of refraction

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    Gardner, Susan; Latimer, David C.

    2010-09-15

    The dark matter candidates of particle physics invariably possess electromagnetic interactions, if only via quantum fluctuations. Taken en masse, dark matter can thus engender an index of refraction which deviates from its vacuum value. Its presence is signaled through frequency-dependent effects in the propagation and attenuation of light. We discuss theoretical constraints on the expansion of the index of refraction with frequency, the physical interpretation of the terms, and the particular observations needed to isolate its coefficients. This, with the advent of new opportunities to view gamma-ray bursts at cosmological distance scales, gives us a new probe of dark matter and a new possibility for its direct detection. As a first application we use the time delay determined from radio afterglow observations of distant gamma-ray bursts to realize a direct limit on the electric charge-to-mass ratio of dark matter of |{epsilon}|/M<1x10{sup -5} eV{sup -1} at 95% C.L.

  2. Terahertz metasurfaces with a high refractive index enhanced by the strong nearest neighbor coupling.

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    Tan, Siyu; Yan, Fengping; Singh, Leena; Cao, Wei; Xu, Ningning; Hu, Xiang; Singh, Ranjan; Wang, Mingwei; Zhang, Weili

    2015-11-01

    The realization of high refractive index is of significant interest in optical imaging with enhanced resolution. Strongly coupled subwavelength resonators were proposed and demonstrated at both optical and terahertz frequencies to enhance the refractive index due to large induced dipole moment in meta-atoms. Here, we report an alternative design for flexible free-standing terahertz metasurface in the strong coupling regime where we experimentally achieve a peak refractive index value of 14.36. We also investigate the impact of the nearest neighbor coupling in the form of frequency tuning and enhancement of the peak refractive index. We provide an analytical circuit model to explain the impact of geometrical parameters and coupling on the effective refractive index of the metasurface. The proposed meta-atom structure enables tailoring of the peak refractive index based on nearest neighbor coupling and this property offers tremendous design flexibility for transformation optics and other index-gradient devices at terahertz frequencies. PMID:26561192

  3. Wave refraction in negative-index media: always positive and very inhomogeneous.

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    Valanju, P M; Walser, R M; Valanju, A P

    2002-05-01

    We present the first treatment of the refraction of physical electromagnetic waves in newly developed negative index media (NIM), also known as left-handed media (LHM). The NIM dispersion relation implies that group fronts refract positively even when phase fronts refract negatively. This difference results in rapidly dispersing, very inhomogeneous waves. In fact, causality and finite signal speed always prevent negative wave signal (not phase) refraction. Earlier interpretations of phase refraction as "negative light refraction" and "light focusing by plane slabs" are therefore incorrect, and published NIM experiments can be explained without invoking negative signal refraction. PMID:12005718

  4. Optically transparent bionanofiber composites with low sensitivity to refractive index of the polymer matrix

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    Nogi, Masaya; Handa, Keishin; Nakagaito, Antonio Norio; Yano, Hiroyuki

    2005-12-01

    Transparent polymers were reinforced by bacterial cellulose (BC) nanofibers, which are 10×50nm ribbon-shaped fibers. They exhibited high luminous transmittance at a fiber content as high as 60 wt %, and low sensitivity to a variety of refractive indices of matrix resins. Due to the nanofiber size effect, high transparency was obtained against a wider distribution of refractive index of resins from 1.492 to 1.636 at 20 °C. The optical transparency was also surprisingly insensitive to temperature increases up to 80 °C. As such, BC nanofibers appear to be viable candidates for optically transparent reinforcement.

  5. Gradient Refractive Index Optics IOL: Theoretical Background and Clinical Results

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    Malyugin, Boris; Morozova, Tatiana; Cherednik, Valentin

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: To present the theoretical optical background and clinical results of a new multifocal intraocular lens (MIOL) concept–gradient refractive index optics (Gradiol). Patients and Methods: Original mathematical modeling software was used to calculate optimal construction of the MIOL optic constructed from two polymer materials with different refractive indices. Gradiol lenses were manufactured from hydrophobic acrylic utilizing original step-by-step polymerization technology with the final power difference of of 3.5 D between optic components. Non-comparative prospective clinical study included 26 patients (29 eyes) who were candidates for MIOL implantation. All surgeries were performed at the S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery Complex State Institution, Moscow, Russia. After implantation of the Gradiol lenses, the postoperative evaluations included distance (best corrected visual acuity (BCVA)) and near visual acuity (NVA), contrast sensitivity (CS), and amplitude of pseudoaccommodation. Subjective patient's satisfaction was assessed using a questionnaire (VF-14). Results: The mean age of the patients was 62.5 ± 5.7 years (range 27-82 years). All surgical procedures were uneventful. At 6 months postoperatively, the mean uncorrected distance VA was 0.73 ± 0.18, mean uncorrected near VA was 0.57 ± 0.19, mean corrected distance VA was 0.89 ± 0.15, mean corrected near VA was 0.84 ± 0.07, and amplitude of pseudoaccommodation was 4.75 ± 0.5 D. Eighty-six percent of patients were spectacle independent for daily activities and reading. Optical disturbances that were functionally significant were reported by 10.7% of patients postoperatively. Conclusion: The clinical outcomes of this study confirmed the theoretical calculations of constructing MIOL optics from materials with different refractive indices. PMID:24669143

  6. Refractive index of r-cut sapphire under shock pressure range 5 to 65 GPa

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    Cao, Xiuxia; Li, Jiabo; Li, Jun; Li, Xuhai; Xu, Liang; Wang, Yuan; Zhu, Wenjun; Meng, Chuanmin; Zhou, Xianming

    2014-09-07

    High-pressure refractive index of optical window materials not only can provide information on electronic polarizability and band-gap structure, but also is important for velocity correction in particle-velocity measurement with laser interferometers. In this work, the refractive index of r-cut sapphire window at 1550 nm wavelength was measured under shock pressures of 5–65 GPa. The refractive index (n) decreases linearly with increasing shock density (ρ) for shock stress above the Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL): n = 2.0485 (± 0.0197) − 0.0729 (± 0.0043)ρ, while n remains nearly a constant for elastic shocks. This behavior is attributed to the transition from elastic (below HEL) to heterogeneous plastic deformation (above HEL). Based on the obtained refractive index-density relationship, polarizability of the shocked sapphire was also obtained.

  7. Optical Enhancement in Optoelectronic Devices Using Refractive Index Grading Layers.

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    Lee, Illhwan; Park, Jae Yong; Gim, Seungo; Kim, Kisoo; Cho, Sang-Hwan; Choi, Chung Sock; Song, Seung-Yong; Lee, Jong-Lam

    2016-02-10

    We enhanced the optical transmittance of a multilayer barrier film by inserting a refractive index grading layer (RIGL). The result indicates that the Fresnel reflection, induced by the difference of refractive indices between SixNy and SiO2, is reduced by the RIGL. To eliminate the Fresnel reflection while maintaining high transmittance, the optimized design of grading structures with the RIGL was conducted using an optical simulator. With the RIGL, we achieved averaged transmittance in the visible wavelength region by 89.6%. It is found that the optimized grading structure inserting the multilayer barrier film has a higher optical transmittance (89.6%) in the visible region than that of a no grading sample (82.6%). Furthermore, luminance is enhanced by 14.5% (from 10 190 to 11 670 cd m(-2) at 30 mA cm(-2)) when the grading structure is applied to organic light-emitting diodes. Finally, the results offer new opportunities in development of multilayer barrier films, which assist industrialization of very cost-effective flexible organic electronic devices. PMID:26800204

  8. Optical glass with tightest refractive index and dispersion tolerances for high-end optical designs

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    Jedamzik, R.; Reichel, S.; Hartmann, P.

    2014-03-01

    In high end optical designs the quality of the optical system not only depends on the chosen optical glasses but also on the available refractive index and Abbe number tolerances. The primary optical design is based on datasheet values of the refractive index and Abbe number. In general the optical position of the delivered glass will deviate from the catalog values by given tolerances due to production tolerances. Therefore in many cases the final optical design needs to be modified based on real glass data. Tighter refractive index and Abbe number tolerances can greatly reduce this additional amount of work. The refractive index and Abbe number of an optical glass is a function of the chemical composition and the annealing process. Tight refractive index tolerances require not only a close control and high reliability of the melting and fine annealing process but also best possible material data. These data rely on high accuracy measurement and accurate control during mass production. Modern melting and annealing procedure do not only enable tight index tolerances but also a high homogeneity of the optical properties. Recently SCHOTT was able to introduce the tightest available refractive index and Abbe number tolerance available in the market: step 0.5 meaning a refractive index tolerance of +/- 0.0001 and an Abbe number tolerance of +/- 0.1%. This presentation describes how the refractive index depends on the glass composition and annealing process and describes the requirements to get to this tightest refractive index and Abbe number tolerance.

  9. Contribution of the gradient refractive index and shape to the crystalline lens spherical aberration and astigmatism.

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    Birkenfeld, Judith; de Castro, Alberto; Ortiz, Sergio; Pascual, Daniel; Marcos, Susana

    2013-06-28

    The optical properties of the crystalline lens are determined by its shape and refractive index distribution. However, to date, those properties have not been measured together in the same lens, and therefore their relative contributions to optical aberrations are not fully understood. The shape, the optical path difference, and the focal length of ten porcine lenses (age around 6 months) were measured in vitro using Optical Coherence Tomography and laser ray tracing. The 3D Gradient Refractive Index distribution (GRIN) was reconstructed by means of an optimization method based on genetic algorithms. The optimization method searched for the parameters of a 4-variable GRIN model that best fits the distorted posterior surface of the lens in 18 different meridians. Spherical aberration and astigmatism of the lenses were estimated using computational ray tracing, with the reconstructed GRIN lens and an equivalent homogeneous refractive index. For all lenses the posterior radius of curvature was systematically steeper than the anterior one, and the conic constant of both the anterior and posterior positive surfaces was positive. In average, the measured focal length increased with increasing pupil diameter, consistent with a crystalline lens negative spherical aberration. The refractive index of nucleus and surface was reconstructed to an average value of 1.427 and 1.364, respectively, for 633 nm. The results of the GRIN reconstruction showed a wide distribution of the index in all lens samples. The GRIN shifted spherical aberration towards negative values when compared to a homogeneous index. A negative spherical aberration with GRIN was found in 8 of the 10 lenses. The presence of GRIN also produced a decrease in the total amount of lens astigmatism in most lenses, while the axis of astigmatism was only little influenced by the presence of GRIN. To our knowledge, this study is the first systematic experimental study of the relative contribution of geometry and GRIN to the aberrations in a mammal lens. PMID:23597582

  10. Semiconductor laser devices having lateral refractive index tailoring

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    Ashby, Carol I. H.; Hadley, G. Ronald; Hohimer, John P.; Owyoung, Adelbert

    1990-01-01

    A broad-area semiconductor laser diode includes an active lasing region interposed between an upper and a lower cladding layer, the laser diode further comprising structure for controllably varying a lateral refractive index profile of the diode to substantially compensate for an effect of junction heating during operation. In embodiments disclosed the controlling structure comprises resistive heating strips or non-radiative linear junctions disposed parallel to the active region. Another embodiment discloses a multi-layered upper cladding region selectively disordered by implanted or diffused dopant impurities. Still another embodiment discloses an upper cladding layer of variable thickness that is convex in shape and symmetrically disposed about a central axis of the active region. The teaching of the invention is also shown to be applicable to arrays of semiconductor laser diodes.

  11. Negative Refractive Index Materials for Optical Range of Spectrum

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    Sobolev, Vladimir; Ishchuk, Valerii

    A new method of manufacturing of negative refractive index media is presented. It is demonstrated that one can use of the controlled decomposition of solid solutions of oxides with perovskite crystalstructure in the state of coexisting domains of the antiferroelectric and ferroelectric phases for manufacturing of such materials. The lead zirconate titanate based solid solutions are considered as an example of substances suitable for creation of such materials. Manufactured composites constitute a dielectric antiferroelectric matrix with a structure of conducting interphase boundaries separating domains of the ferroelectric and antiferroelectric phases. The electric conductivity of the interphase boundaries occurs as a result of the local decomposition of the solid solutions in the vicinity of these boundaries. The decomposition process and consequently the conductivity of the interphase boundaries can be controlled by means of external influences.

  12. Spatially varying index of refraction: An open ended undergraduate topic

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    Krueger, D.A.

    1980-03-01

    There are many commonplace examples of waves moving along a curved path in an inhomogeneous media. There are reports of a simple lecture demonstration of light bending in a sugar solution being used to motivate students in physics, geophysics, and acoustics courses. For those students who wish to pursue this topic we discuss many avenues of additional research. With relatively simple equipment one can measure the index of refraction n (y,t) and its first and second spatial derivatives as well as the time dependence. The analysis can be approached from a generalization of Snell's law, the equations for the eikonal, Fermat's principle, and the classical approximation and analogies with trajectories of particles.

  13. Full field imaging based instantaneous hyperspectral absolute refractive index measurement

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    Baba, Justin S; Boudreaux, Philip R

    2012-01-01

    Multispectral refractometers typically measure refractive index (RI) at discrete monochromatic wavelengths via a serial process. We report on the demonstration of a white light full field imaging based refractometer capable of instantaneous multispectral measurement of absolute RI of clear liquid/gel samples across the entire visible light spectrum. The broad optical bandwidth refractometer is capable of hyperspectral measurement of RI in the range 1.30 1.70 between 400nm 700nm with a maximum error of 0.0036 units (0.24% of actual) at 414nm for a = 1.50 sample. We present system design and calibration method details as well as results from a system validation sample.

  14. Printable planar lightwave circuits with a high refractive index

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    Pina-Hernandez, Carlos; Koshelev, Alexander; Digianantonio, Lucas; Dhuey, Scott; Polyakov, Aleksandr; Calafiore, Giuseppe; Goltsov, Alexander; Yankov, Vladimir; Babin, Sergey; Cabrini, Stefano; Peroz, Christophe

    2014-08-01

    We report a novel nanofabrication method to fabricate printable integrated circuits with a high refractive index working in the visible wavelength range. The printable planar ligthwave circuits are directly imprinted by ultra-violet nanoimprinting into functional TiO2-based resist on the top of planar waveguide core films. The printed photonic circuits are composed of several elementary components including ridge waveguides, light splitters and digital planar holograms. Multi-mode ridge waveguides with propagation losses around 40 dB cm-1 at 660 nm wavelength, and, on-chip demultiplexers operated in the visible range with 100 channels and a spectral channel spacing around 0.35 nm are successfully demonstrated.

  15. Beam propagation in gradient refractive-index media.

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    Lawrence, G N; Hwang, S H

    1992-09-01

    A generalized beam propagation method is described that uses the ABCD matrices to treat optical systems that have modest amounts of aberrations including gradient refractive-index elements. We can make calculations from any point in the near or far field to any other point by using appropriate numerical algorithms. The variation of the reduced length is discussed as a limitation to accuracy. The diffraction properties of a complex stigmatic system may be represented by those of an equivalent elementary system. This facilitates calculations using the standard diffraction operations for homogeneous media. The modified propagation technique replaces the large number of diffraction steps commonly used for the split-step solution of inhomogeneous media with one step for stigmatic media and in general no more than a few steps for aberrated media. Maxwell's fisheye lens is discussed in detail to show application of the method. PMID:20733694

  16. Temperature coefficient of refractive index for candidate optical windows

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    Lange, Charles H.; Duncan, Donald D.

    1990-10-01

    The temperature coefficients of refractive index for various crystalline and polycrystalline materials, Al203 (ordinary ray), Y203, LaO3-dOped Y203, ALON, and MgA12O4 were determined from measurements of optical thickness as a function of temperature using a Michelson interferometer operating at 0.633 pm. For the temperature range of 23°C to 500°C, the first order coefficients ranged from 8.28x10I0C for pure yttria to 14.6x10/°C for ALON. Measurements of NaC1 and A1203 samples using this technique are in agreement with published data.

  17. Effect of TiCl4 treatment on the refractive index of nanoporous TiO2 films

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    Lee, Jeeyoung; Lee, Myeongkyu

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the effect of TiCl4 treatment on the refractive index of a nanoporous TiO2 film. A nanoparticulate TiO2 film prepared on a glass substrate was immersed in a TiCl4 aqueous solution. The subsequent reaction of TiCl4 with H2O produces TiO2 and thus modifies the density and the refractive index of the film. With increasing TiCl4 concentration, the refractive index initially increased and then declined after being maximized (n = 2.02 at 633 nm) at 0.08 M concentration. A refractive index change as large as 0.45 could be obtained with the TiCl4 treatment, making it possible to achieve diffraction efficiency exceeding 80% in a diffraction grating-embedded TiO2 film. For high TiCl4 concentrations of 0.32 M and 0.64 M, the refractive index remained nearly unchanged. This was attributed to the limited permeability of high-viscosity TiCl4 solutions into the nanoporous films. The measured pore size distributions were in good agreement with the results of a diffraction analysis and refractive index measurement.

  18. Refractive index sensing using V-shaped polymer optical fibers

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    Lee, Heeyoung; Hayashi, Neisei; Mizuno, Yosuke; Nakamura, Kentaro

    2015-11-01

    Although polymer optical fiber (POF) tapers with high flexibility have been used to measure the refractive indices (RIs) of liquids, their fabrication have caused some inconvenience including the need to use external heat sources or chemicals. Here, as an alternative, we develop a simple, secure, and low-cost method of measuring RIs of liquids using V-shaped bent POFs. When the bending angle is 120° (experimentally optimized), with increasing RI, the transmitted power increases almost linearly with a dependence coefficient of approximately 210 dB/RI unit.

  19. Fractal anisotropy in tissue refractive index fluctuations: potential role in precancer detection

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    Das, Nandan Kumar; Chatterjee, Subhasri; Chakraborty, Semanti; Panigrahi, P. K.; Pradhan, A.; Ghosh, N.

    2014-05-01

    Differential interference contrast images (DIC) are the direct representation of the refractive index fluctuations of human cervical tissues. These refractive index fluctuations are known to follow self-similar behaviour and in general are multifractal in nature. In this present study, multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis (MFDFA) on refractive index fluctuations from DIC images has been performed by unfolding the tissue-images horizontally and vertically. Our analysis clearly shows that refractive index fluctuations of human cervical tissues are anisotropic-fractal in nature and anisotropy reduced as cancer progress.

  20. Long period grating refractive-index sensor: optimal design for single wavelength interrogation

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    Kapoor, Amita; Sharma, Enakshi K.

    2009-11-01

    We report the design criteria for the use of long period gratings (LPGs) as refractive-index sensors with output power at a single interrogating wavelength as the measurement parameter. The design gives maximum sensitivity in a given refractive-index range when the interrogating wavelength is fixed. Use of the design criteria is illustrated by the design of refractive-index sensors for specific application to refractive-index variation of a sugar solution with a concentration and detection of mole fraction of xylene in heptane (paraffin).

  1. 3-D photo-patterning of refractive index structures in photosensitive thin film materials

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    Potter, Jr., Barrett George; Potter, Kelly Simmons

    2002-01-01

    A method of making a three-dimensional refractive index structure in a photosensitive material using photo-patterning. The wavelengths at which a photosensitive material exhibits a change in refractive index upon exposure to optical radiation is first determined and then a portion of the surface of the photosensitive material is optically irradiated at a wavelength at which the photosensitive material exhibits a change in refractive index using a designed illumination system to produce a three-dimensional refractive index structure. The illumination system can be a micro-lenslet array, a macroscopic refractive lens array, or a binary optic phase mask. The method is a single-step, direct-write procedure to produce a designed refractive index structure.

  2. Quantum Enhancement of the Index of Refraction in a Bose-Einstein Condensate.

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    Bons, P C; de Haas, R; de Jong, D; Groot, A; van der Straten, P

    2016-04-29

    We study the index of refraction of an ultracold bosonic gas in the dilute regime. Using phase-contrast imaging with light detuned from resonance by several tens of linewidths, we image a single cloud of ultracold atoms for 100 consecutive shots, which enables the study of the scattering rate as a function of temperature and density using only a single cloud. We observe that the scattering rate is increased below the critical temperature for Bose-Einstein condensation by a factor of 3 compared to the single-atom scattering rate. We show that current atom-light interaction models to second order of the density show a similar increase, where the magnitude of the effect depends on the model that is used to calculate the pair-correlation function. This confirms that the effect of quantum statistics on the index of refraction is dominant in this regime. PMID:27176521

  3. A proposal of T-structure fiber-optic refractive index sensor based on surface plasmon resonance

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    Wang, Xiao-Ming; Zhao, Chun-Liu; Wang, Yan-Ru; Jin, Shangzhong

    2016-06-01

    We present a compact and novel "T" structure optical fiber refractive index sensor proposal based on surface plasmon resonance. "T" structure sensing head consists of a single mode fiber (SMF) with a plasmonic facet and a cladding partly removed single mode fiber (CPR-SMF) with a gap. The gold film is deposited on the end of SMF instead of the side of the CPR-SMF. The simulation results show that the SPR based on the "T" structure can be excited effectively. The SPR transmission spectrum shifts towards longer wavelength with the sensing sample refractive index increasing largely. When we divide the refractive index range of the sensing sample to two parts, the linear relationships between the SPR wavelength and the refractive index can be used. The resolutions can be highly up to 7.115×10-6 RIU and 3.525×10-6 RIU for the refractive index ranges of 1.3333-1.36 and 1.37-1.4, respectively. The proposed "T" structure sensor works well for achieving the refractive index measurement with high sensitivity and wide range for samples with a tiny amount.

  4. Fabrication of refractive index distributions in polymer using a photochemical reaction

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    Kada, Takeshi; Obara, Atsushi; Watanabe, Toshiyuki; Miyata, Seizo; Liang, Chuan Xin; Machida, Hideaki; Kiso, Koichi

    2000-01-01

    We demonstrate that a photochemical reaction can create various distributions of refractive index in polymer. When the polymer containing a photochemically active material is irradiated by UV light, the photochemical reaction which breaks the π-conjugated system in the material and decreases its linear polarizability can reduce refractive index of the polymer. We prepared a PMMA film added DMAPN ((4-N,N-dimethylaminophenyl)-N'-phenylnitrone) with a rate of 23 wt % by use of spin coating. Electronic structural change of DMAPN and refractive indices of the film before and after UV irradiation were evaluated by UV absorption spectra and m-line method, respectively. The UV irradiation decreased λmax at 380 nm in the absorption spectra, which is attributed to nitrone, and the refractive indices exponentially with irradiation time. The change of refractive indices reached 0.028. The refractive index profile upon depth of the film was investigated by measuring refractive indices of stacked DMAPN/PMMA films. When UV with a power of 10.7 mW/cm2 irradiated upon three stacked DMAPN/PMMA films for 35 s, variation of the refractive index change showed a quadratic profile. The refractive index profile with various irradiation time can be accounted with the combination of the chemical kinetics with the steady state approximation and Lambert-Beer's law. Thus, the photochemical reaction can be used to control the refractive index distribution in polymer.

  5. Cryogenic Refractive Index and Coefficient of Thermal Expansion for the S-TIH1 Glass

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    Quijada, Manuel A.; Leviton, Douglas; Content, David

    2013-01-01

    Using the CHARMS facility at NASA GSFC, we have measured the cryogenic refractive index of the Ohara S-TIH1 glass from 0.40 to 2.53 micrometers and from 120 to 300 K. We have also examined the spectral dispersion and thermo-optic coefficients (dn/dT). We also derived temperature-dependent Sellmeier models from which refractive index may be calculated for any wavelength and temperature within the stated ranges of each model. The S-TIH1 glass we tested exhibited unusual behavior in the thermo-optic coefficient. We found that for delta < 0.5 micrometers, the index of refraction decrease with a decrease in temperature (positive dn/dT). However, the situation was reversed for delta larger than 0.63 micrometers, where the index will increase with a decrease in temperature (negative dn/dT). We also measured the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) for the similar batch of S-TIH1 glass in order to understand its thermal properties. The CTE showed a monotonic change with a decrease in temperature.

  6. Measuring the Refractive Index of Bovine Corneal Stromal Cells Using Quantitative Phase Imaging

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    Gardner, Steven J.; White, Nick; Albon, Julie; Knupp, Carlo; Kamma-Lorger, Christina S.; Meek, Keith M.

    2015-01-01

    The cornea is the primary refractive lens in the eye and transmits >90% of incident visible light. It has been suggested that the development of postoperative corneal haze could be due to an increase in light scattering from activated corneal stromal cells. Quiescent keratocytes are thought to produce crystallins that match the refractive index of their cytoplasm to the surrounding extracellular material, reducing the amount of light scattering. To test this, we measured the refractive index (RI) of bovine corneal stromal cells, using quantitative phase imaging of live cells in vitro, together with confocal microscopy. The RI of quiescent keratocytes (RI = 1.381 ± 0.004) matched the surrounding matrix, thus supporting the hypothesis that keratocyte cytoplasm does not scatter light in the normal cornea. We also observed that the RI drops after keratocyte activation (RI = 1.365 ± 0.003), leading to a mismatch with the surrounding intercellular matrix. Theoretical scattering models showed that this mismatch would reduce light transmission in the cornea. We conclude that corneal transparency depends on the matching of refractive indices between quiescent keratocytes and the surrounding tissue, and that after surgery or wounding, the resulting RI mismatch between the activated cells and their surrounds significantly contributes to light scattering. PMID:26488650

  7. Study of refractive index and thickness of TiO2/ormosil planar waveguide

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    Wang, Bao-Ling; Hu, Li-Li

    2004-11-01

    Hybrid titania/ormosil waveguide films have been prepared by sol-gel method at low thermal treatment temperature of 150 degrees C. The influence of processing parameters including the molar ratios of Ti(OBu)4/ glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GLYMO) and H2O/Ti(OBu)4 (expressed as R), especially aging of sol, on the refractive index and thickness of film was investigated. The optical properties of films were measured with Scanning Electron Microscope and m-line spectroscopy. The results indicate that the film thickness increases with the aging time of sol, but the variation of refractive index as a function of aging time of sol depends on the relative ratio of GLYMO to Ti-alkoxide. The relation between film thickness and corresponding sol viscosity is linear as the volume of GLYMO is 80% within the range of measured data.

  8. Influence of the refractive index on EGFP fluorescence lifetimes in mixtures of water and glycerol

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    Suhling, Klaus; Davis, Daniel M.; Petrasek, Zdenek; Siegel, Jan; Phillips, David

    2001-07-01

    As a precursor to applying fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) to studies of intercellular communication in molecular immunology, we have investigated the fluorescence lifetime of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) in mixtures of water and glycerol using time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC). We find that the EGFP lifetime decreases with increasing glycerol content. This is accounted for quantitatively by the refractive index dependence of the fluorescence lifetime as predicted by the Strickler Berg formula which relates the fluorescence lifetime to the absorption spectrum. The solvent viscosity has no influence on the fluorescence lifetime. We also discuss the refractive index dependence of the GFP fluorescence lifetime in more complex systems. The findings are particularly relevant for the interpretation of FLIM of GFP expressed in environments such as bacteria and cells.

  9. Numerical simulations of negative-index refraction in wedge-shaped metamaterials.

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    Dong, Z G; Zhu, S N; Liu, H; Zhu, J; Cao, W

    2005-07-01

    A wedge-shaped structure made of split-ring resonators (SRR) and wires is numerically simulated to evaluate its refraction behavior. Four frequency bands, namely, the stop band, left-handed band, ultralow-index band, and positive-index band, are distinguished according to the refracted field distributions. Negative phase velocity inside the wedge is demonstrated in the left-handed band and the Snell's Law is conformed in terms of its refraction behaviors in different frequency bands. Our results confirmed that negative index of refraction indeed exists in such a composite metamaterial and also provided a convincing support to the results of previous Snell's Law experiments. PMID:16090107

  10. Block Copolymer Nanocomposites with High Refractive Index Contrast for One-Step Photonics.

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    Song, Dong-Po; Li, Cheng; Li, Wenhao; Watkins, James J

    2016-01-26

    Photonic crystals (PhCs) prepared using the self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) offer the potential for simple and rapid device fabrication but typically suffer from low refractive index contrast (Δn ≤ 0.1) between the phase-segregated domains. Here, we report the simple fabrication of BCP-based photonic nanocomposites with large differences in refractive index (Δn > 0.27). Zirconium oxide (ZrO2) nanoparticles coated with gallic acid are used to tune the optical constants of the target domains of self-assembled (polynorbornene-graft-poly(tert-butyl acrylate))-block-(polynorbornene-graft-poly(ethylene oxide)) (PtBA-b-PEO) brush block copolymers (BBCPs). Strong hydrogen-bonding interactions between the ligands on ZrO2 and PEO brushes of the BBCPs enable selective incorporation and high loading of up to 70 wt % (42 vol %) of the ZrO2 nanoparticles within the PEO domain, resulting in a significant increase of refractive index from 1.45 to up to 1.70. Consequently, greatly enhanced reflection at approximately 398 nm (increases of ∼250%) was observed for the photonic nanocomposites (domain spacing = 137 nm) relative to that of the unmodified BBCPs, which is consistent with numeric modeling results using transfer matrix methods. This work provides a simple strategy for a wide range tuning of optical constants of BCP domains, thereby enabling the design and creation of high-performance photonic coatings for various applications. The large refractive index contrast enables high reflectivity while simultaneously reducing the coating thickness necessary, compared to pure BCP systems. PMID:26713452

  11. RELATIONSHIP OF FLY ASH COMPOSITION, REFRACTIVE INDEX, AND DENSITY TO IN-STACK OPACITY

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    The report gives results of an investigation of the refractive index, density, and composition of fly ash from coal-fired boilers, aimed at determining: (1) the interrelationship of refractive index and composition, and (2) the significance of ash properties on in-stack plume opa...

  12. Refractive Index Sensitivity of Tilted Long Period Fibre Gratings Written in Thinned Cladding Fibre

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    Zhao, Yunhe; Liu, Yunqi; Guo, Qiang; Wang, Tingyun

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrated the fabrication of tilted long period fibre gratings written in the thinned cladding fibre by CO2 laser. The refractive index characteristics of the gratings with different tilted angles were investigated experimentally. The experimental results show that the grating with larger tilted angle has higher sensitivity to the surrounding refractive index changes.

  13. The simplest method for fabrication of high refractive index polymer-metal oxide hybrids based on a soap-free process.

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    Jintoku, Hirokuni; Ihara, Hirotaka

    2014-09-21

    A new method for facile fabrication of high refractive index materials that is based on simple blending of polymers and heteropoly acids is demonstrated. This hybridization is shown to dramatically increase the refractive index of the general polymer, while maintaining a high transparency. PMID:25074440

  14. Refractive index variation in compression molding of precision glass optical components.

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    Su, Lijuan; Chen, Yang; Yi, Allen Y; Klocke, Fritz; Pongs, Guido

    2008-04-01

    Compression molding of glass optical components is a high volume near net-shape precision fabrication method. In a compression molding process, a variation of the refractive index occurs along the radial direction of the glass component due to thermal treatment. The variation of refractive index is an important parameter that can affect the performance of optical lenses, especially lenses used for high precision optical systems. Refractive index variations in molded glass lenses under different cooling conditions were investigated using both an experimental approach and a numerical simulation. Specifically, refractive index variations inside molded glass lenses were evaluated by measuring optical wavefront variations with a Shack-Hartmann sensor system. The measured refractive index variations of the molded glass lenses were compared with the numerical simulation as a validation of the modeling approach. PMID:18382598

  15. Quantum vacuum emission from a refractive-index front

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    Jacquet, Maxime; König, Friedrich

    2015-08-01

    A moving boundary separating two otherwise homogeneous regions of a dielectric is known to emit radiation from the quantum vacuum. An analytical framework based on the Hopfield model, describing a moving refractive-index step in 1 +1 dimensions for realistic dispersive media has been developed by S. Finazzi and I. Carusotto [Phys. Rev. A 87, 023803 (2013)], 10.1103/PhysRevA.87.023803. We expand the use of this model to calculate explicitly spectra of all modes of positive and negative norms. Furthermore, for lower step heights we obtain a unique set of mode configurations encompassing black-hole and white-hole setups. This leads to a realistic emission spectrum featuring black-hole and white-hole emission for different frequencies. We also present spectra as measured in the laboratory frame that include all modes, in particular a dominant negative-norm mode, which is the partner mode in any Hawking-type emission. We find that the emission spectrum is highly structured into intervals of emission with black-hole, white-hole, and no horizons. Finally, we estimate the number of photons emitted as a function of the step height and find a power law of 2.5 for low step heights.

  16. Double high refractive-index contrast grating VCSEL

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    Gebski, Marcin; Dems, Maciej; Wasiak, Michał; Sarzała, Robert P.; Lott, J. A.; Czyszanowski, Tomasz

    2015-03-01

    Distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) are typically used as the highly reflecting mirrors of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). In order to provide optical field confinement, oxide apertures are often incorporated in the process of the selective wet oxidation of high aluminum-content DBR layers. This technology has some potential drawbacks such as difficulty in controlling the uniformity of the oxide aperture diameters across a large-diameter (≥ 6 inch) production wafers, high DBR series resistance especially for small diameters below about 5 μm despite elaborate grading and doping schemes, free carrier absorption at longer emission wavelengths in the p-doped DBRs, reduced reliability for oxide apertures placed close to the quantum wells, and low thermal conductivity for transporting heat away from the active region. A prospective alternative mirror is a high refractive index contrast grating (HCG) monolithically integrated with the VCSEL cavity. Two HCG mirrors potentially offer a very compact and simplified VCSEL design although the problems of resistance, heat dissipation, and reliability are not completely solved. We present an analysis of a double HCG 980 nm GaAs-based ultra-thin VCSEL. We analyze the optical confinement of such a structure with a total optical thickness is ~1.0λ including the optical cavity and the two opposing and parallel HCG mirrors.

  17. Silica Bottle Resonator Sensor for Refractive Index and Temperature Measurements.

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    Nemova, Galina; Kashyap, Raman

    2016-01-01

    We propose and theoretically demonstrate a bottle resonator sensor with a nanoscale altitude and with alength several of hundreds of microns made on the top of the fiber with a radius of tens microns for refractive index and temperature sensor applications. The whispering gallery modes (WGMs) in the resonators can be excited with a taper fiber placed on the top of the resonator. These sensors can be considered as an alternative to fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors.The sensitivity of TM-polarized modes is higher than the sensitivity of the TE-polarized modes, but these values are comparable and both polarizations are suitable for sensor applications. The sensitivity ~150 (nm/RIU) can be reached with abottle resonator on the fiber with the radius 10 μm. It can be improved with theuse of a fiber with a smaller radius. The temperature sensitivity is found to be ~10 pm/K. The temperature sensitivity can decrease ~10% for a fiber with a radius r(co) = 10 μm instead of a fiber with a radius r(co) = 100 μm. These sensors have sensitivities comparable to FBG sensors. A bottle resonator sensor with a nanoscale altitude made on the top of the fiber can be easily integrated in any fiber scheme. PMID:26761011

  18. Silica Bottle Resonator Sensor for Refractive Index and Temperature Measurements

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    Nemova, Galina; Kashyap, Raman

    2016-01-01

    We propose and theoretically demonstrate a bottle resonator sensor with a nanoscale altitude and with alength several of hundreds of microns made on the top of the fiber with a radius of tens microns for refractive index and temperature sensor applications. The whispering gallery modes (WGMs) in the resonators can be excited with a taper fiber placed on the top of the resonator. These sensors can be considered as an alternative to fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors.The sensitivity of TM-polarized modes is higher than the sensitivity of the TE-polarized modes, but these values are comparable and both polarizations are suitable for sensor applications. The sensitivity ~150 (nm/RIU) can be reached with abottle resonator on the fiber with the radius 10 μm. It can be improved with theuse of a fiber with a smaller radius. The temperature sensitivity is found to be ~10 pm/K. The temperature sensitivity can decrease ~10% for a fiber with a radius rco = 10 μm instead of a fiber with a radius rco = 100 μm. These sensors have sensitivities comparable to FBG sensors. A bottle resonator sensor with a nanoscale altitude made on the top of the fiber can be easily integrated in any fiber scheme. PMID:26761011

  19. Determination of average refractive index of spin coated DCG films for HOE fabrication

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    Kim, T. J.; Campbell, Eugene W.; Kostuk, Raymond K.

    1993-01-01

    The refractive index of holographic emulsions is an important parameter needed for designing holographic optical elements (HOE's). Theoretical calculations of the accuracy required for the refractive index and thickness of emulsions needed to meet predetermined Bragg angle conditions are presented. A modified interferometric method is used to find average refractive index of the unexposed and the developed dichromated gelatin holographic films. Slanted transmission HOE's are designed considering the index and thickness variations, and used to verify the index measurement results. The Brewster angle method is used to measure surface index of the unexposed and the developed films. The differences between average index and surface index are discussed. Theoretical calculation of the effects of index variation on diffraction efficiency, and experimental results for index modulation variation caused by process changes are also presented.

  20. Determination of the index of refraction for [alpha]-NTO and DAAF using the Becke test

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    Oldenborg, M. R.; Peterson, P. D.; Lee, K. Y.

    2004-01-01

    NTO and DAAF are insensitive high explosives developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Both the defense and civilian sectors have particular interest in these types of materials for applications ranging from weapons to air bag design. The performance of explosives is highly dependent on particle size. Many common techniques for measuring particle size distributions require knowledge of the material's index of refraction. To-date the principle refractive indices of {alpha}-NTO and DAAF have not been determined. We present the three principle indices of refraction for the triclinic explosive {alpha}-NTO and an averaged index of refraction for DAAF found using the Becke Test. In addition, by comparing particle size distributions based on different refractive indices we show the importance of using the true index of refraction in measuring fine particles.

  1. The role of macromolecular crowding in the evolution of lens crystallins with high molecular refractive index

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    Zhao, Huaying; Magone, M. Teresa; Schuck, Peter

    2011-08-01

    Crystallins are present in the lens at extremely high concentrations in order to provide transparency and generate a high refractive power of the lens. The crystallin families prevalent in the highest density lens tissues are γ-crystallins in vertebrates and S-crystallins in cephalopods. As shown elsewhere, in parallel evolution, both have evolved molecular refractive index increments 5-10% above those of most proteins. Although this is a small increase, it is statistically very significant and can be achieved only by very unusual amino acid compositions. In contrast, such a molecular adaptation to aid in the refractive function of the lens did not occur in crystallins that are preferentially located in lower density lens tissues, such as vertebrate α-crystallin and taxon-specific crystallins. In the current work, we apply a model of non-interacting hard spheres to examine the thermodynamic contributions of volume exclusion at lenticular protein concentrations. We show that the small concentration decrease afforded by the higher molecular refractive index increment of crystallins can amplify nonlinearly to produce order of magnitude differences in chemical activities, and lead to reduced osmotic pressure and the reduced propensity for protein aggregation. Quantitatively, this amplification sets in only at protein concentrations as high as those found in hard lenses or the nucleus of soft lenses, in good correspondence to the observed crystallin properties in different tissues and different species. This suggests that volume exclusion effects provide the evolutionary driving force for the unusual refractive properties and the unusual amino acid compositions of γ-crystallins and S-crystallins.

  2. Index of Refraction Measurements Using a Laser Distance Meter

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    Ochoa, Romulo; Fiorillo, Richard; Ochoa, Cris

    2014-01-01

    We present a simple method to determine the refractive indices of transparent media using a laser distance meter. Indices of refraction have been obtained by measuring the speed of light in materials. Some speed of light techniques use time-of-flight measurements in which pulses are emitted by lasers and the time interval is measured for the pulse

  3. Index of Refraction Measurements Using a Laser Distance Meter

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    Ochoa, Romulo; Fiorillo, Richard; Ochoa, Cris

    2014-01-01

    We present a simple method to determine the refractive indices of transparent media using a laser distance meter. Indices of refraction have been obtained by measuring the speed of light in materials. Some speed of light techniques use time-of-flight measurements in which pulses are emitted by lasers and the time interval is measured for the pulse…

  4. Retrieving microphysical properties of dust-like particles using ellipsoids: the case of refractive index

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    Kemppinen, O.; Nousiainen, T.; Merikallio, S.; Räisänen, P.

    2015-10-01

    Distributions of ellipsoids are often used to simulate the optical properties of non-ellipsoidal atmospheric particles, such as dust. In this work, the applicability of ellipsoids for retrieving the refractive index of dust-like target model particles from scattering data is investigated. This is a pure modeling study, in which stereogrammetrically retrieved model dust shapes are used as targets. The primary objective is to study whether the refractive index of these target particles can be inverted from their scattering matrices using ellipsoidal model particles. To achieve this, first scattering matrices for the target model particles with known refractive indices are computed. First, a non-negative least squares fitting is performed, individually for each scattering matrix element, for 46 differently shaped ellipsoids by using different assumed refractive indices. Then, the fitting error is evaluated to establish whether the ellipsoid ensemble best matches the target scattering matrix elements when the correct refractive index is assumed. Second, we test whether the ellipsoids best match the target data with the correct refractive index, when a predefined (uniform) shape distribution for ellipsoids is assumed, instead of optimizing the shape distribution separately for each tested refractive index. The results show not only that for both of these approaches using ellipsoids with the true refractive index produces good results but also that for each scattering matrix element even better results are acquired by using wrong refractive indices. In addition, the best agreement is obtained for different scattering matrix elements using different refractive indices. The findings imply that retrieval of refractive index of non-ellipsoidal particles whose single-scattering properties have been modeled with ellipsoids may not be reliable. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the differences in single-scattering albedo and asymmetry parameter between the best-match ellipsoid ensemble and the target particles may give rise to major differences in simulated aerosol radiative effects.

  5. Refractive index change during exposure for 193-nm chemically amplified resists

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    Oh, Hye-Keun; Sohn, Young-Soo; Sung, Moon-Gyu; Lee, Young-Mi; Lee, Eun-Mi; Byun, Sung Hwan; An, Ilsin; Lee, Kun-Sang; Park, In-Ho

    1999-06-01

    Some of the important areas to be improved for lithography simulation are getting correct exposure parameters and determining the change of refractive index. It is known that the real and imaginary refractive indices are changed during exposure. We obtained these refractive index changes during exposure for 193 nm chemically amplified resists. The variations of the transmittance as well as the resist thickness were measured during ArF excimer laser exposure. We found that the refractive index change is directly related to the concentration of the photo acid generator and de-protected resin. It is important to know the exact values of acid concentration from the exposure parameters since a small difference in acid concentration magnifies the variation in the amplified de-protection during post exposure bake. We developed and used a method to extract Dill ABC exposure parameters for 193 nm chemically amplified resist from the refractive index change upon exposure.

  6. Digital processing of speckle photography to measure refractive index of a transparent plate

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    Moustafa, Nasser A.

    2013-04-01

    In this paper, an accurate and efficient method for measuring the refractive index of a transparent plate is developed. The refractive index is evaluated by using Fourier Transform Method (FTM), from a fringe pattern generated by digital speckle photography. The validity and accuracy of the method were confirmed with a standard reference material. Furthermore, the method is insensitive to environmental perturbations, and simple to implement, compared to the conventional index measurement methods providing similar accuracy.

  7. Terahertz multi-metal-wire hybrid-cladding hollow waveguide for refractive index sensing

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    Ying-Ying, Yu; Xu-You, Li; Kun-Peng, He; Bo, Sun

    2016-02-01

    We propose a design of terahertz refractive index sensing based on the multi-metal-wire (MMW) hybrid-cladding hollow waveguide. The proposed terahertz hybrid-cladding hollow waveguide comprises one air core in the center surrounding MMW surrounded dielectric. The central air core is used for filling lossless measurands and transmitting terahertz light. In particular, the refractive index sensing is realized by measuring the mode field area (MFA) variation of radially polarized mode. The modal effective refractive index, mode field intensity distribution, and mode field area properties responding to the measurand refractive indexes for different operating frequencies and structure dimensions are investigated, respectively. Simulations show that the proposed terahertz refractive index sensor can realize easily the measurement of the measurand refractive index. Meanwhile, the effects of operating frequency and structure parameters on sensitivity and measurement accuracy are also studied. In view of the trade-off between sensitivity and measurement accuracy, the reasonable choice of the operating frequency and structure parameters can optimize appropriately the sensitivity and measurement accuracy, and the sensitivity can reach approximately 0.585 mm2/RIU (RIU is short for refraction index units) with the proper frequency and structure parameter. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51309059).

  8. Effect of the charges of impurity on the refractive index changes in parabolic quantum dot

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    Huang, Jinsheng

    2013-01-01

    The linear and nonlinear refractive index changes (RICs) in a disc-like parabolic quantum dot (QD) with impurity between the ground (L=0) and the first excited state (L=1) have been examined based on the computed energies and wave functions. The parabolic QD without impurity was taken into account for comparison. We found that the linear and total RIC of impurity QD decrease as the charge of the impurity is increased and increase with characteristic dot radius decreasing. The maximum of linear RIC of parabolic QD without impurity remains constant for different confinement strengths.

  9. Cladding modes in photonic crystal fiber: characteristics and sensitivity to surrounding refractive index

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    Jiang, Xiuli; Gu, Zhengtian; Zheng, Li

    2016-01-01

    Characteristics of cladding modes in a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with triangular air-hole lattice in the cladding are numerically analyzed using a finite element method. The transition for LP11 cladding mode to core mode with variation of the normalized wavelength has been shown. The transition of the LP01 cladding mode to the outer silica mode and reorganization of the LP0m cladding modes caused by varying the fiber radius has been investigated. By choosing the optimized fiber radius, which is located in the cladding modes' reorganization region, the sensitivity of the coupled wavelength between the core mode LP01 and cladding mode LP03 to surrounding refractive index is increased by a factor of five and reaches to 2660 nm/refractive index unit over the range of 1.40 to 1.42. The sensitivity is competitive with that of long-period grating in PCF in response to changes in refractive indices of the medium contained in the cladding air channels.

  10. Fresnel reflectance in refractive index estimation of light scattering solid particles in immersion liquid

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    Räty, J.; Niskanen, I.; Peiponen, K.-E.

    2010-06-01

    The refractive index of homogenous particle population can be determined by the so-called immersion liquid method. The idea is to find a known liquid whose refractive index matches the index of the particles. We report on a method that simultaneously obtains the refractive index of particles and that of the immersion liquid. It is based on a system using internal light reflection and Fresnel's theory. The method includes a series of straightforward reflection measurements and a fitting procedure. The validity of the method was tested with CaF2 particles. The method has applications within scientific studies of microparticles and nanoparticles or micro-organism in suspensions. It can be also be utilized in industry for the detection of the refractive index of products involving particles for the purpose of improvement of product quality.

  11. Effect of Thin Metallic Layers on the Refractive Index of a Multilayer System

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    Ozturk, A.; Suleymanli, R.; Aktas, B.; Teber, A.

    2012-02-01

    We present a simplified structure made of periodic metallic layers on a glass substrate, which offers a potentially simpler approach to building photonic crystals. Using microwave experiments and Fresnel formulas, we investigate the refractive index properties of these structures. We make both transmission and reflection measurements and find that the refractive index of a periodic layered media decreases depending on the periodicity of the geometric arrangement, dielectric contrast and filling fraction of metallic layers. It is shown that metallic layers lead to a substantial change of interference pattern which can be interpreted as a result of interference in a uniform medium with a refractive index smaller than 1.

  12. Determination of the integral refractive index of cells in suspension by digital holographic phase contrast microscopy

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    Kosmeier, Sebastian; Kemper, Björn; Langehanenberg, Patrik; Bredebusch, Ilona; Schnekenburger, Jürgen; Bauwens, Andreas; von Bally, Gert

    2008-04-01

    A digital holographic microscopy method for the determination of the integral refractive index of living cells in suspension is presented. Therefore, digital holographic phase contrast images of trypsinized cells in suspension are recorded. Afterwards, the cell radius and the integral cellular refractive index are determined by fitting of a two dimensional model. The applied algorithm requires only information about the refractive index of the suspension medium and the scale of the microscopic imaging system. The fitting algorithm is characterized on simulated phase data and digital holographic phase contrast images of beads. Results obtained from living human pancreas tumor cells demonstrate the applicability of the method for cell characterization.

  13. Reflectivity of a disordered monolayer estimated by graded refractive index and scattering models.

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    Diamant, Ruth; Garcí-Valenzuela, Augusto; Fernández-Guasti, Manuel

    2012-09-01

    Reflectivity of a random monolayer, consisting of transparent spherical particles, is estimated using a graded refractive index model, an effective medium approach, and two scattering models. Two cases, a self-standing film and one with a substrate, are considered. Neither the surrounding medium nor the substrate are absorbing materials. Results at normal incidence, with different particle sizes, covering ratios and refractive indexes, are compared. The purpose of this work is to find under which circumstances, for reflectivity at normal incidence, a particle monolayer behaves as a graded refractive index film. PMID:23201948

  14. Extrinsic fiber-optic Fabry-Perot interferometer sensor for refractive index measurement of optical glass

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    Chen Jihuan; Zhao Jiarong; Huang Xuguang; Huang Zhenjian

    2010-10-10

    A simple fiber-optic sensor based on Fabry-Perot interference for refractive index measurement of optical glass is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. A broadband light source is coupled into an extrinsic fiber Fabry-Perot cavity formed by the surfaces of a sensing fiber end and the measured sample. The interference signals from the cavity are reflected back into the same fiber. The refractive index of the sample can be obtained by measuring the contrast of the interference fringes. The experimental data meet with the theoretical values very well. The proposed technique is a new method for glass refractive index measurement with a simple, solid, and compact structure.

  15. The effects of refractive index heterogeneity within kidney tissue on multiphoton fluorescence excitation microscopy.

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    Young, P A; Clendenon, S G; Byars, J M; Dunn, K W

    2011-05-01

    Although multiphoton fluorescence excitation microscopy has improved the depth at which useful fluorescence images can be collected in biological tissues, the reach of multiphoton fluorescence excitation microscopy is nonetheless limited by tissue scattering and spherical aberration. Scattering can be reduced in fixed samples by mounting in a medium whose refractive index closely matches that of the fixed material. Using optical 'clearing', the effects of refractive index heterogeneity on signal attenuation with depth are investigated. Quantitative measurements show that by mounting kidney tissue in a high refractive index medium, less than 50% of signal attenuates in 100 μm of depth. PMID:21118239

  16. Refractive index of Al3C2B48 aluminum borocarbide crystals

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    Shelykh, A. I.; Gurin, V. N.; Nikanorov, S. P.

    2008-07-01

    Aluminum borocarbide single crystals have been grown from an Al-based solution melt. The crystal lattice parameters have been determined, the dispersion of the refractive index in a 0.55 1.3 ?m wavelength interval has been studied, and the temperature coefficient of the refractive index in a 300 600 K range has been measured. The crystals are characterized by a high refractive index in the visible spectral range in combination with at a high hardness, which makes them of interest for jewelry, as well as for both traditional and X-ray optics.

  17. Effect of Index of Refraction on Radiation Characteristics in a Heated Absorbing, Emitting, and Scattering Layer

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    Siegel, R.; Spuckler, C. M.

    1992-01-01

    The effect of the index of refraction on the temperature distribution and radiative heat flux in semitransparent materials, such as some ceramics, is investigated analytically. In the case considered here, a plane layer of a ceramic material is subjected to external radiative heating incident on each of its surfaces; the material emits, absorbs, and isotropically scatters radiation. It is shown that, for radiative equilibrium in a gray layer with diffuse interfaces, the temperature distribution and radiative heat flux for any index of refraction can be obtained in a simple manner from the results for an index of refraction of unity.

  18. Novel high refractive index, thermally conductive additives for high brightness white LEDs

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    Hutchison, Richard Stephen

    In prior works the inclusion of nanoparticle fillers has typically been shown to increase the thermal conductivity or refractive index of polymer nanocomposites separately. High refractive index zirconia nanoparticles have already proved their merit in increasing the optical efficiency of encapsulated light emitting diodes. However, the thermal properties of zirconia-silicone nanocomposites have yet to be investigated. While phosphor-converted light emitting diodes are at the forefront of solid-state lighting technologies for producing white light, they are plagued by efficiency losses due to excessive heating at the semiconductor die and in and around the phosphor particles, as well as photon scattering losses in the phosphor layer. It would then be of great interest if the high refractive index nanoparticles were found to both be capable of increasing the refractive index, thus reducing the optical scattering, and also the thermal conductivity, channeling more heat away from the LED die and phosphors, mitigating efficiency losses from heat. Thermal conductance measurements on unfilled and nanoparticle loaded silicone samples were conducted to quantify the effect of the zirconia nanoparticle loading on silicone nanocomposite thermal conductivity. An increase in thermal conductivity from 0.27 W/mK to 0.49 W/mK from base silicone to silicone with 33.5 wt% zirconia nanoparticles was observed. This trend closely mirrored a basic rule of mixtures prediction, implying a further enhancement in thermal conductivity could be achieved at higher nanoparticle loadings. The optical properties of transparency and light extraction efficiency of these composites were also investigated. While overall the zirconia nanocomposite showed good transparency, there was a slight decrease at the shorter wavelengths with increasing zirconia content. For longer wavelength LEDs, such as green or red, this might not matter, but phosphor-converted white LEDs use a blue LED as the photon source making this decrease in transparency important to note. This decrease in transparency may be partially or wholly why a decrease in light extraction efficiency is observed at the 33.5 wt% zirconia loading fraction used for the LED samples. Preliminary aging studies under full and enhanced power conditions were conducted over 500 and 1000 hours to observe any changes in the spectral output power and phosphor conversion efficiency of the LEDs due to inclusion of the zirconia nanoparticles. It was found that the nanoparticles have no negative effect on the aging properties but also show no enhancement in relative output power over a preliminary aging study. However, their inclusion did result in increased phosphor conversion efficiency over the use of an unfilled silicone. This increase was seen as around a 10% or greater enhancement for the nanocomposite over that for the base Sylgard silicone. These experiments were originally conducted on the commercially available methylated Sylgard 184 silicone and then again on a higher refractive index methyl-phenyl silicone from Momentive. While some of the results from the Momentive silicone were perplexing, it was seen that, even without the inclusion of nanoparticles, the Momentive silicone had a higher refractive index, better aging properties, and a higher phosphor conversion efficiency over 500 hours under enhanced power conditions, warranting further studies into methyl-phenyl silicone nanocomposites.

  19. Method of producing optical quality glass having a selected refractive index

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    Poco, John F.; Hrubesh, Lawrence W.

    2000-01-01

    Optical quality glass having a selected refractive index is produced by a two stage drying process. A gel is produced using sol-gel chemistry techniques and first dried by controlled evaporation until the gel volume reaches a pre-selected value. This pre-selected volume determines the density and refractive index of the finally dried gel. The gel is refilled with solvent in a saturated vapor environment, and then dried again by supercritical extraction of the solvent to form a glass. The glass has a refractive index less than the full density of glass, and the range of achievable refractive indices depends on the composition of the glass. Glasses having different refractive indices chosen from an uninterrupted range of values can be produced from a single precursor solution.

  20. X-ray refractive index: A tool to determine the average composition in multilayer structures

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    Miceli, P.F.; Neumann, D.A.; Zabel, H.

    1986-01-06

    We present a novel and simple method to determine the average composition of multilayers and superlattices by measuring the x-ray refractive index. Since these modulated structures exhibit Bragg reflections at small angles, by using a triple axis x-ray spectrometer we have accurately determined the peak shifts due to refraction in GaAs/Al/sub x/Ga/sub 1-x/As and Nb/Ta superlattices. Knowledge of the refractive index provides the average fractional composition of the periodic structure since the refractive index is a superposition of the refractive indices of the atomic constituents. We also present a critical discussion of the method and compare the values of the average fractional composition obtained in this manner to the values obtained from the lattice parameter change in the GaAs/Al/sub x/Ga/sub 1-x/As superlattices due to the Al.

  1. Vacuum birefringence in strong magnetic fields: (II) Complex refractive index from the lowest Landau level

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    Hattori, Koichi; Itakura, Kazunori; Department of Particle and Nuclear Studies, Graduate University for Advanced Studies , 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801

    2013-07-15

    We compute the refractive indices of a photon propagating in strong magnetic fields on the basis of the analytic representation of the vacuum polarization tensor obtained in our previous paper. When the external magnetic field is strong enough for the fermion one-loop diagram of the polarization tensor to be approximated by the lowest Landau level, the propagating mode in parallel to the magnetic field is subject to modification: The refractive index deviates from unity and can be very large, and when the photon energy is large enough, the refractive index acquires an imaginary part indicating decay of a photon into a fermion–antifermion pair. We study dependences of the refractive index on the propagating angle and the magnetic-field strength. It is also emphasized that a self-consistent treatment of the equation which defines the refractive index is indispensable for accurate description of the refractive index. This self-consistent treatment physically corresponds to consistently including the effects of back reactions of the distorted Dirac sea in response to the incident photon. -- Highlights: •Vacuum birefringence and photon decay are described by the complex refractive index. •Resummed photon vacuum polarization tensor in the lowest Landau level is used. •Back reactions from the distorted Dirac sea are self-consistently taken into account. •Self-consistent treatment drastically changes structure in photon energy dependence. •Dependences on photon propagation angle and magnetic-field strength are presented.

  2. Lifetime Reduction and Enhanced Emission of Single Photon Color Centers in Nanodiamond via Surrounding Refractive Index Modification

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    Khalid, Asma; Chung, Kelvin; Rajasekharan, Ranjith; Lau, Desmond W. M.; Karle, Timothy J.; Gibson, Brant C.; Tomljenovic-Hanic, Snjezana

    2015-06-01

    The negatively-charged nitrogen vacancy (NV-) center in diamond is of great interest for quantum information processing and quantum key distribution applications due to its highly desirable long coherence times at room temperature. One of the challenges for their use in these applications involves the requirement to further optimize the lifetime and emission properties of the centers. Our results demonstrate the reduction of the lifetime of NV- centers, and hence an increase in the emission rate, achieved by modifying the refractive index of the environment surrounding the nanodiamond (ND). By coating the NDs in a polymer film, experimental results and numerical calculations show an average of 63% reduction in the lifetime and an average enhancement in the emission rate by a factor of 1.6. This strategy is also applicable for emitters other than diamond color centers where the particle refractive index is greater than the refractive index of the surrounding media.

  3. Implementation of transformed lenses in bed of nails reducing refractive index maximum value and sub-unity regions.

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    Prado, Daniel R; Osipov, Andrey V; Quevedo-Teruel, Oscar

    2015-03-15

    Transformation optics with quasi-conformal mapping is applied to design a Generalized Maxwell Fish-eye Lens (GMFEL) which can be used as a power splitter. The flattened focal line obtained as a result of the transformation allows the lens to adapt to planar antenna feeding systems. Moreover, sub-unity refraction index regions are reduced because of the space compression effect of the transformation, reducing the negative impact of removing those regions when implementing the lens. A technique to reduce the maximum value of the refractive index is presented to compensate for its increase because of the transformation. Finally, the lens is implemented with the bed of nails technology, employing a commercial dielectric slab to improve the range of the effective refractive index. The lens was simulated with a 3D full-wave simulator to validate the design, obtaining an original and feasible power splitter based on a dielectric lens. PMID:25768148

  4. Lifetime Reduction and Enhanced Emission of Single Photon Color Centers in Nanodiamond via Surrounding Refractive Index Modification

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    Khalid, Asma; Chung, Kelvin; Rajasekharan, Ranjith; Lau, Desmond W.M.; Karle, Timothy J.; Gibson, Brant C.; Tomljenovic-Hanic, Snjezana

    2015-01-01

    The negatively-charged nitrogen vacancy (NV−) center in diamond is of great interest for quantum information processing and quantum key distribution applications due to its highly desirable long coherence times at room temperature. One of the challenges for their use in these applications involves the requirement to further optimize the lifetime and emission properties of the centers. Our results demonstrate the reduction of the lifetime of NV− centers, and hence an increase in the emission rate, achieved by modifying the refractive index of the environment surrounding the nanodiamond (ND). By coating the NDs in a polymer film, experimental results and numerical calculations show an average of 63% reduction in the lifetime and an average enhancement in the emission rate by a factor of 1.6. This strategy is also applicable for emitters other than diamond color centers where the particle refractive index is greater than the refractive index of the surrounding media. PMID:26109500

  5. Determination of refractive index of a simple negative, positive, or zero power lens using wedged plated interferometer

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    Shukla, R. P.; Perera, G. M.; George, M. C.; Venkateswarlu, P.

    1990-01-01

    A nondestructive technique for measuring the refractive index of a negative lens using a wedged plate interferometer is described. The method can be also used for measuring the refractive index of convex or zero power lenses. Schematic diagrams are presented for the use of a wedged plate interferometer for measuring the refractive index of a concave lens and of a convex lens.

  6. Measurement of Refractive Index Gradients by Deflection of a Laser Beam

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    Barnard, A. J.; Ahlborn, B.

    1975-01-01

    In this simple experiment for an undergraduate laboratory a laser beam is passed through the mixing zone of two liquids with different refractive indices. The spatial variation of the refractive index, at different times during the mixing, can be determined from the observed deflection of the beam. (Author)

  7. Measuring the refractive index of thin transparent films using an extended cavity diode laser

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    Luetjen, Christopher; Hallsted, Jonathan; Kleinert, Michaela

    2013-12-01

    We report on a novel method for determining refractive indices of thin layers of liquids or gases, based on the use of extended cavity diode lasers. Measurements for air, water, and vegetable oil show excellent agreement with accepted values. Applications in determining the refractive index of thin optical coatings and biological cells are discussed.

  8. Temperature-Dependent Refractive Index of Cleartran® ZnS to Cryogenic Temperatures

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    Leviton, Doug; Frey, Brad

    2013-01-01

    First, let's talk about the CHARMS facility at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: Cryogenic, High-Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS); design features for highest accuracy and precision; technologies we rely on; data products and examples; optical materials for which we've measured cryogenic refractive index.

  9. Interaction-induced nonlinear refractive-index reduction of gases in the midinfrared regime.

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    Schuh, K; Moloney, J V; Koch, S W

    2016-01-01

    The nonlinear optical response of a dilute atomic gas to ultrashort high-intensity midinfrared pulse excitation is calculated fully microscopically. The optically induced polarization dynamics is evaluated for the interacting many-electron system in a gas of hydrogen atoms. It is shown that the many-body effects during the excitation distinctly influence not only the atomic ionization dynamics, but also the nonlinear polarization response in the midinfrared regime. The delicate balance between the Kerr focusing and the ionization-induced defocusing is dramatically modified and a significant decrease of the nonlinear refractive index is predicted for increasing wavelength of the exciting pulse. PMID:26871184

  10. Photoacoustic measurement of refractive index of dye solutions and myoglobin for biosensing applications

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    Goldschmidt, Benjamin S.; Mehta, Smit; Mosley, Jeff; Walter, Chris; Whiteside, Paul J. D.; Hunt, Heather K.; Viator, John A.

    2013-01-01

    Current methods of determining the refractive index of chemicals and materials, such as ellipsometry and reflectometry, are limited by their inability to analyze highly absorbing or highly transparent materials, as well as the required prior knowledge of the sample thickness and estimated refractive index. Here, we present a method of determining the refractive index of solutions using the photoacoustic effect. We show that a photoacoustic refractometer can analyze highly absorbing dye samples to within 0.006 refractive index units of a handheld optical refractometer. Further, we use myoglobin, an early non-invasive biomarker for malignant hyperthermia, as a proof of concept that this technique is applicable for use as a medical diagnostic. Comparison of the speed, cost, simplicity, and accuracy of the techniques shows that this photoacoustic method is well-suited for optically complex systems. PMID:24298407

  11. Determining the size and refractive index of microspheres using the mode assignments from Mie resonances.

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    Preston, Thomas C; Reid, Jonathan P

    2015-11-01

    A new method for determining the radius and refractive index of microspheres using Mie resonances is presented. Previous methods have relied on searching multidimensional space to find the radius and refractive index that minimize the difference between observed and calculated Mie resonances. For anything but simple refractive index functions, this process can be very time consuming. Here, we demonstrate that once the mode assignment for the observed Mie resonances is known, no search is necessary, and the radius and refractive index of best-fit can be found immediately. This superior and faster way to characterize microspheres using Mie resonances should supplant previous fitting algorithms. The derivation and implementation of the equations that give the parameters of best-fit are shown and discussed. Testing is performed on systems of physical interest, and the effect of noise on measured peak positions is investigated. PMID:26560936

  12. On-chip integrated optofluidic complex refractive index sensing using silicon photonic crystal nanobeam cavities.

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    Zhang, Xingwang; Zhou, Guangya; Shi, Peng; Du, Han; Lin, Tong; Teng, Jinghua; Chau, Fook Siong

    2016-03-15

    Complex refractive index sensing is proposed and experimentally demonstrated in optofluidic sensors based on silicon photonic crystal nanobeam cavities. The sensitivities are 58 and 139 nm/RIU, respectively, for the real part (n) and the imaginary part (κ) of the complex refractive index, and the corresponding detection limits are 1.8×10-5 RIU for n and 4.1×10-6 RIU for κ. Moreover, the capability of the complex refractive index sensing method to detect the concentration composition of the ternary mixture is demonstrated without the surface immobilization of functional groups, which is impossible to realize with the conventional refractive index sensing scheme. PMID:26977668

  13. On-Column Refractive-Index Detection Based on Retroreflected Beam Interference for Capillary Electrophoresis

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    Deng, Yanzhuo; Li, Bincheng

    1998-02-01

    A novel refractive-index detection scheme used for capillary electrophoresis detection, based on the interference of two retroreflected beams from the outer surface of a capillary tube illuminated by a focused laser beam, is described. A theoretical description and experimental measurement of the intensity profile of the interference fringe pattern in the detection plane are presented. The factors that limit the sensitivity of the proposed refractive-index detection scheme are discussed and compared with the transmitted beam interference and backscatter-based refractive-index detection configurations. The proposed refractive-index detector was used successfully for detection of capillary electrophoresis separations of saccharose, maltose, and lactose with a capillary tube of 50- m inner diameter and a simple experimental setup.

  14. Surface antireflection properties of GaN nanostructures with various effective refractive index profiles.

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    Han, Lu; Zhao, Hongping

    2014-12-29

    GaN nanostructures with various effective refractive index profiles (Linear, Cubic, and Quintic functions) were numerically studied as broadband omnidirectional antireflection structures for concentrator photovoltaics by using three-dimensional finite difference time domain (3D-FDTD) method. Effective medium theory was used to design the surface structures corresponding to different refractive index profiles. Surface antireflection properties were calculated and analyzed for incident light with wavelength, polarization and angle dependences. The surface antireflection properties of GaN nanostructures based on six-sided pyramid with both uniform and non-uniform patterns were also investigated. Results indicate a significant dependence of the surface antireflection on the refractive index profiles of surface nanostructures as well as their pattern uniformity. The GaN nanostructures with linear refractive index profile show the best performance to be used as broadband omnidirectional antireflection structures. PMID:25607159

  15. A Refractive Index Sensor Based on the Resonant Coupling to Cladding Modes in a Fiber Loop

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    Reyes, Mauricio; Monzón-Hernández, David; Martínez-Ríos, Alejandro; Silvestre, Enrique; Díez, Antonio; Cruz, José Luis; Andrés, Miguel V.

    2013-01-01

    We report an easy-to-build, compact, and low-cost optical fiber refractive index sensor. It consists of a single fiber loop whose transmission spectra exhibit a series of notches produced by the resonant coupling between the fundamental mode and the cladding modes in a uniformly bent fiber. The wavelength of the notches, distributed in a wavelength span from 1,400 to 1,700 nm, can be tuned by adjusting the diameter of the fiber loop and are sensitive to refractive index changes of the external medium. Sensitivities of 170 and 800 nm per refractive index unit for water solutions and for the refractive index interval 1.40–1.442, respectively, are demonstrated. We estimate a long range resolution of 3 × 10−4 and a short range resolution of 2 × 10−5 for water solutions. PMID:23979478

  16. A refractive index sensor based on the resonant coupling to cladding modes in a fiber loop.

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    Reyes, Mauricio; Monzón-Hernández, David; Martínez-Ríos, Alejandro; Silvestre, Enrique; Díez, Antonio; Cruz, José Luis; Andrés, Miguel V

    2013-01-01

    We report an easy-to-build, compact, and low-cost optical fiber refractive index sensor. It consists of a single fiber loop whose transmission spectra exhibit a series of notches produced by the resonant coupling between the fundamental mode and the cladding modes in a uniformly bent fiber. The wavelength of the notches, distributed in a wavelength span from 1,400 to 1,700 nm, can be tuned by adjusting the diameter of the fiber loop and are sensitive to refractive index changes of the external medium. Sensitivities of 170 and 800 nm per refractive index unit for water solutions and for the refractive index interval 1.40-1.442, respectively, are demonstrated. We estimate a long range resolution of 3 × 10(-4) and a short range resolution of 2 × 10(-5) for water solutions. PMID:23979478

  17. Methods for Prediction of Refractive Index in Glasses for the Infrared

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    McCloy, John S.

    2011-06-14

    It is often useful to obtain custom glasses that meet particular requirements of refractive index and dispersion for high-end optical design and applications. In the case of infrared glasses, limited experimental data are available due to difficulties in processing of these glasses and also measuring refractive indices accurately. This paper proposes methods to estimate refractive index and dispersion as a function of composition for selected infrared-transmitting glasses. Methods for refractive index determination are reviewed and evaluated, including Gladstone-Dale, Wemple-DiDomenico single oscillator, Optical basicity, and Lorentz-Lorenz total polarizability. Various estimates for a set of PbO-Bi2O3-Ga2O3 (heavy metal oxide) and As-S (chalcogenide) glasses will be compared with measured values of index and dispersion.

  18. Velocity Measurement by Scattering from Index of Refraction Fluctuations Induced in Turbulent Flows

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    Lading, Lars; Saffman, Mark; Edwards, Robert

    1996-01-01

    Induced phase screen scattering is defined as scatter light from a weak index of refraction fluctuations induced by turbulence. The basic assumptions and requirements for induced phase screen scattering, including scale requirements, are presented.

  19. Sensitive Real-Time Monitoring of Refractive Indexes Using a Novel Graphene-Based Optical Sensor

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    Xing, Fei; Liu, Zhi-Bo; Deng, Zhi-Chao; Kong, Xiang-Tian; Yan, Xiao-Qing; Chen, Xu-Dong; Ye, Qing; Zhang, Chun-Ping; Chen, Yong-Sheng; Tian, Jian-Guo

    2012-01-01

    Based on the polarization-sensitive absorption of graphene under conditions of total internal reflection, a novel optical sensor combining graphene and a microfluidic structure was constructed to achieve the sensitive real-time monitoring of refractive indexes. The atomic thickness and strong broadband absorption of graphene cause it to exhibit very different reflectivity for transverse electric and transverse magnetic modes in the context of a total internal reflection structure, which is sensitive to the media in contact with the graphene. A graphene refractive index sensor can quickly and sensitively monitor changes in the local refractive index with a fast response time and broad dynamic range. These results indicate that graphene, used in a simple and efficient total internal reflection structure and combined with microfluidic techniques, is an ideal material for fabricating refractive index sensors and biosensor devices, which are in high demand. PMID:23205270

  20. Refractive index dispersion functions of solid-phase polymers by multicolor optical diffraction

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    Ford, J. V.; Sumpter, B. G.; Noid, D. W.; Barnes, M. D.; Otaigbe, J. U.

    2000-10-16

    We show that fourth-order dispersion functions of solid-phase polymers can be determined by multicolor optical diffraction. Electrodynamically trapped microparticles of polyethylene glycol with different molecular weights were probed by two-dimensional optical diffraction with four different laser wavelengths (632.8, 514.5, 488.0, and 457.9 nm); subsequent Mie analysis of one-dimensional scattering patterns yielded size and refractive index (both real and imaginary parts). Using a single wavelength as a size reference, the nonlinear dependence of the refractive index of solid (nonevaporating) polymer microparticles was determined by finding the refractive index for a given wavelength that best matched a Mie calculation subject to the reference size constraint. The experimentally determined refractive index values were fit to a standard fourth-order Cauchy function to obtain values for n{sub 0}, n{sub 1}, and n{sub 2}.

  1. Refraction of nonlinear beams by localized refractive index changes in nematic liquid crystals

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    Assanto, Gaetano; Minzoni, Antonmaria A.; Smyth, Noel F.; Worthy, Annette L.

    2010-11-15

    The propagation of solitary waves in nematic liquid crystals in the presence of localized nonuniformities is studied. These nonuniformities can be caused by external electric fields, other light beams, or any other mechanism which results in a modified director orientation in a localized region of the liquid-crystal cell. The net effect is that the solitary wave undergoes refraction and trajectory bending. A general modulation theory for this refraction is developed, and particular cases of circular, elliptical, and rectangular perturbations are considered. The results are found to be in excellent agreement with numerical solutions.

  2. The eye lens: age-related trends and individual variations in refractive index and shape parameters

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    Pierscionek, Barbara; Bahrami, Mehdi; Hoshino, Masato; Uesugi, Kentaro; Regini, Justyn; Yagi, Naoto

    2015-01-01

    The eye lens grows throughout life by cell accrual on its surface and can change shape to adjust the focussing power of the eye. Varying concentrations of proteins in successive cell layers create a refractive index gradient. The continued growth of the lens and age-related changes in proteins render it less able to alter shape with loss of capacity by the end of the sixth decade of life. Growth and protein ageing alter the refractive index but as accurate measurement of this parameter is difficult, the nature of such alterations remains uncertain. The most accurate method to date for measuring refractive index in intact lenses has been developed at the SPring-8 synchrotron. The technique, based on Talbot interferometry, has an X-ray source and was used to measure refractive index in sixty-six human lenses, aged from 16 to 91 years. Height and width were measured for forty-five lenses. Refractive index contours show decentration in some older lenses but individual variations mask age-related trends. Refractive index profiles along the optic axis have relatively flat central sections with distinct micro-fluctuations and a steep gradient in the cortex but do not exhibit an age-related trend. The refractive index profiles in the equatorial aspect show statistical significance with age, particularly for lenses below the age of sixty that had capacity to alter shape in vivo. The maximum refractive index in the lens centre decreases slightly with age with considerable scatter in the data and there are age-related variations in sagittal thickness and equatorial height. PMID:26416418

  3. New infrared transmitting material via inverse vulcanization of elemental sulfur to prepare high refractive index polymers.

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    Griebel, Jared J; Namnabat, Soha; Kim, Eui Tae; Himmelhuber, Roland; Moronta, Dominic H; Chung, Woo Jin; Simmonds, Adam G; Kim, Kyung-Jo; van der Laan, John; Nguyen, Ngoc A; Dereniak, Eustace L; Mackay, Michael E; Char, Kookheon; Glass, Richard S; Norwood, Robert A; Pyun, Jeffrey

    2014-05-21

    Polymers for IR imaging: The preparation of high refractive index polymers (n = 1.75 to 1.86) via the inverse vulcanization of elemental sulfur is reported. High quality imaging in the near (1.5 μm) and mid-IR (3-5 μm) regions using high refractive index polymeric lenses from these sulfur materials was demonstrated. PMID:24659231

  4. Simple and precise measurement of the complex refractive index and thickness for thin films

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    Peng, Yu; Li, Wei

    2014-07-01

    We demonstrate applications of a novel scheme which is used for measuring refractive index and thickness of thin film by analyzing the relative phase difference and reflected ratio at reflection point of a monolithic folded Fabry-Perot cavity (MFC). The complex refractive index and the thickness are calculated according to the Fresnel formula. Results show that the proposed method has an improvement in accuracy with simple and clear operating process compared with the conventional Ellipsometry.

  5. Effect of binders on the damage threshold and refractive index of coatings prepared from colloidal suspensions

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    Thomas, I.M.

    1992-10-01

    Addition of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) to aqueous suspensions of AlOOH, ZrO2 and HfO[sub 2] has been found to increase the damage threshold and refractive index of coatings prepared from these suspensions. The increase in damage threshold may be due to the increase in coating strength brought about by the enhanced particle-to-particle bond strength due to the polymer binder. The binder also increases the refractive index by decreasing the porosity. This leads to a reduction in the number of layer pairs required for high reflection in a typical HR coating. A mirror consisting of only ten layer pairs of HfO[sub 2]-SiO[sub 2] with PVA binder in the HfO[sub 2] had a reflectivity of over 99% at 1.06 [mu]m and a damage threshold of 25-28 J/cm[sup 2]at 1.06 [mu]m with a 10 ns pulse. 6 refs, 5 figs, 4 tabs.

  6. Effect of binders on the damage threshold and refractive index of coatings prepared from colloidal suspensions

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    Thomas, I.M.

    1992-10-01

    Addition of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) to aqueous suspensions of AlOOH, ZrO2 and HfO{sub 2} has been found to increase the damage threshold and refractive index of coatings prepared from these suspensions. The increase in damage threshold may be due to the increase in coating strength brought about by the enhanced particle-to-particle bond strength due to the polymer binder. The binder also increases the refractive index by decreasing the porosity. This leads to a reduction in the number of layer pairs required for high reflection in a typical HR coating. A mirror consisting of only ten layer pairs of HfO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} with PVA binder in the HfO{sub 2} had a reflectivity of over 99% at 1.06 {mu}m and a damage threshold of 25-28 J/cm{sup 2}at 1.06 {mu}m with a 10 ns pulse. 6 refs, 5 figs, 4 tabs.

  7. Method of determining effects of heat-induced irregular refractive index on an optical system.

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    Song, Xifa; Li, Lin; Huang, Yifan

    2015-09-01

    The effects of an irregular refractive index on optical performance are examined. A method was developed to express a lens's irregular refractive index distribution. An optical system and its mountings were modeled by a thermomechanical finite element (FE) program in the predicted operating temperature range, -45°C-50°C. FE outputs were elaborated using a MATLAB optimization routine; a nonlinear least squares algorithm was adopted to determine which gradient equation best fit each lens's refractive index distribution. The obtained gradient data were imported into Zemax for sequential ray-tracing analysis. The root mean square spot diameter, modulation transfer function, and diffraction ensquared energy were computed for an optical system under an irregular refractive index and under thermoelastic deformation. These properties are greatly reduced by the irregular refractive index effect, which is one-third to five-sevenths the size of the thermoelastic deformation effect. Thus, thermal analyses of optical systems should consider not only thermoelastic deformation but also refractive index irregularities caused by inhomogeneous temperature. PMID:26368895

  8. Refractive index and absorption detector for liquid chromatography based on Fabry-Perot interferometry

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    Yeung, E.S.; Woodruff, S.D.

    1984-06-19

    A refractive index and absorption detector are disclosed for liquid chromatography. It is based in part on a Fabry-Perot interferometer and is used for the improved detection of refractive index and absorption. It includes a Fabry-Perot interferometer having a normally fixed first partially reflecting mirror and a movable second partially reflecting mirror. A chromatographic flow-cell is positioned between the mirrors along the optical axis of a monochromatic laser beam passing through the interferometer. A means for deriving information about the interference fringes coming out of the interferometer is used with a mini-computer to compute the refractive index of the specimen injected into the flow cell. The minicomputer continuously scans the interferometer for continuous refractive index readings and outputs the continuous results of the scans on a chart recorder. The absorption of the specimen can concurrently be scanned by including a second optical path for an excitation laser which will not interfere with the first laser, but will affect the specimen so that absorption properties can be detected. By first scanning for the refractive index of the specimen, and then immediately adding the excitation laser and subsequently scanning for the refractive index again, the absorption of the specimen can be computed and recorded. 10 figs.

  9. Refractive index and absorption detector for liquid chromatography based on Fabry-Perot interferometry

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    Yeung, Edward S.; Woodruff, Steven D.

    1984-06-19

    A refractive index and absorption detector for liquid chromatography. It is based in part on a Fabry-Perot interferometer and is used for the improved detection of refractive index and absorption. It includes a Fabry-Perot interferometer having a normally fixed first partially reflecting mirror and a movable second partially reflecting mirror. A chromatographic flow-cell is positioned between the mirrors along the optical axis of a monochromatic laser beam passing through the interferometer. A means for deriving information about the interference fringes coming out of the interferometer is used with a mini-computer to compute the refractive index of the specimen injected into the flow cell. The minicomputer continuously scans the interferometer for continuous refractive index readings and outputs the continuous results of the scans on a chart recorder. The absorption of the specimen can concurrently be scanned by including a second optical path for an excitation laser which will not interfere with the first laser, but will affect the specimen so that absorption properties can be detected. By first scanning for the refractive index of the specimen, and then immediately adding the excitation laser and subsequently scanning for the refractive index again, the absorption of the specimen can be computed and recorded.

  10. Polarimetry of moonlight: A new method for determining the refractive index of the lunar regolith

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    Fearnside, Andrew; Masding, Philip; Hooker, Chris

    2016-04-01

    We present a new method for remotely measuring the refractive index of the lunar regolith, using polarised moonlight. Umov's Law correlates the polarisation (Pmax) of scattered moonlight and the albedo (A) of the scattering lunar regolith. We discuss how deviations from this correlation have previously been linked to the so-called 'Polarimetric Anomaly Parameter', (Pmax)aA, which was proposed by Shkuratov and others as being related to variations in regolith grain size. We propose a reinterpretation of that parameter. We develop models of light scattering by regolith grains which predict that variation in the refractive index of regolith grains causes deviations from Umov's Law. Variations in other grain parameters such as grain size and degree of space weathering do not produce this deviation. The models are supported by polarimetric measurements on powdered terrestrial materials of differing refractive index. We derive a simple formula to express the relationship between refractive index and the deviation from Umov's Law and apply it to telescopic measurements of regions of the lunar surface. We show that the Aristarchus Plateau and the Marius Hills regions both comprise materials of unusually low refractive index. These results are consistent with recent estimates of the mineralogy of those areas. Picard and Peirce craters, in Mare Crisium, are shown to contain material of low refractive index similar to highland regions, as has been suggested by earlier studies of these craters.

  11. A point radiator parallel to a plane layer with negative refractive index

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    Petrin, A. B.

    2008-09-15

    Focusing of an electromagnetic wave radiated by a point source and transmitted through a plane layer filled with a medium with negative refractive index is considered. An elementary electric Hertzian dipole located in the air (or vacuum) parallel to the boundaries of the layer is considered as a point source of radiation. It is rigorously shown that, after transmitting through a layer with negative refractive index, the electromagnetic wave of the dipole is focused into a certain domain. The dimensions of the focusing region are investigated. The results of the investigation show that the use of homogeneous materials with negative refraction does not allow one to overcome the diffraction limit.

  12. Highly sensitive refractive index sensor based on adiabatically tapered microfiber long period gratings.

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    Ji, Wen Bin; Tjin, Swee Chuan; Lin, Bo; Ng, Choong Leng

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate a refractive index sensor based on a long period grating (LPG) inscribed in a special photosensitive microfiber with double-clad profile. The fiber is tapered gradually enough to ensure the adiabaticity of the fiber taper. In other words, the resulting insertion loss is sufficiently small. The boron and germanium co-doped inner cladding makes it suitable for inscribing gratings into its tapered form. The manner of wavelength shift for refractive indices (RIs) differs from conventional LPG, and the refractive index detection limit is 1.67 × 10⁻⁵. PMID:24141267

  13. Direct measurement of the two principal refractive indexes of a nematic liquid crystal slab.

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    Miraldi, E; Oldano, C; Trossi, L; Valabrega, P T

    1982-11-15

    A new technique to measure the principal refractive indexes of a nematic liquid crystal is presented. The method is based on an indirect measurement of the refraction angle by determining the direction of a magnetic field which minimizes the light scattering. With this technique one can perform different light scattering experiments, which require a knowledge of the refractive indexes, on the same crystal slab. The accuracy is better than +/-0.15%. A discussion about the systematic error due to the distortion of the director profile near the holder edges and the relative correction is given. PMID:20401025

  14. Effects of refractive index mismatch in optical CT imaging of polymer gel dosimeters

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    Manjappa, Rakesh; Makki S, Sharath; Kanhirodan, Rajan; Kumar, Rajesh

    2015-02-15

    Purpose: Proposing an image reconstruction technique, algebraic reconstruction technique-refraction correction (ART-rc). The proposed method takes care of refractive index mismatches present in gel dosimeter scanner at the boundary, and also corrects for the interior ray refraction. Polymer gel dosimeters with high dose regions have higher refractive index and optical density compared to the background medium, these changes in refractive index at high dose results in interior ray bending. Methods: The inclusion of the effects of refraction is an important step in reconstruction of optical density in gel dosimeters. The proposed ray tracing algorithm models the interior multiple refraction at the inhomogeneities. Jacob’s ray tracing algorithm has been modified to calculate the pathlengths of the ray that traverses through the higher dose regions. The algorithm computes the length of the ray in each pixel along its path and is used as the weight matrix. Algebraic reconstruction technique and pixel based reconstruction algorithms are used for solving the reconstruction problem. The proposed method is tested with numerical phantoms for various noise levels. The experimental dosimetric results are also presented. Results: The results show that the proposed scheme ART-rc is able to reconstruct optical density inside the dosimeter better than the results obtained using filtered backprojection and conventional algebraic reconstruction approaches. The quantitative improvement using ART-rc is evaluated using gamma-index. The refraction errors due to regions of different refractive indices are discussed. The effects of modeling of interior refraction in the dose region are presented. Conclusions: The errors propagated due to multiple refraction effects have been modeled and the improvements in reconstruction using proposed model is presented. The refractive index of the dosimeter has a mismatch with the surrounding medium (for dry air or water scanning). The algorithm reconstructs the dose profiles by estimating refractive indices of multiple inhomogeneities having different refractive indices and optical densities embedded in the dosimeter. This is achieved by tracking the path of the ray that traverses through the dosimeter. Extensive simulation studies have been carried out and results are found to be matching that of experimental results.

  15. Index of Refraction Measurements Using a Laser Distance Meter

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    Ochoa, Romulo; Fiorillo, Richard; Ochoa, Cris

    2014-03-01

    We present a simple method to determine the refractive indices of transparent media using a laser distance meter. Indices of refraction have been obtained by measuring the speed of light in materials. Some speed of light techniques use time-of-flight measurements in which pulses are emitted by lasers and the time interval is measured for the pulse to travel from the laser to a detector. These experiments are relatively costly and use sophisticated equipment not always available in an educational institution. Our method uses a laser distance meter that can be purchased for under 80. The meter uses the accepted value of the speed of light in vacuum to determine distances based on a measured time of flight. The output is distance in meters or feet.

  16. Refractive index detection with self-mixing interferometry for biosensing applications

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    Mttl, Miia; Wang, Meng; Krehut, Leszek; Hast, Jukka; Myllyl, Risto

    2007-02-01

    This paper presents a novel method for detecting a change in the refractive index of samples. One of its major applications is sensing molecular interaction in biological samples. In our study a self-mixing interferometer (SMI) was chosen as the instrument for measuring the refractive index in free -space. A GaN blue laser diode was used as a light-emitting source. Compared with traditional interferometric configurations, self-mixing interferometry combined with the laser diode package has the advantage of a compact setup and high sensitivity. Long-term stability issue was first concerned in our research. The results showed that in 15 minutes the movement of the fringe pattern formed by the self-interfered laser beam is 13.6 nm. The measurement of the refractive index was performed by adding a heating element to the external cavity of the SMI. The refractive index of the air in the external cavity was varied by the atmospheric temperature. The change in the refractive index of the air was calculated using both a modified Edln equation and the recorded self-interfered signals. The results showed that the change in the refractive index observed from the shift in the fringe pattern is compatible with that calculated with the modified Edln equation, or about 110 -6/C with optical path length of 5 cm. Theoretically, the smallest movement of the fringe pattern that can be detected with our measurement setup is 1.6 nm, corresponding to a 10 -8 change in the refractive index in the external cavity.

  17. Refractive index and wavenumber properties for cyclotron resonant quasilinear diffusion by cold plasma waves

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    Albert, J. M.

    2007-07-15

    Wave-particle interactions have a large effect on magetospheric particles, in the radiation belts and elsewhere. Bounce-averaged quasilinear diffusion coefficients have been calculated for whistler hiss and chorus and electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves (EMIC), which are all believed to play major roles. To perform these calculations efficiently, techniques have been developed that use properties of the refractive index of these modes to identify ranges of wave-normal angle that are compatible with cyclotron resonance in a given frequency band. Other cold plasma waves, in the L-X, L-O, R-X, and Z modes, can also resonate with energetic electrons, and some preliminary calculations of their diffusion coefficients have been reported. Here, it is shown that the refractive index of these modes allows the techniques developed for whistler and EMIC waves to be applied to them as well. Sample calculations are presented for Z mode waves, with {omega}{sub pe}>{omega}{sub e} and {omega}{sub pe}<{omega}{sub e}. It is also observed that for any cold plasma mode, the wavenumber is an increasing function of frequency for a fixed value of wave-normal angle; this is proved algebraically with mild approximations and verified numerically for a very wide range of parameters. This allows a variant of the technique for efficiently calculating diffusion coefficients.

  18. Measurement of nonlinear refractive index of organic materials by z-scan

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    Fontalvo, M.; Garcia, A.; Valbuena, S.; Racedo, F.

    2016-02-01

    The nonlinear effects characterization by using the Z-Scan transmission technique in many materials has generated great in forest according to the technological necessities. The majority part of the nonlinear effects can be described by the classic electromagnetic theory, with the electrical susceptibility in the constitutive equation that relates the electrical polarization with the electrical field. In this work the sign and refractive index magnitude and the nonlinear absorption coefficient of the following organic substance were determined: methylene-blue, rodamine LD, vegetable powder and gentian violet a hundred percent pure dissolved in isopropyl alcohol, a laser Nd: YAG was used as a source excitation. The bunch of laser was focused with a lens of ten centimeters of focal length; by using a displacement system the sweeping of twenty centimeters was realized. The following results of the normalized curves of the transmittance in function of the z position were obtained applying the Sheik- Bahae theory: The nonlinear refractive index of the dye shows an increase in function of its concentration and the power of exciting of the laser with negative nonlinear sign in the majority of the sample.

  19. TCF-MMF-TCF fiber structure based interferometer for refractive index sensing

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    Fu, Haiwei; Li, Huidong; Shao, Min; Zhao, Na; Liu, Yinggang; Li, Yan; Yan, Xu; Liu, Qinpeng

    2015-06-01

    A liquid refractive index (RI) sensor based on in-fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) by sandwiching multi-mode fiber (MMF) between two short sections of thinned core fiber (TCF) is proposed in this paper. The first section of TCF excites the high-order modes and the second section TCF couples the core mode and high-order modes into lead-out SMF to form intermodal interference. The sensor with MMF length of 20 mm and TCFs length of 1 mm was fabricated. The transmission spectrum variation of the sensor with respect to surrounding refractive index (SRI) has been studied by experiment. The results show that the central wavelength of dips/peaks shifting had a good linearity with SRI. The RI sensitivity of the sensor is 130.00 nm/RIU over the RI range of 1.3333-1.4182. The RI sensitivity increase to 433.60 nm/RIU after etching the MMF cladding of the sensor. The sensor keeps low dependence on temperature before and after etching.

  20. The application of high-refractive index photoresist for 32-nm device level imaging

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    Conley, Will

    2007-03-01

    The lithography prognosticator of the early 1980's declared the end of optics for sub- 0.5μm imaging. However, significant improvements in optics, photoresist and mask technology continued through the mercury lamp lines (436, 405 & 365nm) and into laser bands of 248nm and to 193nm. As each wavelength matured, innovative optical solutions and further improvements in photoresist technology have demonstrated that extending imaging resolution is possible thus further reducing k I. Several author have recently discussed manufacturing imaging solutions for sub-0.3k I and the integration challenges. Our industry will continue to focus on the most cost effective solution. What continues to motivate lithographers to discover new and innovative lithography solutions? The answer is cost. Recent publications have demonstrated sub 0.30 k I imaging. The development of new tooling, masks and even photoresist platforms impacts cost. The switch from KrF to ArF imaging materials has a significant impact on process integration. This paper will focus on the need to increase the refractive index of ArF photoresist systems to enhance process capability for ultra-high NA's that are near the limitation of the immersion fluid. Data will be presented demonstrating the impact of higher refractive index photoresist systems have on the further extension of ArF Immersion. Advanced RET's will be incorporated to further explore improvements in critical imaging levels along with dominant mask effects.

  1. Extraction of light trapped due to total internal reflection using porous high refractive index nanoparticle films

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    Mao, Peng; Sun, Fangfang; Yao, Hanchao; Chen, Jing; Zhao, Bo; Xie, Bo; Han, Min; Wang, Guanghou

    2014-06-01

    TiO2 nanoparticle layers composed of columnar TiO2 nanoparticle piles separated with nanoscale pores were fabricated on the bottom surface of the hemispherical glass prism by performing gas phase cluster beam deposition at glancing incidence. The porosity as well as the refractive index of the nanoparticle layer was precisely tuned by the incident angle. Effective extraction of the light trapped in the substrate due to total internal reflection with the TiO2 nanoparticle layers was demonstrated and the extraction efficiency was found to increase with the porosity. An enhanced Rayleigh scattering mechanism, which results from the columnar aggregation of the nanoparticles as well as the strong contrast in the refractive index between pores and TiO2 nanoparticles in the nanoporous structures, was proposed. The porous TiO2 nanoparticle coatings were fabricated on the surface of GaN LEDs to enhance their light output. A nearly 92% PL enhancement as well as a 30% EL enhancement was observed. For LED applications, the enhanced light extraction with the TiO2 nanoparticle porous layers can be a supplement to the microscale texturing process for light extraction enhancement.

  2. Extraction of light trapped due to total internal reflection using porous high refractive index nanoparticle films.

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    Mao, Peng; Sun, Fangfang; Yao, Hanchao; Chen, Jing; Zhao, Bo; Xie, Bo; Han, Min; Wang, Guanghou

    2014-07-21

    TiO₂ nanoparticle layers composed of columnar TiO₂ nanoparticle piles separated with nanoscale pores were fabricated on the bottom surface of the hemispherical glass prism by performing gas phase cluster beam deposition at glancing incidence. The porosity as well as the refractive index of the nanoparticle layer was precisely tuned by the incident angle. Effective extraction of the light trapped in the substrate due to total internal reflection with the TiO₂ nanoparticle layers was demonstrated and the extraction efficiency was found to increase with the porosity. An enhanced Rayleigh scattering mechanism, which results from the columnar aggregation of the nanoparticles as well as the strong contrast in the refractive index between pores and TiO₂ nanoparticles in the nanoporous structures, was proposed. The porous TiO₂ nanoparticle coatings were fabricated on the surface of GaN LEDs to enhance their light output. A nearly 92% PL enhancement as well as a 30% EL enhancement was observed. For LED applications, the enhanced light extraction with the TiO₂ nanoparticle porous layers can be a supplement to the microscale texturing process for light extraction enhancement. PMID:24927071

  3. Tenfold improved sensitivity using high refractive-index substrates for surface plasmon sensing

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    Micheletto, Ruggero; Hamamoto, Katsumi; Fujii, Takashi; Kawakami, Yoichi

    2008-10-27

    Surface plasmon resonance sensors exploit the high sensitivity to local perturbations of plasma waves in a thin metal layer. These devices have a wide range of applications as biomedical, environmental, industrial, and homeland security. We concentrate on the theoretical aspects of the sensing principle. By calculations at various indexes of refraction we proved that using substrate material of higher index, sensitivity and dynamics range improve conspicuously. Finally, we show experimental data taken using a special transparent ceramic material of exceptionally high index of refraction n=2.04. Tests demonstrate sensitivity about one order of magnitude better than those obtained with conventional BK7 glass.

  4. A Soft 3D Acoustic Metafluid with Dual-Band Negative Refractive Index.

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    Raffy, Simon; Mascaro, Benoit; Brunet, Thomas; Mondain-Monval, Olivier; Leng, Jacques

    2016-03-01

    Spherical silica xerogels are efficient acoustic Mie resonators. When these sub-wavelength inclusions are dispersed in a matrix, the final metafluid may display a negative acoustic refractive index upon a set of precise constraints concerning material properties, concentration, size, and dispersity of the inclusions. Because xerogels may sustain both pressure and shear waves, several bands with negative index can be tailored. PMID:26671783

  5. Refractive Index of a Transparent Liquid Measured with a Concave Mirror

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    Joshi, Amitabh; Serna, Juan D.

    2012-01-01

    Measuring the refractive index "n" of a substance or medium is part of every introductory physics course. Various approaches to determine this index have been developed over the years based on the different ways light reflects and transmits in the medium. In this paper, the authors would like to present a simple geometrical derivation of the…

  6. Refractive Index of a Transparent Liquid Measured with a Concave Mirror

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    Joshi, Amitabh; Serna, Juan D.

    2012-01-01

    Measuring the refractive index "n" of a substance or medium is part of every introductory physics course. Various approaches to determine this index have been developed over the years based on the different ways light reflects and transmits in the medium. In this paper, the authors would like to present a simple geometrical derivation of the

  7. Initial growth, refractive index, and crystallinity of thermal and plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition AlN films

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    Van Bui, Hao Wiggers, Frank B.; Gupta, Anubha; Nguyen, Minh D.; Aarnink, Antonius A. I.; Jong, Michel P. de; Kovalgin, Alexey Y.

    2015-01-01

    The authors have studied and compared the initial growth and properties of AlN films deposited on Si(111) by thermal and plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (ALD) using trimethylaluminum and either ammonia or a N{sub 2}-H{sub 2} mixture as precursors. In-situ spectroscopic ellipsometry was employed to monitor the growth and measure the refractive index of the films during the deposition. The authors found that an incubation stage only occurred for thermal ALD. The linear growth for plasma-enhanced ALD (PEALD) started instantly from the beginning due to the higher nuclei density provided by the presence of plasma. The authors observed the evolution of the refractive index of AlN during the growth, which showed a rapid increase up to a thickness of about 30 nm followed by a saturation. Below this thickness, higher refractive index values were obtained for AlN films grown by PEALD, whereas above that the refractive index was slightly higher for thermal ALD films. X-ray diffraction characterization showed a wurtzite crystalline structure with a (101{sup ¯}0) preferential orientation obtained for all the layers with a slightly better crystallinity for films grown by PEALD.

  8. High Refraction Index Polysiloxanes via Organometallic Routes - An Overview

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    Stańzyk, Włodzimierz A.; Czech, Anna; Duczmal, Wojciech; Ganicz, Tomasz; Noskowska, Małgorzata; Szeląg, Anna

    Processes based on four organometallic routes leading to phenylethenyl substituted siloxanes are reviewed. Such materials, exhibiting high refraction indices, can be made by hydrosilylation of phenylacetylenes with Si-H moieties containing siloxane oligomers and polymers. On the other hand reactions between vinyl containing siloxanes with haloaryls or styrenes lead to the same systems via Heck or metathetic and silylative coupling. The effectiveness of the catalytic processes is analyzed from the point of view of side reactions, required catalyst concentration and reaction conditions. At the current state of knowledge the Heck coupling offers synthesis of the desired phenylethenyl substituted silicone fluids using technologically most attractive pathway.

  9. Simultaneous measurement of refractive-index and thickness for optical materials by laser feedback interferometry.

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    Xu, Ling; Zhang, Shulian; Tan, Yidong; Sun, Liqun

    2014-08-01

    The refractive index measurement by ordinary interferometers cannot avoid the air disturbances in the optical path. A novel approach is presented in this paper based on the Nd:YAG microchip laser feedback interferometry (MLFI) with 1064 nm wavelength. For eliminating the air flow and electric-heating influence the heterodyne modulation and quasi-common path in the MLFI are used. The simultaneous measurement with high accuracy of the refractive index and thickness is realized. The measurement results for three kinds of materials are presented including N-SF57 glass with high index up to 1.81057. The measurement uncertainty of refractive index is better than 0.00002 and of thickness is better than 0.0006 mm. PMID:25173250

  10. Research on the change of complex refractive index of porcine muscle during natural dehydration.

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    Deng, Zhichao; Wang, Jin; Liu, Yuanze; Ye, Qing; Sun, Tengqian; Zhou, Wenyuan; Mei, Jianchun; Zhang, Chunping; Tian, Jianguo

    2015-04-01

    The physical changes of tissue are complicated to evaluate during optical clearing (OC) treatment. Monitoring the changes of optical parameters, including the complex refractive index (CRI), helps people better understand the OC process. From the imaginary part of CRI, we can deduce the extinction coefficient of tissue. Based on the total internal reflection method, the time-dependent CRI of porcine muscle during natural dehydration is well determined. Results show that the real RI increases continuously with the increase of dehydration time, whereas the extinction coefficient initially increases and then decreases. Finally, the extinction coefficient becomes much smaller than the initial value, which demonstrates that better tissue optical clarity is obtained. The change tendency of the extinction coefficient of tissue is used to qualitatively explain the dynamic change of transmittance of a natural dehydrated tissue. Consequently, CRI, especially its imaginary part, is a very useful optical parameter by which to evaluate the OC effect. PMID:25867618

  11. Research on the change of complex refractive index of porcine muscle during natural dehydration

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    Deng, Zhichao; Wang, Jin; Liu, Yuanze; Ye, Qing; Sun, Tengqian; Zhou, Wenyuan; Mei, Jianchun; Zhang, Chunping; Tian, Jianguo

    2015-04-01

    The physical changes of tissue are complicated to evaluate during optical clearing (OC) treatment. Monitoring the changes of optical parameters, including the complex refractive index (CRI), helps people better understand the OC process. From the imaginary part of CRI, we can deduce the extinction coefficient of tissue. Based on the total internal reflection method, the time-dependent CRI of porcine muscle during natural dehydration is well determined. Results show that the real RI increases continuously with the increase of dehydration time, whereas the extinction coefficient initially increases and then decreases. Finally, the extinction coefficient becomes much smaller than the initial value, which demonstrates that better tissue optical clarity is obtained. The change tendency of the extinction coefficient of tissue is used to qualitatively explain the dynamic change of transmittance of a natural dehydrated tissue. Consequently, CRI, especially its imaginary part, is a very useful optical parameter by which to evaluate the OC effect.

  12. Complex Refractive Index of Ammonium Nitrate in the 2-20 micron Spectral Range

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    Jarzembski, Maurice A.; Norman, Mark L.; Fuller, Kirk A.; Srivastava, Vandana; Cutten, Dean R.

    2002-01-01

    Using high resolution Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) absorbance/transmittance spectral data for ammonium sulfate (AMS), calcium carbonate (CAC) and ammonium nitrate (AMN), comparisons were made with previously published complex refractive indices data for AMS and CAC to infer experimental parameters to determine the imaginary refractive index for AMN in the infrared wavelength range from 2 to 20 microns. Kramers-Kronig mathematical relations were applied to calculate the real refractive index for the three compositions. Excellent agreement for AMS and CAC with the published values was found, validating the complex refractive indices obtained for AMN. Backscatter calculations using a lognormal size distribution for AMS, AMN, and CAC aerosols were performed to show differences in their backscattered spectra.

  13. Infrared non-planar plasmonic perfect absorber for enhanced sensitive refractive index sensing

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    Cheng, Yongzhi; Mao, Xue Song; Wu, Chenjun; Wu, Lin; Gong, RongZhou

    2016-03-01

    We present a non-planar all-metal plasmonic perfect absorber (PA) with response polarization independent in infrared region, which can be served as a sensor for enhanced refractive index sensing. Distinct from previous designs, the proposed PA consisted of all metal structured film constructed with an assembly of four-tined rod resonators (FRRs). The PA with a high quality-factor (Q-factor) of 41.2 and an absorbance of 99.9% at 142.6 THz has been demonstrated numerically. The resonance behavior occurs in the space between the rods of the FRRs, which is remarkable different conventional sandwiched structural PAs. Based on equivalent LC circuit theory, the absorption peak can be finely tuned by varying the geometrical dimensions of the FRRs. Furthermore, the resonance frequency shows highly sensitive response to the change of refractive index in the surrounding medium. A careful design for refractive index sensor can yield a sensitivity of 1445 nm/refractive index unit (RIU) and a figure of merit (FOM) of 28.8. The demonstrated design of the plasmonic PA for sensing provides great potential application in enhancing refractive index sensors and the enhanced infrared spectroscopy.

  14. High sensitivity refractive index sensor based on adiabatic tapered optical fiber deposited with nanofilm by ALD.

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    Zhu, Shan; Pang, Fufei; Huang, Sujuan; Zou, Fang; Dong, Yanhua; Wang, Tingyun

    2015-06-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology is introduced to fabricate a high sensitivity refractive index sensor based on an adiabatic tapered optical fiber. Different thickness of Al2O3 nanofilm is coated around fiber taper precisely and uniformly under different deposition cycles. Attributed to the high refractive index of the Al2O3 nanofilm, an asymmetry Fabry-Perot like interferometer is constructed along the fiber taper. Based on the ray-optic analysis, total internal reflection happens on the nanofilm-surrounding interface. With the ambient refractive index changing, the phase delay induced by the Goos-Hänchen shift is changed. Correspondingly, the transmission resonant spectrum shifts, which can be utilized for realizing high sensitivity sensor. The high sensitivity sensor with 6008 nm/RIU is demonstrated by depositing 3000 layers Al2O3 nanofilm as the ambient refractive index is close to 1.33. This high sensitivity refractive index sensor is expected to have wide applications in biochemical sensors. PMID:26072758

  15. Analysis of interferograms of refractive index inhomogeneities produced in optical materials

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    Tarjányi, N.

    2014-12-01

    Optical homogeneity of materials intended for optical applications is one of the criterions which decide on an appropriate application method for the material. The existence of a refractive index inhomogeneity inside a material may disqualify it from utilization or by contrary, provide an advantage. For observation of a refractive index inhomogeneity, even a weak one, it is convenient to use any of interferometric methods. They are very sensitive and provide information on spatial distribution of the refractive index, immediately. One can use them also in case when the inhomogeneity evolves in time, usually due to action of some external fields. Then, the stream of interferograms provides a dynamic evolution of a spatial distribution of the inhomogeneity. In the contribution, there are presented results of the analysis of interferograms obtained by observing the creation of a refractive index inhomogeneity due to illumination of thin layers of a polyvinyl-alcohol/acrylamide photopolymer and a plate of photorefractive crystal, lithium niobate, by light and a refractive index inhomogeneity originated at the boundary of two layers of polydimethylsiloxane. The obtained dependences can be used for studying of the mechanisms responsible for the inhomogeneity creation, designing various technical applications or for diagnostics of fabricated components.

  16. Three-Dimensional Holographic Refractive-Index Measurement of Continuously Flowing Cells in a Microfluidic Channel

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    Sung, Yongjin; Lue, Niyom; Hamza, Bashar; Martel, Joseph; Irimia, Daniel; Dasari, Ramachandra R.; Choi, Wonshik; Yaqoob, Zahid; So, Peter

    2014-02-01

    The refractive index of biological specimens is a source of intrinsic contrast that can be explored without any concerns of photobleaching or harmful effects caused by extra contrast agents. In addition, the refractive index contains rich information related to the metabolism of cells at the cellular and subcellular levels. Here, we report a no-moving-parts approach that provides three-dimensional refractive-index maps of biological samples continuously flowing in a microfluidic channel. Specifically, we use line illumination and off-axis digital holography to record the angular spectra of light scattered from flowing samples at high speed. Applying the scalar diffraction theory, we obtain accurate refractive-index maps of the samples from the measured spectra. Using this method, we demonstrate label-free three-dimensional imaging of live RKO human colon cancer cells and RPMI8226 multiple myeloma cells, and obtain the volume, dry mass, and density of these cells from the measured three-dimensional refractive-index maps. Our results show that the reported method, alone or in combination with the existing flow cytometry techniques, shows promise as a quantitative tool for stain-free characterization of a large number of cells.

  17. Hybrid zirconium sol-gel thin films with high refractive index

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    Gorin, Arnaud; Copperwhite, Robert; Elmaghrum, Salem; Mc Donagh, Colette; Oubaha, Mohamed

    2011-08-01

    We describe the synthesis of optical quality thin film materials with high refractive index, employing zirconium based hybrid sol-gel precursors. As the zirconium propoxide precursor is unstable in the presence of a strong nucleophilic agent such as water, two synthesis routes have been performed employing a chelating agent and an organosilane precursor to avoid the formation of any undesired ZrO2 agglomerates, leading to organo-zirconate complexes and silicato-zirconate copolymers, respectively. The prepared hybrid sol-gel materials were deposited by spin-coating to form a transparent thin film on silicon substrates, and heat treated at 100 °C for the final stabilisation of the layer. The effect of the two synthesis routes on the optical properties of zirconium based hybrid sol-gel material is discussed. It was found that the nature and concentration of the organosilane precursor can significantly affect the structural properties of the deposited films. A correlation was also demonstrated between the concentration of the organosilane precursor and the refractive index of the material. By reducing the concentration of organosilane precursor, high refractive index materials were obtained. Similar behaviour was observed for the materials synthesised via chelating agent. The synthesis employing an organosilane precursor produces films with higher refractive index. A maximum refractive index of 1.746 was measured at 635nm for the deposited thin films.

  18. Determination of Diameter and Index of Refraction of Textile Fibers by Laser Backscattering

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    H. Okuda; B. Stratton; L. Meixler; P. Efthimion; D.Mansfield

    2003-07-24

    A new method was developed to determine both diameters and indices of refraction and hence the birefringence of cylindrical textile and industrial fibers and bundles by measuring intensity patterns of the scattered light over an interval of scattering angles. The measured intensity patterns are compared with theoretical predictions (Mie theory) to determine fiber diameter and index of refraction. It is shown that the method is simple and accurate and may be useful as an on-line, noncontact diagnostic tool in real time.

  19. Diffraction grating-based sensing optofluidic device for measuring the refractive index of liquids.

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    Calixto, Sergio; Bruce, Neil C; Rosete-Aguilar, Martha

    2016-01-11

    We describe a simple and versatile optical sensing device for measuring refractive index of liquids. The sensor consists of a sinusoidal relief grating in a glass cell. Device calibration is done by pouring in the cell different liquids of known refractive indices. Each time a liquid is poured first order intensity is measured. The fabrication process and testing of the prototype device is described. An application in the measurement of temperature is also presented. PMID:26832249

  20. Temperature-dependent Absolute Refractive Index Measurements of Synthetic Fused Silica

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    Leviton, Douglas B.; Frey, Bradley J.

    2006-01-01

    Using the Cryogenic, High-Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, we have measured the absolute refractive index of five specimens taken from a very large boule of Corning 7980 fused silica from temperatures ranging from 30 to 310 K at wavelengths from 0.4 to 2.6 microns with an absolute uncertainty of plus or minus 1 x 10 (exp -5). Statistical variations in derived values of the thermo-optic coefficient (dn/dT) are at the plus or minus 2 x 10 (exp -8)/K level. Graphical and tabulated data for absolute refractive index, dispersion, and thermo-optic coefficient are presented for selected wavelengths and temperatures along with estimates of uncertainty in index. Coefficients for temperature-dependent Sellmeier fits of measured refractive index are also presented to allow accurate interpolation of index to other wavelengths and temperatures. We compare our results to those from an independent investigation (which used an interferometric technique for measuring index changes as a function of temperature) whose samples were prepared from the same slugs of material from which our prisms were prepared in support of the Kepler mission. We also compare our results with sparse cryogenic index data from measurements of this material from the literature.

  1. Stratospheric aerosol acidity, density, and refractive index deduced from SAGE 2 and NMC temperature data

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    Yue, G. K.; Poole, L. R.; Wang, P.-H.; Chiou, E. W.

    1994-01-01

    Water vapor concentrations obtained by the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment 2 (SAGE 2) and collocated temperatures provided by the National Meteorological Center (NMC) from 1986 to 1990 are used to deduce seasonally and zonally averaged acidity, density, and refractive index of stratospheric aerosols. It is found that the weight percentage of sulfuric acid in the aerosols increases from about 60 just above the tropopause to about 86 at 35 km. The density increases from about 1.55 to 1.85 g/cu cm between the same altitude limits. Some seasonal variations of composition and density are evident at high latitudes. The refractive indices at 1.02, 0.694, and 0.532 micrometers increase, respectively, from about 1.425, 1.430, and 1.435 just above the tropopause to about 1.445, 1.455, and 1.458 at altitudes above 27 km, depending on the season and latitude. The aerosol properties presented can be used in models to study the effectiveness of heterogeneous chemistry, the mass loading of stratospheric aerosols, and the extinction and backscatter of aerosols at different wavelengths. Computed aerosol surface areas, rate coefficients for the heterogeneous reaction ClONO2 + H2O yields HOCl + HNO3 and aerosol mass concentrations before and after the Pinatubo eruption in June 1991 are shown as sample applications.

  2. Influence of Shape and Gradient Refractive Index in the Accommodative Changes of Spherical Aberration in Nonhuman Primate Crystalline Lenses

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    de Castro, Alberto; Birkenfeld, Judith; Maceo, Bianca; Manns, Fabrice; Arrieta, Esdras; Parel, Jean-Marie; Marcos, Susana

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. To estimate changes in surface shape and gradient refractive index (GRIN) profile in primate lenses as a function of accommodation. To quantify the contribution of surface shape and GRIN to spherical aberration changes with accommodation. Methods. Crystalline lenses from 15 cynomolgus monkeys were studied in vitro under different levels of accommodation produced by a stretching system. Lens shape was obtained from optical coherence tomography (OCT) cross-sectional images. The GRIN was reconstructed with a search algorithm using the optical path measured from OCT images and the measured back focal length. The spherical aberration of the lens was estimated as a function of accommodation using the reconstructed GRIN and a homogeneous refractive index. Results. The lens anterior and posterior radii of curvature decreased with increasing lens power. Both surfaces exhibited negative asphericities in the unaccommodated state. The anterior surface conic constant shifted toward less negative values with accommodation, while the value of the posterior remained constant. GRIN parameters remained constant with accommodation. The lens spherical aberration with GRIN distribution was negative and higher in magnitude than that with a homogeneous equivalent refractive index (by 29% and 53% in the unaccommodated and fully accommodated states, respectively). Spherical aberration with the equivalent refractive index shifted with accommodation toward negative values (−0.070 μm/diopter [D]), but the reconstructed GRIN shifted it farther (−0.124 μm/D). Conclusions. When compared with the lens with the homogeneous equivalent refractive index, the reconstructed GRIN lens has more negative spherical aberration and a larger shift toward more negative values with accommodation. PMID:23927893

  3. Refractive index sensors based on the fused tapered special multi-mode fiber

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    Fu, Xing-hu; Xiu, Yan-li; Liu, Qin; Xie, Hai-yang; Yang, Chuan-qing; Zhang, Shun-yang; Fu, Guang-wei; Bi, Wei-hong

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a novel refractive index (RI) sensor is proposed based on the fused tapered special multi-mode fiber (SMMF). Firstly, a section of SMMF is spliced between two single-mode fibers (SMFs). Then, the SMMF is processed by a fused tapering machine, and a tapered fiber structure is fabricated. Finally, a fused tapered SMMF sensor is obtained for measuring external RI. The RI sensing mechanism of tapered SMMF sensor is analyzed in detail. For different fused tapering lengths, the experimental results show that the RI sensitivity can be up to 444.517 81 nm/RIU in the RI range of 1.334 9—1.347 0. The RI sensitivity is increased with the increase of fused tapering length. Moreover, it has many advantages, including high sensitivity, compact structure, fast response and wide application range. So it can be used to measure the solution concentration in the fields of biochemistry, health care and food processing.

  4. Retrieval of refractive index fields in two-dimensional gradient-index elements from external deflectometry data.

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    Lin, Di; Leger, James R

    2016-03-01

    In a previous work, we presented a numerical method for retrieving inhomogeneous refractive index fields in rectangular gradient-index elements from boundary positions and internal boundary slopes associated with a set of interrogating probe beams that transit the medium. The present work extends this method to external boundary beam slopes without knowledge of the refractive index along the surface of the optical element, requiring minimal additional information (outside of beam position and slope data) such as a single known index point inside the medium. The inverse problem is cast as a linear algebraic system describing the deflection of probe beams inside the optical material, and an iterative inversion algorithm is used to generate an index field that produces the boundary value data. By incorporating Snell's law into the system equation through surface values derived from tentative reconstructions of the refractive index, we show in simulation that a series of inversion cycles applied to the system equation accurately recovers the index profile used to generate the test data. PMID:26974909

  5. Suppression of Air Refractive Index Variations in High-Resolution Interferometry

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    Lazar, Josef; Číp, Ondřej; Čížek, Martin; Hrabina, Jan; Buchta, Zdeněk

    2011-01-01

    The influence of the refractive index of air has proven to be a major problem on the road to improvement of the uncertainty in interferometric displacement measurements. We propose an approach with two counter-measuring interferometers acting as a combination of tracking refractometer and a displacement interferometer referencing the wavelength of the laser source to a mechanical standard made of a material with ultra-low thermal expansion. This technique combines length measurement within a specified range with measurement of the refractive index fluctuations in one axis. Errors caused by different position of the interferometer laser beam and air sensors are thus eliminated. The method has been experimentally tested in comparison with the indirect measurement of the refractive index of air in a thermal controlled environment. Over a 1 K temperature range an agreement on the level of 5 × 10−8 has been achieved. PMID:22164036

  6. Laser-induced refractive index gratings formed in Pr3+-doped sodium-magnesium-aluminosilicate glasses

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    Hamad, Abdulatif Y.; Wicksted, James P.

    2005-03-01

    We report a systematic study of grating formation in which the Pr2O3 concentration [Pr2O3] in sodium-magnesium-aluminosilicate glasses is varied from 0.5to5mol%. The grating kinetics is reported as functions of the [Pr2O3] and the write-beam irradiance. The maximum persistent change in the index of refraction was 1×10-5. The persistent change in the index of refraction initially decreased linearly as a function of the [Pr2O3] and showed a limiting behavior at the highest [Pr2O3]. No appreciable transient change in the index of refraction, Δntran, was measured. This was attributed to the low probability of the multiphonon relaxation of the P03 level of the Pr3+ ions as determined through fluorescence measurements. The results of this study are consistent with a recently developed small modifier diffusion model.

  7. Suppression of air refractive index variations in high-resolution interferometry.

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    Lazar, Josef; Číp, Ondřej; Čížek, Martin; Hrabina, Jan; Buchta, Zdeněk

    2011-01-01

    The influence of the refractive index of air has proven to be a major problem on the road to improvement of the uncertainty in interferometric displacement measurements. We propose an approach with two counter-measuring interferometers acting as a combination of tracking refractometer and a displacement interferometer referencing the wavelength of the laser source to a mechanical standard made of a material with ultra-low thermal expansion. This technique combines length measurement within a specified range with measurement of the refractive index fluctuations in one axis. Errors caused by different position of the interferometer laser beam and air sensors are thus eliminated. The method has been experimentally tested in comparison with the indirect measurement of the refractive index of air in a thermal controlled environment. Over a 1 K temperature range an agreement on the level of 5 × 10(-8) has been achieved. PMID:22164036

  8. Optical extinction, refractive index, and multiple scattering for suspensions of interacting colloidal particles.

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    Parola, Alberto; Piazza, Roberto; Degiorgio, Vittorio

    2014-09-28

    We provide a general microscopic theory of the scattering cross-section and of the refractive index for a system of interacting colloidal particles, exact at second order in the molecular polarizabilities. In particular: (a) we show that the structural features of the suspension are encoded into the forward scattered field by multiple scattering effects, whose contribution is essential for the so-called "optical theorem" to hold in the presence of interactions; (b) we investigate the role of radiation reaction on light extinction; (c) we discuss our results in the framework of effective medium theories, presenting a general result for the effective refractive index valid, whatever the structural properties of the suspension, in the limit of particles much larger than the wavelength; (d) by discussing strongly-interacting suspensions, we unravel subtle anomalous dispersion effects for the suspension refractive index. PMID:25273469

  9. The refractive index of curved spacetime II: QED, Penrose limits and black holes

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    Hollowood, Timothy J.; Shore, Graham M.; Stanley, Ross J.

    2009-08-01

    This work considers the way that quantum loop effects modify the propagation of light in curved space. The calculation of the refractive index for scalar QED is reviewed and then extended for the first time to QED with spinor particles in the loop. It is shown how, in both cases, the low frequency phase velocity can be greater than c, as found originally by Drummond and Hathrell, but causality is respected in the sense that retarded Green functions vanish outside the lightcone. A ``phenomenology'' of the refractive index is then presented for black holes, FRW universes and gravitational waves. In some cases, some of the polarization states propagate with a refractive index having a negative imaginary part indicating a potential breakdown of the optical theorem in curved space and possible instabilities.

  10. Negative refractive index designed in a periodic composite of lossy microplasmas and microresonators

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    Sakai, Osamu; Shimomura, Takuya; Tachibana, Kunihide

    2010-12-15

    A novel metamaterial with negative refractive index was designed using a spatially periodic composite of microplasmas and microresonators. Microresonators, which are double-helix metal wires in this report, work as an origin of macroscopic negative permeability material, as well as discharge electrodes. If a resonance frequency of the resonators is well below electron plasma frequency of the microplasmas where their permittivity is negative in the real part with a certain imaginary part, the macroscopic refractive index becomes negative just above the resonance frequency where the macroscopic permeability is negative, even if microplasmas are fairly lossy; due to such a loss or conductive component in permittivity, electromagnetic waves are not evanescent but propagating. This result indicates that plasmas can play important roles in parameter control of a metamaterial with a complex refractive index.

  11. A Naked Eye Refractive Index Sensor with a Visible Multiple Peak Metamaterial Absorber

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    Ma, Heli; Song, Kun; Zhou, Liang; Zhao, Xiaopeng

    2015-01-01

    We report a naked eye refractive index sensor with a visible metamaterial absorber. The visible metamaterial absorber consisting of a silver dendritic/dielectric/metal structure shows multiple absorption peaks. By incorporating a gain material (rhodamine B) into the dielectric layer, the maximal magnitude of the absorption peak can be improved by about 30%. As the metamaterial absorber is sensitive to the refractive index of glucose solutions, it can function as a sensor that quickly responds to variations of the refractive index of the liquid. Meanwhile, since the response is presented via color changes, it can be clearly observed by the naked eyes. Further experiments have confirmed that the sensor can be used repeatedly. PMID:25822141

  12. Interferometric Spectroscopy of Scattered Light Can Quantify the Statistics of Subdiffractional Refractive-Index Fluctuations

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    Cherkezyan, L.; Capoglu, I.; Subramanian, H.; Rogers, J. D.; Damania, D.; Taflove, A.; Backman, V.

    2013-07-01

    Despite major importance in physics, biology, and other sciences, the optical sensing of nanoscale structures in the far zone remains an open problem due to the fundamental diffraction limit of resolution. We establish that the expected value of spectral variance (?2) of a far-field, diffraction-limited microscope image can quantify the refractive-index fluctuations of a label-free, weakly scattering sample at subdiffraction length scales. We report the general expression of ? for an arbitrary refractive-index distribution. For an exponential refractive-index spatial correlation, we obtain a closed-form solution of ? that is in excellent agreement with three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain solutions of Maxwells equations. Sensing complex inhomogeneous media at the nanoscale can benefit fields from material science to medical diagnostics.

  13. Interferometric measurement of the refractive-index distribution in plastic lenses by use of computed tomography

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    Suhara, Hiroyuki

    2002-09-01

    A nondestructive measurement method that makes possible the measurement of a three-dimensional refractive-index distribution of any shape plastic lens is presented. In this method, a Mach-Zehnder interferometer and shearing interferometer are combined into a single optical system and are used selectively. Interference fringes of a test object that is immersed in matching liquid are detected at various rotation angles. And transmitted wave fronts are calculated with these interference fringes. Finally, the refractive-index distribution is obtained by computed tomography analysis. In addition, accurate control of the matching liquid temperature makes it possible to measure the absolute refractive index of the test object. This system has good performance with a measurement accuracy of 10-4 or better peak to valley.

  14. Negative refractive index in doped semiconductors via electromagnetically induced mixed-parity transitions

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    Kussow, Adil-Gerai; Akyurtlu, Alkim

    2010-08-01

    The existing Quantum Optics- based models of negative refractive index in atomic-vapor medium (e.g. Ne, Na) require unrealistically strong magnetic response of atoms combined with high atomic density. In contrast to these gas-based models, our approach explores solid-state n-type semiconductor with well-defined hydrogen-like donor atomic states within the band gap. Based on methods of Quantum Optics, we have found that optically transparent indium oxide is negative refractive index material if doped with tin and zinc (In2-x Snx/2 Znx/2 O3 (zinc-doped ITO)). The desirable negative refractive index effect is due to coherent coupling an electric dipole transition with magnetic transition with proper detunings of the probe and support laser beams (A.-G. Kussow and A. Akyurtlu, Int. J. Mod. Physics (2010)). The calculations demonstrate the feasibility of the effect at { 10 THz with extremely high figure of merit FOM >> 10.

  15. Refractive Index Sensing Setup Based on a Taper and an Intrinsic Micro Fabry-Perot Interferometer

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    Cano-Contreras, M.; Guzman-Chavez, A. D.; Vargas-Rodriguez, E.; Gallegos-Arellano, E.; Jauregui-Vazquez, D.; Mata-Chavez, R. I.; Torres-Cisneros, M.; Rojas-Laguna, R.

    2015-08-01

    In this work, a refractive index sensor setup based on a biconically tapered fiber (BTF) concatenated to an intrinsic all-fiber micro Fabry-Perot interferometer (MFPI) is presented. Here, the power of the MFPI spectral fringes decreases as the refractive index interacts with theevanescent field of the BTF segment. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the RI sensitivity can be enhanced by bending the BTF segment.Finally, it is shown that by using this sensing arrangement, at ~1.53 µm wavelength, it is possible to detect refractive index changeswithin the measurement range of 1.3 to 1.7 RIU, with a sensitivity of 39.92 dB/RIU and a RI resolution of 2.5 x 10^-3 RIU with a curvature of C = 18.02 m^-?

  16. Refractive index measurement based on fiber Bragg grating connected with a multimode fiber core

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    Shao, Min; Qiao, Xueguang; Jiasurname, Zhenan; Fusurname, Haiwei; Liu, Yinggang; Li, Huidong; Zhao, Xue

    2015-09-01

    A novel fiber refractive index sensor based on a fiber-Bragg grating (FBG) connected with a section of multimode fiber core (MMFC) is proposed and demonstrated. The MMFC excites high-order modes to form modal interference, and the core mode reflected by the FBG is sensitive to the surrounding refractive index (SRI) for the power of the core mode within MMFC is dependent on SRI. Measuring the reflective power variation of the core mode could realize the refractive index (RI) detection. Experimental results show that the core mode of FBG has a linear response to RI with enhanced sensitivity of 193.55 dB/RIU in the RI range of 1.3350-1.4042 RIU. The temperature effect of the sensor is also discussed.

  17. Refractive index dispersion sensing using an array of photonic crystal resonant reflectors

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    Hermannsson, Pétur G.; Vannahme, Christoph; Smith, Cameron L. C.; Sørensen, Kristian T.; Kristensen, Anders

    2015-08-10

    Refractive index sensing plays a key role in various environmental and biological sensing applications. Here, a method is presented for measuring the absolute refractive index dispersion of liquids using an array of photonic crystal resonant reflectors of varying periods. It is shown that by covering the array with a sample liquid and measuring the resonance wavelength associated with transverse electric polarized quasi guided modes as a function of period, the refractive index dispersion of the liquid can be accurately obtained using an analytical expression. This method is compact, can perform measurements at arbitrary number of wavelengths, and requires only a minute sample volume. The ability to sense a material's dispersion profile offers an added dimension of information that may be of benefit to optofluidic lab-on-a-chip applications.

  18. Printable photonic crystals with high refractive index for applications in visible light

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    Calafiore, Giuseppe; Fillot, Quentin; Dhuey, Scott; Sassolini, Simone; Salvadori, Filippo; Mejia, Camilo A.; Munechika, Keiko; Peroz, Christophe; Cabrini, Stefano; Piña-Hernandez, Carlos

    2016-03-01

    Nanoimprint lithography (NIL) of functional high-refractive index materials has proved to be a powerful candidate for the inexpensive manufacturing of high-resolution photonic devices. In this paper, we demonstrate the fabrication of printable photonic crystals (PhCs) with high refractive index working in the visible wavelengths. The PhCs are replicated on a titanium dioxide-based high-refractive index hybrid material by reverse NIL with almost zero shrinkage and high-fidelity reproducibility between mold and printed devices. The optical responses of the imprinted PhCs compare very well with those fabricated by conventional nanofabrication methods. This study opens the road for a low-cost manufacturing of PhCs and other nanophotonic devices for applications in visible light.

  19. Negative refractive index designed in a periodic composite of lossy microplasmas and microresonators

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    Sakai, Osamu; Shimomura, Takuya; Tachibana, Kunihide

    2010-12-01

    A novel metamaterial with negative refractive index was designed using a spatially periodic composite of microplasmas and microresonators. Microresonators, which are double-helix metal wires in this report, work as an origin of macroscopic negative permeability material, as well as discharge electrodes. If a resonance frequency of the resonators is well below electron plasma frequency of the microplasmas where their permittivity is negative in the real part with a certain imaginary part, the macroscopic refractive index becomes negative just above the resonance frequency where the macroscopic permeability is negative, even if microplasmas are fairly lossy; due to such a loss or conductive component in permittivity, electromagnetic waves are not evanescent but propagating. This result indicates that plasmas can play important roles in parameter control of a metamaterial with a complex refractive index.

  20. Printable photonic crystals with high refractive index for applications in visible light.

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    Calafiore, Giuseppe; Fillot, Quentin; Dhuey, Scott; Sassolini, Simone; Salvadori, Filippo; Mejia, Camilo A; Munechika, Keiko; Peroz, Christophe; Cabrini, Stefano; Piña-Hernandez, Carlos

    2016-03-18

    Nanoimprint lithography (NIL) of functional high-refractive index materials has proved to be a powerful candidate for the inexpensive manufacturing of high-resolution photonic devices. In this paper, we demonstrate the fabrication of printable photonic crystals (PhCs) with high refractive index working in the visible wavelengths. The PhCs are replicated on a titanium dioxide-based high-refractive index hybrid material by reverse NIL with almost zero shrinkage and high-fidelity reproducibility between mold and printed devices. The optical responses of the imprinted PhCs compare very well with those fabricated by conventional nanofabrication methods. This study opens the road for a low-cost manufacturing of PhCs and other nanophotonic devices for applications in visible light. PMID:26875825

  1. Magneto-optic surface plasmon resonance optimum layers: Simulations for biological relevant refractive index changes

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    Kämpf, Kerstin; Kübler, Sebastian; Wilhelm Herberg, Friedrich; Ehresmann, Arno

    2012-08-01

    The transfer matrix method is used to simulate the magneto-optic surface plasmon resonance (MOSPR) of Au/Co/Au trilayer systems focused on the magneto-optic activity in transverse configuration. The results show a strong thickness dependence of the normalized difference of reflectivity at opposite directions of the magnetization (δ-signal) and a strong change of the δ-signal with the refractive index n of the biologically active layer. Within a range of the refractive index typically covered by a commercial SPR biosensor (n =1.33-1.40), the magnitude of the δ-signal of an Au(10.75 nm)/Co(6 nm)/Au(20.25 nm) trilayer decreases from small to large n by a factor >63. This finding demonstrates that the enhanced sensitivity of an MOSPR biosensor can be exploited only by defined thicknesses of the metal layers for distinct refractive index regions.

  2. Estimation of volcanic ash refractive index from satellite infrared sounder data

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    Ishimoto, H.; Masuda, K.

    2014-12-01

    The properties of volcanic ash clouds (cloud height, optical depth, and effective radius of the particles) are planned to estimate from the data of the next Japanese geostationary meteorological satellite, Himawari 8/9. The volcanic ash algorithms, such as those proposed by NOAA/NESDIS and by EUMETSAT, are based on the infrared absorption properties of the ash particles, and the refractive index of a typical volcanic rock (i.e. andesite) has been used in the forward radiative transfer calculations. Because of a variety of the absorption properties for real volcanic ash particles at infrared wavelengths (9-13 micron), a large retrieval error may occur if the refractive index of the observed ash particles was different from that assumed in the retrieval algorithm. Satellite infrared sounder provides spectral information for the volcanic ash clouds. If we can estimate the refractive index of the ash particles from the infrared sounder data, a dataset of the optical properties for similar rock type of the volcanic ash can be prepared for the ash retrieval algorithms of geostationary/polar-orbiting satellites in advance. Furthermore, the estimated refractive index can be used for a diagnostic and a correction of the ash particle model in the retrieval algorithm within a period of the volcanic activities. In this work, optimal estimation of the volcanic ash parameters was conducted through the radiative transfer calculations for the window channels of the atmospheric infrared sounder (AIRS). The estimated refractive indices are proposed for the volcanic ash particles of some eruption events.

  3. Two-dimensional refractive index and stresses profiles of a homogenous bent optical fiber.

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    Ramadan, W A; Wahba, H H; Shams El-Din, M A

    2014-11-01

    We present a significant contribution to the theory of determining the refractive index profile of a bent homogenous optical fiber. In this theory we consider two different processes controlling the index profile variations. The first is the linear index variation due to stress along the bent radius, and the second is the release of this stress on the fiber surface. This release process is considered to have radial dependence on the fiber radius. These considerations enable us to construct the index profile in two dimensions normal to the optical axis, considering the refraction of light rays traversing the fiber. This theory is applied to optical homogenous bent fiber with two bending radii when they are located orthogonal to the light path of the object arm in the holographic setup (like the Mach-Zehnder interferometer). Digital holographic phase shifting interferometry is employed in this study. The recorded phase shifted holograms have been combined, reconstructed, and processed to extract the phase map of the bent optical fiber. A comparison between the extracted optical phase differences and the calculated one indicates that the refractive index profile variation should include the above mentioned two processes, which are considered as a response for stress distribution across the fiber's cross section. The experimentally obtained refractive index profiles provide the stress induced birefringence profile. Thus we are able to present a realistic induced stress profile due to bending. PMID:25402912

  4. Characterization of a novel ultra low refractive index material for biosensor application

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    Memisevic, Jasenka; Korampally, Venumadhav; Gangopadhyay, Shubhra; Grant, Sheila A.

    2009-01-01

    Nanoporous materials can provide significant benefits to the field of biosensors. Their size and porous structure makes them an ideal tool for improving sensor performance. This study characterized a novel ultra low index of refraction nanoporous organosilicate (NPO) material for use as an optical platform for fluorescence-based optical biosensors. While serving as the low index cladding material, the novel coating based on organosilicate nanoparticles also provides an opportunity for a high surface area coating that can be utilized for immobilizing biological probes. Biological molecules were immobilized onto NPO, which was spin-coated on silicon and glass substrates. The biological molecule was composed of Protein A conjugated to AlexaFluor 546 fluorophore and then immobilized onto the NPO substrate via silanization. Sample analysis consisted of spectrofluorometry, FT-IR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, contact angle measurement and ellipsometry. The results showed the presence of emission peaks at 574 nm, indicating that the immobilization of Protein A to the NPO material is possible. When compared to Si and glass substrates not coated with NPO, the results showed a 100X and 10X increase in packing density with the NPO coated films respectively. Ellipsometric analysis, FT-IR, contact angle, and SEM imaging of the surface immobilized NPO films suggested that while the surface modifications did induce some damage, it did not incur significant changes to its unique characteristics, i.e., pore structure, wettability and index of refraction. It was concluded that NPO films would be a viable sensor substrate to enhance sensitivity and improve sensor performance. PMID:20161155

  5. Improving the outcoupling efficiency of white organic light-emitting devices based on a gradient refractive index substrate

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    Chang, Chih-Hao; Chang, Tzu-Fang; Liang, Yi-Hua; Lo, Yu-Jhong; Wu, Ying-Jie; Chang, Hsin-Hua

    2016-03-01

    For use in lighting applications, white organic light-emitting devices (WOLEDs) must operate at higher biases to ensure an ample flux. However, stressed operation voltages often result in poor performance and limited device lifetime. This could be addressed by modifying the inherent optical properties of OLEDs. This study proposes a gradient refractive index (GRIN) substrate to adjust the ratio of the light-waveguided modes as well as the radiation mode. An embedded nanocomposite film consisting of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) was inserted between ITO and glass to create an internal light-extraction structure (IES). The high refractive index of TiO2 is essential for increasing the refractive index of the photoresist film and thus diminishing the total internal reflection between the interfaces. In addition, the silicon dioxide NPs mixed poly(dimethylsiloxane) was used to form an external light-extraction structure (EES). The refractive indices of the IES and EES were adjusted to form a GRIN substrate. Compared with a control device, this sophisticated substrate produced a 1.6 fold efficiency improvement. Furthermore, the experiment results indicates that the size of NPs in the nanocomposite layer affects the efficiency enhancement of OLEDs with different emission colors.

  6. Effect of Ta concentration on the refractive index of TiO2:Ta studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Nurfani, Eka; Kurniawan, Robi; Muhammady, Shibghatullah; Marlina, Resti; Sutjahja, Inge M.; Winata, Toto; Rusydi, Andrivo; Darma, Yudi

    2016-04-01

    We have investigated optical properties of Ta-doped TiO2 thin film on LaAlO3 (LAO) substrate using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE) at room temperature. Amplitude ratio Ψ and phase difference L1 between p- and s- polarized light waves are obtained by multiple incident angles measurement (60°, 70°, and 80°) at energy range of 0.5 - 6.5 eV. In order to obtain optical properties for every Ta concentrations (0.01, 0.4, and 5 at. %), multilayer modelling was performed simultaneously by using Drude-Lorentz model. Refractive index and optical dispersion parameters were determined by Wemple-DiDomenico relation. In general, refractive index at zero photon energy n(0) increases by increasing Ta concentration. Furthermore, optical band gap shows a significant increasing due to presence of Ta dopant. In addition, other optical constants are discussed as well.

  7. Constant Refractive Index Multi-Core Fiber Laser

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    Beach, R J; Feit, M D; Brasure, L D; Payne, S A; Mead, R W; Hayden, J S; Krashkevich, D; Alunni, D A

    2002-03-18

    A scalable fiber laser approach is described based on phase-locking multiple gain cores in an antiguided structure. The waveguide is comprised of periodic sequences of gain- and no-gain-loaded segments having uniform index, within the cladding region. Initial experimental results are presented.

  8. Potentiation of Femtosecond Laser Intratissue Refractive Index Shaping (IRIS) in the Living Cornea with Sodium Fluorescein

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    Nagy, Lana J.; Ding, Li; Xu, Lisen; Knox, Wayne H.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose. To assess the effectiveness of intratissue refractive index shaping (IRIS) in living corneas and test the hypothesis that it can be enhanced by increasing the two-photon absorption (TPA) of the tissue. Methods. Three corneas were removed from adult cats and cut into six pieces, which were placed in preservative (Optisol-GS; Bausch & Lomb, Inc., Irvine, CA) containing 0%, 0.25%, 1%, 1.5%, or 2.5% sodium fluorescein (Na-Fl). An 800-nm Ti:Sapphire femtosecond laser with a 100-fs pulse duration and 80-MHz repetition rate was used to perform IRIS in each piece, creating several refractive index (RI) modification lines at different speeds (between 0.1 and 5 mm/s). The lines were 1 μm wide, 10 μm apart, and ∼150 μm below the tissue surface. The RI change of each grating was measured using calibrated, differential interference contrast microscopy. TUNEL staining was performed to assess whether IRIS or Na-Fl doping causes cell death. Results. Scanning at 0.1 mm/s changed the RI of undoped, living corneas by 0.005. In doped corneas, RI changes between 0.01 and 0.02 were reliably achieved with higher scanning speeds. The magnitude of RI changes attained was directly proportional to Na-Fl doping concentration and inversely proportional to the scanning speed used to create the gratings. Conclusions. IRIS can be efficiently performed in living corneal tissue. Increasing the TPA of the tissue with Na-Fl increased both the scanning speeds and the magnitude of RI changes in a dose-dependent manner. Ongoing studies are exploring the use of IRIS to alter the optical properties of corneal tissue in situ, over an extended period. PMID:19815735

  9. Design of fiber metamaterials with negative refractive index in the infrared.

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    Townsend, Scott; Zhou, Shiwei; Li, Qing

    2015-07-13

    Metamaterials possess intricate, sub-wavelength microstructures, making scalability a salient concern in regard to their practicality. Fiber-drawing offers a route to producing large quantities of material at relatively low cost, though to our knowledge, a fiber-based design capable of negative refractive index behaviour has not yet been proposed. We submit that the electric and magnetic dipole resonance modes of the fiber can be enhanced by including in the fiber aligned metallic inclusions. Addition of a solid metallic core can effect a synchronisation of these modes, allowing a collection of the fibers to possess negative refractive index. PMID:26191880

  10. Real-time compensation of the refractive index of air in distance measurement.

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    Kang, Hyun Jay; Chun, Byung Jae; Jang, Yoon-Soo; Kim, Young-Jin; Kim, Seung-Woo

    2015-10-01

    A two-color scheme of heterodyne laser interferometer is devised for distance measurements with the capability of real-time compensation of the refractive index of the ambient air. A fundamental wavelength of 1555 nm and its second harmonic wavelength of 777.5 nm are generated, with stabilization to the frequency comb of a femtosecond laser, to provide fractional stability of the order of 3.0 × 10(-12) at 1 s averaging. Achieved uncertainty is of the order of 10(-8) in measuring distances of 2.5 m without sensing the refractive index of air in adverse environmental conditions. PMID:26480151

  11. Enhanced ODR range using exponentially graded refractive index profile of 1D binary photonic crystal

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    Sharma, Sanjeev; Kumar, Rajendra; Singh, Kh. S.; Jain, Deepti; Kumar, Arun

    2016-05-01

    A simple design of broadband one dimensional dielectric/semiconductor multilayer structure having refractive index profile of exponentially graded material has been proposed. The theoretical analysis shows that the proposed structure works as a perfect mirror within a certain wavelength range (1550 nm). In order to calculate the reflection properties a transfer matrix method (TMM) has been used. This property shows that binary graded photonic crystal structures have widened omnidirectional reflector (ODR) bandgap. Hence a exponentially graded photonic crystal structure can be used as a broadband optical reflector and the range of reflection can be tuned to any wavelength region by varying the refractive index profile of exponentially graded photonic crystal structure.

  12. Broadband focusing and collimation of water waves by zero refractive index

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    Zhang, Chi; Chan, C. T.; Hu, Xinhua

    2014-01-01

    It is always a challenge to realize extreme and unusual values of refractive index for a broad range of frequencies. We show that when water is covered by a thick, rigid and unmovable plate, it behaves like a medium with zero refractive index for water waves at any frequency. Hence, by covering water with a plate of a concave or rectangular shape, water waves can be focused or collimated in a broad range of frequencies. Experiments were conducted to demonstrate these effects and results are in excellent agreement with numerical simulations. PMID:25381845

  13. Three-dimensional negative index of refraction at optical frequencies by coupling plasmonic waveguides.

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    Verhagen, Ewold; de Waele, René; Kuipers, L; Polman, Albert

    2010-11-26

    We identify a route towards achieving a negative index of refraction at optical frequencies based on coupling between plasmonic waveguides that support backwards waves. We show how modal symmetry can be exploited in metal-dielectric waveguide pairs to achieve negative refraction of both phase and energy. Control of waveguide coupling yields a metamaterial consisting of a one-dimensional multilayer stack that exhibits an isotropic index of -1 at a free-space wavelength of 400 nm. The concepts developed here may inspire new low-loss metamaterial designs operating close to the metal plasma frequency. PMID:21231386

  14. Large photoinduced refractive index changes of a polymer containing photochromic norbornadiene groups

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    Kinoshita, K.; Horie, K.; Morino, S.; Nishikubo, T.

    1997-06-01

    We prepared a polymer containing pendant norbornadiene (NBD) moieties, P(MMA{sub 0.43}-co-GMA{sub 0.57}-PNCA), and measured absorbance and refractive index spectra before and after photoisomerization of norbornadiene moieties. Large photoinduced refractive index changes of {approximately}0.01 were obtained at 632.8 nm, the region far from the absorption band. A quantum yield of 0.50 was obtained for the photoisomerization of NBD moieties in this polymer. These values are sufficient to make efficient channel waveguides by photoisomerization. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  15. Effect of Index of Refraction on Radiation Characteristics in a Heated Absorbing, Emitting, and Scattering Layer

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    Siegel, R.; Spuckler, C. M.

    1992-01-01

    The index of refraction can considerably influence the temperature distribution and radiative heat flow in semitransparent materials such as some ceramics. For external radiant heating, the refractive index influences the amount of energy transmitted into the interior of the material. Emission within a material depends on the square of its refractive index, and hence this emission can be many times that for a biackbody radiating into a vacuum. Since radiation exiting through an interface into a vacuum cannot exceed that of a blackbody, there is extensive reflection at the internal surface of an interface, mostly by total internal reflection. This redistributes energy within the layer and tends to make its temperature distribution more uniform. The purpose of the present analysis is to show that, for radiative equilibrium in a gray layer with diffuse interfaces, the temperature distribution and radiative heat flux for any index of refraction can be obtained very simply from the results for an index of refraction of unity. For the situation studied here, the layer is subjected to external radiative heating incident on each of its surfaces. The material emits, absorbs, and isotropically scatters radiation. For simplicity the index of refraction is unity in the medium surrounding the layer. The surfaces of the layer are assumed diffuse. This is probably a reasonable approximation for a ceramic layer that has not been polished. When transmitted radiation or radiation emitted from the interior reaches the inner surface of an interface, the radiation is diffused and some of it thereby placed into angular directions for which there is total internal reflection. This provides a trapping effect for retaining energy within the layer and tends to equalize its temperature distribution. An analysis of temperature distributions in absorbing-emitting layers, including index of refraction effects, was developed by Gardon (1958) to predict cooling and heat treating of glass plates. The interfaces were optically smooth; the resulting specular reflections were computed from the Fresnel reflection laws. This provides a somewhat different behavior than for diffuse interfaces. A similar application was for heating that occurs in a window of a re-entry vehicle (Fowle et al., 1969). A number of recent papers (Rokhsaz and Dougherty, 1989; Ping and Lallemand, 1989; Crosbie and Shieh, 1990) further examined the effects of Fresnel boundary reflections and nonunity refractive index. Other examples of analyses of both steady and transient heat transfer to single or multiple plane layers (Amlin and Korpela, 1979; Tarshis et al., 1969) have used diffuse assumptions at the interfaces as in the present study

  16. Comparison of numerical methods for light propagating in fibers with high steps of refractive index

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    Zegadło, K. B.; Karpierz, M. A.

    2011-10-01

    Fast development of complex structures like microstructural fibers, photonic nanowires or slot waveguides requires numerical tools to predict a light propagation. There are many works concerning weakly guided case, but the microstructural fibers need algorithm for a high step of the refractive index. In this paper, three approximate methods are compared. The comparison concerns a structure consisting of circular cores surrounded by cladding for different values of the refractive index steps. Application of these methods in chromatic dispersion case is also presented. It is shown that certain conditions prefer two dimensional scalar algorithms (based on approximated methods) than three dimensional ones. This allows us to implement more efficient and less complicated methods.

  17. Comparison of numerical methods for light propagating in fibers with high steps of refractive index

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    Zegadło, K.; Karpierz, M.

    2012-03-01

    Fast development of complex structures like microstructural fibers, photonic nanowires or slot waveguides requires numerical tools to predict a light propagation. There are many works concerning weakly guided case, but the microstructural fibers need algorithm for a high step of the refractive index. In this paper, three approximate methods are compared. The comparison concerns a structure consisting of circular cores surrounded by cladding for different values of the refractive index steps. Application of these methods in chromatic dispersion case is also presented. It is shown that certain conditions prefer two dimensional scalar algorithms (based on approximated methods) than three dimensional ones. This allows us to implement more efficient and less complicated methods.

  18. Observation of a multiply ionized plasma with index of refraction greater than one

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    Filevich, J; Rocca, J J; Marconi, M C; Moon, S J; Nilsen, J; Scofield, J H; Dunn, J; Smith, R F; Keenan, R; Hunter, J R; Shlyaptsev, V N

    2004-10-14

    We present clear experimental evidence showing that the contribution of bound electrons can dominate the index of refraction of laser created plasmas at soft x-ray wavelengths. We report anomalous fringe shifts in soft x-ray laser interferograms of Al laser-created plasmas. The comparison of measured and simulated interferograms show that this results from the dominant contribution of low charge ions to the index of refraction. This usually neglected bound electron contribution can a.ect the propagation of soft x-ray radiation in plasmas and the interferometric diagnostics of plasmas for many elements.

  19. Matching index of refraction using a diethyl phthalate/ethanol solution for in vitro cardiovascular models

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    Miller, P.; Danielson, K.; Moody, G.; Slifka, A.; Drexler, E.; Hertzberg, J.

    2006-09-01

    Experiments studying cardiovascular geometries require a working fluid that matches the high index of refraction of glass and silicone, has a low viscosity, and is safe and inexpensive. A good candidate working fluid is diethyl phthalate (DEP), diluted with ethanol. Measurements were made of index of refraction and viscosity of varied dilutions at a range of temperatures, and empirical models are proposed. Material compatibility tests showed that only specific formulations of ABS, acrylic, vinyl and PVC are compatible. A silicone elastomer additionally tested negative for change in compliance with DEP exposure.

  20. Optical fiber Fabry-Perot refractive index sensor based on porous Al2O3 film

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    Huang, Chujia; Yang, Minghong; Xie, Weijing; Dai, Jixiang

    2015-08-01

    A fiber refractive index sensor based on porous alumina is fabricated by pasting porous alumina film with 42.36μm on single mode fiber tip using the UV-cured adhesive. Experimental results show that the proposed sensor has a very high correlation with glycerine concentration (0.0%~80.0%) with correlation coefficient of 99.771%. Its sensitivity and resolution was measure to be 99.771%, 154 nm/RIU and 1×10-4 respectively when the refractive index changes from 1.333 to 1.443.

  1. Monitoring of temperature-mediated adipose tissue phase transitions by refractive-index measurements

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    Yanina, I. Yu.; Popov, A. P.; Bykov, A. V.; Tuchin, V. V.

    2014-10-01

    Monitoring of temperature-mediated adipose tissue phase transitions were studied in vitro using an Abbe refractometer. The 1-2-mm thick porcine fat tissues slices were used in the experiments. The observed change in the tissue was associated with several phase transitions of lipid components of the adipose tissue. It was found that overall heating of a sample from the room to higher temperature led to more pronounced and tissue changes in refractive index if other experimental conditions were kept constant. We observed an abrupt change in the refractive index in the temperature range of 37-60 °C.

  2. A three-dimensional negative refractive index medium operated at multiple-angle incidences

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    Yeh, Ting-Tzuo; Yen, Ta-Jen

    2010-08-01

    We present a negative refractive index medium (NRIM) operating at multiple-angle incidences by expanding a conventional planar metamaterial to a three-dimensional (3D) structure. The proposed 3D NRIM is comprised of semi-spherical metal shells and planar plamonic wires, thus giving rise to negative magnetic permeability and negative electric permittivity, respectively. Our results show that reflectance (transmittance) peaks slightly which locate the region of negative refraction index are insensitive to the incident angles from 0° to 45° and the polarization of the excitation wave at a certain range of frequencies. Such pseudo-isotropic NRIM may be exploited for superlens and antenna applications.

  3. High-precision confocal reflection measurement for two dimensional refractive index mapping of optical fibers

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    Raisin, Philippe; Scheuner, Jonas; Romano, Valerio; Ryser, Manuel

    2015-05-01

    We introduce a new fiber-optical approach for reflection based refractive index mapping. Our approach leads to improved stability and reliability over existing free-space confocal instruments and significantly cuts alignment efforts and reduces the number of components needed. Other than properly cleaved fiber end-faces, this setup requires no additional sample preparation. The instrument is calibrated by means of a set of samples with known refractive indices. The index steps of commercially available fibers are measured accurately down to < 10-3. The precision limit of the instrument is currently of the order of 10-4.

  4. Meshless method for solving coupled radiative and conductive heat transfer in refractive index medium

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    Wang, Cheng-An; Sadat, Hamou; Tan, Jian-Yu

    2016-01-01

    A diffuse approximation meshless method (DAM) is employed as a means of solving the coupled radiative and conductive heat transfer problems in semi-transparent refractive index media contained in 1D and 2D geometries. The meshless approach for radiative transfer is based on the discrete ordinates equation. Cases of combined conduction- radiation are presented, including plane parallel slab, square enclosure, and semicircular enclosure with an inner circle. The influence of the refractive index on the temperature distributions and heat fluxes is investigated. Results obtained using the proposed meshless method are compared with those reported in the literature to demonstrate the flexibility and accuracy of the method.

  5. Highly sensitive refractive index fiber inline Mach-Zehnder interferometer fabricated by femtosecond laser micromachining and chemical etching

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    Sun, Xiao-Yan; Chu, Dong-Kai; Dong, Xin-Ran; Zhou, Chu; Li, Hai-Tao; Luo-Zhi; Hu, You-Wang; Zhou, Jian-Ying; Cong-Wang; Duan, Ji-An

    2016-03-01

    A High sensitive refractive index (RI) sensor based on Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) in a conventional single-mode optical fiber is proposed, which is fabricated by femtosecond laser transversal-scanning inscription method and chemical etching. A rectangular cavity structure is formed in part of fiber core and cladding interface. The MZI sensor shows excellent refractive index sensitivity and linearity, which exhibits an extremely high RI sensitivity of -17197 nm/RIU (refractive index unit) with the linearity of 0.9996 within the refractive index range of 1.3371-1.3407. The experimental results are consistent with theoretical analysis.

  6. Compositional dependence of the nonlinear refractive index of new germanium-based chalcogenide glasses

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    Petit, L.; Carlie, N.; Chen, H.; Gaylord, S.; Massera, J.; Boudebs, G.; Hu, J.; Agarwal, A.; Kimerling, L.; Richardson, K.

    2009-10-15

    In this paper, we report results of n{sub 2} measurements of new chalcogenide glasses in the Ge-Sb-S-Se system using a modified Z-Scan technique. Measurements were made with picosecond pulses emitted by a 10 Hz Q-switched mode-locked Nd-YAG laser at 1064 nm under conditions suitable to characterize ultrafast nonlinearities. The nonlinear index increases up to 500 times the n{sub 2} of fused silica with an increase in the Ge/Se ratio and a decrease with an increase of the Ge/Sb ratio. We confirmed, using Raman spectroscopy, that the nonlinear refractive index depends on the number of Ge-S(Se) and Sb-S(Se) bonds in the glass network. Sulfide glasses were shown to have a nonlinear FOM near or <1, at 1064 nm. - Graphical abstract: In this paper, we report results of n{sub 2} measurements of new chalcogenide glasses in the Ge-Sb-S-Se system using a modified Z-Scan technique. n{sub 2} is found to increase with an increase of normalized photon energy, regardless of chalcogen type, but does not depend on the concentration of lone pair electron.

  7. A single-image method for x-ray refractive index CT

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    Mittone, A.; Gasilov, S.; Brun, E.; Bravin, A.; Coan, P.

    2015-05-01

    X-ray refraction-based computer tomography imaging is a well-established method for nondestructive investigations of various objects. In order to perform the 3D reconstruction of the index of refraction, two or more raw computed tomography phase-contrast images are usually acquired and combined to retrieve the refraction map (i.e. differential phase) signal within the sample. We suggest an approximate method to extract the refraction signal, which uses a single raw phase-contrast image. This method, here applied to analyzer-based phase-contrast imaging, is employed to retrieve the index of refraction map of a biological sample. The achieved accuracy in distinguishing the different tissues is comparable with the non-approximated approach. The suggested procedure can be used for precise refraction computer tomography with the advantage of a reduction of at least a factor of two of both the acquisition time and the dose delivered to the sample with respect to any of the other algorithms in the literature.

  8. On the feasibility of optical-CT imaging in media of different refractive index

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    Rankine, Leith; Oldham, Mark

    2013-05-15

    Purpose: Achieving accurate optical-CT 3D dosimetry without the use of viscous refractive index (RI) matching fluids would greatly increase convenience. Methods: Software has been developed to simulate optical-CT 3D dosimetry for a range of scanning configurations including parallel-beam, point, and converging light sources. For each configuration the efficacy of three refractive media was investigated: air, water, a fluid closely matched to PRESAGE{sup Registered-Sign }, and perfect matching (RI = 1.00, 1.33, 1.49, and 1.501 respectively). Reconstructions were performed using both filtered backprojection (FBP) and algebraic reconstruction technique (ART). The efficacy of the three configurations and the two algorithms was evaluated by calculating the usable radius (i.e., the outermost radius where data were accurate to within 2%), and gamma ({Gamma}) analysis. This definition recognizes that for optical-CT imaging, errors are greatest near the edge of the dosimeter, where refraction can be most pronounced. Simulations were performed on three types of dose distribution: uniform, volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), and brachytherapy (Cs-137). Results: For a uniformly irradiated dosimeter the usable radius achieved with filtered backprojection was 68% for water-matching and 31% for dry-scanning in air. Algebraic reconstruction gave usable radii of 99% for both water and air (dry-scanning), indicating greater recovery of useful data for the uniform distribution. FBP and ART performed equally well for a VMAT dose distribution where less dose is delivered near the edge of the dosimeter. In this case, the usable radius was 86% and 53% for scanning in water and air, respectively. For brachytherapy, the usable radius was 99% and 98% for scanning in water and air, respectively using FBP, and a major decrease was seen with ART. Point source geometry provided 1%-2% larger usable radii than parallel geometry. Converging geometry recovered less usable dosimetry data (up to 10% reduced usable radii) than point and parallel geometries. A further disadvantage of converging geometry was an increased requirement on detector size by up to 18 Degree-Sign . Conclusions: For applications where dose information is not required in the periphery of the dosimeter, some dry and low-viscous matching configurations may be feasible. For all three dose distributions (uniform, VMAT, brachytherapy) the point source geometry produced slightly more favorable results (an extra 1%-2% usable radii) than parallel and converging. When dosimetry is required on the periphery, best results were obtained using close refractive matching and ART. A concern for water or dry-scanning is the increase in required detector size, introducing potential cost penalties for manufacturing.

  9. High-sensitivity refractive index sensors based on fused tapered photonic crystal fiber

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    Fu, Xing-hu; Xie, Hai-yang; Yang, Chuan-qing; Qu, Yu-wei; Zhang, Shun-yang; Fu, Guang-wei; Guo, Xuan; Bi, Wei-hong

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, a novel liquid refractive index (RI) sensor based on fused tapered photonic crystal fiber (PCF) is proposed. It is fabricated by fusing and tapering a section of PCF which is spliced with two single-mode fibers (SMFs). Due to the fused biconical taper method, the sensor becomes longer and thinner, to make the change of the outside RI has more direct effects on the internal optical field of the PCF, which finally enhances the sensitivity of this sensor. Experimental results show that the transmission spectra of the sensor are red-shifted obviously with the increase of RI. The longer the tapered region of the sensor, the higher the sensitivity is. This sensor has the advantages of simple structure, easy fabrication, high performance and so on, so it has potential applications in RI measurement.

  10. Matrix approach to quantitative refractive index analysis by Fourier domain optical coherence tomography

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    Tomlins, Peter H.; Wang, Ruikang K.

    2006-08-01

    The rapid development in the field of optical coherence tomography has demanded increasingly sophisticated numerical models to enable the interpretation of image data and extract quantitative results. We use a matrix formulation of Fresnel's equations for multilayered media to extract layer-dependent thickness and refractive index directly from Fourier domain optical coherence tomography spectrograms. An eigenanalysis spectral decomposition approach is used to constrain the least squares fitting algorithm, avoiding the need for initial estimates of the parameter values. We demonstrate this novel quantitative analysis approach by using a multilayered phantom and show good agreement with the known layer parameter values. This approach introduces a powerful tool for the analysis of layer-dependent optical properties that could have an important role in the differentiation of healthy and diseased tissue.

  11. Equation of state, refractive index and polarizability of compressed water to 7 GPa and 673 K.

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    Sanchez-Valle, Carmen; Mantegazzi, Davide; Bass, Jay D; Reusser, Eric

    2013-02-01

    The equation of state (EoS), refractive index n, and polarizability α of water have been determined up to 673 K and 7 GPa from acoustic velocity measurements conducted in a resistively heated diamond anvil cell using Brillouin scattering spectroscopy. Measured acoustic velocities compare favorably with previous experimental studies but they are lower than velocities calculated from the extrapolation of the IAPWS95 equation of state above 3 GPa at 673 K and deviations increase up to 6% at 7 GPa. Densities calculated from the velocity data were used to propose an empirical EoS suitable in the 0.6-7 GPa and 293-673 K range with a total estimated uncertainty of 0.5% or less. The density model and thermodynamic properties derived from the experimental EoS have been compared to several EoS proposed in the literature. The IAPWS95 EoS provides good agreement, although underestimates density by up to 1.2% at 7 GPa and 673 K and the thermodynamic properties deviate greatly (10%-20%) outside the estimated uncertainties above 4 GPa. The refractive index n of liquid water increases linearly with density and do not depend intrinsically on temperature. The polarizability decreases with pressure by less than 4% within the investigated P-T range, suggesting strong intermolecular interactions in H(2)O that are consistent with the prevalence of the hydrogen bond network in the fluid. The results will allow the refinement of interaction potentials that consider polarization effects for a better understanding of solvent-solvent and ion-solvent interactions in aqueous fluids at high pressure and temperature conditions. PMID:23406131

  12. A simple reflection-type two-dimensional refractive index profile measurement technique for optical waveguides

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    Youk, Youngchun; Kim, Dug Young

    2006-06-01

    We report a new configuration of a reflection-type confocal scanning optical microscope system for measuring the refractive index profile of an optical waveguide. Several improvements on the earlier design are proposed; a light emitting diode at 650 nm wavelength instead of a laser diode or He-Ne laser is used as a light source for better index precision, and a simple longitudinal linear scanning and a curve fitting techniques are adapted instead of a servo control for maintaining an optical confocal arrangement. We have obtained spatial resolution of 800 nm and an index precision of 2 × 10-4. To verify the system's capability, the refractive index profiles of a conventional multimode fiber and a home-made four-mode fiber were examined with our proposed measurement method.

  13. Relationship between the Kramers-Kronig relations and negative index of refraction

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    Akyurtlu, Alkim; Kussow, Adil-Gerai

    2010-11-15

    The condition for a negative index of refraction with respect to the vacuum index is established in terms of permittivity and permeability susceptibilities. It is found that the imposition of analyticity to satisfy the Kramers-Kronig relations is a sufficiently general criterion for a physical negative index. The satisfaction of the Kramers-Kronig relations is a manifestation of the principle of causality and the predicted frequency region of negative index agrees with the Depine-Lakhtakia condition for the phase velocity being antidirected to the Poynting vector, although the conditions presented here do not assume a priori a negative solution branch for n.

  14. Rational design of on-chip refractive index sensors based on lattice plasmon resonances (Presentation Recording)

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    Lin, Linhan; Zheng, Yuebing

    2015-08-01

    Lattice plasmon resonances (LPRs), which originate from the plasmonic-photonic coupling in gold or silver nanoparticle arrays, possess ultra-narrow linewidth by suppressing the radiative damping and provide the possibility to develop the plasmonic sensors with high figure of merit (FOM). However, the plasmonic-photonic coupling is greatly suppressed when the nanoparticles are immobilized on substrates because the diffraction orders are cut off at the nanoparticle-substrate interfaces. Here, we develop the rational design of LPR structures for the high-performance, on-chip plasmonic sensors based on both orthogonal and parallel coupling. Our finite-difference time-domain simulations in the core/shell SiO2/Au nanocylinder arrays (NCAs) reveal that new modes of localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) show up when the aspect ratio of the NCAs is increased. The height-induced LSPRs couple with the superstrate diffraction orders to generate the robust LPRs in asymmetric environment. The high wavelength sensitivity and narrow linewidth in these LPRs lead to the plasmonic sensors with high FOM and high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Wide working wavelengths from visible to near-infrared are also achieved by tuning the parameters of the NCAs. Moreover, the wide detection range of refractive index is obtained in the parallel LPR structure. The electromagnetic field distributions in the NCAs demonstrate the height-enabled tunability of the plasmonic "hot spots" at the sub-nanoparticles resolution and the coupling between these "hot spots" with the superstrate diffraction waves, which are responsible for the high performance LPRs-based on-chip refractive index sensors.

  15. Chiral metamaterials with negative refractive index based on four “U” split ring resonators

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    Li, Zhaofeng; Zhao, Rongkuo; Koschny, Thomas; Kafesaki, Maria; Alici, Kamil Boratay; Colak, Evrim; Caglayan, Humeyra; Ozbay, Ekmel; Soukoulis, C.M.

    2010-08-23

    A uniaxial chiral metamaterial is constructed by double-layered four 'U' split ring resonators mutually twisted by 90{sup o}. It shows a giant optical activity and circular dichroism. The retrieval results reveal that a negative refractive index is realized for circularly polarized waves due to the large chirality. The experimental results are in good agreement with the numerical results.

  16. Photoinduced refractive index change and absorption bleaching in poly(methylphenylsilane) under varied atmospheres.

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    Potter, Barrett George, Jr.; Simmons-Potter, Kelly; Chandra, Haripin; Thomes, William Joseph, Jr.; Jamison, Gregory Marks

    2005-06-01

    Polysilane materials exhibit large photo-induced refractive index changes under low incident optical fluences, making them attractive candidates for applications in which rapid patterning of photonic device structures is desired immediately prior to their use. This agile fabrication strategy for integrated photonics inherently requires that optical exposure, and associated material response, occurs in nonlaboratory environments, motivating the study of environmental conditions on the photoinduced response of the material. The present work examines the impact of atmosphere on the photosensitive response of poly(methylphenylsilane) (PMPS) thin films in terms of both photoinduced absorption change and refractive index modification. Material was subjected to UV light exposure resonant with the lowest energy optical transition associated with the conjugated Si-Si backbone. Exposures were performed in both aerobic and anaerobic atmospheres (oxygen, air, nitrogen, and 5% H{sub 2}/95% N{sub 2}). The results clearly demonstrate that the photosensitive response of this model polysilane material was dramatically affected by local environment, exhibiting a photoinduced refractive index change, when exposed under an oxygen containing atmosphere, that was twice that observed under anaerobic conditions. This effect is discussed in terms of photo-oxidation processes within the polysilane structure and in the context of the need for predictable photosensitive refractive index change in varied photoimprinting environments.

  17. Ultraviolet complex refractive index of Martian dust Laboratory measurements of terrestrial analogs

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    Egan, W. G.; Hilgeman, T.; Pang, K.

    1975-01-01

    The optical complex index of refraction of four candidate Martian surface materials has been determined between 0.185 and 0.4 microns using a modified Kubelka-Munk scattering theory. The cadidate materials were limonite, andesite, montmorillonite, and basalt. The effect of scattering has been removed from the results. Also presented are diffuse reflection and transmission data on these samples.

  18. Glasses having a low non-linear refractive index for laser applications

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    Faulstich, Marga; Jahn, Walter; Krolla, Georg; Neuroth, Norbert

    1980-01-01

    Glass composition ranges are described which permit the introduction of laser activators into fluorphosphate glass with exceptionally high fluorine content while forming glasses of high crystallization stability and permitting the realization of large melt volumes. The high fluorine content imparts to the glasses an exceptionally low nonlinear refractive index n.sub.2 down to O,4 .times.10.sup.-13 esu.

  19. Weak Localization in Media with Refractive-Index Gradient: the Diffusion Approximation

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    Ilyushin, Ya. A.

    2015-03-01

    We consider the effect of weak localization of waves in the scattering medium with regular refractive-index gradient. The solution within the diffusion approximation of the radiative transfer theory is obtained. Reasonable qualitative agreement of the approximate solution with the results of numerical simulation is shown.

  20. The refractive index of krypton for lambda in the closed interval 168-288 nm

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    Smith, P. L.; Parkinson, W. H.; Huber, M. C. E.

    1975-01-01

    The index of refraction of krypton has been measured at 27 wavelengths between and including 168 and 288 nm. The probable error of each measurement is plus or minus 0.1%. Our results are compared with other measurements. Our data are about 3.8% smaller than those of Abjean et al.

  1. Enhanced refractive index without absorption via both coherent and incoherent fields in a semiconductor quantum well

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    Qian, Biqi; Wang, Zhiping; Shui, Tao; Yu, Benli

    2015-06-01

    We investigate the absorptive-dispersive properties of a weak probe field in a ladder-type semiconductor quantum well. It is found that the enhanced positive or negative refraction index without absorption can be easily obtained in this solid-state system. Our scheme may provide some new possibilities for technological applications in solid-state optical communication.

  2. Variable Refractive Index Effects on Radiation in Semitransparent Scattering Multilayered Regions

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    Siegel, R.; Spuckler, C. M.

    1993-01-01

    A simple set of equations is derived for predicting the temperature distribution and radiative energy flow in a semitransparent layer consisting of an arbitrary number of laminated sublayers that absorb, emit, and scatter radiation. Each sublayer can have a different refractive index and optical thickness. The plane composite region is heated on each exterior side by a different amount of incident radiation. The results are for the limiting case where heat conduction within the layers is very small relative to radiative transfer, and is neglected. The interfaces are assumed diffuse, and all interface reflections are included in the analysis. The thermal behavior is readily calculated from the analytical expressions that are obtained. By using many sublayers, the analytical expressions provide the temperature distribution and heat flow for a diffusing medium with a continuously varying refractive index, including internal reflection effects caused by refractive index gradients. Temperature and heat flux results are given to show the effect of variations in refractive index and optical thickness through the multilayer laminate.

  3. Single tapered fiber tip for simultaneous measurements of thickness, refractive index and distance to a sample.

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    Moreno-Hernández, Carlos; Monzón-Hernández, David; Hernández-Romano, Iván; Villatoro, Joel

    2015-08-24

    We demonstrate the capability of an air cavity Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI), built with a tapered lead-in fiber tip, to measure three parameters simultaneously, distance, group refractive index and thickness of transparent samples introduced in the cavity. Tapering the lead-in fiber enhances the light coupling back efficiency, therefore is possible to enlarge the air cavity without a significant deterioration of the fringe visibility. Fourier transformation, used to analyze the reflected optical spectrum of our FPI, simplify the calculus to determine the position, thickness and refractive index. Samples made of 7 different glasses; fused silica, BK7, BalF5, SF2, BaF51, SF15, and glass slides were used to test our FPI. Each sample was measured nine times and the results for position, thickness and refractive index showed differences of ± 0.7%, ± 0.1%, and ± 0.16% respectively. The evolution of thickness and refractive index of a block of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer due to temperature changes in the range of 25°C to 90°C were also measured. The coefficients of the thermal expansion and thermo-optic estimated were α = 4.71x10(-4)/°C and dn/dT = -4.66 x10(-4) RIU/°C, respectively. PMID:26368188

  4. Laplace-Gauss and Helmholtz-Gauss paraxial modes in media with quadratic refraction index.

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    Kiselev, Aleksei P; Plachenov, Alexandr B

    2016-04-01

    The scalar theory of paraxial wave propagation in an axisymmetric medium where the refraction index quadratically depends on transverse variables is addressed. Exact solutions of the corresponding parabolic equation are presented, generalizing the Laplace-Gauss and Helmholtz-Gauss modes earlier known for homogeneous media. Also, a generalization of a zero-order asymmetric Bessel-Gauss beam is given. PMID:27140777

  5. Low-cost refractive index and strain sensor based on tapered fibers

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    Mas, Sara; Martí, Javier; Monzón-Hernández, David; Palací, Jesús

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, biconical tapered fibers are used to carry out sensing in a simple and effective way by using an incoherent source and a power meter. This approach reduces the cost and complexity of traditional schemes based on tunable lasers while providing similar performance. Refractive index and strain sensing measurements are presented and their performance discussed.

  6. Measuring the Refractive Index of Highly Crystalline Monolayer MoS2 with High Confidence

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    Zhang, Hui; Ma, Yaoguang; Wan, Yi; Rong, Xin; Xie, Ziang; Wang, Wei; Dai, Lun

    2015-02-01

    Monolayer molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) has attracted much attention, due to its attractive properties, such as two-dimensional properties, direct bandgap, valley-selective circular dichroism, and valley Hall effect. However, some of its fundamental physical parameters, e.g. refractive index, have not been studied in detail because of measurement difficulties. In this work, we have synthesized highly crystalline monolayer MoS2 on SiO2/Si substrates via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method and devised a method to measure their optical contrast spectra. Using these contrast spectra, we extracted the complex refractive index spectrum of monolayer MoS2 in the wavelength range of 400 nm to 750 nm. We have analyzed the pronounced difference between the obtained complex refractive index spectrum and that of bulk MoS2. The method presented here is effective for two-dimensional materials of small size. Furthermore, we have calculated the color contour plots of the contrast as a function of both SiO2 thickness and incident light wavelength for monolayer MoS2 using the obtained refractive index spectrum. These plots are useful for both fundamental study and device application.

  7. Measuring the refractive index of highly crystalline monolayer MoS2 with high confidence.

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    Zhang, Hui; Ma, Yaoguang; Wan, Yi; Rong, Xin; Xie, Ziang; Wang, Wei; Dai, Lun

    2015-01-01

    Monolayer molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) has attracted much attention, due to its attractive properties, such as two-dimensional properties, direct bandgap, valley-selective circular dichroism, and valley Hall effect. However, some of its fundamental physical parameters, e.g. refractive index, have not been studied in detail because of measurement difficulties. In this work, we have synthesized highly crystalline monolayer MoS2 on SiO2/Si substrates via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method and devised a method to measure their optical contrast spectra. Using these contrast spectra, we extracted the complex refractive index spectrum of monolayer MoS2 in the wavelength range of 400 nm to 750 nm. We have analyzed the pronounced difference between the obtained complex refractive index spectrum and that of bulk MoS2. The method presented here is effective for two-dimensional materials of small size. Furthermore, we have calculated the color contour plots of the contrast as a function of both SiO2 thickness and incident light wavelength for monolayer MoS2 using the obtained refractive index spectrum. These plots are useful for both fundamental study and device application. PMID:25676089

  8. Measuring the Refractive Index of Highly Crystalline Monolayer MoS2 with High Confidence

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    Zhang, Hui; Ma, Yaoguang; Wan, Yi; Rong, Xin; Xie, Ziang; Wang, Wei; Dai, Lun

    2015-01-01

    Monolayer molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) has attracted much attention, due to its attractive properties, such as two-dimensional properties, direct bandgap, valley-selective circular dichroism, and valley Hall effect. However, some of its fundamental physical parameters, e.g. refractive index, have not been studied in detail because of measurement difficulties. In this work, we have synthesized highly crystalline monolayer MoS2 on SiO2/Si substrates via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method and devised a method to measure their optical contrast spectra. Using these contrast spectra, we extracted the complex refractive index spectrum of monolayer MoS2 in the wavelength range of 400?nm to 750?nm. We have analyzed the pronounced difference between the obtained complex refractive index spectrum and that of bulk MoS2. The method presented here is effective for two-dimensional materials of small size. Furthermore, we have calculated the color contour plots of the contrast as a function of both SiO2 thickness and incident light wavelength for monolayer MoS2 using the obtained refractive index spectrum. These plots are useful for both fundamental study and device application. PMID:25676089

  9. Integrating Whispering Gallery Mode Refractive Index Sensing with Capillary Electrophoresis Separations Using Phase Sensitive Detection.

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    Kim, Daniel C; Dunn, Robert C

    2016-01-19

    Whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators are small, radially symmetric dielectrics that recirculate light through continuous total internal reflection. High-Q resonances are observed that shift in response to changes in surrounding refractive index, leading to many applications in label-free sensing. Surface binding measurements with WGM resonators have demonstrated competitive analytical detection metrics compared to other sensing schemes. Similar figures of merit for detecting bulk refractive index changes, however, have proven more challenging. This has limited their use in applications such as capillary electrophoresis (CE), where their compact footprint and refractive index sensitivity offers advantages in nondestructive, universal detection. Here we couple WGM detection with CE by introducing a modulation scheme to improve detection limits. Phase sensitive WGM (PS-WGM) detection is developed to monitor real-time shifts in the WGM spectrum due to changes in surrounding refractive index. We directly compare phase sensitive detection with spectral measurements normally used to track WGM shifts. We report an improvement in detection limits by almost 300-fold using the PS-WGM method. The integrated CE with PS-WGM approach is demonstrated by detecting the separation of a three-component mixture of cations (Na(+), Li(+), and K(+)). PMID:26651379

  10. Analytical Modelling of a Refractive Index Sensor Based on an Intrinsic Micro Fabry-Perot Interferometer

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    Vargas-Rodriguez, Everardo; Guzman-Chavez, Ana D.; Cano-Contreras, Martin; Gallegos-Arellano, Eloisa; Jauregui-Vazquez, Daniel; Hernández-García, Juan C.; Estudillo-Ayala, Julian M.; Rojas-Laguna, Roberto

    2015-01-01

    In this work a refractive index sensor based on a combination of the non-dispersive sensing (NDS) and the Tunable Laser Spectroscopy (TLS) principles is presented. Here, in order to have one reference and one measurement channel a single-beam dual-path configuration is used for implementing the NDS principle. These channels are monitored with a couple of identical optical detectors which are correlated to calculate the overall sensor response, called here the depth of modulation. It is shown that this is useful to minimize drifting errors due to source power variations. Furthermore, a comprehensive analysis of a refractive index sensing setup, based on an intrinsic micro Fabry-Perot Interferometer (FPI) is described. Here, the changes over the FPI pattern as the exit refractive index is varied are analytically modelled by using the characteristic matrix method. Additionally, our simulated results are supported by experimental measurements which are also provided. Finally it is shown that by using this principle a simple refractive index sensor with a resolution in the order of 2.15 × 10−4 RIU can be implemented by using a couple of standard and low cost photodetectors. PMID:26501277

  11. Analytical modelling of a refractive index sensor based on an intrinsic micro Fabry-Perot interferometer.

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    Vargas-Rodriguez, Everardo; Guzman-Chavez, Ana D; Cano-Contreras, Martin; Gallegos-Arellano, Eloisa; Jauregui-Vazquez, Daniel; Hernández-García, Juan C; Estudillo-Ayala, Julian M; Rojas-Laguna, Roberto

    2015-01-01

    In this work a refractive index sensor based on a combination of the non-dispersive sensing (NDS) and the Tunable Laser Spectroscopy (TLS) principles is presented. Here, in order to have one reference and one measurement channel a single-beam dual-path configuration is used for implementing the NDS principle. These channels are monitored with a couple of identical optical detectors which are correlated to calculate the overall sensor response, called here the depth of modulation. It is shown that this is useful to minimize drifting errors due to source power variations. Furthermore, a comprehensive analysis of a refractive index sensing setup, based on an intrinsic micro Fabry-Perot Interferometer (FPI) is described. Here, the changes over the FPI pattern as the exit refractive index is varied are analytically modelled by using the characteristic matrix method. Additionally, our simulated results are supported by experimental measurements which are also provided. Finally it is shown that by using this principle a simple refractive index sensor with a resolution in the order of 2.15 × 10(-4) RIU can be implemented by using a couple of standard and low cost photodetectors. PMID:26501277

  12. Unusual fault detection and loss analysis in optical fiber connections with refractive index matching material

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    Kihara, Mitsuru; Nagano, Ryuichiro; Izumita, Hisashi; Toyonaga, Masanobu

    2012-05-01

    We investigated and analyzed an unusual fault that occurs in optical access fiber networks, which is caused by a defective fiber connection. We developed a fault-detection system to locate such a fault by using both optical power level and optical pulse measurement methods. We investigated a defective mechanical splice in three laboratory tests: outward appearance, non-destructive, and dismantled. As a result, we confirmed that the defective mechanical splice had large gaps of more than 10 ?m. We also analyzed the unusual fault that occurs from such a defective mechanical splice in mechanically transferrable (MT) connector experiments. The experimental results revealed that the optical performance of fiber connections with a mixture of refractive index matching material and air-filled gaps was extremely unstable and varied widely. In the worst case, the insertion loss worsened to more than 30 dB. The case of the fault caused by a mixture of refractive index matching material and air-filled gaps between the ends of optical fibers is thought to occur independently of the sorts or structures of optical fiber connectors and could be a characteristic peculiar to optical fiber connections using refractive index matching material. These findings can be applied to optical fiber connections that use refractive index matching material, such as MT connectors in outside underground facilities, mechanical splices, or field assembly connectors at aerial and home sites in optical access networks. These findings also support the practical construction and operation of optical network systems.

  13. Manipulating intracellular refractive index for contrast-enhanced digital holographic imaging of subcellular structures

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    Rommel, Christina E.; Dierker, Christian; Schmidt, Lisa; Przibilla, Sabine; von Bally, Gert; Kemper, Björn; Schnekenburger, Jürgen

    2011-02-01

    The online analysis of rapid cellular processes by morphological alterations strongly depends on the ability to rapidly visualize and to quantify cell shape and intracellular structures. Digital holographic microscopy (DHM) enables quantitative phase contrast imaging for high resolution and minimal invasive live cell analysis without the need of labeling or complex sample preparation. However, due to the rather homogenous intracellular refractive index, the phase contrast of subcellular structures is limited and often low. We analyzed the impact of specific intracellular refractive index manipulation by microinjection of refractive index changing agents on the DHM phase contrast. Glycerol was chosen as osmolyte, which combines high solubility in aqueous solutions and cellular compatibility. We present data showing that the intracellular injection of glycerol causes a contrast enhancement that can be explained by a decrease of the cytosolic refractive index due to a water influx. The underlying principle was proven by experiments inducing cell shrinkage and protein concentration. The integrity of cell membranes is considered as a prerequisite and allows a reversible cell swelling and shrinking within a certain limit. The presented approach to control the intracellular phase contrast demonstrated for DHM opens also prospects for application with other quantitative phase contrast imaging technologies.

  14. Effect of scintillometer height on structure parameter of the refractive index of air measurements

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    Scintillometers measure amount of scintillations by emitting a beam of light over a horizontal path and expresses as the atmospheric turbulence structure parameter as the refractive index of air (Cn**2). Cn**2 represents the turbulent strength of the atmosphere and describes the ability of the atmos...

  15. Alternative phase-shifting technique for measuring full-field refractive index

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    Chen, Kun-Huang; Chen, Jing-Heng; Lin, Jiun-You; Chu, Yen-Chang

    2015-09-01

    This study proposes an alternative and simple method for measuring full-field refractive index. This method is based on the phase-shifting technique with a modulated electro-optical (EO) modulator and the phenomenon of total internal reflection. To this purpose, a linear polarized light is expanded and incident on the interface between the prism and the tested specimen, and the reflected light passes through an analyzer for interference. The phase difference between the s- and p-polarized light is sensitive to the refractive index of the tested specimen when the total internal reflection appears on this interface. Based on this effect, the resulting phase differences make it possible to analyze the refractive index of the tested specimen through a phase-shifting technique with a modulated EO modulator. The feasibility of this method was verified by experiment, and the measurement resolution can reach a value of refractive index unit of at least 3.552×10-4. This method has advantages of simple installation, ease of operation, and fast measurement.

  16. Influence of the refractive index and dispersion of spectacle lens on its imaging properties

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    Miks, Antonin; Novak, Jiri; Novak, Pavel

    2007-12-01

    The paper shows an influence of the refractive index and dispersion of the spectacle lens on its imaging properties. Relations are presented for calculation of radii of curvature of anastigmatic spectacle lenses and their chromatic aberration. Moreover, the formulas are derived for calculation of the change of astigmatism of spectacle lens due to dispersion of spectacle lens material.

  17. Higher-Order Nonlinearity of Refractive Index: the Case of Argon

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    Tarazkar, Maryam; Romanov, Dmitri; Levis, Robert

    2013-05-01

    Higher-order dynamic Kerr effect (HOKE) is currently at the center of a controversy regarding the mechanisms of laser filamentation. A strong HOKE with a crossover from positive to negative nonlinear refractive index at intensities well below the ionization threshold, would engender plasma-free filamentation and exotic new effects in light propagation. Experimental evidence of HOKE crossover or lack thereof is being hotly debated. Motivated by this debate, we report the frequency-dependent nonlinear refractive index coefficients n2 and n4 for atmospheric-pressure argon gas, calculated via developed coupled cluster cubic response approach implemented in Dalton program. All calculations are performed at the CCSD level of theory with t-Aug-cc-PV5Z basis set. The benchmark dispersion curve for n2 reproduces correctly the available experimental data and agrees well with previously-reported theoretical calculations. The nonlinear refractive index n4 is obtained using the relations between different hyperpolarizability coefficients, and the latter are calculated via the auxiliary static electric field approach on the basis of n2. We found that the higher-order nonlinear refraction index n4 is positive over the wavelengths 300 nm-1500 nm. This result runs counter to the HOKE crossover hypothesis. Support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Grant No. N00014-10-0293, is gratefully acknowledged.

  18. Magnetic Response and Negative Refractive Index of Metamaterials

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    Koschny, Th.; Zhou, J.; Soukoulis, C.M.

    2007-05-04

    We study the scaling of negative magnetic response of the SRR from microwave to upper THz frequencies. We show, that the linear scaling breaks down for SRR sizes below the order of 1 {micro}m. This breakdown is due to the contribution of the finite electron mass to the inductance of the effective LC oscillator. While at microwave frequencies metals can be treated as near-perfect conductors, close to optical frequencies they rather constitute lossy negative dielectrics. We also study the scaling of the losses in SRR as well as the higher order excitations or plasmon modes and their magnetic response. We discuss the non-resonant diamagnetic response of the SRR and the corresponding corrections to the shape of the frequency dependent effective permeability of the metamaterial. We discuss the connection of recently suggested alternative negative index metamaterial designs in a unified picture.

  19. Z-scan measurements of the nonlinear refractive index of a pumped semiconductor disk laser gain medium

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    Quarterman, A. H.; Tyrk, M. A.; Wilcox, K. G.

    2015-01-01

    We measure the nonlinear refractive index of an antiresonant 1050 nm semiconductor disk laser (SDL) gain medium using a reflection-type z-scan system, with a 1064 nm, 10-ps-pulse laser as a probe, and a fiber-coupled 808 nm diode pump laser for carrier injection. Empirically, the nonlinear refractive index is found to depend approximately linearly on applied pump intensity, having a value of -1.5(0.2) × 10-12 cm2/W at zero excitation but increasing to take on positive values at typical SDL operating conditions. The focal lengths of corresponding Kerr lenses calculated using typical SDL pulse intensities and spot sizes are sufficiently short to be comparable to SDL cavity mirrors, implying that Kerr lens modelocking may be responsible for the behavior described in recent reports of self-mode-locked SDLs.

  20. Anneal-induced enhancement of refractive index and hardness of silicophosphate glasses containing six-fold coordinated silicon

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    Zeng, Huidan Jiang, Qi; Li, Xiang; Ye, Feng; Tian, Tian; Zhang, Haoxuan; Chen, Guorong

    2015-01-12

    A considerable number of optical devices have significantly benefited from the development of phosphate glasses as substrate materials. Introducing silica into sodium phosphate is an effective method to enhance its mechanical and optical properties. Through annealing treatment, the tetrahedral silicon oxide network structure (Si{sup (4)}) can be transformed into an octahedral structure (Si{sup (6)}) with more constraints. Here, we use high-temperature Raman and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to reveal the mechanism of transformation between the Si{sup (4)} and Si{sup (6)} silicon oxide structures. The increase of the Si{sup (6)} content results in the phosphate glasses having higher refractive index and hardness. Based on this, the refractive index contribution of SiO{sub 6} is obtained.

  1. Monitoring of high refractive index edible oils using coated long period fiber grating sensors

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    Coelho, Luís.; Viegas, Diana; Santos, José Luís.; de Almeida, Jose Manuel M. M.

    2015-05-01

    Monitoring the quality of high refractive index edible oils is of great importance for the human health. Uncooked edible oils in general are healthy foodstuff, olive oil in particular, however, they are frequently used for baking and cooking. High quality edible oils are made from seeds, nuts or fruits by mechanical processes. Nevertheless, once the mechanical extraction is complete, up to 15% of the oil remains in oil pomace and in the mill wastewater, which can be extracted using organic solvents, often hexane. Optical fiber sensors based on long period fiber gratings (LPFG) have very low wavelength sensitivity when the surround refractive index is higher than the refractive index of the cladding. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) coated LPFG could lead to the realization of high sensitivity chemical sensor for the food industry. In this work LPFG coated with a TiO2 thin film were successfully used for to detect small levels of hexane diluted in edible oils and for real time monitoring the thermal deterioration of edible oils. For a TiO2 coating of 30 nm a wavelength sensitivity of 1361.7 nm/RIU (or 0.97 nm / % V/V) in the 1.4610-1.4670 refractive index range was achieved, corresponding to 0 to 12 % V/V of hexane in olive oil. A sensitivity higher than 638 nm/RIU at 225 ºC was calculated, in the 1.4670-1.4735 refractive index range with a detection limit of thermal deterioration of about 1 minute.

  2. Investigation of the nonlinear refractive index of single-crystalline thin gold films and plasmonic nanostructures

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    Goetz, Sebastian; Razinskas, Gary; Krauss, Enno; Dreher, Christian; Wurdack, Matthias; Geisler, Peter; Pawłowska, Monika; Hecht, Bert; Brixner, Tobias

    2016-04-01

    The nonlinear refractive index of plasmonic materials may be used to obtain nonlinear functionality, e.g., power-dependent switching. Here, we investigate the nonlinear refractive index of single-crystalline gold in thin layers and nanostructures on dielectric substrates. In a first step, we implement a z-scan setup to investigate ~100-µm-sized thin-film samples. We determine the nonlinear refractive index of fused silica, n 2(SiO2) = 2.9 × 10-20 m2/W, in agreement with literature values. Subsequent z-scan measurements of single-crystalline gold films reveal a damage threshold of 0.22 TW/cm2 and approximate upper limits of the real and imaginary parts of the nonlinear refractive index, | n 2'(Au)| < 1.2 × 10-16 m2/W and | n 2″(Au)| < 0.6 × 10-16 m2/W, respectively. To further determine possible effects of a nonlinear refractive index in plasmonic circuitry, interferometry is proposed as a phase-sensitive probe. In corresponding nanostructures, relative phase changes between two propagating near-field modes are converted to amplitude changes by mode interference. Power-dependent experiments using sub-10-fs near-infrared pulses and diffraction-limited resolution (NA = 1.4) reveal linear behavior up to the damage threshold (0.23 times relative to that of a solid single-crystalline gold film). An upper limit for the nonlinear power-dependent phase change between two propagating near-field modes is determined to Δ φ < 0.07 rad.

  3. Effect of the refractive index change kinetics of photosensitive materials on the diffraction efficiency of reflecting Bragg gratings.

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    Lumeau, Julien; Glebov, Leonid B

    2013-06-10

    Experimental and modeled dependencies of the induced refractive index on dosage of UV exposure in photo-thermo-refractive glass for different thermal treatment regimes are presented. Resulting spatial profiles of refractive index modulation in a reflecting Bragg grating recorded by a holographic technique are computed, and corresponding diffraction efficiencies are modeled. It is shown that nonlinearity of the photosensitivity response is responsible for spatial distortions of a recorded grating that result in a decrease of the diffraction efficiency. PMID:23759847

  4. Refractive index sensitivity of long-period fiber gratings written in thinned cladding fiber by CO2 laser

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    Zhao, Yunhe; Liu, Yunqi; Guo, Qiang; Wang, Tingyun

    2014-05-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of the long-period fiber gratings (LPFGs) in the thinned cladding fiber (TCF) using CO2 laser. The sensing response of the gratings to surrounding refractive index has been investigated experimentally. The LPFGs written in the TCF could be used as the high sensitive refractive index sensors.

  5. Wavelength dependence of refractive index in lead-free Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3 single crystals

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    He, Chongjun; Yi, Xiujie; Wu, Tong; Wang, Jiming; Zhu, Kongjun; Liu, Youwen

    2014-10-01

    Refractive indices of (1-x)Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-xBaTiO3 (NBT-xBT, x = 0, 0.06 and 0.08) single crystals were measured at room temperature after poled along pseudo-cubic crystallographic direction [0 0 1]. The refractive indices decrease dramatically when the wavelength increases for all crystals. At the same wavelength, refractive indices of NBT-xBT single crystals decrease with increasing BT content. Sellmeier dispersion equations were obtained by least square fitting, which can be used to calculate the refractive indices in low absorption wavelength range. Parameters connected to the energy band structure were determined by fitting single-oscillator dispersion equation. Similar to most oxygen-octahedral ferroelectrics, NBT-xBT crystals have the same dispersion behavior described by the refractive-index dispersion parameter. Dispersion energies take on covalent crystal values.

  6. Raman spectroscopic investigation on high refractive index glasses prepared from local quartz sand.

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    Dararutana, P; Pongkrapan, S; Sirikulrat, N; Thawornmongkolkij, M; Wathanakul, P

    2009-08-01

    High refractive index (RI) glasses prepared from local quartz sand and compounds of heavy elements, such as, barium carbonate, lead oxide, and bismuth oxide as major ingredients were investigated using Raman spectroscopy. The results showed changes in glass structures of different doping elements, namely, Ba, Pb, and Bi. Refractive indices, densities, and UV-vis-NIR spectra of the glass samples were also measured. The Raman spectroscopy can be used to investigate and/or identify heavy glasses, local ancient glasses as well as glass jewelry. PMID:19081291

  7. Effective refractive index of a quasi-two-dimensional polydomain film of a conjugated polymer

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    Aver'yanov, E. M.

    2016-01-01

    The relation between the effective ordinary refractive index n* = ( n o n e )1/2 of a quasi-two-dimensional polydomain uniaxial film of a conjugated polymer F8BT in the visible transparency region and the refractive indices ( n o,e ) of uniaxial domains with the optical axes randomly oriented in the plane of the film has been confirmed experimentally. The permissible interval of variations in n* has been established and a strong spectral dispersion of this interval near the long-wavelength electronic absorption band of the film has been demonstrated.

  8. Raman spectroscopic investigation on high refractive index glasses prepared from local quartz sand

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    Dararutana, P.; Pongkrapan, S.; Sirikulrat, N.; Thawornmongkolkij, M.; Wathanakul, P.

    2009-08-01

    High refractive index (RI) glasses prepared from local quartz sand and compounds of heavy elements, such as, barium carbonate, lead oxide, and bismuth oxide as major ingredients were investigated using Raman spectroscopy. The results showed changes in glass structures of different doping elements, namely, Ba, Pb, and Bi. Refractive indices, densities, and UV-vis-NIR spectra of the glass samples were also measured. The Raman spectroscopy can be used to investigate and/or identify heavy glasses, local ancient glasses as well as glass jewelry.

  9. Lens-free inline holographic microscopy with numerical correction of layers with different refractive index.

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    Kanka, Mario; Riesenberg, Rainer

    2015-03-01

    Digital inline holographic microscopy is applied for lens-free imaging with high lateral resolution. Microfluidic chambers for the imaging of cells in water-like or native solutions, e.g., thick layers of glass and other materials with different refractive index, cause aberrations that limit the spatial resolution and change the magnification scale. In this Letter, a fast reconstruction technique considering parallel layer systems of different refractive indices is presented. In the experiments, properly scaled images of microbeads and red human blood cells with an optical resolution corresponding to a numerical aperture of about 0.62 were reconstructed. PMID:25723424

  10. Aqueous ammonium thiocyanate solutions as refractive index-matching fluids with low density and viscosity

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    Morrison, Benjamin C.; Borrero-Echeverry, Daniel

    2015-11-01

    Index-matching fluids play an important role in many fluid dynamics experiments, particularly those involving particle tracking, as they can be used to minimize errors due to distortion from the refraction of light across interfaces of the apparatus. Common index-matching fluids, such as sodium iodide solutions or mineral oils, often have densities or viscosities very different from those of water. This can make them undesirable for use as a working fluid when using commercially available tracer particles or at high Reynolds numbers. A solution of ammonium thiocyanate (NH4SCN) can be used for index-matching common materials such as borosilicate glass and acrylic, and has material properties similar to those of water (ν ~ 1 . 6 cSt and ρ ~ 1 . 1 g/cc). We present an empirical model for predicting the refractive index of aqueous NH4SCN solutions as a function of temperature and NH4SCN concentration that allows experimenters to develop refractive index matching solutions for various common materials. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (CBET-0853691) and by the James Borders Physics Student Fellowship at Reed College.

  11. Full Polarization Conical Dispersion and Zero-Refractive-Index in Two-Dimensional Photonic Hypercrystals

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    Wang, Jia-Rong; Chen, Xiao-Dong; Zhao, Fu-Li; Dong, Jian-Wen

    2016-01-01

    Photonic conical dispersion has been found in either transverse magnetic or transverse electric polarization, and the predominant zero-refractive-index behavior in a two-dimensional photonic crystal is polarization-dependent. Here, we show that two-dimensional photonic hypercrystals can be designed that exhibit polarization independent conical dispersion at the Brillouin zone center, as two sets of triply-degenerate point for each polarization are accidentally at the same Dirac frequency. Such photonic hypercrystals consist of periodic dielectric cylinders embedded in elliptic metamaterials, and can be viewed as full-polarized near zero-refractive-index materials around Dirac frequency by using average eigen-field evaluation. Numerical simulations including directional emissions and invisibility cloak are employed to further demonstrate the double-zero-index characteristics for both polarizations in the photonic hypercrystals. PMID:26956377

  12. Full Polarization Conical Dispersion and Zero-Refractive-Index in Two-Dimensional Photonic Hypercrystals

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    Wang, Jia-Rong; Chen, Xiao-Dong; Zhao, Fu-Li; Dong, Jian-Wen

    2016-03-01

    Photonic conical dispersion has been found in either transverse magnetic or transverse electric polarization, and the predominant zero-refractive-index behavior in a two-dimensional photonic crystal is polarization-dependent. Here, we show that two-dimensional photonic hypercrystals can be designed that exhibit polarization independent conical dispersion at the Brillouin zone center, as two sets of triply-degenerate point for each polarization are accidentally at the same Dirac frequency. Such photonic hypercrystals consist of periodic dielectric cylinders embedded in elliptic metamaterials, and can be viewed as full-polarized near zero-refractive-index materials around Dirac frequency by using average eigen-field evaluation. Numerical simulations including directional emissions and invisibility cloak are employed to further demonstrate the double-zero-index characteristics for both polarizations in the photonic hypercrystals.

  13. Full Polarization Conical Dispersion and Zero-Refractive-Index in Two-Dimensional Photonic Hypercrystals.

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    Wang, Jia-Rong; Chen, Xiao-Dong; Zhao, Fu-Li; Dong, Jian-Wen

    2016-01-01

    Photonic conical dispersion has been found in either transverse magnetic or transverse electric polarization, and the predominant zero-refractive-index behavior in a two-dimensional photonic crystal is polarization-dependent. Here, we show that two-dimensional photonic hypercrystals can be designed that exhibit polarization independent conical dispersion at the Brillouin zone center, as two sets of triply-degenerate point for each polarization are accidentally at the same Dirac frequency. Such photonic hypercrystals consist of periodic dielectric cylinders embedded in elliptic metamaterials, and can be viewed as full-polarized near zero-refractive-index materials around Dirac frequency by using average eigen-field evaluation. Numerical simulations including directional emissions and invisibility cloak are employed to further demonstrate the double-zero-index characteristics for both polarizations in the photonic hypercrystals. PMID:26956377

  14. All-optical on-chip sensor for high refractive index sensing

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    Liu, Yazhao; Salemink, H. W. M.

    2015-01-01

    A highly sensitive sensor design based on two-dimensional photonic crystal cavity is demonstrated. The geometric structure of the cavity is modified to gain a high quality factor, which enables a sensitive refractive index sensing. A group of slots with optimized parameters is created in the cavity. The existence of the slots enhances the light-matter interactions between confined photons and analytes. The interactions result in large wavelength shifts in the transmission spectra and are denoted by high sensitivities. Experiments show that a change in refractive index of Δn ˜ 0.12 between water and oil sample 1 causes a spectral shift of 23.5 nm, and the spectral shift between two oil samples is 5.1 nm for Δn ˜ 0.039. These results are in good agreement with simulations, which are 21.3 and 7.39 nm for the same index changes.

  15. Laser trapping of low refractive index colloids in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Skarabot, M; Ravnik, M; Babic, D; Osterman, N; Poberaj, I; Zumer, S; Musevic, I; Nych, A; Ognysta, U; Nazarenko, V

    2006-02-01

    We describe and analyze laser trapping of small colloidal particles in a nematic liquid crystal, where the index of refraction of colloids is smaller compared to the indices of the liquid crystal. Two mechanisms are identified that are responsible for this anomalous trapping: (i) below the optical Fréedericksz transition, the trapping is due to the anisotropic dielectric interaction of the polarized light with the inhomogeneous director field around the colloid, (ii) above the optical Fréedericksz transition, the optical trapping is accompanied by the elasticity-mediated interaction between the optically distorted region of a liquid crystal and the colloid. In the majority of the experiments, the trapping above the Fréedericksz transition is highly anisotropic. Qualitative agreement is found with a numerical analysis, considering the nematic director elastic distortion, dielectric director-light field coupling and optical repulsion due to low refraction index colloid in high index surroundings. PMID:16605354

  16. Prism-pair interferometer for precise measurement of the refractive index of optical glass by using a spectrum lamp.

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    Hori, Yasuaki; Hirai, Akiko; Minoshima, Kaoru

    2014-05-01

    A prism-pair interferometer for a spectrum lamp was developed for precise measurement of the refractive index of a prism of optical glass. Previously we reported the prism-pair interferometer with a He-Ne laser light source, resulting in a measurement uncertainty of 1.110??. However, most of the refractive-index values managed by optical glass manufacturers are conventionally measured with spectrum lamps. We have optimized the prism-pair interferometer for spectrum lamps and implemented a signal-processing technique from Fourier-transform spectroscopy. When the refractive index is measured, the wavelength of the spectrum lamp is simultaneously calibrated by part of the interferometer, so that the resulting refractive index is traceable to a national standard of length. The combined standard uncertainty for a refractive index measured with the e-line (546 nm) of a Hg lamp is 6.910??. PMID:24921862

  17. Nondestructive measurement of two-dimensional refractive index profiles by deflectometry

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    Lin, Di; Leger, James R.

    2015-06-01

    We present a method for calculating a two-dimensional refractive index field from measured boundary values of beam position and slope. By initially ignoring the dependence of beam trajectories on the index field and using cubic polynomials to approximate these trajectories, we show that the inverse problem can be reduced to set of linear algebraic equations and solved using a numerical algorithm suited for inverting sparse, ill-conditioned linear systems. The beam trajectories are subsequently corrected using an iterative ray trace procedure so that they are consistent with the ray equation inside the calculated index field. We demonstrate the efficacy of our method through computer simulation, where a hypothetical test index field is reconstructed on a 15 × 15 discrete grid using 800 interrogating rays and refractive index errors (RMS) less than 0.5% of the total index range (nmax-nmin) are achieved. In the subsequent error analysis, we identify three primary sources of error contributing to the reconstruction of the index field and assess the importance of data redundancy. The principles developed in our approach are fully extendable to three-dimensional index fields as well as more complex geometries.

  18. Macroscale colloidal noble metal nanocrystal arrays and their refractive index-based sensing characteristics.

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    Shao, Lei; Ruan, Qifeng; Jiang, Ruibin; Wang, Jianfang

    2014-02-26

    Colloidal noble metal nanocrystals are promising for a large number of optical and biotechnological applications. Many practical applications require the formation of large-area, high-density, and uniformly distributed metal nanocrystal arrays on various substrates, to overcome the limitations brought by the instability of colloidal metal nanocrystal solutions and the high cost of single-particle spectroscopy characterizations. A method is developed for directly depositing colloidal metal nanocrystals, including Au nanospheres, Au nanorods, Au nanobipyramids, and (Au core)/(Ag shell) nanorods, from their solutions onto different substrates. The resultant nanocrystal arrays are relatively uniform and dense, with the peak extinction value of a single layer reaching 0.3. Their areas are up to 10 cm by 10 cm and can be further increased if larger-size containers are utilized. The refractive index sensitivities are studied for Au nanorod arrays supported on glass slides, mesoporous silica and titania films, and capped with different molecules. Au nanorods deposited on mesoporous titania films are found to exhibit the highest index sensitivities, comparable to those of the same nanorod sample in solutions. It is expected that this approach will greatly facilitate plasmonic applications that require large-area arrays of noble metal nanocrystals. PMID:24123980

  19. Refractive index of water and steam as function of wavelength, temperature and density

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    Schiebener, P.; Straub, J.; Levelt Sengers, J. M. H.; Gallagher, J. S.

    1990-05-01

    Based on a comprehensive collection of data previously obtained by Thormählen et al. on the experimental refractive index of water and steam from the 1870s to the present, a new formulation is presented for the range of 0.2 to 2.5 μm in wave-length, -10 to +500 °C in temperature and 0 to 1045 kg m-3 in density. The Lorentz-Lorentz function or molar refraction, a strong function of wavelength but only weakly dependent on density and temperature, is fitted to a selected set of accurate refractive index data. The NBS/NRC equation of state for water and steam, the new international standard, is used to convert the experimental pressures to density. The deviations of all experimental data from the formulation are shown. A detailed assessment of the accuracy of the formulation is presented. Although the formulation does not represent to within their accuracy the data from the best sets in the visible range for liquid water below the boiling point, we show that inconsistencies between data sets, and minor deficiencies of the equation of state, prevent further improvement of a formulation based on data over as wide a range as considered here. It is shown that the best refractive index data can be used to discriminate between the various formulations of the equation of state of water and steam. It is demonstrated that several recent formulations of optical properties of liquid water over large ranges of wavelength need improvement in the range covered here. The new formulation is used to generate tables of the refractive index of water and steam at six wavelengths in the visible, near-infrared and near-ultraviolet, from 0 to 500 °C and up to 100 MPa in pressure.

  20. Improving Axial Resolution in Confocal Microscopy with New High Refractive Index Mounting Media

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    Fouquet, Coralie; Gilles, Jean-François; Heck, Nicolas; Dos Santos, Marc; Schwartzmann, Richard; Cannaya, Vidjeacoumary; Morel, Marie-Pierre; Davidson, Robert Stephen; Trembleau, Alain; Bolte, Susanne

    2015-01-01

    Resolution, high signal intensity and elevated signal to noise ratio (SNR) are key issues for biologists who aim at studying the localisation of biological structures at the cellular and subcellular levels using confocal microscopy. The resolution required to separate sub-cellular biological structures is often near to the resolving power of the microscope. When optimally used, confocal microscopes may reach resolutions of 180 nm laterally and 500 nm axially, however, axial resolution in depth is often impaired by spherical aberration that may occur due to refractive index mismatches. Spherical aberration results in broadening of the point-spread function (PSF), a decrease in peak signal intensity when imaging in depth and a focal shift that leads to the distortion of the image along the z-axis and thus in a scaling error. In this study, we use the novel mounting medium CFM3 (Citifluor Ltd., UK) with a refractive index of 1.518 to minimize the effects of spherical aberration. This mounting medium is compatible with most common fluorochromes and fluorescent proteins. We compare its performance with established mounting media, harbouring refractive indices below 1.500, by estimating lateral and axial resolution with sub-resolution fluorescent beads. We show furthermore that the use of the high refractive index media renders the tissue transparent and improves considerably the axial resolution and imaging depth in immuno-labelled or fluorescent protein labelled fixed mouse brain tissue. We thus propose to use those novel high refractive index mounting media, whenever optimal axial resolution is required. PMID:25822785

  1. Simultaneous Retrieval of Effective Refractive Index and Density from Size Distribution and Light Scattering Data: Weakly-Absorbing Aerosol

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    Kassianov, Evgueni I.; Barnard, James C.; Pekour, Mikhail S.; Berg, Larry K.; Shilling, John E.; Flynn, Connor J.; Mei, Fan; Jefferson, Anne

    2014-10-01

    We propose here a novel approach for retrieving in parallel the effective density and real refractive index of weakly absorbing aerosol from optical and size distribution measurements. Here we define “weakly absorbing” as aerosol single-scattering albedos that exceed 0.95 at 0.5 um.The required optical measurements are the scattering coefficient and the hemispheric backscatter fraction, obtained in this work from an integrating nephelometer. The required size spectra come from a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer and an Aerodynamic Particle Sizer. The performance of this approach is first evaluated using a sensitivity study with synthetically generated but measurement-related inputs. The sensitivity study reveals that the proposed approach is robust to random noise; additionally the uncertainties of the retrieval are almost linearly proportional to the measurement errors, and these uncertainties are smaller for the real refractive index than for the effective density. Next, actual measurements are used to evaluate our approach. These measurements include the optical, microphysical, and chemical properties of weakly absorbing aerosol which are representative of a variety of coastal summertime conditions observed during the Two-Column Aerosol Project (TCAP; http://campaign.arm.gov/tcap/). The evaluation includes calculating the root mean square error (RMSE) between the aerosol characteristics retrieved by our approach, and the same quantities calculated using the conventional volume mixing rule for chemical constituents. For dry conditions (defined in this work as relative humidity less than 55%) and sub-micron particles, a very good (RMSE~3%) and reasonable (RMSE~28%) agreement is obtained for the retrieved real refractive index (1.49±0.02) and effective density (1.68±0.21), respectively. Our approach permits discrimination between the retrieved aerosol characteristics of sub-micron and sub-10micron particles. The evaluation results also reveal that the retrieved density and refractive index tend to decrease with an increase of the relative humidity.

  2. Influence of substrate refractive index and metallic structure size on resonant properties in terahertz split ring resonators

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    Yang, Zhou; Shi, Yulei; Wang, Wei; Zhou, Qingli; Li, Chenyu; Wu, Ani; Liu, Jianfeng; Zhang, Cunlin

    2015-08-01

    Metamaterials with subwavelength structural features show unique electromagnetic responses that are unattainable with natural materials. Modulation property is regarded as one of the most important features of metamaterials. At present, the development of such terahertz switches and modulators are relatively slow. So the research of the terahertz metamaterial is very meaningful. The light-control modulation, for example, could control the resonance characteristics of split ring resonators (SRRs) by changing dielectric property of the light layer. Due to the complicated effect in photo-excited layer, we could simplify the research to firstly study the influence of substrate's refractive index on the resonant behaviors, providing the way to further the investigation of complex problems. In addition, the shape and size of metal microstructure can produce important effect on electromagnetic response. Therefore, based on the finite-difference time-domain method, we have also simulated several SRR structures with different geometry. We find the calculated terahertz transmission spectra exhibit remarkable change, showing that the resonant dips have a red-shift phenomenon and the bandwidth gets narrow with the increased refractive index as well as the structure size. Compared with the geometry effect, the red-shift is more sensitive to the change in refractive index. This work could help us to choose the suitable substrate materials for sample fabrication to realize the specific features.

  3. Reconstruction of 3D refractive index profiles of PM PANDA optical fiber using digital holographic method

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    Wahba, H. H.

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, the refractive indices distributions on the two birefringent axes of polarization maintaining (PM) PANDA type optical fiber are reconstructed. The local refraction of the incident rays crossing the PM optical fiber is considered. Off-axis digital holographic interferometric phase shifting arrangement is employed in this investigation. The recorded mutual phase shifted holograms, starts with 0° with steps of π/4, are combined and numerically reconstructed in the image plane to obtain the optical interference phase map. Consequently, the optical phase differences due to the PM optical fiber are extracted after unwrapping and background subtraction of the enhanced optical interference phase map. The birefringence and the beat length in the two directions, fast and slow axes of PM optical fiber, of polarizations in the core region are calculated. This holographic technique and the advanced analysis of the phase shifting permit the calculation of the 3D refractive index distributions for PM PANDA optical fiber.

  4. Complex index of refraction estimation from degree of polarization with diffuse scattering consideration.

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    Zhan, Hanyu; Voelz, David G; Cho, Sang-Yeon; Xiao, Xifeng

    2015-11-20

    The estimation of the refractive index from optical scattering off a target's surface is an important task for remote sensing applications. Optical polarimetry is an approach that shows promise for refractive index estimation. However, this estimation often relies on polarimetric models that are limited to specular targets involving single surface scattering. Here, an analytic model is developed for the degree of polarization (DOP) associated with reflection from a rough surface that includes the effect of diffuse scattering. A multiplicative factor is derived to account for the diffuse component and evaluation of the model indicates that diffuse scattering can significantly affect the DOP values. The scattering model is used in a new approach for refractive index estimation from a series of DOP values that involves jointly estimating n, k, and ρd with a nonlinear equation solver. The approach is shown to work well with simulation data and additive noise. When applied to laboratory-measured DOP values, the approach produces significantly improved index estimation results relative to reference values. PMID:26836553

  5. Methods to calibrate and scale axial distances in confocal microscopy as a function of refractive index

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    BESSELING, TH; JOSE, J; BLAADEREN, A VAN

    2015-01-01

    Accurate distance measurement in 3D confocal microscopy is important for quantitative analysis, volume visualization and image restoration. However, axial distances can be distorted by both the point spread function (PSF) and by a refractive-index mismatch between the sample and immersion liquid, which are difficult to separate. Additionally, accurate calibration of the axial distances in confocal microscopy remains cumbersome, although several high-end methods exist. In this paper we present two methods to calibrate axial distances in 3D confocal microscopy that are both accurate and easily implemented. With these methods, we measured axial scaling factors as a function of refractive-index mismatch for high-aperture confocal microscopy imaging. We found that our scaling factors are almost completely linearly dependent on refractive index and that they were in good agreement with theoretical predictions that take the full vectorial properties of light into account. There was however a strong deviation with the theoretical predictions using (high-angle) geometrical optics, which predict much lower scaling factors. As an illustration, we measured the PSF of a correctly calibrated point-scanning confocal microscope and showed that a nearly index-matched, micron-sized spherical object is still significantly elongated due to this PSF, which signifies that care has to be taken when determining axial calibration or axial scaling using such particles. PMID:25444358

  6. Influence of Surfactant Bilayers on the Refractive Index Sensitivity and Catalytic Properties of Anisotropic Gold Nanoparticles.

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    Martinsson, Erik; Shahjamali, Mohammad M; Large, Nicolas; Zaraee, Negin; Zhou, Yu; Schatz, George C; Mirkin, Chad A; Aili, Daniel

    2016-01-20

    Shape-controlled synthesis of gold nanoparticles generally involves the use of surfactants, typically cetyltrimethylammonium (CTAX, X = Cl(-) , Br(-)), to regulate the nucleation growth process and to obtain colloidally stable nanoparticles. The surfactants adsorb on the nanoparticle surface making further functionalization difficult and therefore limit their use in many applications. Herein, the influence of CTAX on nanoparticle sensitivity to local dielectric environment changes is reported. It is shown, both experimentally and theoretically, that the CTAX bilayer significantly reduces the refractive index (RI) sensitivity of anisotropic gold nanoparticles such as nanocubes and concave nanocubes, nanorods, and nanoprisms. The RI sensitivity can be increased by up to 40% by removing the surfactant layer from nanoparticles immobilized on a solid substrate using oxygen plasma treatment. This increase compensates for the otherwise problematic decrease in RI sensitivity caused by the substrate effect. Moreover, the removal of the surfactants both facilitates nanoparticle biofunctionalization and significantly improves their catalytic properties. The strategy presented herein is a simple yet effective universal method for enhancing the RI sensitivity of CTAX-stabilized gold nanoparticles and increasing their potential as transducers in nanoplasmonic sensors, as well as in catalytic and biomedical applications. PMID:26583756

  7. Block copolymer assisted refractive index engineering of metal oxides for applications in optical sensing

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    Poole, Zsolt L.; Ohodnicki, Paul; Buric, Michael; Yan, Aidong; Riyadh, Shaymaa; Lin, Yuankun; Chen, Kevin P.

    2014-09-01

    We demonstrate that the refractive indices of important functional metal oxides (TiO2, SnO2, and ZnO) can be engineered "at will" for applications in photonics engineering. The tailoring of the refractive indices is accomplished by 3D nanostructuring in the sub-wavelength regime (50nm or less) using the method of block-copolymer templating combined with a low cost solution processing approach. Using this method, the index of refraction of the demonstrated metal oxides and their doped variants can be engineered to be as low as 1.25. We will present both numerical simulations and experimental data demonstrating the unrestricted integration of functional metal oxides with a D-shaped optical fiber for applications in chemical and biological sensing. Using the developed refractive index engineering scheme, we introduce a novel hydrogen sensor by integrating a palladium doped TiO2 nanomaterial with D-shaped optical fiber and provide sensor characterization up to 700°C for applications in the energy sector.

  8. [The experiment research on solution refractive index sensor based on tilted fiber Bragg grating].

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    Jiang, Qi; Lü, Dan-Dan; Yu, Ming-Hao; Kang, Li-Min; Ouyang, Jun

    2013-12-01

    The present paper analyzes the sensor's basic principle of the bare tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) and surface plasmon resonance sensor (SPR) that deposited nanoscale gold-coating on the surface of the cladding. We simulated the transmission spectrums and some order cladding mode of TFBG in different concentration solutions by Integration and optical fiber grating software OptiGrating. So by the graphic observation and data analysis, a preliminary conclusion was got that in a certain sensing scope, the cladding modes of TFBG shift slightly to right with the increasing the solution refractive index(SRI),and the relation between resonance peak caused by the coupling of core mode and a certain cladding mode and the SRI was linear. Then the 45 nm thick gold coating was deposited on the surface of the TFBG cladding in a small-scale sputtering chamber KYKY SBC-12, and thermal field scanning electron microscopy presents that the effect of gold-coating was satisfactory to a certain extent in terms of microscopic level. The refractive index(RI) sensing experiments of different concentration solutions of NaCI, MgCI2, CaCI2 were carried out using bare and gold deposited TFBG. The RI sensing characteristics of both bare and gold deposited TFBGs respectively were studied by experiments. Meanwhile, it proved the conclusion that the cladding modes of TFBG drifted to right gradually when the SRI was increasing and the relations between resonance peak caused by the coupling of core mode and a certain cladding mode and the SRI were linear. And by quantitative analysis, we know that SPR sensor with the deposited namoscale gold layer on the surface of cladding enhanced the RI sensitivity dramatically by 2 to 500 nm RIU-1 which is 200 to 300 times larger than that of the bare tilted fiber Bragg grating approximately. The degrees of linear fittings of resonance peak caused by the coupling of core mode and a certain cladding mode and SRI of bare and gold-coating deposited SPR sensor are very good and both of them reach up to more than 0. 99. PMID:24611416

  9. Band gap and refractive index tunability in thallium based layered mixed crystals

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    Gasanly, N. M.

    2015-07-01

    Compositional variation of the band gap energy and refractive index of TlMeX2-type (Me = Ga or In and X = S or Se) layered mixed crystals have been studied by the transmission and reflection measurements in the wavelength range of 400-1100 nm. The analysis of absorption data of TlGa1-xInxSe2, TlGa(S1-xSex)2, TlGa1-xInxS2, and TlIn(Se1-xSx)2 mixed crystals revealed the presence of both optical indirect and direct transitions. It was found that the energy band gaps of mixed crystals decrease at the replacing of gallium atoms by indium and of sulfur atoms by selenium ones. Through the similar replacing of atoms (smaller atoms by larger ones) in the studied mixed crystals, the refractive index shows the quite opposite behavior.

  10. Femtosecond laser fabrication of long period fiber gratings and applications in refractive index sensing

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    Li, Benye; Jiang, Lan; Wang, Sumei; Tsai, Hai-Lung; Xiao, Hai

    2011-11-01

    An improved point-by-point inscription method is proposed to fabricate long period fiber gratings (LPFGs) by using a laser operating at 800 nm with 35 fs duration pulses. The sensitivity to misalignment between the core and the focus is reduced by scanning a rectangular part on the fiber. LPFGs with an attenuation depth of 20 dB are achieved within the wavelength range of 1465-1575 nm. Characterization of the temperature sensitivity and thermal stability of the LPFGs is presented. A 5.6 nm wavelength shift and a 1.2 dB decrease in the attenuation peak are observed following heat treatment at 600 °C for 4 h. The fabricated LPFGs are used as refractive index sensors. The effect of heat treatment on the response of the LPFGs to refractive index changes is also studied.

  11. Contribution of the Refractive Index Fluctuations to the Length Noise in Displacement Interferometry

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    Holá, Miroslava; Hrabina, Jan; Sarbort, Martin; Oulehla, Jindrich; Cíp, Ondrej; Lazar, Josef

    2015-10-01

    We report on investigations of how fast changes of the refractive index influence the uncertainty of interferometric displacement measurements. Measurement of position within a limited range is typical for precise positioning of coordinate measuring systems, such as nanometrology standards combined with scanning probe microscopy (SPM). The varying refractive index of air contributes significantly to the overall uncertainty; it plays a role especially in case of longer-range systems. In our experiments we have observed that its fast variations, seen as length noise, are not linearly proportional to the measuring beam path and play a significant role only over distances longer than 50 mm. Thus, we found that over longer distances the length noise rises proportionally. The measurements were performed under conditions typical for metrology SPM systems

  12. Measurement of nonlinear refractive index based on multiple configuration of FBG in generating multi wavelength

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    Abdullah, Mohd Nizam; Shaari, Sahbudin; Ehsan, Abang Annuar; Menon, Susthitha; Zakaria, Osman

    2015-06-01

    A reliable method for measurement of the nonlinear refractive index through application of multi wavelength phenomenon. Multi wavelength realisation based on Erbium doped fibre laser (EDFL) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. A combination of 15 m high efficiency Erbium doped fibre (EDF) and a 20 m Photonic Crystal Fibre (PCF) as main catalyst to suppress the homogenous broadening of EDF and to obtain highly stability of multi wavelength through insertion of a set of fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) in the cavity. This PCF has zero dispersion of 1040 nm which mismatch from transmission window of 1550 nm. A reliable repeatability of multi wavelength based on multiple configuration of FBGs less than 0.2% obtained. This consistent results influence in determination of nonlinear refractive index by relation of four wave mixing (FWM).

  13. Dual-wavelength diffraction phase microscopy for simultaneous measurement of refractive index and thickness.

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    Jafarfard, Mohammad Reza; Moon, Sucbei; Tayebi, Behnam; Kim, Dug Young

    2014-05-15

    We present a quantitative phase microscopy scheme that simultaneously acquires two phase images at different wavelengths. The simultaneous dual-wavelength measurement was performed with a diffraction phase microscope (DPM) based on a transmission grating and a spatial filter that form a common-path imaging interferometer. With a combined laser source that generates two-color light continuously, a different diffraction order of the grating was utilized for each wavelength component so that the dual-wavelength interference pattern could be distinguished by the distinct fringe frequencies. Our dual-wavelength phase imaging allowed us to extract information on the physical thickness and the refractive index for a specimen immersed in a highly dispersive surrounding medium. We found that our dual-wavelength DPM (DW-DPM) provides an accurate measurement of the volume and the refractive index of a microscopy sample with good measurement stability that results from the common-path geometry. PMID:24978234

  14. Determining the complex index of refraction of an unknown object using turbulence-degraded polarimetric imagery

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    Hyde, Milo W., IV

    2010-12-01

    A novel index-of-refraction material-characterization technique using passive polarimetric imagery degraded by atmospheric turbulence is presented. The method uses a variant of the LeMaster and Cain [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25(9), 2170-2176 (2008)] blind-deconvolution algorithm to recover the true object (i.e., the first Stokes parameter), the degree of linear polarization, and the polarimetric-image point spread functions. Nonlinear least squares is then used to find the value of the complex index of refraction that best fits the theoretical degree of linear polarization, derived using a polarimetric bidirectional reflectance distribution function, to the turbulence-corrected degree of linear polarization. To verify the proposed material-characterization technique, experimental results of two painted metal samples are provided and analyzed.

  15. Densities and refractive indexes of aqueous (Li,K,Na) NO[sub 3] mixtures

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    Ally, M.R.; Zaltash, A.; Linkous, R.L. . Energy Div.); Klatt, L.N. . Analytical Chemistry Div.)

    1991-04-01

    This paper describes experimental procedures and techniques for measuring densities and/or refractive indexes of aqueous salt solutions between 25 and 200 [degrees]C and with 18.90-90.50 wt % mixed salt (LINO[sub 3], KNO[sub 3], and NaNO[sub 3]). An electrolyte solution of (LI, K, Na) NO[sub 3] slats in water was chosen for study because of its recent development as a potential high-temperature heat pump fluid, but any other appropriate fluid may be accommodated for study in the apparatus. The densities and refractive indexes are shown to represent a convenient way to measuring the concentration of salt (or water), and accuracies of [plus minus]0.8 and [plus minus]0.3 wt % total mixed salt were achieved by using the above two methods, respectively.

  16. Diffractive Optical Analysis for Refractive Index Sensing using Transparent Phase Gratings

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    Kumawat, Nityanand; Pal, Parama; Varma, Manoj

    2015-11-01

    We report the implementation of a micro-patterned, glass-based photonic sensing element that is capable of label-free biosensing. The diffractive optical analyzer is based on the differential response of diffracted orders to bulk as well as surface refractive index changes. The differential read-out suppresses signal drifts and enables time-resolved determination of refractive index changes in the sample cell. A remarkable feature of this device is that under appropriate conditions, the measurement sensitivity of the sensor can be enhanced by more than two orders of magnitude due to interference between multiply reflected diffracted orders. A noise-equivalent limit of detection (LoD) of 6 × 10‑7 was achieved with this technique with scope for further improvement.

  17. Determination of thin film refractive index and thickness by means of film phase thickness

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    Nenkov, Milen R.; Pencheva, Tamara G.

    2008-06-01

    A new approach for determination of refractive index dispersion n( λ) (the real part of the complex refractive index) and thickness d of thin films of negligible absorption and weak dispersion is proposed. The calculation procedure is based on determination of the phase thickness of the film in the spectral region of measured transmittance data. All points of measured spectra are included in the calculations. Barium titanate thin films are investigated in the spectral region 0.38-0.78 μm and their n( λ) and d are calculated. The approach is validated using Swanepoel’s method and it is found to be applicable for relatively thin films when measured transmittance spectra have one minimum and one maximum only.

  18. Determination of thin film refractive index and thickness by means of film phase thickness

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    Nenkov, Milen; Pencheva, Tamara

    2008-06-01

    A new approach for determination of refractive index dispersion n(λ) (the real part of the complex refractive index) and thickness d of thin films of negligible absorption and weak dispersion is proposed. The calculation procedure is based on determination of the phase thickness of the film in the spectral region of measured transmittance data. All points of measured spectra are included in the calculations. Barium titanate thin films are investigated in the spectral region 0.38-0.78 μm and their n(λ) and d are calculated. The approach is validated using Swanepoel's method and it is found to be applicable for relatively thin films when measured transmittance spectra have one minimum and one maximum only.

  19. Possible effects of clear-air refractive-index perturbations on SAR images.

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    Dickey, Fred McCartney; Muschinski, Andreas; Doerry, Armin Walter

    2005-03-01

    Airborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging systems have reached a degree of accuracy and sophistication that requires the validity of the free-space approximation for radio-wave propagation to be questioned. Based on the thin-lens approximation, a closed-form model for the focal length of a gravity wave-modulated refractive-index interface in the lower troposphere is developed. The model corroborates the suggestion that mesoscale, quasi-deterministic variations of the clear-air radio refractive-index field can cause diffraction patterns on the ground that are consistent with reflectivity artifacts occasionally seen in SAR images, particularly in those collected at long ranges, short wavelengths, and small grazing angles.

  20. Three-dimensional shape measurement based on dual-refractive-index digital holography

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    Cai, Xiao-ou; Hu, Feng-jun; Wang, Hui

    2015-09-01

    A novel phase-imaging method based on dual-refractive-index digital holography has been presented, which in principle can be arbitrarily large compared to the wavelength and does not involve the usual phase unwrapping by detection of phase discontinuity. The method consists of the generation and combination of two phase maps in a digital holography system by use of two separate refractive indexes which varies with the air density in an air chamber where a recorded 3D object is in. For example, we have reconstructed the surface of a remote control keypad of size 5 mm×5 mm and maximum axial depth 0.631 mm, and the experimental result shows that the proposed approach is feasible and effective.

  1. Analysis of thermo-optic effect-based refractive index dynamic modulation in microspherical resonator.

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    Wang, Yue; Wang, Quan-Long; Zhou, Song; Wu, Jun-Feng; Wu, Yi-Hui

    2015-10-01

    The thermo-optic effect has been utilized to modulate the refractive index dynamically within a whispering gallery mode resonator. Modulation with a large tuning range is mostly performed for mode locking and dynamic control of the optical path at a modulation frequency as low as several hertz, while high-frequency modulation up to megahertz is mainly exploited in optical switching devices with small tuning range. Here, we introduce the response functions theoretically to describe the dynamic response of temperature changes in the mode volume and the resonator body, respectively. This result is verified experimentally in silica microspherical resonators. The dependence of the tuning range on the modulation frequency is achieved. This knowledge could pave the way toward more practical control of refractive index in microresonators. PMID:26479610

  2. Bend and refractive index sensing based on the tuning fork fiber

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    Sun, Bo; Li, Xuyou; Yu, Yingying; He, Kunpeng

    2015-08-01

    A fiber-optic based on the tuning fork structure is investigated for bend and refractive index (RI). The new bend/RI sensor based on the tuning fork structure is ease of fabrication, low cost, and simple signal acquisition. The operation principle relies on the power coupling of two cores inputted into light simultaneously. The beam-propagation method (BPM) is employed for modeling the propagation of light along the optical fiber sensing device proposed. The simulation results show that it exhibits very high sensitivity, accuracy and wide dynamic range in making curvature and RI measurements. The bending sensitivity is about 0.01184 W/m-1 at curvatures ranging from 0 to 50 m-1, the RI sensitivity is about -1.5557, -22.3031 and -102.44878 W/RIU at refractive indexes ranging from 1.33-1.418, 1.418-1.45 and 1.45-1.456, respectively.

  3. Refractive index matching to develop transparent polyaphrons: Characterization of immobilized proteins.

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    Ward, Keeran; Stuckey, David C

    2016-06-01

    Refractive index matching was used to create optically transparent polyaphrons to enable proteins adsorbed to the aphron surface to be characterized. Due to the significant light scattering created by polyaphrons, refractive index matching allowed for representative circular dichroism (CD) spectra and acceptable structural characterization. The method utilized n-hexane as the solvent phase, a mixture of glycerol and phosphate buffer (30% [w/v]) as the aqueous phase, and the non-ionic surfactants, Laureth-4 and Kolliphor P-188. Deconvolution of CD spectra revealed that the immobilized protein adapted its native conformation, showing that the adsorbed protein interacted only with the bound water layer ("soapy shell") of the aphron. Isothermal calorimetry further demonstrated that non-ionic surfactant interactions were virtually non-existent, even at the high concentrations used (5% [w/v]), proving that non-ionic surfactants can preserve protein conformation. PMID:26952359

  4. Study of lateral-drilled DBR fiber laser and its responsivity to external refractive index.

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    Li, Jie; Liu, Bo; Sun, Li-Peng; Liang, Yizhi; Li, Mengmeng; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2016-05-01

    We report a lateral-drilled DBR fiber laser which contains a defective parabola-like opening inside the cavity fabricated by the CO2-laser exposure and study the laser responsivity to external refractive index (RI). Surrounding materials can readily reach the vicinity of the fiber core via the opening and interact with the laser mode. Research shows that the laser emission power mainly relies on changes of external RI while the lasing wavelength on temperature. The effects of structural parameters, pump power, and external refractive index on the RI responsivity of the device are demonstrated. The lasing threshold condition is also concerned. This work provides an opportunity for controlling emission characteristics of the DBR fiber laser through modification of external RI value, of which the results are valuable for the potential applications in optical sensing, tunable lasing, and etc. PMID:27137561

  5. Uncertainty in length conversion due to change of sensitivity coefficients of refractive index

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    Wei, Dong; Aketagawa, Masato

    2015-06-01

    A value of length measured in air should be converted to the value in vacuum for the purpose of comparison. The typical values of the sensitivity coefficients for a particular wavelength (e.g. 632.99 nm) under standard environmental conditions are widely available. Because all measurements are not performed under standard environmental conditions and the sensitivity coefficient is affected by atmospheric pressure, temperature, and humidity, one question arises naturally: how does a measurement change with environmental conditions? This study investigates the uncertainty in length conversion due to the change of sensitivity coefficients of refractive index. We also clarify that there is no significant difference in conversion uncertainties via sensitivity coefficients of phase and group refractive indexes.

  6. Design of reflective optical fiber sensor for determining refractive index and sugar concentration of aqueous solutions

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    Marzuki, Ahmad; Wulan Sari, Nila; Riatun

    2016-02-01

    A reflective optical fiber sensor designed for measuring refractive index and sugar concentration of aqueous solutions is described. Two strains of parallel polymer optical fibers (POF) were wrapped in a bundle such that one of their fiber's end cross-sections had the same distance to the mirror surface. The light coming out from one strain of the fiber was reflected by the mirror to the second fiber. Sugar concentration of the aqueous solution filling the space between the fiber ends and the mirror was varied (1.0 M, 1.5 M, 2.0 M, 2.5 M, 3.0 M, 4.0 M, and 5.0 M). It was shown from the experiment that light intensity detected by photo-detector is linearly related to the percentage of the dissolved sugar in the solution as well as the variation of the sugar solution refractive index (R2 = 0.987).

  7. Sustainable UV-curable low refractive index resins with novel polymers for polymer cladding materials

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    Tokoro, Hiroki; Ishikawa, Takako; Koike, Nobuyuki; Yamashina, Yohzoh

    2014-03-01

    Low refractive index polymers are used as cladding materials for high numerical aperture (NA) fibers. Since transparent fluoro polymers are ideal for this application, they have been used over many years. However, some fluoro chemicals face an issue related to perfluoro octanoic acid (PFOA) which is caused by its longtime persistence in the environment and human body. In this research, non-PFOA type UV curable fluoro resins suitable for cladding were developed with novel materials. The cured films showed high transparency, good adhesion to glass and low refractive index of 1.359 and 1.386 at 850 nm. Optical fibers prepared with those cladding showed almost equivalent attenuation to a fiber with commercially available material.

  8. Refractive index sensitivity enhancement of optical fiber cladding mode by depositing nanofilm via ALD technology.

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    Zhao, Ying; Pang, Fufei; Dong, Yanhua; Wen, Jianxiang; Chen, Zhenyi; Wang, Tingyun

    2013-11-01

    The atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology is introduced to enhance the sensitivity of optical fiber cladding mode to surrounding refractive index (SRI) variation. The highly uniform Al2O nanofilm was deposited around the double cladding fiber (DCF) which presents cladding mode resonant feature. With the high refractive index coating, the cladding mode resonant spectrum was tuned. And the sensitivity enhancement for SRI sensor was demonstrated. Through adjusting the deposition cycles, a maximum sensitivity of 723 nm/RIU was demonstrated in the DCF with 2500 deposition cycles at the SRI of 1.34. Based on the analysis of cladding modes reorganization, the cladding modes transition of the coated DCF was investigated theoretically. With the high performance nanofilm coating, the proposed SRI sensor is expected to have wide applications in chemical sensors and biosensors. PMID:24216837

  9. Properties of material in the submillimeter wave region (instrumentation and measurement of index of refraction)

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    Lally, J.; Meister, R.

    1983-01-01

    The Properties of Materials in the Submillimeter Wave Region study was initiated to instrument a system and to make measurements of the complex index of refraction in the wavelength region between 0.1 to 1.0 millimeters. While refractive index data is available for a number of solids and liquids there still exists a need for an additional systematic study of dielectric properties to add to the existing data, to consider the accuracy of the existing data, and to extend measurements in this wavelength region for other selected mateials. The materials chosen for consideration would be those with useful thermal, mechanical, and electrical characteristics. The data is necessary for development of optical components which, for example, include beamsplitters, attenuators, lenses, grids, all useful for development of instrumentation in this relatively unexploited portion of the spectrum.

  10. Index of Refraction and Absorption Coefficient Spectra of Paratellurite in the Terahertz Region

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    Unferdorben, Márta; Buzády, Andrea; Hebling, János; Kiss, Krisztián; Hajdara, Ivett; Kovács, László; Péter, Ágnes; Pálfalvi, László

    2016-03-01

    Index of refraction and absorption coefficient spectra of pure paratellurite (α-TeO2) crystal as a potential material for terahertz (THz) applications were determined in the 0.25-2 THz frequency range at room temperature by THz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). The investigation was performed with beam polarization both parallel (extraordinary polarization) and perpendicular (ordinary polarization) to the optical axis [001] of the crystal. Similarly to the visible spectral range, positive birefringence was observed in the THz range as well. It was shown that the values of the refractive index for extraordinary polarization are higher and show significantly larger dispersion than for the ordinary one. The absorption coefficient values are also larger for extraordinary polarization. The measured values were fitted by theoretical curves derived from the complex dielectric function containing independent terms of Lorentz oscillators due to phonon-polariton resonances. The results are compared with earlier publications, and the observed significant discrepancies are discussed.

  11. Diffractive Optical Analysis for Refractive Index Sensing using Transparent Phase Gratings.

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    Kumawat, Nityanand; Pal, Parama; Varma, Manoj

    2015-01-01

    We report the implementation of a micro-patterned, glass-based photonic sensing element that is capable of label-free biosensing. The diffractive optical analyzer is based on the differential response of diffracted orders to bulk as well as surface refractive index changes. The differential read-out suppresses signal drifts and enables time-resolved determination of refractive index changes in the sample cell. A remarkable feature of this device is that under appropriate conditions, the measurement sensitivity of the sensor can be enhanced by more than two orders of magnitude due to interference between multiply reflected diffracted orders. A noise-equivalent limit of detection (LoD) of 6 × 10(-7) was achieved with this technique with scope for further improvement. PMID:26578408

  12. Integrated optical microring for high-resolution refractive index and pressure sensing applications

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    Ja, Shiou-jyh

    2007-04-01

    Whispering-gallery mode (WGM) resonators such as microspheres, microcylinders, and microrings have been proposed for telecommunication and sensing applications for decades. However, several challenges, such as the robustness of the optical coupling and sample delivery means, were often found in the path of developing them for the real world sensing applications. In this paper, a robust microring platform based on integrated lightwave circuit technology and a tunable laser interrogation system has been demonstrated as high-resolution refractive index and pressure measurement system. By using a "two-point" interrogation scheme and a microring with Q factor of about 24,000, a refractive index sensitivity of about 145 nm/RIU (TM mode) and 205 nm/RIU (TE mode) for two different polarizations and a limit of detection on the order of 10 -7 RIU have been demonstrated. For the high-pressure measurement applications, a pressure resolution of 0.05 psia has been achieved.

  13. Polarization-based complex index of refraction estimation with diffuse scattering consideration

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    Zhan, Hanyu; Voelz, David G.; Xiao, Xifeng; Cho, Sang-Yeon

    2015-09-01

    Optical polarimetry is an approach that shows promise for refractive index estimation from scattering off a target's surface, which is task of pivotal importance for remote sensing and computer graphics applications. However, the estimation often relies on a microfacet polarimetric bidirectional reflectance distribution function (pBRDF) that is limited to specular targets involving single surface scattering. In this paper, we develop an analytic model for the degree of polarization (DOP) reflected from a rough surface that includes a multiplicative factor for the effect of diffuse scattering. Evaluation of the model indicates that diffuse scattering can significantly affect the DOP values, and the biased DOP values can further lead to inaccurate estimation of the surface refractive index.

  14. Exciton effects in the index of refraction of multiple quantum wells and superlattices

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    Kahen, K. B.; Leburton, J. P.

    1986-01-01

    Theoretical calculations of the index of refraction of multiple quantum wells and superlattices are presented. The model incorporates both the bound and continuum exciton contributions for the gamma region transitions. In addition, the electronic band structure model has both superlattice and bulk alloy properties. The results indicate that large light-hole masses, i.e., of about 0.23, produced by band mixing effects, are required to account for the experimental data. Furthermore, it is shown that superlattice effects rapidly decrease for energies greater than the confining potential barriers. Overall, the theoretical results are in very good agreement with the experimental data and show the importance of including exciton effects in the index of refraction.

  15. Transparent Conductive Distributed Bragg Reflectors Composed of High and Low Refractive Index Transparent Conductive Films

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    Lee, Cheng-Chung; Li, Meng-Chi; Chen, Sheng-Hui; Kuo, Chien-Cheng

    2012-05-01

    This article has shown that the co-sputtering method and post-annealing treatment have successfully fabricated the transparent conductive distributed Bragg reflectors (TCDBR). The transparent conducting film, anatase Nb-doped TiO2 (TNO), which has a high refractive index can be combined with Al-doped ZnO (AZO) low refractive index transparent conducting films to make a TCDBR capable of transferring the current from electrode to semiconductor while still maintaining the advantage for the micro resonant cavity. The eight-period stack of AZO/TNO achieves a reflectivity of up to 90% centered at 550 nm and a resistivity of 1.88×10-3 Ω cm.

  16. D-shaped fiber grating refractive index sensor induced by an ultrashort pulse laser.

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    Liao, Changrui; Wang, Qiao; Xu, Lei; Liu, Shen; He, Jun; Zhao, Jing; Li, Zhengyong; Wang, Yiping

    2016-03-01

    The fabrication of fiber Bragg gratings was here demonstrated using ultrashort pulse laser point-by-point inscription. This is a very convenient means of creating fiber Bragg gratings with different grating periods and works by changing the translation speed of the fiber. The laser energy was first optimized in order to improve the spectral properties of the fiber gratings. Then, fiber Bragg gratings were formed into D-shaped fibers for use as refractive index sensors. A nonlinear relationship was observed between the Bragg wavelength and liquid refractive index, and a sensitivity of ∼30  nm/RIU was observed at 1.450. This shows that D-shaped fiber Bragg gratings might be used to develop promising biochemical sensors. PMID:26974608

  17. Simultaneous measurement of refractive index and temperature using a dual polarization ring.

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    Liu, Penghao; Shi, Yaocheng

    2016-05-01

    We present the design, fabrication, and characterization of a dual polarization silicon-on-insulator (SOI) microring resonator (MRR) for simultaneous measurement of refractive index (RI) and temperature. Due to the different energy distribution of transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) modes for the SOI waveguide, the TE and TM polarizations can have quite different sensitivities toward the changes of ambient RI and temperature. By using a gapless asymmetric coupling section, TE0 mode and TM0 mode have been excited simultaneously in the MRR. We demonstrated the feasibility ofobtaining RI and temperature simultaneously with a single measurement, achieving a RI sensitivity of 104 nm/RIU (refractive index unit) and a temperature sensitivity of 78.7 pm/°C for TE0 mode and a RI sensitivity of 319 nm/RIU and a temperature sensitivity of 34.1 pm/°C for TM0 mode. PMID:27140367

  18. Diffractive Optical Analysis for Refractive Index Sensing using Transparent Phase Gratings

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    Kumawat, Nityanand; Pal, Parama; Varma, Manoj

    2015-01-01

    We report the implementation of a micro-patterned, glass-based photonic sensing element that is capable of label-free biosensing. The diffractive optical analyzer is based on the differential response of diffracted orders to bulk as well as surface refractive index changes. The differential read-out suppresses signal drifts and enables time-resolved determination of refractive index changes in the sample cell. A remarkable feature of this device is that under appropriate conditions, the measurement sensitivity of the sensor can be enhanced by more than two orders of magnitude due to interference between multiply reflected diffracted orders. A noise-equivalent limit of detection (LoD) of 6 × 10−7 was achieved with this technique with scope for further improvement. PMID:26578408

  19. Measurement of air refractive index based on surface plasmon resonance and phase detection.

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    Chen, Qianghua; Luo, Huifu; Wang, Sumei; Wang, Feng

    2012-07-15

    A method for refractive index of air measurement is presented based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and phase detection using a dual-frequency laser interferometer. Theoretical analyses indicate that the phase-difference variation of the measurement signal versus the reference signal is linear with refractive index of air (RIA) fluctuation, and the calculation formula of RIA is derived. The structure design of the self-adaptive SPR sensor greatly reduces the measurement error resulting from the incident angle shift and improves the sensitivity. The experiments show that measurement uncertainty of 10(-6) order has been achieved when phase detection precision is 0.1. The phenomenon of sudden phase variation during air pumping and air filling, which is caused by temperature fluctuation, is discussed. PMID:22825177

  20. CMOS-compatible optical switching concept based on strain-induced refractive-index tuning.

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    Virgilio, Michele; Witzigmann, Bernd; Bolognini, Gabriele; Guha, Subhajit; Schroeder, Thomas; Capellini, Giovanni

    2015-03-01

    In this paper we present a planar lightwave switching mechanism based on large refractive index variations induced by electrically-driven strain control in a CMOS-compatible photonic platform. Feasibility of the proposed concept, having general validity, is numerically analyzed in a specific case-study given by a Mach-Zehnder Interferometer with Ge waveguides topped by a piezoelectric stressor. The stressor can be operated in order to dynamically tune the strain into the two interferometric arms. The strain modifies the Ge band structure and can induce refractive index variations up to 0.05. We demonstrate that this approach can enable ultra-compact devices featuring low loss propagation for light wavelengths below the waveguide band gap energy, high extinction ratios (>30 dB) and low intrinsic insertion losses (2 dB). The operation wavelength can be extended in the whole FIR spectrum by using SiGe(Sn) alloy waveguides. PMID:25836819

  1. Pressure dependence of the refractive index in wurtzite and rocksalt indium nitride

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    Oliva, R.; Yamaguchi, T.; Nanishi, Y.

    2014-12-08

    We have performed high-pressure Fourier transform infrared reflectance measurements on a freestanding InN thin film to determine the refractive index of wurtzite InN and its high-pressure rocksalt phase as a function of hydrostatic pressure. From a fit to the experimental refractive-index curves including the effect of the high-energy optical gaps, phonons, free carriers, and the direct (fundamental) band-gap in the case of wurtzite InN, we obtain pressure coefficients for the low-frequency (electronic) dielectric constant ε{sub ∞}. Negative pressure coefficients of −8.8 × 10{sup −2 }GPa{sup −1} and −14.8 × 10{sup −2 }GPa{sup −1} are obtained for the wurtzite and rocksalt phases, respectively. The results are discussed in terms of the electronic band structure and the compressibility of both phases.

  2. A novel acousto-optic modulation-deflection mechanism using refractive index grating as graded index beam router

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    Jangjoo, Alireza; Reza Baezzat, Mohammad; Razavizadeh, Ahmad

    2014-03-01

    A novel acousto-optic modulation mechanism will be addressed in this paper. Focused Gaussian beam passing through acousto-optic media experiences different refractive index regions arising from acoustic waves generated by ultrasonic source. In this way according to the snell's law of refraction the beam propagation path will be altered when these periodic traveling waves reach the incoming radiation where a typical p-n junction photodiode located inside the rising or falling lobe of the undiffracted Gaussian beam senses these small lateral deflections. Due to small variations of the refractive index the magnitude of deflection will be up to tens of micron outside the modulator. Hence, sharp intensity gradient is required for detecting such small beam movements by appropriate lens configuration to focus the Gaussian profile on the detector junction area. In the other words intensity profile of zero order beam oscillates proportional to the time dependent amplitude of the acoustic waves versus previous methods that intensity of diffracted beam changes with applied ultrasonic intensity. The extracted signal properties depend on the beam collimation, quality of beam profile and depth of focus inside the modulator. The first experimental approach was proceeded using a collimated 532 nm diode laser source (TEM00), distilled water as interaction media and 10 MHz transducer as ultrasonic generator where a cylindrical glass column with input-output flat windows was used for liquid support. The present method has advantages over common acoustooptical techniques as low cost, simplicity of operation, direct modulation of the signal and minimum alignment requirement.

  3. SOLITONS: Nonlinear dynamics of optical pulses in fibres with a travelling refractive-index-change wave

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    Adamova, M. S.; Zolotovskii, Igor'O.; Sementsov, Dmitrii I.

    2009-03-01

    Dynamics of soliton-like wave packets in fibres with a travelling refractive-index-change wave is studied. It is shown that both a soliton-like propagation regime of a pulse and a self-compression regime in the region of normal group velocity dispersion are possible. It is also shown that in the case of a copropagating or counterpropagating pulse and optically inhomogeneous wave nonreciprocal effects appear.

  4. Plasma-enhanced growth, composition, and refractive index of silicon oxy-nitride films

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    Mattsson, Kent Erik

    1995-06-01

    Secondary ion mass spectrometry and refractive index measurements have been carried out on silicon oxy-nitride produced by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). Nitrous oxide and ammonia were added to a constant flow of 2% silane in nitrogen, to produce oxy-nitride films with atomic nitrogen concentrations between 2 and 10 at. %. A simple atomic valence model is found to describe both the measured atomic concentrations and published material compositions for silicon oxy-nitride produced by PECVD. A relation between the Si-N bond concentration and the refractive index is found. This relation suggest that the refractive index of oxy-nitride with a low nitrogen concentration is determined by the material density. It is suggested that the relative oxygen concentration in the gas flow is the major deposition characterization parameter, and that water vapor is the predominant reaction by-product. A model, that combine the chemical net reaction and the stoichiometric rules, is found to agree with measured deposition rates for given material compositions. Effects of annealing in a nitrogen atmosphere has been investigated for the 400 °C- 1100 °C temperature range. It is observed that PECVD oxy-nitrides release nitrogen and hydrogen in the form of NH for annealing temperatures in the 500 °C-700 °C range. The relaxation process during annealing is found to be governed by a viscoelastic relaxation process similar to the relaxation process observed for thermally grown SiO2. Upon nitrogen release, the PECVD material is in a state of internal tension. The viscoelastic relaxation process for temperatures above 700 °C is dominated by the relaxation of this internal tension. A linear relation between the refractive index and material density is determined for silicon oxy-nitride with a nitrogen concentration below 30 at. %.

  5. High index of refraction films for dielectric mirrors prepared by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Brusasco, R.M.

    1989-01-01

    A wide variety of metal oxides with high index of refraction can be prepared by Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition. We present some recent optical and laser damage results on oxide films prepared by MOCVD which could be used in a multilayer structure for highly reflecting (HR) dielectric mirror applications. The method of preparation affects both optical properties and laser damage threshold. 10 refs., 8 figs., 4 tabs.

  6. Simultaneous determination of size and refractive index of red blood cells by light scattering measurements

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    Ghosh, N.; Buddhiwant, P.; Uppal, A.; Majumder, S.K.; Patel, H.S.; Gupta, P.K.

    2006-02-20

    We present a fast and accurate approach for simultaneous determination of both the mean diameter and refractive index of a collection of red blood cells (RBCs). The approach uses the peak frequency of the power spectrum and the corresponding phase angle obtained by performing Fourier transform on the measured angular distribution of scattered light to determine these parameters. Results on the measurement of two important clinical parameters, the mean cell volume and mean cell hemoglobin concentration of a collection of RBCs, are presented.

  7. Aluminum-jointed silicon dioxide octagon nanohelix array with desired complex refractive index.

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    Jen, Yi-Jun; Chen, Chien-Chi; Jheng, Ci-Yao

    2014-06-15

    In this Letter, glancing angle deposition is used to form an aluminum-jointed silicon dioxide octagon nanohelix array as a 3D nanostructured thin film. As a sculptured metal-dielectric composite, the film exhibits a complex refractive index of near unity with a small imaginary part. This structured film is demonstrated as an efficient light absorber to absorb light in a broad band and over a wide range of angles for both polarization states. PMID:24978492

  8. Enhanced refractive index without absorption in four-level asymmetrical double semiconductor quantum well

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    Kang, Chengxian; Wang, Zhiping; Yu, Benli

    2016-03-01

    We investigate the absorptive-dispersive properties of a weak probe field in a four-level asymmetrical double semiconductor quantum well. It is found that the enhanced refraction index without absorption can be easily controlled via adjusting properly the corresponding parameters of the system. Our scheme may provide some new possibilities for technological applications in dispersion compensation and solid-state quantum communication for quantum information processing.

  9. A Refractive INdex Gradient (RING) diagnostic for transient discharges or expansions of vapor or plasmas

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    Cuneo, M.E.; Lockner, T.R.; Tisone, G.S.; Bieg, K.W.; Stinnett, R.W. ); Chavez, J.R. )

    1990-01-01

    The use of lasers to measure plasma properties is well known. Common methods include interferometry (density), Schlieren (gradient of density), and shadowgraphy (derivative of gradient). The diagnostic described in this paper uses a fast silicon photodiode quadrant detector with a differential amplifier to temporally detect the refraction of a CW laser by transient discharges or expansions of vapor, gas or plasma. The laser beam is refracted by the gradient of the total index of refraction due to neutral and ionized atoms (positive index) and electrons (negative index) in those discharges. The output of the circuit is a voltage proportional to the deflection angle of the laser beam through the discharge. The method is a time-resolved, quantitative, species discriminating (i.e. atoms or electrons) Schlieren technique. The diagnostic is easy to field, sensitive (1.3 {plus minus} 0.1 to 3.3 {plus minus} 0.1 mv/{mu}rad depending on laser power, divergence, moment arm and circuit gain) and fast (rise time = 11 {plus minus} 1 to 24 {plus minus} 1 ns depending on various circuit parameters). Diagnostic theory, and circuit design and performance will be discussed. This refractive INdex Gradient (RING) diagnostic has been applied to measurements on several ion sources under development at Sandia for use on intense applied-B ion diodes in the light ion fusion program. Sources studied include different types of flashboards, a thermal evaporation lithium ion source, and a laser produced ion source. To illustrate the utility of this technique, examples of measurements on LEVIS (Laser EVaporation Ion Source), a laser produced active lithium ion source will be given. Measured properties include vapor/plasma production thresholds, expansion velocities, some species information, gradient profiles, and estimates of density profiles. 27 refs., 8 figs.

  10. Tailoring the index of refraction of nanocrystalline hafnium oxide thin films

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    Vargas, Mirella; Murphy, N. R.; Ramana, C. V.

    2014-03-10

    Hafnium oxide (HfO{sub 2}) films were grown by sputter-deposition by varying the growth temperature (T{sub s} = 25–700 °C). HfO{sub 2} films grown at T{sub s} < 200 °C were amorphous, while those grown at T{sub s} ≥ 200 °C were monoclinic, nanocrystalline with (1{sup ¯}11) texturing. X-ray reflectivity (XRR) analyses indicate that the film-density (ρ) increases with increasing T{sub s}. The index of refraction (n) profiles derived from spectroscopic ellipsometry analyses follow the Cauchy dispersion relation. Lorentz-Lorenz analysis (n{sub (λ)} = 550 nm) and optical-model adopted agree well with the XRR data/analyses. A direct T{sub s}-ρ-n relationship suggests that tailoring the optical quality is possible by tuning T{sub s} and the microstructure of HfO{sub 2} films.

  11. Spatial variation of refractive index in a pane of float glass.

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    Bennett, R L; Kim, N D; Curran, J M; Coulson, S A; Newton, A W

    2003-01-01

    In the statistical interpretation of forensic glass evidence it is standard practice to make the assumption of homogeneity of the refractive index (RI) of the source glass, or of localized homogeneity. However, the work of Locke and Hayes showed that, for toughened windscreen glass, this assumption might not be true. This work is well cited, but there appears to have been little follow-on published research. Furthermore, the toughening process is something known to affect the refractive index, and is a process that float glass does not undergo. Float glass is a major component of casework in New Zealand and for that reason it would be interesting to know whether the findings of Locke and Hayes apply when dealing with float glass. In this paper we describe an experiment similar to that of Locke and Hayes, systematically examining the variation of RI in a pane of float window glass. It was found that, although there were no systematic differences in refractive index, there were observable differences across the pane. PMID:12879568

  12. Lattice and electronic contributions to the refractive index of CuWO4

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    Ruiz-Fuertes, J.; Pellicer-Porres, J.; Segura, A.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Muñoz, A.

    2014-09-01

    We report an investigation of the refractive index dispersion and anisotropy in CuWO4 by means of interference measurements in two extinction directions from mid infrared to the visible region of the energy spectrum. The analysis of the refractive index dispersion yields ɛ(∞) = 4.5(1) for light polarization parallel to the c-axis and ɛ(∞) = 5.3(1) with respect to the other extinction axis. In addition, we report reflectance measurements carried out from the far infrared to the near ultraviolet to study the lattice and electronic contributions to the refractive index of CuWO4. We have determined the wavenumbers of nine infrared active lattice modes and compared them with previous ab initio calculations. The value of the Penn gap, 7 eV, as well as the origin of a structure observed at 4.4 eV in the reflectance spectrum, is discussed in the context of the CuWO4 electronic structure.

  13. Retrieving the real refractive index of mono- and polydisperse colloids from reflectance near the critical angle.

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    Reed, Benjamin E; Grainger, Roy G; Peters, Daniel M; Smith, Andrew J A

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the accuracy in retrieving the real refractive index of submicron aerosol particles, at a visible wavelength, from near critical angle reflectance measurements of a dilute suspension of the aerosol. A coherent scattering model (CSM) is used to model the coherent reflectance from the colloidal suspension. We use an extension of the model for polydisperse particles to properly account for the modified size distribution close to the incident medium to colloid interface. We perform a rigorous sensitivity analysis, for both the monodisperse and polydisperse models, to determine how experimental uncertainties propagate into uncertainty in the retrieval of real refractive index. The effect of non-spherical scattering was included in the sensitivity analysis by using T-matrix methods. Experimental reflectance data, at a wavelength of 635 nm, were obtained for monodisperse spherical latex particles, a polydisperse sand sample and a polydisperse volcanic ash sample. We show that the retrieved real refractive index for these particles is consistent with values obtained using other techniques. PMID:26906772

  14. Development of High Refractive Index Poly(thiophene) for 3-D Organic Photonic Crystals

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    Cheng, Stephen; Jin, Shi; Graham, Matthew; Bunning, Timothy

    2005-03-01

    Currently, no polymers have a sufficiently high refractive index to open a complete photonic band gap (PBG) in the commonly used inverse opal structure. Poly(thiophene) (PT) is predicted to have a high enough refractive index, but experimental values have been significantly less then those predicted. To reconcile this discrepancy, the electro-polymerization of thiophene has been optimized. The resulting poly(thiophene) (PT) films had improved structural regularity, and conjugation length. This translated into an elevated refractive index, as measured by Variable Angle Spectrographic Ellipsometry, which was sufficient to open a complete PBG. The next step to realizing an organic 3-D PC was to create high quality opal templates through which the PT could be polymerized. Colloidal crystallization of monodisperse spheres was used to fabricate the templates, while a novel nano-mechnical annealing technique was used to perfect the crystal structure. Taken together these developments offer the opportunity for the first time to make an organic 3-D PC with a complete PBG.

  15. Imaginary refractive index and other microphysical properties of volcanic ash, Sarahan dust, and other mineral aerosols

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    Rocha Lima, A.; Martins, J.; Krotkov, N. A.; Artaxo, P.; Todd, M.; Ben Ami, Y.; Dolgos, G.; Espinosa, R.

    2013-12-01

    Aerosol properties are essential to support remote sensing measurements, atmospheric circulation and climate models. This research aims to improve the understanding of the optical and microphysical properties of different types of aerosols particles. Samples of volcanic ash, Saharan dust and other mineral aerosols particles were analyzed by different techniques. Ground samples were sieved down to 45um, de-agglomerated and resuspended in the laboratory using a Fluidized Bed Aerosol Generator (FBAG). Particles were collected on Nuclepore filters into PM10, PM2.5, or PM1.0. and analyzed by different techniques, such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) for determination of size distribution and shape, spectral reflectance for determination of the optical absorption properties as a function of the wavelength, material density, and X-Ray fluorescence for the elemental composition. The spectral imaginary part of refractive index from the UV to the short wave infrared (SWIR) wavelength was derived empirically from the measurements of the spectral mass absorption coefficient, size distribution and density of the material. Some selected samples were also analyzed with the Polarized Imaging Nephelometer (PI-Neph) instrument for the characterization of the aerosol polarized phase function. This work compares results of the spectral refractive index of different materials obtained by our methodology with those available in the literature. In some cases there are significant differences both in magnitude and spectral dependence of the imaginary refractive index. These differences are evaluated and discussed in this work.

  16. Method for measuring the refractive index distribution of a GRIN lens with heterodyne interferometry

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    Hsieh, H. C.; Chen, Y. L.; Wu, W. T.; Su, D. C.

    2009-06-01

    Based on the Fresnel's equations and the heterodyne interferometry, an alternative method for measuring the refractive index distribution of a GRIN lens is presented. A light coming from the heterodyne light source passes through a quarterwave plate and is incident on the tested GRIN lens. The reflected light passes through an analyzer and an imaging lens; finally it enters a CMOS camera. The interference signals produced by the components of the s- and the p-polarizations are recorded and they are sent to a personal computer to be analyzed. In order to measure the absolute phases of the interference signals accurately, a special condition is chosen. Then, the interference signals become a group of periodic sinusoidal segments, and each segment has an initial phase ψ with the information of the refractive index. Consequently, the estimated data of ψ are substituted into the special equations derived from Fresnel's equations, and the refractive index distribution of the GRIN lens can be obtained. Because of its common-path optical configuration, this method has both merits of the common-path interferometry and the heterodyne interferometry. In addition, the phase can be measured without reference signals.

  17. Prediction of an extremely large nonlinear refractive index for crystals at terahertz frequencies

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    Dolgaleva, Ksenia; Materikina, Daria V.; Boyd, Robert W.; Kozlov, Sergei A.

    2015-08-01

    We develop a simple analytical model for calculating the vibrational contribution to the nonlinear refractive index n2 (Kerr coefficient) of a crystal in terms of known crystalline parameters such as the linear refractive index, the coefficient of thermal expansion, the atomic density, and the reduced mass and the natural oscillation frequency of the vibrational modes of the crystal lattice. We show that the value of this contribution in the terahertz spectral region can exceed the value of the nonlinear refractive index n2 in the visible and near-IR spectral ranges (which is largely electronic in origin) by several orders of magnitude. For example, for crystal quartz the value of the Kerr coefficient in the low-frequency limit is n2=2.2 ×10-9 esu or, equivalently, 4.4 ×10-16m2 /W, which is very much larger than its value of 3 ×10-20m2 /W in the visible range. Furthermore, we present an analysis of the dispersion of n2 in the terahertz spectral range and show that even larger values of n2 occur at frequencies close to the vibrational resonances.

  18. Lattice and electronic contributions to the refractive index of CuWO₄

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    Ruiz-Fuertes, J.; Pellicer-Porres, J.; Segura, A.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Muñoz, A.

    2014-09-14

    We report an investigation of the refractive index dispersion and anisotropy in CuWO₄ by means of interference measurements in two extinction directions from mid infrared to the visible region of the energy spectrum. The analysis of the refractive index dispersion yields ϵ(∞)=4.5(1) for light polarization parallel to the c-axis and ϵ(∞)=5.3(1) with respect to the other extinction axis. In addition, we report reflectance measurements carried out from the far infrared to the near ultraviolet to study the lattice and electronic contributions to the refractive index of CuWO₄. We have determined the wavenumbers of nine infrared active lattice modes and compared them with previous ab initio calculations. The value of the Penn gap, 7eV, as well as the origin of a structure observed at 4.4 eV in the reflectance spectrum, is discussed in the context of the CuWO₄ electronic structure.

  19. Refractive index sensing performance analysis of photonic crystal containing graphene based on optical Tamm state

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    Chen, Ying; Dong, Jing; Liu, Teng; Zhu, Qiguang; Chen, Weidong

    2016-01-01

    A photonic crystal’s refractive index sensor is proposed based on the photonic crystal (PC) optical properties and the surface wave resonance principle. The optical Tamm state existing at the interface between one-dimensional (1D) PCs and the metal layer can overcome the disadvantage of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor in which the incident light can only be TM polarized light. The resonant wavelength can be changed by adjusting the optical parameters of the PC. Through coating the metal surface with graphene, the resolution and sensitivity of the sensor can be improved obviously. The relationship model between the graphene parameters and the reflectivity is established by analyzing the reflective properties of the graphene. In the numerical simulation, the graphene layer is optimized to improve the refractive index sensing properties. The numerical simulation results show that the quality factor (Q value) can attain to 1418.2 and the sensitivity is about 1178.6 nm RIU-1, which can demonstrate the effectiveness of the senor structure and provide some theoretical references for the design of the refractive index sensors with high Q value and sensitivity.

  20. Temperature dependent refractive index and absorption coefficient of congruent lithium niobate crystals in the terahertz range.

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    Wu, Xiaojun; Zhou, Chun; Huang, Wenqian Ronny; Ahr, Frederike; Krtner, Franz X

    2015-11-16

    Optical rectification with tilted pulse fronts in lithium niobate crystals is one of the most promising methods to generate terahertz (THz) radiation. In order to achieve higher optical-to-THz energy efficiency, it is necessary to cryogenically cool the crystal not only to decrease the linear phonon absorption for the generated THz wave but also to lengthen the effective interaction length between infrared pump pulses and THz waves. However, the refractive index of lithium niobate crystal at lower temperature is not the same as that at room temperature, resulting in the necessity to re-optimize or even re-build the tilted pulse front setup. Here, we performed a temperature dependent measurement of refractive index and absorption coefficient on a 6.0 mol% MgO-doped congruent lithium niobate wafer by using a THz time-domain spectrometer (THz-TDS). When the crystal temperature was decreased from 300 K to 50 K, the refractive index of the crystal in the extraordinary polarization decreased from 5.05 to 4.88 at 0.4 THz, resulting in ~1 change for the tilt angle inside the lithium niobate crystal. The angle of incidence on the grating for the tilted pulse front setup at 1030 nm with demagnification factor of -0.5 needs to be changed by 3. The absorption coefficient decreased by 60% at 0.4 THz. These results are crucial for designing an optimum tilted pulse front setup based on lithium niobate crystals. PMID:26698455

  1. Zoned near-zero refractive index fishnet lens antenna: Steering millimeter waves

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    Pacheco-Peña, V. Orazbayev, B. Beaskoetxea, U. Beruete, M.; Navarro-Cía, M.

    2014-03-28

    A zoned fishnet metamaterial lens is designed, fabricated, and experimentally demonstrated at millimeter wavelengths to work as a negative near-zero refractive index lens suitable for compact lens antenna configurations. At the design frequency f = 56.7 GHz (λ{sub 0} = 5.29 mm), the zoned fishnet metamaterial lens, designed to have a focal length FL = 9λ{sub 0}, exhibits a refractive index n = −0.25. The focusing performance of the diffractive optical element is briefly compared with that of a non-zoned fishnet metamaterial lens and an isotropic homogeneous zoned lens made of a material with the same refractive index. Experimental and numerically-computed radiation diagrams of the fabricated zoned lens are presented and compared in detail with that of a simulated non-zoned lens. Simulation and experimental results are in good agreement, demonstrating an enhancement generated by the zoned lens of 10.7 dB, corresponding to a gain of 12.26 dB. Moreover, beam steering capability of the structure by shifting the feeder on the xz-plane is demonstrated.

  2. Cryogenic Temperature-Dependent Refractive Index Measurements of CaF2 and Infrasil 301

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    Frey, Bradley J.; Leviton, Douglas B.; Madison, TImothy J.

    2007-01-01

    In order to enable high quality lens design using calcium fluoride (CaF2) and Heraeus Infrasil 30 (Infrasil) at cryogenic temperatures, we have measured the absolute refractive index of prisms of these two materials using the Cryogenic, High-Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, as a function of both wavelength and temperature. For CaF2, we report absolute refractive index and thermo-optic coefficient (dn/dT) at temperatures ranging from 25 to 300 K at wavelengths from 0.4 to 5.6 micrometers; for Infrasil we cover temperatures ranging from 35 to 300K and wavelengths from 0.4 to 3.6 micrometers. We investigate the interspecimen variability between measurements of two unrelated samples of CaF2, and we also compare our results for Infrasil to previous measurements fo Corning 7980 fused silica. Finally, we provide temperature-dependent Sellmeier coefficients based on our data to allow accurate interpolation of index to other wavelengths and temperatures and compare those results to other data found in the literature.

  3. Control of silicon oxynitrides refractive index by reactive-assisted ion beam sputter deposition

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    Ida, Michel; Chaton, Patrick; Rafin, B.

    1994-11-01

    This paper presents the properties of silicon oxynitrides obtained by reactive ion beam sputter deposition: Dual Ion Beam System. Control of refractive index was achieved by adjusting the process parameters as ion beam current, ion beam energy and reactive gas partial pressure of oxygen and nitrogen. The main difficulty was to achieve stoichiometric nitride, it has been shown that energetic ionized nitrogen was needed to obtain silicon nitride. The major parameter, to obtain variable compositions between silica and silicon nitride, was the oxygen partial pressure with a fixed nitrogen partial pressure. Optical constants in the visible range, refractive index and extinction coefficient, have been measured by spectrophotometry and spectroscopic ellipsometry. Stoichiometry, contamination and packing density have been measured by Rutherford Backscattering and Nuclear Reaction Analysis. The correlation between the film composition and optical constants is shown. Various test results indicate that silicon oxynitrides obtained by reactive assisted ion beam sputtering are high quality optical materials. These films are homogeneous isotropic, with a high packing density. The extinction coefficient is in the order of 10-4 after 300 degree(s)C annealing. All values of refractive index between 1.49 and 2.1 can be chosen.

  4. Measurement of air refractive index fluctuation based on interferometry with two different reference cavity lengths.

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    Chen, Qianghua; Luo, Huifu; Wang, Sumei; Wang, Feng; Chen, Xinhua

    2012-09-01

    A measurement method based on interferometry with two different reference cavity lengths is presented and applied in air refractive index measurement in which the two cavity lengths and a laser wavelength are combined to generate two wavelength equivalents of cavity. Corresponding calculation equations are derived, and the optical path configuration is designed, which is inspired by the traditional synthetic wavelength method. Theoretical analyses indicate that the measurement uncertainty of the determined index of refraction is about 2.310(-8), which is mainly affected by the length precision of the long vacuum cavity and the ellipticity of polarization components of the dual-frequency laser, and the range of nonambiguity is 3.010(-5), which is decided by the length difference of the two cavities. Experiment results show that the accuracy of air refractive index measurement is better than 5.010(-8) when the laboratory conditions changes slowly. The merit of the presented method is that the classical refractometry can be also used without evacuation of the gas cavity during the experiment. Furthermore, the application of the traditional synthetic wavelength method may be extended by using the wavelength equivalents of cavity, any value of which can be easily acquired by changing cavity length rather than using actual wavelengths whose number is limited. PMID:22945157

  5. Extremely high-accuracy correction of air refractive index using two-colour optical frequency combs.

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    Wu, Guanhao; Takahashi, Mayumi; Arai, Kaoru; Inaba, Hajime; Minoshima, Kaoru

    2013-01-01

    Optical frequency combs have become an essential tool for distance metrology, showing great advantages compared with traditional laser interferometry. However, there is not yet an appropriate method for air refractive index correction to ensure the high performance of such techniques when they are applied in air. In this study, we developed a novel heterodyne interferometry technique based on two-colour frequency combs for air refractive index correction. In continuous 500-second tests, a stability of 1.0 10(-11) was achieved in the measurement of the difference in the optical distance between two wavelengths. Furthermore, the measurement results and the calculations are in nearly perfect agreement, with a standard deviation of 3.8 10(-11) throughout the 10-hour period. The final two-colour correction of the refractive index of air over a path length of 61 m was demonstrated to exhibit an uncertainty better than 1.4 10(-8), which is the best result ever reported without precise knowledge of environmental parameters. PMID:23719387

  6. Three-Dimensional Holographic Refractive-Index Measurement of Continuously Flowing Cells in a Microfluidic Channel

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    Sung, Yongjin; Lue, Niyom; Hamza, Bashar; Martel, Joseph; Irimia, Daniel; Dasari, Ramachandra R.; Choi, Wonshik; Yaqoob, Zahid; So, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Refractive index of biological specimens is a source of intrinsic contrast that can be explored without any concerns of photobleaching or harmful effects caused by extra contrast agents. In addition, RI contains rich information related to the metabolism of cells at the cellular and subcellular levels. Here, we report a no-moving parts approach that provides three-dimensional refractive index maps of biological samples continuously flowing in a microfluidic channel. Specifically, we use line illumination and off-axis digital holography to record the angular spectra of light scattered from flowing samples at high speed. Applying the scalar diffraction theory, we obtain accurate RI maps of the samples from the measured spectra. Using this method, we demonstrate label-free 3-D imaging of live RKO human colon cancer cells and RPMI8226 multiple myeloma cells, and obtain the volume, dry mass and density of these cells from the measured 3-D refractive index maps. Our results show that the reported method, alone or in combination with the existing flow cytometry techniques, promises as a quantitative tool for stain-free characterization of large number of cells. PMID:25419536

  7. Optical method for measuring optical rotation angle and refractive index of chiral solution

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    Lin, Jiun-You; Chen, Kun-Huang; Chen, Jing-Heng

    2007-11-01

    Based on the phenomena of Brewster's angle and the principles of common-path heterodyne interferometry, we present an optical method for measuring the optical rotation angle and the refractive index of a chiral solution simultaneously in one optical configuration. A heterodyne light beam and a circularly polarized heterodyne light beam are separately guided to project onto the interface of a semicircle glass and a chiral solution. One of the beams is transmitted through the solution, and the other is reflected near Brewster's angle at the interface. Then the two beams pass through polarization components respectively for interference. The phase differences of the two interference signals used to determine the rotation angle and the refractive index become very high with the proper azimuth angles of some polarization components, hence achieving an accurate rotational angle and a refractive index. The feasibility of the measuring method was demonstrated by our experimental results. This method should bear the merits of high accuracy, short sample medium length, and simpler operational endeavor.

  8. Determining the refractive index of a {lambda}/4 thin film on a thick substrate from a transmittance measurement

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    Chow, R.; Loomis, G.E.; Biltoft, P.

    1993-06-01

    The refractive index is a key optical constant required by optical thin film designers. The coater-designer team must constantly verify the refractive indices of the non-absorbing optical thin films since the refractive index of a deposited material can vary by switching coating systems or operators as well as expected changes during the course of a coating run. A transmittance measurement on a spectrophotometer is an easy and accurate (usually to within {+-}0.5% spread) method of determining the refractive index. In one technique, the refractive index is obtained from visually curve-fitting a calculated (using a thin film design program and selecting the refractive index) transmittance spectrum to the measured transmittance spectrum. There are two other techniques which are discussed in this report: A quick, approximate method vs. the exact derivation. What the authors have not been able to find in the literature is the exact transmittance dependence as a function of the refractive indices (layers) through which the light passes and which accounts for the substrate back reflections. There are undocumented approximation methods as well as one in the literature by Cheremukhin and Rozhnox. Otherwise, most texts either derive the transmittances through optical multilayers or just the effect of back reflections on the transmittance for thick substrates. Without correcting for substrate back reflections, the derived refractive indices from the measured transmittances are in error by as much as 10%. In this work, the authors have utilized both an exact and an approximate method of determining the refractive index of the film. It is found that both the exact and approximate methods of determining the refractive index of thin optical coatings are within the measurement errors of commercially available spectrophotometers.

  9. All-dielectric three-dimensional broadband Eaton lens with large refractive index range

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    Yin, Ming; Yong Tian, Xiao; Ling Wu, Ling; Chen Li, Di

    2014-03-01

    We proposed a method to realize three-dimensional (3D) gradient index (GRIN) devices requiring large refractive index (RI) range with broadband performance. By combining non-resonant GRIN woodpile photonic crystals structure in the metamaterial regime with a compound liquid medium, a wide RI range (1-6.32) was fulfilled flexibly. As a proof-of-principle for the low-loss and non-dispersive method, a 3D Eaton lens was designed and fabricated based on 3D printing process. Full-wave simulation and experiment validated its omnidirectional wave bending effects in a broad bandwidth covering Ku band (12 GHz-18 GHz).

  10. Low-loss multilayered metamaterial exhibiting a negative index of refraction at visible wavelengths.

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    García-Meca, Carlos; Hurtado, Juan; Martí, Javier; Martínez, Alejandro; Dickson, Wayne; Zayats, Anatoly V

    2011-02-11

    We experimentally demonstrate a low-loss multilayered metamaterial exhibiting a double-negative refractive index in the visible spectral range. To this end, we exploit a second-order magnetic resonance of the so-called fishnet structure. The low-loss nature of the employed magnetic resonance, together with the effect of the interacting adjacent layers, results in a figure of merit as high as 3.34. A wide spectral range of negative index is achieved, covering the wavelength region between 620 and 806 nm with only two different designs. PMID:21405495

  11. Refractive index gradient measurement across the thickness of a dielectric film by the prism coupling method

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    Sokolov, Viktor I; Panchenko, Vladislav Ya; Seminogov, V N

    2012-08-31

    A method is proposed for measuring the refractive index gradient n(z) in nonuniformly thick dielectric films. The method is based on the excitation of waveguide modes in a film using the prism coupling technique and on the calculation of n(z) and film thickness H{sub f} with the help of the angular positions of the TE or TM modes. The method can be used for an arbitrary shape of the index modulation over the film thickness in the limit of a small gradient [{Delta} n(z)/n(z) || 1]. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  12. All-dielectric three-dimensional broadband Eaton lens with large refractive index range

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    Yin, Ming; Yong Tian, Xiao Ling Wu, Ling; Chen Li, Di

    2014-03-03

    We proposed a method to realize three-dimensional (3D) gradient index (GRIN) devices requiring large refractive index (RI) range with broadband performance. By combining non-resonant GRIN woodpile photonic crystals structure in the metamaterial regime with a compound liquid medium, a wide RI range (1–6.32) was fulfilled flexibly. As a proof-of-principle for the low-loss and non-dispersive method, a 3D Eaton lens was designed and fabricated based on 3D printing process. Full-wave simulation and experiment validated its omnidirectional wave bending effects in a broad bandwidth covering Ku band (12 GHz–18 GHz)

  13. Multiple scattering of matter waves: An analytic model of the refractive index for atomic and molecular gases

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    Lemeshko, Mikhail; Friedrich, Bretislav

    2010-08-15

    We present an analytic model of the refractive index for matter waves propagating through atomic or molecular gases. The model, which combines the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) treatment of the long-range attraction with the Fraunhofer model treatment of the short-range repulsion, furnishes a refractive index in compelling agreement with recent experiments of Jacquey et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 240405 (2007)] on Li atom matter waves passing through dilute noble gases. We show that the diffractive contribution, which arises from scattering by a two-dimensional 'hard core' of the potential, is essential for obtaining a correct imaginary part of the refractive index.

  14. Frequency modulation and compression of optical pulses in an optical fibre with a travelling refractive-index wave

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    Zolotovskii, I. O.; Lapin, V. A.; Sementsov, D. I.

    2016-01-01

    We have studied the conditions for spectral broadening, frequency modulation and compression (both temporal and spectral) of Gaussian pulses propagating in a fibre with a travelling refractive-index wave. Analytical expressions have been derived for the dependences of pulse duration, chirp and spectral width on the distance travelled through the fibre, parameters of the fibre and radiation launched into it. Based on the numerical analysis we have studied the behaviour of these characteristics by changing the coefficient of the refractive-index modulation and other parameters of the travelling refractive-index wave.

  15. Engineering of parallel plasmonic-photonic interactions for on-chip refractive index sensors

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    Lin, Linhan; Zheng, Yuebing

    2015-07-01

    Ultra-narrow linewidth in the extinction spectrum of noble metal nanoparticle arrays induced by the lattice plasmon resonances (LPRs) is of great significance for applications in plasmonic lasers and plasmonic sensors. However, the challenge of sustaining LPRs in an asymmetric environment greatly restricts their practical applications, especially for high-performance on-chip plasmonic sensors. Herein, we fully study the parallel plasmonic-photonic interactions in both the Au nanodisk arrays (NDAs) and the core/shell SiO2/Au nanocylinder arrays (NCAs). Different from the dipolar interactions in the conventionally studied orthogonal coupling, the horizontal propagating electric field introduces the out-of-plane ``hot spots'' and results in electric field delocalization. Through controlling the aspect ratio to manipulate the ``hot spot'' distributions of the localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) in the NCAs, we demonstrate a high-performance refractive index sensor with a wide dynamic range of refractive indexes ranging from 1.0 to 1.5. Both high figure of merit (FOM) and high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) can be maintained under these detectable refractive indices. Furthermore, the electromagnetic field distributions confirm that the high FOM in the wide dynamic range is attributed to the parallel coupling between the superstrate diffraction orders and the height-induced LSPR modes. Our study on the near-field ``hot-spot'' engineering and far-field parallel coupling paves the way towards improved understanding of the parallel LPRs and the design of high-performance on-chip refractive index sensors.Ultra-narrow linewidth in the extinction spectrum of noble metal nanoparticle arrays induced by the lattice plasmon resonances (LPRs) is of great significance for applications in plasmonic lasers and plasmonic sensors. However, the challenge of sustaining LPRs in an asymmetric environment greatly restricts their practical applications, especially for high-performance on-chip plasmonic sensors. Herein, we fully study the parallel plasmonic-photonic interactions in both the Au nanodisk arrays (NDAs) and the core/shell SiO2/Au nanocylinder arrays (NCAs). Different from the dipolar interactions in the conventionally studied orthogonal coupling, the horizontal propagating electric field introduces the out-of-plane ``hot spots'' and results in electric field delocalization. Through controlling the aspect ratio to manipulate the ``hot spot'' distributions of the localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) in the NCAs, we demonstrate a high-performance refractive index sensor with a wide dynamic range of refractive indexes ranging from 1.0 to 1.5. Both high figure of merit (FOM) and high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) can be maintained under these detectable refractive indices. Furthermore, the electromagnetic field distributions confirm that the high FOM in the wide dynamic range is attributed to the parallel coupling between the superstrate diffraction orders and the height-induced LSPR modes. Our study on the near-field ``hot-spot'' engineering and far-field parallel coupling paves the way towards improved understanding of the parallel LPRs and the design of high-performance on-chip refractive index sensors. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03159a

  16. Enhanced contrast ratio and viewing angle of polymer-stabilized liquid crystal via refractive index matching between liquid crystal and polymer network.

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    Lee, Ji-Hoon; Lee, Jung Jin; Lim, Young Jin; Kundu, Sudarshan; Kang, Shin-Woong; Lee, Seung Hee

    2013-11-01

    Long standing electro-optic problems of a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) such as low contrast ratio and transmittances decrease in oblique viewing angle have been challenged with a mixture of dual frequency liquid crystal (DFLC) and reactive mesogen (RM). The DFLC and RM molecules were vertically aligned and then photo-polymerized using a UV light. At scattering state under 50 kHz electric field, DFLC was switched to planar state, giving greater extraordinary refractive index than the normal PDLC cell. Consequently, the scattering intensity and the contrast ratio were increased compared to the conventional PDLC cell. At transparent state under 1 kHz electric field, the extraordinary refractive index of DFLC was simultaneously matched with the refractive index of vertically aligned RM so that the light scattering in oblique viewing angles was minimized, giving rise to high transmittance in all viewing angles. PMID:24216913

  17. The effect of annealing on the variation of glass refractive index.

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    Rushton, K P; Coulson, S A; Newton, A W N; Curran, J M

    2011-06-15

    The variation of refractive index (RI) over a non-toughened, float pane of glass and a toughened, float pane of glass was investigated. The two panes of colourless, float glass were cut into 150 5 cm × 5 cm squares. The pre- and post-annealing RI values from three random areas from each square were measured. Bayesian statistical hierarchical modelling of the results showed that for the non-toughened, float glass pane annealing increased the variability in RI by a factor of 1.29-1.58, with a mean of 1.43 (with 95% probability); and for the toughened, float pane of glass annealing decreased the variability in RI by a factor of 0.63-0.76, with a mean of 0.69 (with 95% probability). In addition it was found that although there were no systematic differences in ΔRI across either pane of glass, there were observable differences across both panes of glass. These results provide information regarding the expected RI variation over entire panes of both non-toughened and toughened float window glass for both pre- and post-annealing RI measurements. PMID:21310561

  18. How subvisible particles become invisible-relevance of the refractive index for protein particle analysis.

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    Zölls, Sarah; Gregoritza, Manuel; Tantipolphan, Ruedeeporn; Wiggenhorn, Michael; Winter, Gerhard; Friess, Wolfgang; Hawe, Andrea

    2013-05-01

    The aim of the present study was to quantitatively assess the relevance of transparency and refractive index (RI) on protein particle analysis by the light-based techniques light obscuration (LO) and Micro-Flow Imaging (MFI). A novel method for determining the RI of protein particles was developed and provided an RI of 1.41 for protein particles from two different proteins. An increased RI of the formulation by high protein concentration and/or sugars at pharmaceutically relevant levels was shown to lead to a significant underestimation of the subvisible particle concentration determined by LO and MFI. An RI match even caused particles to become "invisible" for the system, that is, not detectable anymore by LO and MFI. To determine the influence of formulation RI on particle measurements, we suggest the use of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) particles to test a specific formulation for RI effects. In case of RI influences, we recommend also using a light-independent technique such as resonant mass measurement (RMM) (Archimedes) for subvisible particle analysis in protein formulations. PMID:23463514

  19. Refractive index measurement of acute rat brain tissue slices using optical coherence tomography

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    Sun, Jingjing; Lee, Sung Jin; Wu, Lei; Sarntinoranont, Malisa; Xie, Huikai

    2012-01-01

    An optical coherence tomography (OCT) system employing a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) mirror was used to measure the refractive index (RI) of anatomically different regions in acute brain tissue slices, in which viability was maintained. RI was measured in white-matter and grey-matter regions, including the cerebral cortex, putamen, hippocampus, thalamus and corpus callosum. The RI in the corpus callosum was found to be ~4% higher than the RIs in other regions. Changes in RI with tissue deformation were also measured in the cerebral cortex and corpus callosum under uniform compression (20-80% strain). For 80% strain, measured RIs increased nonlinearly by up to 70% and 90% in the cerebral cortex and corpus callosum respectively. Knowledge of RI in heterogeneous tissues can be used to correct distorted optical images caused by RI variations between different regions. Also deformation-dependent changes in RI can be applied to OCT elastography or to mechanical tests based on optical imaging such as indentation tests. PMID:22274454

  20. Influence of Surfactant Bilayers and Substrate Immobilization on the Refractive Index Sensitivity of Anisotropic Gold Nanoparticles

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    Shahjamali, Mohammad; Large, Nicolas; Martinsson, Erik; Zaraee, Negin; Schatz, George; Aili, Daniel; Mirkin, Chad

    2015-03-01

    Shape-controlled synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) generally involves the use of surfactants to regulate the nucleation growth process and to obtain colloidally stable AuNPs. The surfactants adsorb on the NP surface making further functionalization difficult and therefore limit their practical use in many applications such as bio- and molecular sensing, surface-enhanced spectrosopies, and NP assembly. Herein, we report on how cetyltrimethylammonium (CTAX, X =Cl-, Br-) , a common surfactant used in anisotropic AuNPs synthesis, affectsthe nanoparticle sensitivity to local dielectric environment changes and limitsrefractometric plasmonic sensing. We experimentally and theoretically show that the CTAX bilayer significantly reduces the refractive index (RI) sensitivity of anisotropic AuNPs such as flat and concave nanocubes, nanorods, and nanoprisms. We show that the RI sensitivity can be improvedby up to 40% by removing the CTAXfrom immobilized AuNPs using oxygen plasma treatment. The substrate effect on the RI sensitivity caused by NP immobilization isalso investigated. The strategy presented herein is a simple andeffective method to improvethe RI sensitivity of CTAX-stabilized AuNPs, thus increasing their potential in nanoplasmonic sensingand in biomedical applications.

  1. High Refractive Index Poly(thiophene) for 3-D Organic Photonic Crystals

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    Graham, Matthew; Cheng, Stephen; Jin, Shi; Bunning, Timothy

    2005-03-01

    Traditional polymers have refractive indices too low to be used in high dimensional photonic crystals (PC). Poly(thiophene) (PT) is predicted to have a high enough refractive index to open a complete photonic band gap (PBG) in the commonly used inverse opal structure for 3-D PC, but experimental values have been significantly less than the prediction. To reconcile this discrepancy, the electro-polymerization of thiophene has been optimized with respect to reactant concentration, additives, and temperature. The resulting PT films had a significantly elevated refractive index, as measured by Variable Angle Spectrographic Ellipsometry, which was sufficient to open a complete PBG. The next step in fabricating an organic 3-D PC is to create high quality opal templates through which the PT could be polymerized. Colloidal crystallization of monodisperse polystyrene spheres was used to fabricate the templates, while a novel nano-mechnical annealing technique was used to perfect the crystal structure. Taken together these developments offer the opportunity to make a completely organic 3-D PC with a complete PBG.

  2. Asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometers without an interaction window in polymer foils for refractive index sensing.

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    Hofmann, Meike; Xiao, Yanfen; Sherman, Stanislav; Gleissner, Uwe; Schmidt, Thomas; Zappe, Hans

    2016-02-10

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of integrated Mach-Zehnder interferometers in polymer foil without an interaction window. The interferometers are based on inverted rib waveguides, which allow single mode behavior even for waveguide widths larger than a few micrometers. The phase change between the two interferometer arms upon a refractive index change of the analyte that serves as the upper cladding is generated by the asymmetricity of the two interferometer arms. A difference of the waveguide width in the straight part of the interferometer leads to different effective refractive indices and thus to a change in the interference signal. We show in small scale the process chain, which is compatible with a cost-effective roll-to-roll fabrication process. For a proof of principle we apply deionized water and a glucose solution as analytes to the sensor foils and detect the transmitted intensity as a measure of the induced phase change. A detection limit of 3·10-3 refractive index units is reached for homogeneous sensing at a total system length of 9.3 mm and a total waveguide core thickness of 3 μm. PMID:26906387

  3. Infrared Spectra, Index of Refraction, and Optical Constants of Nitrile Ices Relevant to Titan's Atmosphere

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    Moore, Marla; Ferrante, Robert; Moore, William; Hudson, Reggie

    2010-01-01

    Spectra and optical constants of nitrite ices known or suspected to be in Titan's atmosphere are presented from 2.5 to 200 microns (4000 to 50 per cm ). These results are relevant to the ongoing modeling of Cassini CIRS observations of Titan's winter pole. Ices studied include: HCN, hydrogen cyanide; C2N2, cyanogen; CH3CN, acetonitrile; C 2H5CN, propionitrile; and HC3N, cyanoacetylene. For each of these molecules we report new measurements of the index of refraction, n, determined in both the amorphous- and crystallinephase at 670 nm. Spectra were measured and optical constants were calculated for each nitrite at a variety of temperatures including 20, 35, 50, 75, 95, and 110 K, in the amorphous- and crystalline-phase. This laboratory effort uses a dedicated FTIR spectrometer to record transmission spectra of thin-film ice samples. Laser interference is used to measure film thickness during condensation onto a transparent cold window attached to the tail section of a closed-cycle helium cryostat. Optical constants, real (n) and imaginary (k) refractive indices, are determined using Kramers-Kronig (K-K) analysis. Our calculation reproduces the complete spectrum, including all interference effects. Index of refraction measurements are made in a separate dedicated FTIR spectrometer where interference deposit fringes are measured using two 670 nm lasers at different angles to the ice substrate. A survey of these new measurements will be presented along with a discussion of their validation, errors, and application to Titan data.

  4. Analysis of scattering by spheres having a negative acoustical refractive index

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    Marston, Philip L.

    2005-04-01

    Electromagnetic waves having oppositely directed phase and group velocities propagate in metamaterials having a negative permeability and negative permittivity [J. B. Pendry and D. R. Smith, Phys. Today 57(6), 37-44 (2004)]. Such materials are predicted to have unusual electromagnetic scattering properties [R. Ruppin, Solid State Commun. 116, 411-415 (2000)]. If it is possible to fabricate acoustical materials having a simultaneously negative effective elastic modulus and density (in a dynamical sense), the mechanical energy flux will have the opposite direction as the wave-vector associated with phase evolution. Rays descriptive of the energy flux refracted by such hypothetical materials at interfaces with ordinary fluids would be characterized by a negative acoustical refractive index. Partial-wave-series calculations of high frequency scattering by fluid spheres having an acoustical refractive index at (or close to) 1 reveal backscattering enhancements associated with glory rays which, unlike ordinary spheres [P. L. Marston and D. S. Langley, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 73, 1464-1475 (1983)], require only a single internal chord. Generalized Lamb waves on elastic shells having opposite phase and group velocities also cause enhanced backscattering associated with unusual rays [G. Kaduchak, D. H. Hughes, and P. L. Marston, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 96, 3704-3714 (1994)].

  5. Long period gratings coated with hafnium oxide by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition for refractive index measurements.

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    Melo, Luis; Burton, Geoff; Kubik, Philip; Wild, Peter

    2016-04-01

    Long period gratings (LPGs) are coated with hafnium oxide using plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) to increase the sensitivity of these devices to the refractive index of the surrounding medium. PEALD allows deposition at low temperatures which reduces thermal degradation of UV-written LPGs. Depositions targeting three different coating thicknesses are investigated: 30 nm, 50 nm and 70 nm. Coating thickness measurements taken by scanning electron microscopy of the optical fibers confirm deposition of uniform coatings. The performance of the coated LPGs shows that deposition of hafnium oxide on LPGs induces two-step transition behavior of the cladding modes. PMID:27137052

  6. Spatial Resolution and Refractive Index Contrast of Resonant Photonic Crystal Surfaces for Biosensing

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    Triggs, G. J.; Fischer, M.; Stellinga, D.; Scullion, M. G.; Evans, G. J. O.; Krauss, T. F.

    2015-01-01

    By depositing a resolution test pattern on top of a Si3N4 photonic crystal resonant surface, we have measured the dependence of spatial resolution on refractive index contrast ?n. Our experimental results and finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations at different refractive index contrasts show that the spatial resolution of our device reduces with reduced contrast, which is an important consideration in biosensing, where the contrast may be of order 10?2. We also compare 1-D and 2-D gratings, taking into account different incidence polarizations, leading to a better understanding of the excitation and propagation of the resonant modes in these structures, as well as how this contributes to the spatial resolution. At ?n = 0.077, we observe resolutions of 2 and 6 ?m parallel to and perpendicular to the grooves of a 1-D grating, respectively, and show that for polarized illumination of a 2-D grating, resolution remains asymmetrical. Illumination of a 2-D grating at 45 results in symmetric resolution. At very low index contrast, the resolution worsens dramatically, particularly for ?n < 0.01, where we observe a resolution exceeding 10 ?m for our device. In addition, we measure a reduction in the resonance linewidth as the index contrast becomes lower, corresponding to a longer resonant mode propagation length in the structure and contributing to the change in spatial resolution. PMID:26356353

  7. Structure of biological graded refractive index materials, and possible routes to self-assembly

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    Cai, Jing; Heiney, Paul; Sweeney, Alison

    2014-03-01

    For a camera-like eye, a spherical lens with a radially graded refractive index is required for high-quality image formation. Squids have evolved this lens design, and the index gradient results from variation in the density of protein in the lens from the center (70% packing fraction) to the periphery (2% packing fraction). However, density fluctuations must also remain low in all regions to maintain lens transparency. Squids have achieved this by an evolutionary radiation of the isoforms of one protein, S-crystallin; different protein isoforms are synthesized in different radial positions of the lens. We studied whether these proteins self-assemble into the observed gradient index material. X-ray scattering was performed on both intact lenses and solubilized lens protein. Our results show that protein packing is organized, and that the organization changes with radial position. We identify possible self-assembled routes to the observed structures via the predicted interactions between the proteins. Our study may provide insights into engineering new self-assembling graded refractive index materials.

  8. Design of acid-lead battery stage-of-charge detection system based on refractive index detection technology

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    Chen, Junyao; Yang, Kecheng; Xia, Min; Li, Lei; Zeng, Xianjiang

    2015-10-01

    Based on optical total reflection critical Angle method, we have designed a refractive index measurement system. It adopted a divergent light source and a CCD camera as the occurrence and receiver of the signal. The divergent light source sent out a bunch of tapered beam, exposure to the interface of optical medium and sulfuric acid solution. Light intensity reflected from the interface could be detected by the CCD camera and then sent to the embedded system. In the DSP embedded system, we could obtain the critical edge position through the light intensity distribution curve and converted it to critical angle. Through experiment, we concluded the relation between liquid refractive index and the critical angle edge position. In this system, the detecting precision of the refractive index of sulfuric acid solution reached 10-4. Finally, through the conversion of the refractive index and density, we achieved high accuracy online measurement of electrolyte density in lead-acid battery.

  9. Temperature field inside an absorbing-emitting semi-transparent slab at radiative equilibrium with variable spatial refractive index.

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    Abdallah, P. B.; Le Dez, V.

    2000-05-01

    The temperature field inside an absorbing-emitting slab of semi-transparent grey medium at radiative equilibrium has been determined with the help of a curved ray-tracing technique when the spatial variation of the refractive index in the medium is assumed to be linear. The integration of the radiative transfer equation has been carried out on the trajectories on which radiation propagates inside the medium, leading to the absorbed radiative energy at an internal point. For a linear refractive index, existence of totally reflected internal trajectories producing mirage effects have to be taken into account in the resolution of the radiative problem. Results obtained for different optical depths with low and strong gradients of refractive index display significant differences from the case of a constant refractive index.

  10. Concentration dependent refractive index of CO2/CH4 mixture in gaseous and supercritical phase

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    Giraudet, C.; Marlin, L.; Bégué, D.; Croccolo, F.; Bataller, H.

    2016-04-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO2)/methane (CH4) binary mixtures are investigated at pressure values up to 20 MPa at 303 K in order to investigate the pressure dependence of the optical concentration contrast factor, (" separators=" ∂ n / ∂ c ) P , T , through gaseous and supercritical phase. Refractive index is measured by means of a Michelson interferometer. Refractivities of the mixtures are found in good agreement with Lorentz-Lorenz predictions after density calculations by means of the AGA8-DC92 equation of state. Experimental polarizabilities of pure fluids are compared to quantum calculations of monomers and dimers for each pressure; it results that the quantity of dimers is small in the investigated thermodynamic conditions. Finally, by extending our experimental database with numerical simulations, we evidence that (" separators=" ∂ n / ∂ c ) P , T presents a critical enhancement similar to heat capacity.

  11. Concentration dependent refractive index of CO2/CH4 mixture in gaseous and supercritical phase.

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    Giraudet, C; Marlin, L; Bégué, D; Croccolo, F; Bataller, H

    2016-04-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO2)/methane (CH4) binary mixtures are investigated at pressure values up to 20 MPa at 303 K in order to investigate the pressure dependence of the optical concentration contrast factor, ∂n/∂cP,T, through gaseous and supercritical phase. Refractive index is measured by means of a Michelson interferometer. Refractivities of the mixtures are found in good agreement with Lorentz-Lorenz predictions after density calculations by means of the AGA8-DC92 equation of state. Experimental polarizabilities of pure fluids are compared to quantum calculations of monomers and dimers for each pressure; it results that the quantity of dimers is small in the investigated thermodynamic conditions. Finally, by extending our experimental database with numerical simulations, we evidence that ∂n/∂cP,T presents a critical enhancement similar to heat capacity. PMID:27059567

  12. Direct measurement of the x-ray refractive index by Fresnel diffraction at a transparent edge.

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    Gayer, C W; Hemmers, D; Stelzmann, C; Pretzler, G

    2013-05-01

    We demonstrate the feasibility of measuring x-ray refractive indices by transparent edge diffraction without recourse to the Kramers-Kronig relations. The method requires a coherent x-ray source, a transparent sample with a straight edge, and a high resolution x-ray detector. Here, we use the aluminum Kα radiation originating from a laser-produced plasma to coherently illuminate the edge of thin aluminum and beryllium foils. The resulting diffraction patterns are recorded with an x-ray CCD camera. From least-squares fits of Fresnel diffraction modeling to the measured data we determine the refractive index of Al and Be at the wavelength of the Al Kα radiation (0.834 nm, 1.49 keV). PMID:23632552

  13. A Highly Sensitive Fiber Optic Sensor Based on Two-Core Fiber for Refractive Index Measurement

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    Guzmán-Sepúlveda, José Rafael; Guzmán-Cabrera, Rafael; Torres-Cisneros, Miguel; Sánchez-Mondragón, José Javier; May-Arrioja, Daniel Alberto

    2013-01-01

    A simple and compact fiber optic sensor based on a two-core fiber is demonstrated for high-performance measurements of refractive indices (RI) of liquids. In order to demonstrate the suitability of the proposed sensor to perform high-sensitivity sensing in a variety of applications, the sensor has been used to measure the RI of binary liquid mixtures. Such measurements can accurately determine the salinity of salt water solutions, and detect the water content of adulterated alcoholic beverages. The largest sensitivity of the RI sensor that has been experimentally demonstrated is 3,119 nm per Refractive Index Units (RIU) for the RI range from 1.3160 to 1.3943. On the other hand, our results suggest that the sensitivity can be enhanced up to 3485.67 nm/RIU approximately for the same RI range. PMID:24152878

  14. SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles in silica: Nanosized tools for femtosecond-laser machining of refractive index patterns

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    Paleari, A.; Franchina, E.; Chiodini, N.; Lauria, A.; Bricchi, E.; Kazansky, P.G.

    2006-03-27

    We show that SnO{sub 2} nanoclusters in silica interact with ultrashort infrared laser pulses focused inside the material generating a hydrostatic compression and photoelastic response of the surrounding glass. This effect, together with the laser-induced nanocluster amorphization, gives rise to positive or negative refractive-index changes, up to 10{sup -2}, depending on the beam-power density. This result points out a wide tuning of the refractive index patterns obtainable in silica-based optical technology.

  15. An SPR-based sensor with an extremely large dynamic range of refractive index measurements in the visible region

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    Mishra, Akhilesh K.; Mishra, Satyendra K.; Verma, Rajneesh K.

    2015-11-01

    A promising GaP prism-based surface plasmon resonance sensor in the Kretschmann configuration with an extremely large dynamic range of refractive index detection is proposed. The prism base is coated with a gold layer and then a thin layer of silicon. The sensor is studied theoretically in terms of sensitivity and detection accuracy. The proposed sensor shows the potential of sensing media with a refractive index varying from gaseous to very dense liquid with appreciably high sensitivity.

  16. Simultaneous determination of thickness and refractive index based on time-of-flight measurements of terahertz pulse.

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    Hussain, Babar; Ahmed, Mushtaq; Nawaz, M; Saleem, M; Razzaq, M; Aslam Zia, M; Iqbal, M

    2012-07-20

    We present a simple technique for simultaneous determination of thickness and refractive index of plane-parallel samples in the terahertz radiation domain. The technique uses time-of-flight measurements of the terahertz pulse. It has been employed on nine different polymers and semiconductor materials, which are transparent for terahertz frequencies. Our results of thickness measurement are in good agreement with micrometer reading. The accuracy in the determination of refractive index is on the order of two decimal points. PMID:22858978

  17. Methods for the measurement of the refractive index of MeV photons using total internal and external reflection

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    Aginian, M. A.; Ispirian, K. A.; Ispiryan, M.

    2014-05-01

    Recently it has been theoretically and experimentally shown that for 1-10 MeV and 1-2 MeV photons, respectively, the refractive index of Si is greater than 1. Taking into account the difficulties of the carried out experiment it is proposed to measure directly the refractive index of Si and other materials detecting the total internal and external reflections.

  18. The Cryogenic, High-Accuracy, Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS): A New Facility for Cryogenic Infrared through Vacuum Far-Ultraviolet Refractive Index Measurements

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    Frey, Bradley J.; Leviton, Douglas B.

    2004-01-01

    The optical designs of future NASA infrared (IR) missions and instruments, such as the James Webb Space Telescope's (JWST) Near-Mixed Camera (NIRCam), will rely on accurate knowledge of the index of refraction of various IR optical materials at cryogenic temperatures. To meet this need, we have developed a Cryogenic, High-Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS). In this paper we discuss the completion of the design and construction of CHARMS as well as the engineering details that constrained the final design and hardware implementation. In addition, we will present our first light, cryogenic, IR index of refraction data for LiF, BaF2, and CaF2, and compare our results to previously published data for these materials.

  19. Fabrication Quality Analysis of a Fiber Optic Refractive Index Sensor Created by CO2 Laser Machining

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    Chen, Chien-Hsing; Yeh, Bo-Kuan; Tang, Jaw-Luen; Wu, Wei-Te

    2013-01-01

    This study investigates the CO2 laser-stripped partial cladding of silica-based optic fibers with a core diameter of 400 ?m, which enables them to sense the refractive index of the surrounding environment. However, inappropriate treatments during the machining process can generate a number of defects in the optic fiber sensors. Therefore, the quality of optic fiber sensors fabricated using CO2 laser machining must be analyzed. The results show that analysis of the fiber core size after machining can provide preliminary defect detection, and qualitative analysis of the optical transmission defects can be used to identify imperfections that are difficult to observe through size analysis. To more precisely and quantitatively detect fabrication defects, we included a tensile test and numerical aperture measurements in this study. After a series of quality inspections, we proposed improvements to the existing CO2 laser machining parameters, namely, a vertical scanning pathway, 4 W of power, and a feed rate of 9.45 cm/s. Using these improved parameters, we created optical fiber sensors with a core diameter of approximately 400 ?m, no obvious optical transmission defects, a numerical aperture of 0.52 0.019, a 0.886 Weibull modulus, and a 1.186 Weibull-shaped parameter. Finally, we used the optical fiber sensor fabricated using the improved parameters to measure the refractive indices of various solutions. The results show that a refractive-index resolution of 1.8 10?4 RIU (linear fitting R2 = 0.954) was achieved for sucrose solutions with refractive indices ranging between 1.333 and 1.383. We also adopted the particle plasmon resonance sensing scheme using the fabricated optical fibers. The results provided additional information, specifically, a superior sensor resolution of 5.73 10?5 RIU, and greater linearity at R2 = 0.999. PMID:23535636

  20. Analysis of the refractive index change of optical waveguide in LiNbO3 using a femtosecond laser

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    Yang, Shi-han; Zhang, Liang; Lin, Xue-song; Feng, Jie; Zhou, Zi-gang; Chen, Jang-jun

    2014-11-01

    We used a commercially available 75 MHz regeneratively amplified laser system emitting 50 femtosecond pulses of energies up to 3nJ at a wavelength of 800 nm. All waveguides were fabricated by focussing the femotsecond pulse train polarised parallel to the x-axis to a distance of approximately 125 μm below the sample surface using a 0.65 NA, ×40 microscope objective and translating the sample along the y axis. To find the optimum waveguide fabrication parameters the translation speed was varied from 2 to 100 μm/s. We introduces a method of measuring the refractive index of optical waveguide in ten micrometer. Useing CCD to measure the two-dimensional near-field light intensity distribution of the output cross-section of the waveguide, by measuring the two-dimensional near-field light intensity distribution of the output cross-section of the waveguide can be calculated the two-dimensional distribution of refractive index of waveguides. The context detailedly gives measurement results about femtosecond laser inducing the near-field intensity of lithium niobate optical waveguide cross-section and calculations of refractive index of optical waveguide. The results show that the refractive index of waveguides showed a large central, gradually reduce and the change of refractive index in the range of 0.001. This method is of great significance to measure the optical waveguide refractive index distribution.

  1. An integrated solution for mold shape modification in precision glass molding to compensate refractive index change and geometric deviation

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    Su, Lijuan; Wang, Fei; He, Peng; Dambon, Olaf; Klocke, Fritz; Yi, Allen Y.

    2014-02-01

    In precision glass molding, refractive index change and geometric deviation (or curve change as often referred to in industry) occurred during molding process can result in substantial amount of aberrations. Previously, refractive index change and geometric deviation were investigated in separate studies by the authors. However, optical performance of a molded glass lens depends on both refractive index and geometry. In order to mold lenses with optimal performance, both refractive index change and geometric deviation have to be taken into consideration simultaneously and compensated. This paper presented an integrated compensation procedure for modifying molds to compensate both refractive index change and geometric deviation. Group refractive index change predicted by the finite element method simulation was used to provide a modified geometry design for a desired lens. Geometric deviations of molded glass lenses with the modified design were analyzed with a previously developed numerical simulation approach, which is used to modify the mold shape. This procedure was validated by molding a generic aspherical glass lens. Both geometry and optical measurement results confirmed that the molded lens performed as specified by the original design. It also demonstrated that finite element method assisted compensation procedure can be used to predict the final optical performance of compression molded glass components. This research provided an opportunity for optics manufacturers to achieve better performance lens while maintaining lower cost and a shorter cycle time.

  2. Determination of index of refraction and size of supermicrometer particles from light scattering measurements at two angles

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    Eidhammer, Trude; Montague, Derek C.; Deshler, Terry

    2008-08-01

    A twin angle optical particle counter (TAOPC) that measures forward scattering at 40° and 74° was developed to determine the index of refraction of atmospheric particles. An error analysis indicates that measurement uncertainties for size at 40° are between 4 and 10% for particles >1.5 μm and between 5 and 15% at 74°. For the index of refraction determination, the measurement uncertainties lead to index of refraction uncertainties between 1 and 2.5%. The instrument was tested on nonabsorbing spherical particles of known composition and size in the laboratory. The majority of the estimated indices of refraction were within ±1% of the expected indices, and size determination was within acceptable error. The instrument was also tested on non-spherical absorbing particles to determine the complex index of refraction of ambient mineral dust particles collected in Laramie, Wyoming, in February 2006. The index of refraction was determined with the particle number ratio approach and was estimated to be in the range 1.60-1.67 for the real part and 0.009-0.0104 for the imaginary part. Simultaneously with the TAOPC measurements, particles were collected on polycarbonate filters for computer-controlled scanning electron microscopy (CCSEM) analysis. Index of refraction calculated from this analysis was in the range 1.61-1.66 for the real part and 0.008-0.012 for the imaginary part. Particles were also collected for longer periods on two different filter pack systems in February 2006. Estimates of index of refraction from these measurements compared well with the CCSEM analysis.

  3. Dynamic two-dimensional refractive index modulation for high performance acousto-optic deflector.

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    Wang, Tiansi; Zhang, Chong; Aleksov, Aleksandar; Salama, Islam A; Kar, Aravinda

    2015-12-28

    The performance of an acousto-optic deflector is studied for two-dimensional refractive index that varies as periodic and sinc functions in the transverse and longitudinal directions, respectively, with respect to the direction of light propagation. Phased array piezoelectric transducers can be operated at different phase shifts to produce a two-dimensionally inhomogeneous domain of phase grating in the acousto-optic media. Also this domain can be steered at different angles by selecting the phase shift appropriately. This mechanism of dynamically tilting the refractive index-modulated domain enables adjusting the incident angle of light on the phase grating plane without moving the light source. So the Bragg angle of incidence can be always achieved at any acoustic frequency, and consequently, the deflector can operate under the Bragg diffraction condition at the optimum diffraction efficiency. Analytic solutions are obtained for the Bragg diffraction of plane waves based on the second order coupled mode theory, and the diffraction efficiency is found to be unity for optimal index modulations at certain acoustic parameters. PMID:26832030

  4. All-optical on-chip sensor for high refractive index sensing

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    Liu, Yazhao; Salemink, H. W. M.

    2015-01-19

    A highly sensitive sensor design based on two-dimensional photonic crystal cavity is demonstrated. The geometric structure of the cavity is modified to gain a high quality factor, which enables a sensitive refractive index sensing. A group of slots with optimized parameters is created in the cavity. The existence of the slots enhances the light-matter interactions between confined photons and analytes. The interactions result in large wavelength shifts in the transmission spectra and are denoted by high sensitivities. Experiments show that a change in refractive index of Δn ∼ 0.12 between water and oil sample 1 causes a spectral shift of 23.5 nm, and the spectral shift between two oil samples is 5.1 nm for Δn ∼ 0.039. These results are in good agreement with simulations, which are 21.3 and 7.39 nm for the same index changes.

  5. Refractive index of thin films realized by Satisloh SP reactive sputtering system

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    Monaco, Gianni; Colautti, Arturo; Allegro, Cristina; Godin, Tom; Gold, Steffan; Witzany, Michael

    2013-09-01

    Pulsed DC reactive sputtering is a very interesting technique for coating applications. Reactive sputtering can give very dense layers, low stress of the deposited multilayer film, high reproducibility, very high hardness (up to 1200 Vickers hardness) with unbeatable high rates ideal for industrial applications. SP-100 is Satisloh reactive sputtering systems with only one target material but can deposit various film materials simply by using different gases such as argon, as well as the reactive gases nitrogen and oxygen. Silicon-oxides, silicon-nitrides and all kinds of silicon-oxy-nitrides (SiOx-SixOyNz-SixNy) with a refractive index range of 1.44-2.05 in the visible range can be obtained. In the reactive sputtering the material it is usually deposited in the so called "transition mode" where it must be found the correct equilibrium point between the target voltage and the reactive gas flow. The transition mode assures a dense film with a stable rate. Condition to find such equilibrium point is given by the so called "material hysteresis" in which the target voltage is depicted in function of the reactive gas voltage. The hysteresis and the consequent equilibrium point are strongly depended by the power supplied to the target and the inert gas (argon) flow which could affect the optical characteristics and the deposition rate. We checked the refractive indexes of the SiOx and SixNy of very thin (1 QW Optical thickness at 520 nm) and thicker (3, 5 and 9 QW @520 nm) reporting how the different conditions can affect the refractive index and the deposition rate of the different materials.

  6. Determining the refractive index of shocked [100] lithium fluoride to the limit of transmissibility

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    Rigg, P. A. Scharff, R. J.; Hixson, R. S.; Knudson, M. D.

    2014-07-21

    Lithium fluoride (LiF) is a common window material used in shock- and ramp-compression experiments because it displays a host of positive attributes in these applications. Most commonly, it is used to maintain stress at an interface and velocimetry techniques are used to record the particle velocity at that interface. In this application, LiF remains transparent to stresses up to 200 GPa. In this stress range, LiF has an elastic-plastic response with a very low (<0.5 GPa) elastic precursor and exhibits no known solid-solid phase transformations. However, because the density dependence of the refractive index of LiF does not follow the Gladstone-Dale relation, the measured particle velocity at this interface is not the true particle velocity and must be corrected. For that reason, the measured velocity is often referred to as the apparent velocity in these types of experiments. In this article, we describe a series of shock-compression experiments that have been performed to determine the refractive index of LiF at the two most commonly used wavelengths (532 nm and 1550 nm) between 35 and 200 GPa to high precision. A modified form of the Gladstone-Dale relation was found to work best to fit the determined values of refractive index. In addition, we provide a direct relationship between the apparent and true particle velocity to correct experimentally obtained wave profiles by others using these velocimetry techniques.

  7. Spatiotemporal collapse in a nonlinear waveguide with a randomly fluctuating refractive index.

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    Gaididei, Y B; Christiansen, P L

    1998-07-15

    Analytical results, based on the virial theorem and the Furutsu-Novikov theorem, of the spatiotemporal evolution of a pulse in a nonlinear waveguide with a randomly fluctuating refractive index are presented. For initial conditions in which total collapse occurs in a homogeneous waveguide, random fluctuations postpone the collapse. Sufficiently large-amplitude and short-wavelength fluctuations can cause an initially localized pulse to spread instead of contracting. We show that the disorder can be applied to induce a high degree of controllability of the spatiotemporal extent of the pulses in the nonlinear waveguide. PMID:18087437

  8. Refractive index measured by laser beam displacement at {lambda}=1064 nm for solvents and deuterated solvents

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    Shelton, David P.

    2011-07-20

    The refractive index of a liquid is determined with 0.0003 accuracy from measurements of laser beam displacement by a liquid-filled standard 10 mm spectrophotometer cell. The apparatus and methods are described and the results of measurements at {lambda}=1064 nm and T=25.0 deg. C for 30 solvents and deuterated solvents are presented. Several sources of potential systematic errors as large as 0.003 are identified, the most important being the curvature of the liquid cell windows. The measurements are analyzed accounting for the significant imperfections of the apparatus.

  9. Enhancing the efficiency of slow-wave electron cyclotron masers with the tapered refractive index

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    Kong Lingbao; Hou Zhiling; Jing Jian; Jin Haibo; Du Chaohai

    2013-04-15

    The nonlinear analysis of slow-wave electron cyclotron masers (ECM) based on anomalous Doppler effect in a slab waveguide is presented. A method of tapered refractive index (TRI) is proposed to enhance the efficiency of slow-wave ECM. The numerical calculations show that the TRI method can significantly enhance the efficiency of slow-wave ECM with the frequency ranging from the microwave to terahertz band. The effect of beam velocity spread on the efficiency has also been studied. Although the velocity spread suppresses the efficiency significantly, a great enhancement of efficiency can still be introduced by the TRI method.

  10. Pulsed laser deposition and refractive index measurement of fully substituted bismuth iron garnet films

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    Tepper, T.; Ross, C. A.

    2003-08-01

    A systematic study of the pulsed-laser deposition of fully substituted bismuth iron garnet (BIG, or Bi 3Fe 5O 12) has been carried out. Garnet-structure BIG films grow epitaxially onto gallium gadolinium garnet substrates under deposition conditions that lead to a stoichiometric film. The variation of stoichiometry with deposition conditions is discussed. The refractive index, n, of BIG decreases from 2.819 at 633 nm to 2.584 at 1550 nm, with an imaginary part, k, less than 0.05.

  11. 2-D isotropic negative refractive index in a N-type four-level atomic system

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    Zhao, Shun-Cai; Wu, Qi-Xuan; Ma, Kun

    2015-11-01

    2-D(Two-dimensional) isotropic negative refractive index (NRI) is explicitly realized via the orthogonal signal and coupling standing-wave fields coupling the Ntype four-level atomic system. Under some key parameters of the dense vapour media, the atomic system exhibits isotropic NRI with simultaneous negative permittivity and permeability (i.e. left-handedness) in the 2-D x-y plane. Compared with other 2-D NRI schemes, the coherent atomic vapour media in our scheme may be an ideal 2-D isotropic NRI candidate and has some potential advantages, significance or applications in the further investigation.

  12. Negative index of refraction in metallic metamaterial comprising split-ring resonators.

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    Dong, Zheng-Gao; Lei, Shuang-Ying; Xu, Ming-Xiang; Liu, Hui; Li, Tao; Wang, Fu-Ming; Zhu, Shi-Ning

    2008-05-01

    We numerically investigate the negative index of refraction in a metamaterial composed of metallic split-ring resonators, which exhibits simultaneously negative permittivity and permeability without resorting to additional metallic wires. It is confirmed that, in the left-handed band, negative permittivity is generated in analogy to the cut-wire metamaterial and negative permeability comes from the antisymmetric resonant mode, which occurs at a frequency band about 3 times higher than the fundamental magnetic resonance proposed by Pendry [IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech. 47, 2075 (1999)]. PMID:18643188

  13. Cavity equations for a positive- or negative-refraction-index material with electric and magnetic nonlinearities.

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    Mártin, Daniel A; Hoyuelos, Miguel

    2009-11-01

    We study evolution equations for electric and magnetic field amplitudes in a ring cavity with plane mirrors. The cavity is filled with a positive or negative-refraction-index material with third-order effective electric and magnetic nonlinearities. Two coupled nonlinear equations for the electric and magnetic amplitudes are obtained. We prove that the description can be reduced to one Lugiato-Lefever equation with generalized coefficients. A stability analysis of the homogeneous solution, complemented with numerical integration, shows that any combination of the parameters should correspond to one of three characteristic behaviors. PMID:20365085

  14. Triangular lattice of carbon nanotube arrays for negative index of refraction and subwavelength lensing effect

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    Wang, Y.; Wang, X.; Rybczynski, J.; Wang, D.Z.; Kempa, K.; Ren, Z.F.

    2005-04-11

    Self-assembly of polystyrene microspheres has been utilized in a two-step masking technique to prepare triangular lattices of catalytic nanodots at low cost. Subsequent triangular lattices of aligned carbon nanotubes on a silicon substrate are achieved by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Nickel is used both in the nanodots and in the secondary mask. The triangular lattices of carbon nanotube arrays as two-dimensional photonic crystals show higher geometrical symmetry than the hexagonal lattices previously reported, enabling broader applications including negative index of refraction and subwavelength lensing effect.

  15. Negative Index of Refraction Observed in a Single Layer of ClosedRing Magnetic Dipole Resonators

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    Hao, Zhao; Martin, Michael C.; Harteneck, Bruce; Cabrini,Stefano; Anderson, Erik H.

    2007-11-27

    We report the results of a spectroscopic study of a singlelayer of metallic single closed ring resonators on free-standing thinmembrane at near-normal and grazing angles of incidence. When themagnetic component of the light is perpendicular to the ring plane, weobserve a negative index of refraction down to -1 around 150 terahertz(THz), attributed to a strong magnetic dipolar resonance and a broadelectric resonance in this metamaterial. We experimentally identify thedifferent resonance modes and the spectral region of negative refractiveindex on a series of samples with different feature and lattice sizes,comparing to electromagnetic simulations.

  16. Swift and heavy ion implanted chalcogenide laser glass waveguides and their different refractive index distributions

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    Qiu Feng; Narusawa, Tadashi; Zheng Jie

    2011-02-10

    Planar waveguides have been fabricated in Nd- or Ho-doped gallium lanthanum sulfide laser glasses by 60 MeV Ar or 20 MeV N ion implantation. The refractive index profiles were reconstructed based on the results of prism coupling. The Ar implanted waveguides exhibit an approximate steplike distribution, while the N implanted ones show a ''well + barrier'' type. This difference can be attributed to the much lower dose of Ar ions. After annealing, the N implanted waveguides can support two modes at 1539 nm and have low propagation loss, which makes them candidates for novel waveguide lasers.

  17. Simultaneous detection of refractive index and surface charges in nanolaser biosensors

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    Watanabe, Keisuke; Kishi, Yoji; Hachuda, Shoji; Watanabe, Takumi; Sakemoto, Mai; Nishijima, Yoshiaki; Baba, Toshihiko

    2015-01-12

    The emission intensity of a GaInAsP photonic crystal nanolaser is affected by the pH of the solution, in which the nanolaser is immersed. This phenomenon can be explained by the change in the redox potential, which modifies the filling of electrons at surface states of the semiconductor and hence the nonradiative surface recombination. This phenomenon allows the nanolaser to simultaneously and independently detect the refractive index and electric charges near the surface on the basis of the variation in emission wavelength and intensity, respectively. This paper demonstrates this function through alternate deposition of charged polyelectrolytes and hybridization of deoxyribonucleic acids.

  18. CdSe/ZnS quantum dots as sensors for the local refractive index

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    Aubret, Antoine; Pillonnet, Anne; Houel, Julien; Dujardin, Christophe; Kulzer, Florian

    2016-01-01

    We explore the potential of CdSe/ZnS colloidal quantum dots (QDs) as probes for their immediate dielectric environment, based on the influence of the local refractive index on the fluorescence dynamics of these nanoemitters. We first compare ensembles of quantum dots in homogeneous solutions with single quantum dots dispersed on various dielectric substrates, which allows us to test the viability of a conceptual framework based on a hard-sphere region-of-influence and the Bruggeman effective-medium approach. We find that all our measurements can be integrated into a coherent description, provided that the conceptualized point-dipole emitter is positioned at a distance from the substrate that corresponds to the geometry of the QD. Three theoretical models for the evolution of the fluorescence decay rate as a function of the local refractive index are compared, showing that the classical Lorentz approach (virtual cavity) is the most appropriate for describing the data. Finally, we use the observed sensitivity of the QDs to their environment to estimate the detection limit, expressed as the minimum number of traceable streptavidin molecules, of a potential QD-nanosensor based on fluorescence lifetime.We explore the potential of CdSe/ZnS colloidal quantum dots (QDs) as probes for their immediate dielectric environment, based on the influence of the local refractive index on the fluorescence dynamics of these nanoemitters. We first compare ensembles of quantum dots in homogeneous solutions with single quantum dots dispersed on various dielectric substrates, which allows us to test the viability of a conceptual framework based on a hard-sphere region-of-influence and the Bruggeman effective-medium approach. We find that all our measurements can be integrated into a coherent description, provided that the conceptualized point-dipole emitter is positioned at a distance from the substrate that corresponds to the geometry of the QD. Three theoretical models for the evolution of the fluorescence decay rate as a function of the local refractive index are compared, showing that the classical Lorentz approach (virtual cavity) is the most appropriate for describing the data. Finally, we use the observed sensitivity of the QDs to their environment to estimate the detection limit, expressed as the minimum number of traceable streptavidin molecules, of a potential QD-nanosensor based on fluorescence lifetime. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental techniques, further results and analysis. See DOI: 10.1039/C5NR06998J

  19. Phase thickness approach for determination of thin film refractive index dispersion from transmittance spectra

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    Nenkov, M. R.; Pencheva, T. G.

    2008-06-01

    A novel approach for determination of refractive index dispersion n(λ ) and thickness d of thin films of negligible absorption and weak dispersion is proposed. The calculation procedure is based on determination of the phase thickness of the film in the spectral region of measured transmittance data. All points of measured spectra are included in the calculations. Barium titanate and titanium oxide thin films are investigated and their n(λ ) and d are calculated. The approach is validated using Swanepoel's method and it is found to be applicable for relatively thinner films when measured transmittance spectra have one minimum and one maximum only.

  20. Estimation of the refractive index structure characteristic of air from coherent Doppler wind lidar data.

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    Banakh, V A; Smalikho, I N; Rahm, S

    2014-08-01

    A technique is proposed for estimating the refractive index structure characteristic of air from data of a coherent Doppler wind lidar. The proposed technique is tested in atmospheric experiments. Time profiles of the structure characteristic in the atmospheric surface layer are obtained and compared with the time profiles of the dissipation rate of the kinetic energy of turbulence obtained from the same lidar data. It is shown in this way that coherent lidars can be used for investigating not only wind turbulence, but also temperature turbulence. PMID:25078167

  1. A Refractive Index Sensor Based on a Metal-Insulator-Metal Waveguide-Coupled Ring Resonator

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    Yan, Shu-Bin; Luo, Liang; Xue, Chen-Yang; Zhang, Zhi-Dong

    2015-01-01

    A refractive index sensor composed of two straight metal-insulator-metal waveguides and a ring resonator is presented. One end of each straight waveguide is sealed and the other end acts as port. The transmission spectrum and magnetic field distribution of this sensor structure are simulated using finite-difference time-domain method (FDTD). The results show that an asymmetric line shape is observed in the transmission spectrum, and that the transmission spectrum shows a filter-like behavior. The quality factor and sensitivity are taken to characterize its sensing performance and filter properties. How structural parameters affect the sensing performance and filter properties is also studied. PMID:26610491

  2. A Refractive Index Sensor Based on a Metal-Insulator-Metal Waveguide-Coupled Ring Resonator.

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    Yan, Shu-Bin; Luo, Liang; Xue, Chen-Yang; Zhang, Zhi-Dong

    2015-01-01

    A refractive index sensor composed of two straight metal-insulator-metal waveguides and a ring resonator is presented. One end of each straight waveguide is sealed and the other end acts as port. The transmission spectrum and magnetic field distribution of this sensor structure are simulated using finite-difference time-domain method (FDTD). The results show that an asymmetric line shape is observed in the transmission spectrum, and that the transmission spectrum shows a filter-like behavior. The quality factor and sensitivity are taken to characterize its sensing performance and filter properties. How structural parameters affect the sensing performance and filter properties is also studied. PMID:26610491

  3. A Hybrid LPG/CFBG for Highly Sensitive Refractive Index Measurements

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    Sun, An; Wu, Zhishen

    2012-01-01

    A simple and high sensitive method employing a hybrid long period grating (LPG)/chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) for refractive index (RI) measurements is proposed and investigated experimentally. The wide wavelength range of backward cladding modes are excited through the coupling and recoupling between LPG and CFBG. Experimental results indicate that the recoupled cladding modes between LPG and CFBG and core mode are modulated by the surrounding RI and highly sensitive RI measurements can be achieved by simply measuring the reflected intensity changes of the recoupled cladding modes and core mode. PMID:22969347

  4. High refractive index in wurtzite GaP measured from Fabry-Pérot resonances

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    Assali, S.; van Dam, D.; Haverkort, J. E. M.; Bakkers, E. P. A. M.

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the optical emission of wurtzite GaP/Al0.4Ga0.6P core/shell nanowires (NWs) transferred to a SiOx substrate to demonstrate a high degree of waveguiding of the emitted photoluminescence (PL) signal. By analysing the Fabry-Pérot mode spacing in combination with calculations of the guided modes in the NWs, we calculate a very high refractive index of bulk WZ GaP of 4.2 at a wavelength of 600 nm. The measured quality factors up to 600 indicate the excellent optical quality of the nanowire resonator.

  5. Nonlocal nonlinear refractive index of gold nanoparticles synthesized by ascorbic acid reduction: comparison of fitting models

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    Balbuena Ortega, A.; Arroyo Carrasco, M.L.; Méndez Otero, M.M.; Gayou, V.L.; Delgado Macuil, R.; Martínez Gutiérrez, H.; Iturbe Castillo, M.D.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, the nonlinear refractive index of colloidal gold nanoparticles under continuous wave illumination is investigated with the z-scan technique. Gold nanoparticles were synthesized using ascorbic acid as reductant, phosphates as stabilizer and cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC) as surfactant agent. The nanoparticle size was controlled with the CTAC concentration. Experiments changing incident power and sample concentration were done. The experimental z-scan results were fitted with three models: thermal lens, aberrant thermal lens and the nonlocal model. It is shown that the nonlocal model reproduces with exceptionally good agreement; the obtained experimental behaviour. PMID:25705090

  6. Polaron effects on the refractive index changes in cylindrical quantum dots with parabolic potential

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    Li, Ning; Guo, Kang-Xian; Shao, Shuai

    2011-12-01

    The effect of electron-LO-phonon interaction on refractive index changes (RICs) for cylindrical quantum dots (CQDs) with an applied electric field is theoretically investigated. Analytic forms of the linear and third-order nonlinear the RICs are obtained for a cylindrical QD by using compact-density-matrix approach and iterative method, and the numerical results are presented for a GaAs cylinder quantum dot. The results show that the RICs coefficient is greatly enhanced and the peak shift to the aspect of high energy when considering the influence of electron-LO-phonon interaction.

  7. A microdroplet-etched fiber Fabry-Perot resonator for the refractive index sensing

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    Liu, Bo; Li, Jie; Sun, Li-Peng; Geng, Mengmei; Huang, Yunyun; Jin, Long; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2015-07-01

    We realize a microdroplet-etched fiber Fabry-Perot resonator. Strong polarization discrimination is achieved due to the asymmetric fiber cross section in the cavity, which should be useful for improving the measurement precision in the refractive index (RI) sensing application. The measured RI sensitivities are ~133.8 nm/RI-unit for the x polarization and 117.1 nm/RI-unit for the y polarizations, respectively. Simultaneously, the temperature effect can be eliminated by monitoring the peak difference of the two polarizations, which have the similar temperature coefficient but different RI responses.

  8. Effect of the imaginary part of the refractive index on light scattering by spheres.

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    Wang, George; Chakrabarti, Amitabha; Sorensen, Christopher M

    2015-07-01

    For spheres of arbitrary radius R and complex index of refraction n+iκ, we identify a new parameter that indicates when the imaginary part κ seriously affects the scattering by a sphere. The parameter is κkR, where k is the wave vector magnitude, such that when κkR grows larger than one, the scattering is affected and, when κkR>3, the effects saturate. The effects are uncovered and demonstrated with Q-space analysis. The physical basis for κkR lies in the fact that it is the ratio of the radius to the optical skin depth. PMID:26367149

  9. Photonic crystal nanoslotted parallel quadrabeam integrated cavity for refractive index sensing with high figure of merit

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    Yang, Daquan; Tian, Huiping; Ji, Yuefeng

    2015-06-01

    Sensitivities (S) and quality factors (Q) have been trade-offs in optical resonator sensors, and optimal geometry that maximizes both factors is under active development. In this paper, we experimentally demonstrate an optical sensor based on photonic crystal (PhC) nanoslotted parallel quadrabeam integrated cavity (NPQIC) with high figure of merit (FOM). Both high sensitivity (S) of 451 nm/RIU (refractive index unit) and Q-factor >7000 in water at telecom wavelength range have been achieved simultaneously, which features a sensor figure of merit (FOM) >2000, an order of magnitude improvement over previous photonic crystal sensors.

  10. Active modulation of refractive index by stress in the terahertz frequency range: erratum.

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    Song, Wei; Wang, Zhiyong

    2016-03-20

    A previous paper [Appl. Opt.52, 6364 (2013)APOPAI0003-693510.1364/AO.52.006364] presented experimental work on the stress-optical effect in the terahertz frequency range. Although the theoretical model of experimental measurement is correct, there are two errors in the original version. As a result, the presented experimentally measured value of the refractive index-stress coefficient A of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is erroneous. This erratum points out the errors in the original paper and reports the correct values. PMID:27140555

  11. Highly birefringent suspended-core photonic microcells for refractive-index sensing

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    Wang, Chao; Jin, Wa; Ma, Jun; Jin, Wei Yang, Fan; Ho, Hoi Lut; Liao, Changrui; Wang, Yiping

    2014-08-11

    An in-line photonic microcell with a highly birefringent suspended microfiber core is fabricated by locally heating and pressurizing selected air-holes of an endless single mode photonic crystal fiber. The microfiber core has rhombus-like cross-sectional geometry and could achieve a high birefringence of up to 10{sup −2}. The microfiber core is fixed at the center of the microcell by thin struts attached to an outer jacket tube, which protects and isolates the microfiber from environmental contaminations. Highly sensitive and robust refractive index sensors based on such microcells are experimentally demonstrated.

  12. Determining the refractive index and thickness of thin films from prism coupler measurements

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    Kirsch, S. T.

    1981-01-01

    A simple method of determining thin film parameters from mode indices measured using a prism coupler is described. The problem is reduced to doing two least squares straight line fits through measured mode indices vs effective mode number. The slope and y intercept of the line are simply related to the thickness and refractive index of film, respectively. The approach takes into account the correlation between as well as the uncertainty in the individual measurements from all sources of error to give precise error tolerances on the best fit values. Due to the precision of the tolerances, anisotropic films can be identified and characterized.

  13. Sensitivity of the Lidar ratio to changes in size distribution and index of refraction

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    Evans, B. T. N.

    1986-01-01

    In order to invert lidar signals to obtain reliable extinction coefficients, sigma, a relationship between sigma and the backscatter coefficient, beta, must be given. These two coefficients are linearly related if the complex index of refraction, m, particle shape size distribution, N, does not change along the path illuminated by the laser beam. This, however, is generally not the case. An extensive Mie computation of the lidar ratio R = beta/sigma and the sensitivity of R to the changes in a parametric space defined by N and m were examined.

  14. Interferometric measurement of the temperature dependence of an index of refraction: application to fused silica.

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    Dupouy, Paul-Edouard; Büchner, Matthias; Paquier, Philippe; Trénec, Gérard; Vigué, Jacques

    2010-02-01

    The light reflected by an uncoated Fabry-Perot etalon presents dark rings which give a very sensitive measurement of the variations of the return optical path in the etalon. By measuring the diameters of these rings as a function of the etalon temperature T, we get a sensitive measurement of the derivative dn/dT of the index of refraction n. We have made this experiment with a fused silica etalon and we have achieved a 2% relative uncertainty on dn/dT, comparable to the uncertainty of the best experiments. PMID:20119019

  15. Simultaneous detection of refractive index and surface charges in nanolaser biosensors

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    Watanabe, Keisuke; Kishi, Yoji; Hachuda, Shoji; Watanabe, Takumi; Sakemoto, Mai; Nishijima, Yoshiaki; Baba, Toshihiko

    2015-01-01

    The emission intensity of a GaInAsP photonic crystal nanolaser is affected by the pH of the solution, in which the nanolaser is immersed. This phenomenon can be explained by the change in the redox potential, which modifies the filling of electrons at surface states of the semiconductor and hence the nonradiative surface recombination. This phenomenon allows the nanolaser to simultaneously and independently detect the refractive index and electric charges near the surface on the basis of the variation in emission wavelength and intensity, respectively. This paper demonstrates this function through alternate deposition of charged polyelectrolytes and hybridization of deoxyribonucleic acids.

  16. Refractive index measurement for planar photonic crystal using a microscopy-spectrometry method

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    Ouyang, Mike X.; Onyiriuka, Emmanuel C.; Kinney, L. D.

    2000-11-01

    We report a unique technique to measure the refractive index (n), extinction coefficient (k), and thickness of thin films based on either the reflection or transmission spectra. The method combines a spectrometer, an optical microscope and a video camera. It is inexpensive, versatile and fast (< a few sec). Using this technology, n&k of 1.68 and 0.376, respectively, at 1500 nm was measured on a planar photonic crystal. The photonic crystal with a dimension of 117 X 90 micrometers 2 mm has a periodic cermet structure on Si substrate made by Deutsch Telekom using the electron induced deposition.

  17. Direct measurement of the complex refractive index of thin foils in the XUV spectral range by point diffraction interferometry

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    Hemmers, D.; Benzid, M.; Pretzler, G.

    2012-07-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate the application of point diffraction interferometry to determine the complex refractive index of thin foils in the extreme ultraviolet spectral range. Results are cross-checked by an independent interferometric measurement of the refractive index and a direct transmission measurement of the foils. As the light source, we apply high-order harmonics of a titanium-sapphire laser generated in a gas jet. This interferometric method has the advantage to simultaneously and directly deliver the refractive and absorptive part of the refractive index without relying on the Kramers-Kronig relations or the Fresnel equations. We present results for a set of materials (aluminum, silicon, germanium, boron, and parylene), which are of interest for the design of bandpass filters or multilayer coatings.

  18. Development of Negative Index of Refraction Metamaterials with Split Ring Resonators and Wires for RF Lens Applications

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    Parazzoli, Claudio G.; Greegor, Robert B.; Tanielian, M. H.

    Metamaterials are engineered ring and wire composites whose response to an incident electromagnetic wave can be described by an effective negative dielectric permittivity ɛ and magnetic permeability μ. Simultaneous negative ɛ and μ within a given frequency band of a metamaterial gives rise to a negative index of refraction n. This has been demonstrated via a Snell's law experiment. The electromagnetic properties of many metamaterial structures in the microwave region are investigated through numerical simulations and experiments. A negative index of refraction, n, allows lenses with reduced primary (Seidel) aberrations compared to equivalent positive index lens. This is demonstrated both for cylindrical lenses and spherical lenses, as well as for the gradient index lenses. Detailed field maps of the focal region of the metamaterials lenses are made and compared to a comparable positive index of refraction lens.

  19. Determining the unique refractive index properties of solid polystyrene aerosol using broadband Mie scattering from optically trapped beads.

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    Jones, Stephanie H; King, Martin D; Ward, Andrew D

    2013-12-21

    A method is described to measure the refractive index dispersion with wavelength of optically trapped solid particles in air. Knowledge of the refraction properties of solid particles is critical for the study of aerosol; both in the laboratory and in the atmosphere for climate studies. Single micron-sized polystyrene beads were optically trapped in air using a vertically aligned counter-propagating configuration of focussed laser beams. Each bead was illuminated using white light from a broadband light emitting diode (LED) and elastic scattering within the bead was collected onto a spectrograph. The resulting Mie spectra were analysed to accurately determine polystyrene bead radii to ±0.4 nm and values of the refractive index to ±0.0005 over a wavelength range of 480-700 nm. We demonstrate that optical trapping combined with elastic scattering can be used to both accurately size polystyrene beads suspended in air and determine their wavelength dependent refractive index. The refractive index dispersions are in close agreement with reported values for polystyrene beads in aqueous dispersion. Our results also demonstrate a variation in the refractive index of polystyrene, from bead to bead, in a commercial sample. The measured variation highlights that care must be taken when using polystyrene beads as a calibration aerosol. PMID:24196002

  20. Finite element approximation of the radiative transport equation in a medium with piece-wise constant refractive index

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    Lehtikangas, O.; Tarvainen, T.; Kim, A.D.; Arridge, S.R.

    2015-02-01

    The radiative transport equation can be used as a light transport model in a medium with scattering particles, such as biological tissues. In the radiative transport equation, the refractive index is assumed to be constant within the medium. However, in biomedical media, changes in the refractive index can occur between different tissue types. In this work, light propagation in a medium with piece-wise constant refractive index is considered. Light propagation in each sub-domain with a constant refractive index is modeled using the radiative transport equation and the equations are coupled using boundary conditions describing Fresnel reflection and refraction phenomena on the interfaces between the sub-domains. The resulting coupled system of radiative transport equations is numerically solved using a finite element method. The approach is tested with simulations. The results show that this coupled system describes light propagation accurately through comparison with the Monte Carlo method. It is also shown that neglecting the internal changes of the refractive index can lead to erroneous boundary measurements of scattered light.