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  1. The refractive index and electronic gap of water and ice increase with increasing pressure

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    Pan, Ding; Wan, Quan; Galli, Giulia

    2014-01-01

    Determining the electronic and dielectric properties of water at high pressure and temperature is an essential prerequisite to understand the physical and chemical properties of aqueous environments under supercritical conditions, for example, in the Earth interior. However, optical measurements of compressed ice and water remain challenging, and it has been common practice to assume that their band gap is inversely correlated with the measured refractive index, consistent with observations reported for hundreds of materials. Here we report ab initio molecular dynamics and electronic structure calculations showing that both the refractive index and the electronic gap of water and ice increase with increasing pressure, at least up to 30 GPa. Subtle electronic effects, related to the nature of interband transitions and band edge localization under pressure, are responsible for this apparently anomalous behaviour. PMID:24861665

  2. 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)

  3. High refractive index photocurable resins

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    Morford, Robert V.; Mercado, Ramil L.; Planje, Curtis E.; Flaim, Tony D.

    2005-04-01

    The performance of optoelectronic devices can be increased by incorporating a high refractive index layer into the system. This paper describes several potential high refractive index resin candidates. Our materials include the added advantages over other systems because the new materials are cationically photocurable and free flowing, have low shrinkage upon cure, have no (or little) volatile organic components, are applicable by a variety of methods (dip coating, roller coating, injection molding, or film casting), can be applied in a variety of thicknesses (10-100 m), are fast-curing, and possess robust physical properties. Particular attention focuses on the refractive index in the visible spectrum, light transmission, and formulation viscosity.

  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. Fiber optic refractive index monitor

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    Weiss, Jonathan David

    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.

  6. 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…

  7. The refractive index of relic gravitons

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    Giovannini, Massimo

    2016-06-01

    The dynamical evolution of the refractive index of the tensor modes of the geometry produces a specific class of power spectra characterized by a blue (i.e. slightly increasing) slope which is directly determined by the competition of the slow-roll parameter and of the rate of variation of the refractive index. Throughout the conventional stages of the inflationary and post-inflationary evolution, the microwave background anisotropies measurements, the pulsar timing limits and the big-bang nucleosynthesis constraints set stringent bounds on the refractive index and on its rate of variation. Within the physically allowed region of the parameter space the cosmic background of relic gravitons leads to a potentially large signal for the ground-based detectors (in their advanced version) and for the proposed space-borne interferometers. Conversely, the lack of direct detection of the signal will set a qualitatively new bound on the dynamical variation of the refractive index.

  8. 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.

  9. Refractive index change in dissociating shocked benzene

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    Erskine, D.J.

    1994-06-01

    A calculation is made of the refractive index of a shocked solution of hydrocarbon species and spheroidal carbon particles that would be the dissociation products of benzene. The results is evaluated for benzene shocked to 15 GPa, both for an arbitrary endpoint distribution of products and reactant, and for a specific endpoint distribution suggested by a statistical-mechanical calculation. In the case of diamond particles, the refractive index is predicted to decrease by a small amount (from 1.96 to 1.75) as the dissociation proceeds. In the case of graphite particles of large oblateness, the refractive index could increase significantly through the dissociation (from 1.96 to 2.75 for infinitely oblate platelets). Thus the measurement of the time dependent refractive index through the dissociation of shocked benzene can indicate the morphology of the carbon particulates as well as the time scale for this reaction. We propose using the refractive index as a measure of completion of the dissociation reaction. This would allow a determination of the instantaneous amount of carbon in particulate form, information which is valuable in conjunction with Mie scattering experiments for example.

  10. 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.

  11. Influence of refraction index strength on the light propagation in dielectrics material with periodic refraction index

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    Hidayat, Arif; Latifah, Eny; Kurniati, Diana; Wisodo, Hari

    2016-04-01

    This study investigated the influence of refraction index strength on the light propagation in refraction index-varied dielectric material. This dielectric material served as photonic lattice. The behavior of light propagation influenced by variation of refraction index in photonic lattice was investigated. Modes of the guiding light were determined numerically using squared-operator iteration method. It was found that the greater the strength of refraction index, the smaller the guiding modes.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Self-organization of coupling optical waveguides by the "pulling water" effect of write beam reflections in photo-induced refractive-index increase media

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    Yoshimura, Tetsuzo; Kaburagi, Hiroshi

    2009-02-01

    To reduce efforts for optical assembly, we developed the reflective self-organized lightwave network (R-SOLNET). In R-SOLNET, optical devices with wavelength filters on their core facets are distributed in photo-induced refractive-index increase (PRI) media such as photo-polymers. Write beams from some devices and reflected write beams from the wavelength filters of the other devices overlap. In the overlap regions, the refractive index increases, pulling the write beams to the wavelength filter locations (the "pulling water" effect). By self-focusing, self-aligned optical waveguide networks are formed between the optical devices. Simulations based on the finite difference time domain method revealed that self-aligned optical waveguides of R-SOLNET are formed between cores with 2-μm and 0.5-μm widths including Y-branching waveguides. Experiments demonstrated that R-SOLNET is formed between an optical fiber and a micro-mirror placed with ~800-μm gap. For angular misalignment of 3o between the optical fiber and the micro-mirror, a bow-shaped R-SOLNET was observed. For lateral misalignment of 30 μm, an S-shaped R-SOLNET was observed. These results suggest that by placing reflective elements in PRI media, optical waveguides can be lead to the elements to form R-SOLNET. This enables self-aligned optical couplings for optoelectronic boards, intra-chip optical circuits, VCSELs/PDs, optical switches, and so on.

  17. Refractive index determination by coherence scanning interferometry.

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    Yoshino, H; Kaminski, P M; Smith, R; Walls, J M; Mansfield, D

    2016-05-20

    Coherence scanning interferometry is established as a powerful noncontact, three-dimensional, metrology technique used to determine accurate surface roughness and topography measurements with subnanometer precision. The helical complex field (HCF) function is a topographically defined helix modulated by the electrical field reflectance, originally developed for the measurement of thin films. An approach to extend the capability of the HCF function to determine the spectral refractive index of a substrate or absorbing film has recently been proposed. In this paper, we confirm this new capability, demonstrating it on surfaces of silicon, gold, and a gold/palladium alloy using silica and zirconia oxide thin films. These refractive index dispersion measurements show good agreement with those obtained by spectroscopic ellipsometry. PMID:27411157

  18. Uncladded sensing fiber for refractive index measurement

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    Bhardwaj, V.; Gangwar, R. K.; Pathak, A. K.; Singh, V. K.

    2016-05-01

    The formation of chemically etched optical fiber for use in refractive index sensor is addressed. This presented design of a refractive index (RI) sensor is based on recording the power loss exhibited by radiation propagating through an etched multimode fiber (MMF) immersed in the liquid under study. The decreasing diameters of fibers are found to be strongly dependent on the temperature and etchant composition. This experiment was performed for different unclad etched fibers for same sensing length and the RI changes from 1.33 RIU to 1.38 RIU. When the multimode fiber (MMF) is etched for 12 hours the sensitivity of the sensor is approximately 204.25dBm/RIU, which is larger than without etched fiber having sensitivity 127.2dBm/RIU.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. High refractive index and temperature sensitivity LPGs for high temperature operation

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    Nascimento, I. M.; Gouveia, C.; Jana, Surnimal; Bera, Susanta; Baptista, J. M.; Moreira, Paulo; Biwas, Palas; Bandyopadhyay, Somnath; Jorge, Pedro A. S.

    2013-11-01

    A fiber optic sensor for high sensitivity refractive index and temperature measurement able to withstand temperature up to 450 °C is reported. Two identical LPG gratings were fabricated, whereas one was coated with a high refractive index (~1.78) sol-gel thin film in order to increase its sensitivity to the external refractive index. The two sensors were characterized and compared in refractive index and temperature. Sensitivities of 1063 nm/RIU (1.338 - 1.348) and 260 pm/°C were achieved for refractive index and temperature, respectively.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    2014-07-01

    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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Enhanced Nonlinear Refractive Index in ɛ -Near-Zero Materials

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    Caspani, L.; Kaipurath, R. P. M.; Clerici, M.; Ferrera, M.; Roger, T.; Kim, J.; Kinsey, N.; Pietrzyk, M.; Di Falco, A.; Shalaev, V. M.; Boltasseva, A.; Faccio, D.

    2016-06-01

    New propagation regimes for light arise from the ability to tune the dielectric permittivity to extremely low values. Here, we demonstrate a universal approach based on the low linear permittivity values attained in the ɛ -near-zero (ENZ) regime for enhancing the nonlinear refractive index, which enables remarkable light-induced changes of the material properties. Experiments performed on Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films show a sixfold increase of the Kerr nonlinear refractive index (n2) at the ENZ wavelength, located in the 1300 nm region. This in turn leads to ultrafast light-induced refractive index changes of the order of unity, thus representing a new paradigm for nonlinear optics.

  7. Enhanced Nonlinear Refractive Index in ε-Near-Zero Materials.

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    Caspani, L; Kaipurath, R P M; Clerici, M; Ferrera, M; Roger, T; Kim, J; Kinsey, N; Pietrzyk, M; Di Falco, A; Shalaev, V M; Boltasseva, A; Faccio, D

    2016-06-10

    New propagation regimes for light arise from the ability to tune the dielectric permittivity to extremely low values. Here, we demonstrate a universal approach based on the low linear permittivity values attained in the ε-near-zero (ENZ) regime for enhancing the nonlinear refractive index, which enables remarkable light-induced changes of the material properties. Experiments performed on Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films show a sixfold increase of the Kerr nonlinear refractive index (n_{2}) at the ENZ wavelength, located in the 1300 nm region. This in turn leads to ultrafast light-induced refractive index changes of the order of unity, thus representing a new paradigm for nonlinear optics. PMID:27341234

  8. 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.

  9. Effects of refractive index on glories.

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    Laven, Philip

    2008-12-01

    Atmospheric glories are caused by backscattering of sunlight from spherical droplets of water (e.g., from fog or clouds). But what would glories look like if they were caused by scattering from more exotic substances, such as clouds of ethane as found on Titan? Examining backscattering as a function of the refractive index n of spherical droplets leads to the surprising conclusion that a glory's appearance is almost independent of n (at least for 1.03

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Interferometric investigation and simulation of refractive index in glass matrixes containing nanoparticles of varying sizes

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    Feeney, Michael Gerard; Ince, Rabia; Yukselici, Mehmet Hikmet; Allahverdi, Cagdas

    2011-07-01

    The relationship between refractive index and nanoparticle radii of cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanoparticles embedded within glass matrixes was investigated experimentally and by simulations. A homemade automated Michelson interferometer arrangement employing a rotating table and a He-Ne laser source at a wavelength of 632.8 nm determined the refractive index versus nanoparticle radii of embedded cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanoparticles. The refractive index was found to decrease linearly with nanoparticle radius increase. However, one sample showed a step increase in refractive index; on spectroscopic analysis, it was found that its resonant wavelength matched that of the He-Ne source wavelength. The simulations showed that two conditions caused the step increase in refractive index: low plasma frequency and matched sample and source resonances. This simple interferometer setup defines a new method of determining the radii of nanoparticles embedded in substrates and enables refractive index tailoring by modification of exact annealing conditions.

  13. A Simple Method to Determine the Refractive Index of Glass.

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    Mak, Se-yuen

    1988-01-01

    Describes an experiment for determining the refractive index. Discusses the experiment procedure and mathematical expression for calculating the index. Provides two geometrical diagrams and a graph for determining the index with a typical data. (YP)

  14. Calculation of electron wave functions and refractive index of Ne

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    Zhu, Min; Liu, Wei; Zhang, Tao

    2008-10-01

    The radial wave functions of inner electron shell and outer electron shell of a Ne atom were obtained by the approximate analytical method and tested by calculating the ground state energy of the Ne atom. The equivalent volume of electron cloud and the refractive index of Ne were calculated. The calculated refractive index agrees well with the experimental result. Relationship between the refractive index and the wave function of Ne was discovered.

  15. Determination of refractive index by Moiré deflectometry

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    Ahmadi, Mohammad; Madanipour, Khosro; Javadianvarjovi, Soheila

    2015-06-01

    Determination of refractive index is an important characteristic of material which is crucial parameter for physicists and engineers. Moiré deflectometry technique is convenient, easy-aligning, nondestructive, non-contact and fairly accurate method for refractive index measurement of gas, liquid, solid. In this paper we investigate the theory of the technique and simulate some relations then finally measure refractive index of a glassy lamella, n=1.536.

  16. 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

  17. Increased sensitivity of femtosecond laser micro-machined in-fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer for small-scale refractive index sensing

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    Debowska, Anna K.; Koba, Marcin; Janik, Monika; Bock, Wojtek J.; Śmietana, Mateusz

    2016-05-01

    In this paper we focus on refractive index (RI) sensing properties of a micro-size In-fiber Mach-Zehnder Interferometer (μIMZI). The μIMZI structure was fabricated as a precisely controlled side opening of a single-mode fiber using a femtosecond laser. The sensitivity to RI change in the micro-cavity has been measured and two RI sensitivity regions have been found for RI 1.33-1.36 and 1.37-1.40 RIU. The sensitivity in the first region is over 12,000 nm/RIU, and in the higher RI region is close to 50% higher. The obtained structures are an excellent solution for RI sensing with negligible temperature cross-sensitivity, especially where small amounts of liquid are available, e.g. in lab-on-chip, microfluidics.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Measurement of Refractive Index Using a Michelson Interferometer.

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    Fendley, J. J.

    1982-01-01

    Describes a novel and simple method of measuring the refractive index of transparent plates using a Michelson interferometer. Since it is necessary to use a computer program when determining the refractive index, undergraduates could be given the opportunity of writing their own programs. (Author/JN)

  1. String and Sticky Tape Experiments: Refractive Index of Liquids.

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    Edge, R. D., Ed.

    1979-01-01

    Describes a simple method of measuring the refractive index of a liquid using a paper cup, a liquid, a pencil, and a ruler. Uses the ratio between the actual depth and the apparent depth of the cup to calculate the refractive index. (GA)

  2. A covariant approach to the gravitational refractive index

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    Simaciu, I.; Ionescu-Pallas, N.

    A covariant formulation of the Maxwell's field equations in a gravitational field, based on the bimetric interpretation of general relativity Theory, is given. The purpose of the work is in adequate definition of the gravitational refractive index in agreement with both wave equations propagation and a relationship between refractive index and the Minkovskian tensor of gravitational permitivity.

  3. Precise determination of the refractive index of suspended particles: light transmission as a function of refractive index mismatch

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    McClymer, J. P.

    2016-08-01

    Many fluids appear white because refractive index differences lead to multiple scattering. In this paper, we use safe, low-cost commercial index matching fluids to quantitatively study light transmission as a function of index mismatch, reduce multiple scattering to allow single scattering probes, and to precisely determine the index of refraction of suspended material. The transmission profile is compared with Rayleigh-Gans and Mie theory predictions. The procedure is accessible as a student laboratory project, while providing advantages over other standard methods of measuring the refractive index of an unknown nanoparticle, making it valuable to researchers.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. [The refractive index sensing characteristics of polarization maintaining microstructured optical fiber chirped grating].

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    Guo, Xuan; Bi, Wei-Hong; Liu, Feng

    2013-01-01

    The refractive index sensing characteristics of the polarization maintaining (PM) microstructured optical fiber (MOF) chirped grating was systematically investigated based on finite element method (FEM) and transfer matrix method (TMM). The chirp Bragg grating reflection spectrum was numerically analyzed with the fiber air holes injected with different refractive index medium, and the relation between the reflection spectrum area and the analyte refractive index is discussed here. The analysis results show that when the analyte refractive index increases, the reflection spectrum area will be reduced; and the detection demodulation is simplified with the light intensity demodulation. Moreover, the dependence of the reflection spectrum on the center big holes size, the chirp coefficient and the site function was studied. Since two polarization modes respond similarly to the outside perturbation, the fiber possesses high stability. The results provide the theoretical basis for the application of PM-MOF grating in the optical fiber refractive index sensor and the optical fiber label-free biosensing. PMID:23586270

  7. Computed tomography of refractive index by low-coherence interferometry

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    Wang, Yi; Ma, Zhenhe; Zhou, Hongxian

    2015-03-01

    We present a 3D imaging system for simultaneously imaging the distributions of refractive index and optical absorption using a transmission Fourier-domain low-coherence interferometer. The forward-scattering light travelling through a sample interferes with a reference light beam. The projections of refractive index and optical absorption within the sample are calculated from measured interference fringes. We acquire the projections at sufficient angular views and reconstruct the distributions of refractive index and optical absorption using the filter back-projection algorithm. The proposed method is experimentally verified by using a plastic tube phantom.

  8. Refractive index and temperature nanosensor with plasmonic waveguide system

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    Kong, Yan; Qiu, Peng; Wei, Qi; Quan, Wei; Wang, Shouyu; Qian, Weiying

    2016-07-01

    A surface plasmon polariton sensor consisting of two metal-insulator-metal waveguides and a transverse rectangular resonator is proposed. Both refractive index and temperature sensing characteristics are analyzed by investigating the transmission spectra which demonstrates that the transmission peak wavelength shifting satisfies linear relation with environmental refractive index and temperature, respectively. The proposed design provides high refractive index and temperature sensitivity as 3.38×106%/RIU and 82%/K estimated by integrated response of the sensor, and owns the potentials for high-throughput array sensing. It is believed that the nanoscale sensor can be applied in spot detection for high speed multi-parameter sensing and accurate measurements.

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. 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)

  12. 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.

  13. Engineering a resonant nanocoating for an optical refractive index sensor

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    Bialiayeu, A.; Ianoul, A.; Albert, J.

    2014-03-01

    We proposing to boost the performance of refractive index sensors based on the tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) structure by resonant coupling of small spherical nanoparticles to the TFBG resonances. The optimal choice of nanoparticle parameters is discussed.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Refraction index of shock compressed water in the megabar pressure range

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    Batani, D.; Jakubowska, K.; Benuzzi-Mounaix, A.; Cavazzoni, C.; Danson, C.; Hall, T.; Kimpel, M.; Neely, D.; Pasley, J.; Rabec Le Gloahec, M.; Telaro, B.

    2015-11-01

    We compressed water to megabar pressures by laser-driven shock waves and evidenced transparent, opaque and reflecting phases as pressure increases. The refraction index of water in the first two states was measured using a VISAR system. At high compression a sharp increase of the real and imaginary part of the refraction index is observed. Experiments were performed at the LULI and RAL laboratories.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Terahertz refractive index sensors using dielectric pipe waveguides.

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    You, Borwen; Lu, Ja-Yu; Yu, Chin-Ping; Liu, Tze-An; Peng, Jin-Long

    2012-03-12

    A dielectric pipe waveguide is successfully demonstrated as a terahertz refractive index sensor for powder and liquid-vapor sensing. Without additional engineered structures, a simple pipe waveguide can act as a terahertz resonator based on anti-resonant reflecting guidance, forming multiple resonant transmission-dips. Loading various powders in the ring-cladding or inserting different vapors into the hollow core of the pipe waveguide leads to a significant shift of resonant frequency, and the spectral shift is related to the refractive-index change. The proven detection limit of molecular density could be reduced to 1.6nano-mole/mm3 and the highest sensitivity is demonstrated at around 22.2GHz/refractive-index-unit (RIU), which is comparable to the best THz molecular sensor [Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 171113 (2009)]. PMID:22418463

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Refractive index change and curvature in shock waves by angled beam refraction

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    Kiefer, J. H.; Manson, A. C.

    1981-09-01

    Observations of front geometry and refractive index jump across shock waves in rare gases have been made with a new particularly simple technique. The technique involves determination of the angular deflection of a narrow laser beam intersecting the shock front at a shallow angle. Measured refractive index jumps in rare gases are in excellent agreement with those calculated using Snell's law and ideal shock theory. The apparent shock curvature is in close accord with deBoer's theory for loading pressures below 20 Torr, but above this pressure there is evidence of an indentation near tube center.

  11. Quantum dot-embedded microspheres for remote refractive index sensing.

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    Pang, Shuo; Beckham, Richard E; Meissner, Kenith E

    2008-06-01

    We present a refractometric sensor based on quantum dot-embedded polystyrene microspheres. Optical resonances within a microsphere, known as whispering-gallery modes (WGMs), produce narrow spectral peaks. For sensing applications, spectral shifts of these peaks are sensitive to changes in the local refractive index. In this work, two-photon excited luminescence from the quantum dots couples into several WGMs within the microresonator. By optimizing the detection area, the spectral visibility of the WGMs is improved. The spectral shifts are measured as the surrounding index of the refraction changes. The experimental sensitivity is about five times greater than that predicted by the Mie theory. PMID:19488403

  12. Measurements of photoinduced refractive index changes in bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Banyal, Ravinder Kumar; Raghavendra Prasad, B.

    2007-03-01

    We report the pump--probe measurements of nonlinear refractive index changes in photochromic bacteriorhodopsin films. The photoinduced absorption is caused by pump beam at 532 nm and the accompanying refractive index changes are studied using a probe beam at 633 nm. The proposed technique is based on a convenient and accurate determination of optical path difference using digital interferometry-based local fringe shift. The results are presented for the wild-type as well as genetically modified D96N variant of the bacteriorhodopsin.

  13. Quantum dot-embedded microspheres for remote refractive index sensing

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    Pang, Shuo; Beckham, Richard E.; Meissner, Kenith E.

    2008-01-01

    We present a refractometric sensor based on quantum dot-embedded polystyrene microspheres. Optical resonances within a microsphere, known as whispering-gallery modes (WGMs), produce narrow spectral peaks. For sensing applications, spectral shifts of these peaks are sensitive to changes in the local refractive index. In this work, two-photon excited luminescence from the quantum dots couples into several WGMs within the microresonator. By optimizing the detection area, the spectral visibility of the WGMs is improved. The spectral shifts are measured as the surrounding index of the refraction changes. The experimental sensitivity is about five times greater than that predicted by the Mie theory. PMID:19488403

  14. 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.

  15. Two-dimensional refractive index profiling of optical fibers by modified refractive near-field technique

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    El Sayed, A.; Pilz, Soenke; Ryser, Manuel; Romano, Valerio

    2016-02-01

    The refractive index distribution in the core-cladding region of an optical fiber plays an important role in determining the transmission and dispersion properties of the waveguide. The refracted near-field technique (RNF) is among the most widespread techniques used for measuring the refractive index profile of optical fibers and is based on illuminating the end-facet of a fiber with a focused beam whose vertex angle greatly exceeds the acceptance angle of the fiber, which is immersed in an index matching liquid. What one observes are then the refracted unguided rays rather than the guided rays. Nevertheless, the standard refracted near-field technique cannot be applied to a wide range of optical fibers e.g. if their shapes are not axially symmetric. In this work we demonstrate a modified method which allows 2-D imaging of the refractive index profile and thereby overcoming the axial symmetric limitation of the standard RNF. The new system is operating at 630 nm and based on the same principle of the RNF, but the optical path is reversed so that the light at the fiber end-facet is collected by an objective lens and detected by a CCD camera. The method does not require scanning over the fiber end-facet. Thus the system is faster and less sensitive to vibrations and external conditions compared to the standard RNF, furthermore it allows averaging to improve the signal to noise ratio. The spatial resolution of the system is determined by the numerical aperture of the objective and by the resolution of the CCD camera. To calibrate the setup, a reference multi-step index fiber provided by National Physical Laboratory was used.

  16. Experimental determination of refractive index of condensed reflectin in squid iridocytes.

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    Ghoshal, Amitabh; DeMartini, Daniel G; Eck, Elizabeth; Morse, Daniel E

    2014-06-01

    Loliginid squid dynamically tune the structural iridescence of cells in their skin for active camouflage and communication. Bragg reflectors in these cells consist of membrane-bound lamellae periodically alternating with low refractive index extracellular spaces; neuronal signalling induces condensation of the reflectin proteins that fill the lamellae, consequently triggering the expulsion of water. This causes an increase in refractive index within the lamellae, activating reflectance, with the change in lamellar thickness and spacing progressively shifting the wavelength of reflected light. We used micro-spectrophotometry to measure the functionally relevant refractive index of the high-index lamellae of the Bragg reflectors containing the condensed reflectins in chemically fixed dermal iridocytes of the squid, Doryteuthis opalescens. Our high-magnification imaging spectrometer allowed us to obtain normalized spectra of optically distinct sections of the individual, subcellular, multi-layer Bragg stacks. Replacement of the extracellular fluid with liquids of increasing refractive index allowed us to measure the reflectivity of the Bragg stacks as it decreased progressively to 0 when the refractive index of the extracellular medium exactly matched that of the reflectin-filled lamellae, thus allowing us to directly measure the refractive index of the reflectin-filled lamellae as ncondensed lamellae ≈ 1.44. The measured value of the physiologically relevant ncondensed lamellae from these bright iridocytes falls within the range of values that we recently determined by an independent optical method and is significantly lower than values previously reported for dehydrated and air-dried reflectin films. We propose that this directly measured value for the refractive index of the squid's Bragg lamellae containing the condensed reflectins is most appropriate for calculations of reflectivity in similar reflectin-based high-index layers in other molluscs. PMID:24694894

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Optical glass: refractive index change with wavelength and temperature

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    Englert, Marion; Hartmann, Peter; Reichel, Steffen

    2014-05-01

    With the catalog of 1992 SCHOTT introduced two formulae each with six parameters for a better representation of the refractive index of optical glasses. The Sellmeier-equation improved the characterization of dispersion at room temperature and the Hoffmann equation that of its temperature dependence. Better representation had been expected because both formulae were derived from general dispersion theory. The original publication of Hoffmann et al. from 1992 contains first results on the accuracy of the fits. The extended use of the formulae has led to a collection of data allowing reviewing the adequacy of the Sellmeier-equation approach on a much broader basis. We compare fitted refractive index values with measured values for all wavelengths used at our precision refractive index goniometer. Data sets are available for specific melts of the four representative glass types N-BK7, N-FK5, LF5 and IRG2. For some materials, the optical glass N-LAF21, the IR glass IRG2 and the crystal CaF2, several sets of data for the temperature dependence of the refractive index are available thus giving evidence for the variation of these properties among melts of the same material.

  20. 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.

  1. Refractive index of Lithosil and Suprasil 312 at cryogenic temperature

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    Vannoni, Maurizio; Olivieri, Monica; Mondello, Giuseppe; Sordini, Andrea; Molesini, Giuseppe

    2010-06-01

    Measurements of the refractive index of two different Lithosil samples and a sample of Suprasil 312 at cryogenic temperature and at 293 K are reported for the spectral range from 480 nm to 894 nm. Such data are useful for the design of fused silica optical components and systems destined for space missions.

  2. 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.

  3. Refractive index of nanostructured optical materials

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    Flory, Francois; Escoubas, Ludovic; Drouard, Emmanuel; Lazarides, Basile

    2002-06-01

    Thanks to progresses in photolithography techniques optical materials can now be structured to a scale of a few tens of a nanometer. This has opened a wide field of new applications. When concerned with a scale of some tens of a micron down to a few microns, microlens and integrated optic components can be made. When the material is structured with a scale in the order of the wavelength of light, different filtering functions can be made. This concerns Bragg mirrors or more generally Photonic Crystals. A structuration in a scale small in front of the wavelength is also of a great interest. In this case the material does not diffract the light anymore an dit behaves like a homogeneous one. The calculated transmittance of a laser mirror is used to determine the effective index of the single layer equivalent to the multilayer stack. The artificial anisotropy of thin films structured with a one-dimension sub wavelength grating made by holography is measured. The limitation of the first order homogenization theory is given for two different grating steps. Polarizing coatings or polarization rotators are designed to work in normal incidence by inserting anisotropic films in simple multilayer structures.

  4. Refractive index and birefringence of 2H silicon carbide

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    Powell, J. A.

    1972-01-01

    The refractive indices of 2H SiC were measured over the wavelength range 435.8 to 650.9 nm by the method of minimum deviation. At the wavelength lambda = 546.1 nm, the ordinary index n sub 0 was 2.6480 and the extraordinary index n sub e was 2.7237. The estimated error (standard deviation) in the measured values is 0.0006 for n sub 0 and 0.0009 for n sub e. The experimental data were curve fitted to the Cauchy equation for the index of refraction as a function of wavelength. The birefringence of 2H SiC was found to vary from 0.0719 at lambda = 650.9 nm to 0.0846 at lambda = 435.8 nm.

  5. 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.

  6. Integrated microsphere whispering gallery mode probe for highly sensitive refractive index measurement

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    Wang, Hanzheng; Yuan, Lei; Kim, Cheol-Woon; Huang, Jie; Lan, Xinwei; Xiao, Hai

    2016-06-01

    We report an integrated whispering gallery mode microresonator-based sensor probe for refractive index sensing. The probe was made by sealing a borosilicate glass microsphere into a thin-wall glass capillary pigtailed with a multimode optical fiber. The intensities of the resonant peaks were found decreasing exponentially (linearly in a log scale) with the increasing refractive index of the medium surrounding the capillary. The sensing capability of the integrated probe was tested using sucrose solutions of different concentrations and the resolution was estimated to be about 2.5×10-5 in the index range of 1.3458 to 1.3847. The integrated sensor probe may prove useful in many chemical and biological sensing applications where highly sensitive refractive index monitoring is needed.

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. Control of Refractive Index of Fluorinated Polyimide by Proton Beam Irradiation

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    Arai, Yukitaka; Ohki, Yoshimichi; Saito, Keisuke; Nishikawa, Hiroyuki

    2013-01-01

    To clarify the feasibility of controlling the refractive index of a polymer by proton beam irradiation, we irradiated 1.0 MeV protons to a fluorinated polyimide film. Before and after the proton irradiation at a fluence between 1×1014 and 7×1016 cm-2, the film surface was scanned by a profilometer. It was found that the depth of a dent, which increases with fluence, was induced by the irradiation. The refractive index of the ion-irradiated region was calculated using the Lorentz-Lorenz equation, substituting the depth of the dent and the projected range of the protons. When the fluorinated polyimide was irradiated at a fluence of 7×1016 cm-2, the refractive index increased by about 3.3%, which agrees with the increment in refractive index measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry. The increment in refractive index (0.21%) induced by the irradiation of protons at the fluence of 1×1015 cm-2 is comparable to the value (0.35%) observed when protons were irradiated to SiO2 glass at a similar fluence. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that the ion irradiation to a polymer can be a good method for fabricating a high-performance polymer-based optical waveguide.

  10. Modelling refractive index changes due to molecular interactions

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    Varma, Manoj

    2016-03-01

    There are a large number of sensing techniques which use optical changes to monitor interactions between molecules. In the absence of fluorophores or other labels, the basic signal transduction mechanism relies on refractive index changes arising from the interactions of the molecules involved. A quantitative model incorporating molecular transport, reaction kinetics and optical mixing is presented which reveals important insights concerning the optimal detection of molecular interactions optically. Although conceptually simple, a comprehensive model such as this has not been reported anywhere. Specifically, we investigate the pros and cons of detecting molecular interactions in free solution relative to detecting molecular interactions on surfaces using surface bound receptor molecules such as antibodies. The model reveals that the refractive index change produced in surface based sensors is 2-3 orders of magnitude higher than that from interactions in free solution. On the other hand, the model also reveals that it is indeed possible to distinguish specific molecular interactions from non-specific ones based on free-solution bulk refractometry without any washing step necessary in surface based sensors. However, the refractive index change for free solution interactions predicted by the model is smaller than 10-7 RIU, even for large proteins such as IgG in sufficiently high concentrations. This value is smaller than the typical 10-6 RIU detection limit of most state of the art optical sensing techniques therefore requiring techniques with substantially higher index sensitivity such as Back Scattering Interferometry.

  11. INDEX OF REFRACTION OF SHOCK LOADED SODA-LIME GLASS

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    Alexander, C. S.

    2009-12-28

    Soda-lime glass (SLG) is a potential low-cost VISAR window for use at moderate shock pressures (up to 2430 GPa) where the material remains transparent. In order for SLG to be practical as a VISAR window, the correction factor, which describes the frequency correction related to the strain dependence of the refractive index, and hence the index of refraction itself, must be characterized as a function of pressure. Characterization data are reported in this paper and compared to previous results. The present data show good agreement with those of Dandekar [J. Appl. Phys. 84, 6614 (1998)] and separate study results by Gibbons and Ahrens [J. Geophys. Res. 76, 5489 (1971)] up to 7 GPa. However, at stresses over 7 GPa, marked discrepancies are evident between the present data and that of Gibbons and Ahrens. Differences in test methods may explain these discrepancies.

  12. 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.

  13. The whistler mode refractive index as a function of gyrofrequency

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    Albert, J. M.

    2011-08-15

    The refractive index for a constant-frequency whistler mode wave in an electron-proton plasma is considered as a function of position, through the local gyrofrequencies {Omega}{sub e,i}. The full cold plasma dispersion relation is used. The wave frequency can take any value up to the smaller of {Omega}{sub e} and the plasma frequency {omega}{sub pe}, but {omega}{sub pe} is allowed to take any fixed value, as is the wavenormal angle. It is rigorously established that the refractive index is a decreasing function of {Omega}{sub e}. One application of this is to finding locations of Landau and cyclotron resonances, to evaluate the effects of whistler mode waves on radiation belt electrons.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Optofluidic refractive-index sensor in step-index fiber with parallel hollow micro-channel.

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    Lee, H W; Schmidt, M A; Uebel, P; Tyagi, H; Joly, N Y; Scharrer, M; Russell, P St J

    2011-04-25

    We present a simple refractive index sensor based on a step-index fiber with a hollow micro-channel running parallel to its core. This channel becomes waveguiding when filled with a liquid of index greater than silica, causing sharp dips to appear in the transmission spectrum at wavelengths where the glass-core mode phase-matches to a mode of the liquid-core. The sensitivity of the dip-wavelengths to changes in liquid refractive index is quantified and the results used to study the dynamic flow characteristics of fluids in narrow channels. Potential applications of this fiber microstructure include measuring the optical properties of liquids, refractive index sensing, biophotonics and studies of fluid dynamics on the nanoscale. PMID:21643070

  17. 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.

  18. Fiber Optic-Based Refractive Index Sensing at INESC Porto

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    Jorge, Pedro A. S.; Silva, Susana O.; Gouveia, Carlos; Tafulo, Paula; Coelho, Luis; Caldas, Paulo; Viegas, Diana; Rego, Gaspar; Baptista, José M.; Santos, José L.; Frazão, Orlando

    2012-01-01

    A review of refractive index measurement based on different types of optical fiber sensor configurations and techniques is presented. It addresses the main developments in the area, with particular focus on results obtained at INESC Porto, Portugal. The optical fiber sensing structures studied include those based on Bragg and long period gratings, on micro-interferometers, on plasmonic effects in fibers and on multimode interference in a large spectrum of standard and microstructured optical fibers. PMID:22969405

  19. Measurement of the Kerr nonlinear refractive index of Cs vapor

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    Araújo, Michelle O.; de S. Cavalcante, Hugo L. D.; Oriá, Marcos; Chevrollier, Martine; de Silans, Thierry Passerat; Castro, Romeu; Moretti, Danieverton

    2013-12-01

    Atomic vapors are systems well suited for nonlinear optics studies but very few direct measurements of their nonlinear refractive index have been reported. Here we use the z-scan technique to measure the Kerr coefficient, n2, for a Cs vapor. Our results are analyzed through a four-level model, and we show that coherence between excited levels as well as cross-population effects contribute to the Kerr nonlinearity.

  20. Energy gap refractive index relations in semiconductors An overview

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    Ravindra, N. M.; Ganapathy, Preethi; Choi, Jinsoo

    2007-03-01

    An overview of the understanding of correlations between energy gap and refractive index of semiconductors is presented here. The atomic approach of Moss, the nearly free electron model of Penn, the oscillator concept of Wemple and the optical polarizability approach of Finkenrath are considered in this study. The Ravindra relation is discussed in the context of alternate approaches that have been presented in the literature. Case studies of applications of these relations to infrared materials and wide band gap semiconductors are presented.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Evanescent field sensing: cavity-coupled refractive index sensor (CRIS)

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    Lindvold, Lars R.; Lading, Lars

    1998-03-01

    A new concept for the detection of very small changes in the refractive index of a small sample of transparent material is given. The concept is based on measuring the frequency difference between two modes of a laser (possibly a twin- laser), where the evanescent field of one mode is affected by small refractive index changes. Intracavity sensing allows for orders of magnitude greater sensitivity than with external sensing. The frequency difference is obtained by light beating of the two modes. An imbedded diffractive element ensures proper modematching for the light beating. The relative frequency change is equal to the relative change in refractive index properly averaged over the waveguide. The performance of the intracavity system is compared with a system based on a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The intracavity system may achieve a resolution that is 104 - 106 higher than the sensitivity of a system based on an external interferometer. The effect of thermal instability is investigated and it is discussed how the required very low thermal off-set can be maintained. Injection locking can be a problem. The problem may be solved by either introducing a fixed frequency off- set or by proper design of the cavity structure. An implementation based on III-V materials with a waveguide configuration and Bragg-mirrors is possible with existing technologies. A concept based on a polymer configuration is proposed.

  4. Microvolume index of refraction determinations by interferometric backscatter

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    Bornhop, Darryl J.

    1995-06-01

    A new method has been applied to the determination of fluid bulk properties in small detection volumes. Through the use of an unfocused He-Ne laser beam and a cylindrical tube of capillary dimensions, relative refractive-index measurements are possible. The backscattered light from the illumination of a tube of capillary dimensions produces an interference pattern that is spatially defined and that contains information related to the bulk properties of the fluid contained in the tube. Positional changes in the intensity-modulated beam profile (interference fringes) are directly related to the refractive index of the fluid in the tube. The determination of dn/n at the 10-7 level is possible in probe volumes of 350 pL. The technique has been applied to tubes as small as 75 mu m inner diameter and as large as 1.0 mm inner diameter. No modification of the simple optical bench is required for facilitating the determination of refractive index for the complete range of tube diameters.

  5. 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.

  6. 3D refractive index measurements of special optical fibers

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    Yan, Cheng; Huang, Su-Juan; Miao, Zhuang; Chang, Zheng; Zeng, Jun-Zhang; Wang, Ting-Yun

    2016-09-01

    A digital holographic microscopic chromatography-based approach with considerably improved accuracy, simplified configuration and performance stability is proposed to measure three dimensional refractive index of special optical fibers. Based on the approach, a measurement system is established incorporating a modified Mach-Zehnder interferometer and lab-developed supporting software for data processing. In the system, a phase projection distribution of an optical fiber is utilized to obtain an optimal digital hologram recorded by a CCD, and then an angular spectrum theory-based algorithm is adopted to extract the phase distribution information of an object wave. The rotation of the optic fiber enables the experimental measurements of multi-angle phase information. Based on the filtered back projection algorithm, a 3D refraction index of the optical fiber is thus obtained at high accuracy. To evaluate the proposed approach, both PANDA fibers and special elliptical optical fiber are considered in the system. The results measured in PANDA fibers agree well with those measured using S14 Refractive Index Profiler, which is, however, not suitable for measuring the property of a special elliptical fiber.

  7. 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.

  8. Refractive index of glass and its dipersion for visible light.

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    Smith, D. Y.; Karstens, W.

    2010-01-01

    The classification of optical glass and empirical relations between the refractive index and its dispersion are discussed in terms of moments of the glass's IR and UV absorption spectra. The observed linear dependence of index on dispersion within glass families is shown to arise primarily from the approximately linear superposition of the electronic absorptions of glass former and glass modifiers. The binary classification into crown and flint glasses is also based primarily on electronic spectra: Crown glasses are 'wide-gap' materials with excitation energies greater than {approx}12.4 eV, while flint glasses are their 'narrow-gap' counterpart.

  9. Refractive index of biotissue versus temperature condition at 632.8 nm

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    Li, Hui; Lu, Zukang; Lin, Lei; Xie, Shusen

    1998-08-01

    An experimental apparatus is designed to determine the index of refraction of biological tissue using a laser beam and a prism in the familiar to a specular Fresnel reflection method in which the scattering effects are reduced to be disregarded. One of the advantages of the method is its high sensitivity to a small change in refractive index. A flat heater is contacted on the prism and a tiny heat electric couple is hold between a sample and the prism. The refractive indices of several porcine tissues have been measured over a temperature range of 20 to approximately 70 degrees Celsius. The index of refraction keeps stable levels below 36 degrees Celsius and above 60 degrees Celsius, respectively, but increases with an increase in temperature from 36 to 60 degrees Celsius. During a temperature descent after heating, the evolvement of refractive index is determined by the climax of temperature reached. The heating and cooling procedures are irreversible in optical property of tissue. Such results are consistent to the biological observation and can be explained by the cellular response to temperature. A knowledge of these properties is important for tissue optics and laser medicine.

  10. Estimating index of refraction for material identification in comparison to existing temperature emissivity separation algorithms

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    Martin, Jacob A.; Gross, Kevin C.

    2016-05-01

    As off-nadir viewing platforms become increasingly prevalent in remote sensing, material identification techniques must be robust to changing viewing geometries. Current identification strategies generally rely on estimating reflectivity or emissivity, both of which vary with viewing angle. Presented here is a technique, leveraging polarimetric and hyperspectral imaging (P-HSI), to estimate index of refraction which is invariant to viewing geometry. Results from a quartz window show that index of refraction can be retrieved to within 0.08 rms error from 875-1250 cm-1 for an amorphous material. Results from a silicon carbide (SiC) wafer, which has much sharper features than quartz glass, show the index of refraction can be retrieved to within 0.07 rms error. The results from each of these datasets show an improvement when compared with a maximum smoothness TES algorithm.

  11. Broadband giant-refractive-index material based on mesoscopic space-filling curves.

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    Chang, Taeyong; Kim, Jong Uk; Kang, Seung Kyu; Kim, Hyowook; Kim, Do Kyung; Lee, Yong-Hee; Shin, Jonghwa

    2016-01-01

    The refractive index is the fundamental property of all optical materials and dictates Snell's law, propagation speed, wavelength, diffraction, energy density, absorption and emission of light in materials. Experimentally realized broadband refractive indices remain <40, even with intricately designed artificial media. Herein, we demonstrate a measured index >1,800 resulting from a mesoscopic crystal with a dielectric constant greater than three million. This gigantic enhancement effect originates from the space-filling curve concept from mathematics. The principle is inherently very broad band, the enhancement being nearly constant from zero up to the frequency of interest. This broadband giant-refractive-index medium promises not only enhanced resolution in imaging and raised fundamental absorption limits in solar energy devices, but also compact, power-efficient components for optical communication and increased performance in many other applications. PMID:27573337

  12. Photoinduced absorption and refractive-index induction in phosphosilicate fibres by radiation at 193 nm

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    Rybaltovsky, A A; Sokolov, V O; Plotnichenko, V G; Lanin, Aleksei V; Semenov, S L; Dianov, Evgenii M; Gur'yanov, A N; Khopin, V F

    2007-04-30

    The photoinduced room-temperature-stable increase in the refractive index by {approx}5x10{sup -4} at a wavelength of 1.55 {mu}m was observed in phosphosilicate fibres without their preliminary loading with molecular hydrogen. It is shown that irradiation of preliminary hydrogen-loaded fibres by an ArF laser at 193 nm enhances the efficiency of refractive-index induction by an order of magnitude. The induced-absorption spectra of preforms with a phosphosilicate glass core and optical fibres fabricated from them are studied in a broad spectral range from 150 to 5000 nm. The intense induced-absorption band ({approx}800 cm{sup -1}) at 180 nm is found, which strongly affects the formation of the induced refractive index. The quantum-chemical model of a defect related to this band is proposed. (optical fibres)

  13. Estimating index of refraction from polarimetric hyperspectral imaging measurements.

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    Martin, Jacob A; Gross, Kevin C

    2016-08-01

    Current material identification techniques rely on estimating reflectivity or emissivity which vary with viewing angle. As off-nadir remote sensing platforms become increasingly prevalent, techniques robust to changing viewing geometries are desired. A technique leveraging polarimetric hyperspectral imaging (P-HSI), to estimate complex index of refraction, N̂(ν̃), an inherent material property, is presented. The imaginary component of N̂(ν̃) is modeled using a small number of "knot" points and interpolation at in-between frequencies ν̃. The real component is derived via the Kramers-Kronig relationship. P-HSI measurements of blackbody radiation scattered off of a smooth quartz window show that N̂(ν̃) can be retrieved to within 0.08 RMS error between 875 cm-1 ≤ ν̃ ≤ 1250 cm-1. P-HSI emission measurements of a heated smooth Pyrex beaker also enable successful N̂(ν̃) estimates, which are also invariant to object temperature. PMID:27505760

  14. 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.

  15. Novel high refractive index fluids for 193nm immersion lithography

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    Santillan, Julius; Otoguro, Akihiko; Itani, Toshiro; Fujii, Kiyoshi; Kagayama, Akifumi; Nakano, Takashi; Nakayama, Norio; Tamatani, Hiroaki; Fukuda, Shin

    2006-03-01

    Despite the early skepticism towards the use of 193-nm immersion lithography as the next step in satisfying Moore's law, it continuous to meet expectations on its feasibility in achieving 65-nm nodes and possibly beyond. And with implementation underway, interest in extending its capability for smaller pattern sizes such as the 32-nm node continues to grow. In this paper, we will discuss the optical, physical and lithographic properties of newly developed high index fluids of low absorption coefficient, 'Babylon' and 'Delphi'. As evaluated in a spectroscopic ellipsometer in the 193.39nm wavelength, the 'Babylon' and 'Delphi' high index fluids were evaluated to have a refractive index of 1.64 and 1.63 with an absorption coefficient of 0.05/cm and 0.08/cm, respectively. Lithographic evaluation results using a 193-nm 2-beam interferometric exposure tool show the imaging capability of both high index fluids to be 32-nm half pitch lines and spaces.

  16. Broadband and low loss high refractive index metamaterials in the microwave regime

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    Campbell, T.; Hibbins, A. P.; Sambles, J. R.; Hooper, I. R.

    2013-03-01

    A broadband, low-loss, isotropic, high refractive index metamaterial comprising an array of close-packed cubic elements of cross-linked square metal plates is demonstrated in the microwave regime. The structuring of the cubic elements reduces the diamagnetic response exhibited by arrays of solid metal cubes, whilst maintaining the strongly enhanced permittivity arising from capacitative coupling between adjacent metal elements. The corresponding increase in refractive index can be tailored through appropriate structuring of the faces and/or spacing of the cubes.

  17. 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

  18. Polymeric nanolayered gradient refractive index lenses: technology review and introduction of spherical gradient refractive index ball lenses

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    Ji, Shanzuo; Yin, Kezhen; Mackey, Matthew; Brister, Aaron; Ponting, Michael; Baer, Eric

    2013-11-01

    A nanolayered polymer films approach to designing and fabricating gradient refractive index (GRIN) lenses with designer refractive index distribution profiles and an independently prescribed lens surface geometry have been demonstrated to produce a new class of optics. This approach utilized nanolayered polymer materials, constructed with polymethylmethacrylate and a styrene-co-acrylonitrile copolymer with a tailorable refractive index intermediate to bulk materials, to fabricate discrete GRIN profile materials. A process to fabricate nanolayered polymer GRIN optics from these materials through thermoforming and finishing steps is reviewed. A collection of technology-demonstrating previously reported nanolayered GRIN case studies is presented that include: (1) the optical performance of a f/# 2.25 spherical GRIN plano-convex singlet with one quarter (2) the weight of a similar BK7 lens and a bio-inspired aspheric human eye GRIN lens. Original research on the fabrication and characterization of a Luneburg inspired GRIN ball lens is presented as a developing application of the nanolayered polymer technology.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Plasmonic nanoshell functionalized etched fiber Bragg gratings for highly sensitive refractive index measurements.

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    Burgmeier, Jörg; Feizpour, Amin; Schade, Wolfgang; Reinhard, Björn M

    2015-02-15

    A novel fiber optical refractive index sensor based on gold nanoshells immobilized on the surface of an etched single-mode fiber including a Bragg grating is demonstrated. The nanoparticle coating induces refractive index dependent waveguide losses, because of the variation of the evanescently guided part of the light. Hence the amplitude of the Bragg reflection is highly sensitive to refractive index changes of the surrounding medium. The nanoshell functionalized fiber optical refractive index sensor works in reflectance mode, is suitable for chemical and biochemical sensing, and shows an intensity dependency of 4400% per refractive index unit in the refractive index range between 1.333 and 1.346. Furthermore, the physical length of the sensor is smaller than 3 mm with a diameter of 6 μm, and therefore offers the possibility of a localized refractive index measurement. PMID:25680146

  3. Compensation for refractive-index variations in laser Doppler anemometry.

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    Kehoe, A B; Desai, P V

    1987-07-01

    Techniques to compensate for index of refraction variations in the application of a laser Doppler anemometer are examined. For discontinuous plane-layered media a method of discrete elements is employed. An alternative set of equations is derived for continuous cylindrically layered media and simplified to make comparisons with available results for a single cylinder. Results of velocity measurements in a Plexiglas model of a cylindrically layered nuclear fuel assembly are presented to establish a positioning accuracy of the method to within 0.025 cm. PMID:20489924

  4. 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.

  5. Electromagnetic Wave Chaos in Gradient Refractive Index Optical Cavities

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    Wilkinson, P. B.; Fromhold, T. M.; Taylor, R. P.; Micolich, A. P.

    2001-06-11

    Electromagnetic wave chaos is investigated using two-dimensional optical cavities formed in a cylindrical gradient refractive index lens with reflective surfaces. When the planar ends of the lens are cut at an angle to its axis, the geometrical ray paths are chaotic. In this regime, the electromagnetic mode spectrum of the cavity is modulated by both real and ghost periodic ray paths, which also {open_quotes}scar{close_quotes} the electric field intensity distributions of many modes. When the cavity is coupled to waveguides, the eigenmodes generate complex series of resonant peaks in the electromagnetic transmission spectrum.

  6. Quantum vacuum emission from a moving refractive index front

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    Jacquet, M.; König, F.

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the spontaneous emission of light from the quantum vacuum in a dispersive dielectric at a moving Refractive Index Front (RIF). Our aim is to develop further an existing analytical model to fully characterize the emission and calculate its spectrum in different configurations. We show in which conditions the RIF acts as a point of non-return, an artificial black hole event horizon, for modes of the field. We calculate the spectrum of this emission and the number of photons emitted from the vacuum in the unique escaping mode as a function of the RIF height and velocity in the medium.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Laser generated Ag and Ag-Au composite nanoparticles for refractive index sensor

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    Navas, M. P.; Soni, R. K.

    2014-09-01

    Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) wavelength of metal nanoparticles (NPs) is highly sensitive to size, shape and the surrounding medium. Metal targets were laser ablated in liquid for preparation of spherical Ag and Ag@Au core-shell NP colloidal solution for refractive index sensing. The LSPR peak wavelength and broadening of the NPs were monitored in different refractive index liquid. Quasi-static Mie theory simulation results show that refractive index sensitivity of Ag, Ag-Au alloy and Ag@Au core-shell NPs increases nearly linearly with size and shell thickness. However, the increased broadening of the LSPR peak with size, alloy concentration and Au shell thickness restricts the sensing resolution of these NPs. Figure-of-merit (FOM) was calculated to optimize the size of Ag NPs, concentration of Ag-Au alloy NPs and Au shell thickness of Ag@Au core-shell NPs. The refractive index sensitivity (RIS) and FOM were optimum in the size range 20-40 nm for Ag NPs. Laser generated Ag@Au NPs of Au shell thickness in the range of 1-2 nm showed optimum FOM, where thin layer of Au coating can improve the stability of Ag NPs.

  10. 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

  11. Refractive index and solubility control of para-cymene solutions for index-matched fluid-structure interaction studies

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    Fort, Charles; Fu, Christopher D.; Weichselbaum, Noah A.; Bardet, Philippe M.

    2015-12-01

    To deploy optical diagnostics such as particle image velocimetry or planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) in complex geometries, it is beneficial to use index-matched facilities. A binary mixture of para-cymene and cinnamaldehyde provides a viable option for matching the refractive index of acrylic, a common material for scaled models and test sections. This fluid is particularly appropriate for large-scale facilities and when a low-density and low-viscosity fluid is sought, such as in fluid-structure interaction studies. This binary solution has relatively low kinematic viscosity and density; its use enables the experimentalist to select operating temperature and to increase fluorescence signal in PLIF experiments. Measurements of spectral and temperature dependence of refractive index, density, and kinematic viscosity are reported. The effect of the binary mixture on solubility control of Rhodamine 6G is also characterized.

  12. Dark matter constraints from a cosmic index of refraction

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    Gardner, Susan; Latimer, David C.

    2010-09-01

    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 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 |ɛ|/M<1×10-5eV-1 at 95% C.L.

  13. The density and refractive index of adsorbing protein layers.

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    Vörös, Janos

    2004-07-01

    The structure of the adsorbing layers of native and denatured proteins (fibrinogen, gamma-immunoglobulin, albumin, and lysozyme) was studied on hydrophilic TiO(2) and hydrophobic Teflon-AF surfaces using the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation and optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy techniques. The density and the refractive index of the adsorbing protein layers could be determined from the complementary information provided by the two in situ instruments. The observed density and refractive index changes during the protein-adsorption process indicated the presence of conformational changes (e.g., partial unfolding) in general, especially upon contact with the hydrophobic surface. The structure of the formed layers was found to depend on the size of the proteins and on the experimental conditions. On the TiO(2) surface smaller proteins formed a denser layer than larger ones and the layer of unfolded proteins was less dense than that adsorbed from the native conformation. The hydrophobic surface induced denaturation and resulted in the formation of thin compact protein films of albumin and lysozyme. A linear correlation was found between the quartz crystal microbalance measured dissipation factor and the total water content of the layer, suggesting the existence of a dissipative process that is related to the solvent molecules present inside the adsorbed protein layer. Our measurements indicated that water and solvent molecules not only influence the 3D structure of proteins in solution but also play a crucial role in their adsorption onto surfaces. PMID:15240488

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Deflectometry for measuring inhomogeneous refractive index fields in two-dimensional gradient-index elements.

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    Lin, Di; Teichman, Jeremy; Leger, James R

    2015-05-01

    We present a numerical method for calculating inhomogeneous refractive index fields in rectangular gradient-index (GRIN) elements from measured boundary positions and slopes of a collection of rays that transit the medium. The inverse problem is reduced to a set of linear algebraic equations after approximating ray trajectories from the measured boundary values and is solved using a pseudo-inverse algorithm for sparse linear equations. The ray trajectories are subsequently corrected using an iterative ray trace procedure to ensure consistency in the solution. We demonstrate our method in simulation by reconstructing a hypothetical rectangular GRIN element on a  15×15 discrete grid using 800 interrogating rays, in which RMS refractive index errors less than 0.5% of the index range (n(max)-n(min)) are achieved. Furthermore, we identify three primary sources of error and assess the importance of data redundancy and system conditioning in the reconstruction process. PMID:26366925

  17. Defocusing properties of Gaussian beams for measuring refractive index of thin transparent samples

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    Cervantes-L, Joel; Cywiak, Moisés; Olvera-R, Octavio; Morales, Arquímedes

    2013-11-01

    We show how the defocusing properties of Gaussian beams can be used to measure the refractive index of solutions in thin transparent samples (less than 2 mm). Additionally, it is possible to predict analytically the shape of the plot for the refractive index as a function of concentration in any range. Our theory is limited for substances whose refractive index increases with concentration. The thin sample is placed between the focusing lens and its back focal plane and the system is adjusted to best focusing conditions. As a result, changes of the refractive index of the sample cause variations of the size of the focused beam. To measure with high accuracy the size of the beam we use the homodyne knife-edge profilometer while profiling a calibrated holographic reflective grating. The recorded vertical heights of the grating provide statistical data for improving even more the accuracy of the measurements. We demonstrate that the sensitivity of the system is a function of the pitch of the grating allowing selecting the range of interest. We apply our method for glucose liquid solutions. We include analytical description of our method and experimental results.

  18. Effect of 200 keV argon ion implantation on refractive index of polyethylene terepthlate (PET)

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    Kumar, Rajiv; Chawla, Mahak; Rubi, Sharma, Annu; Aggarwal, Sanjeev; Kumar, Praveen; Kanjilal, D.

    2012-06-01

    In the present work, the effect of argon ion implantation has been studied on the refractive index of PET. The specimens were implanted at 200 keV with argon ions in the fluence range of 1×1015 to 1×1017 ions cm-2. The refractive indices have been found to increase with implantation dose and wavelength (in visible region) obtained by using UV-visible spectroscopy. Also a drastic decrease in optical band gap (from 3.63 eV to 1.48eV) and increase in Urbach energy (from 0.29 eV to 3.70 eV) with increase in implantation dose has been observed. The possible correlation between the changes observed in the refractive indices and the Urbachenergyhave been discussed.

  19. Optimization of torque on an optically driven micromotor by manipulation of the index of refraction

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    Wing, Frank M., III; Mahajan, Satish; Collett, Walter

    2004-12-01

    Since the 1970"s, the focused laser beam has become a familiar tool to manipulate neutral, dielectric micro-objects. A number of authors, including Higurashi and Gauthier, have described the effects of radiation pressure from laser light on microrotors. Collett, et al. developed a wave, rather than a ray optic, approach in the calculation of such forces on a microrotor for the first time. This paper describes a modification to the design of a laser driven, radiation pressure microrotor, intended to improve the optically generated torque. Employing the wave approach, the electric and magnetic fields in the vicinity of the rotor are calculated using the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method, which takes into account the wave nature of the incident light. Forces are calculated from the application of Maxwell"s stress tensor over the surfaces of the rotor. Results indicate a significant increase in torque when the index of refraction of the microrotor is changed from a single value to an inhomogeneous profile. The optical fiber industry has successfully employed a variation in the index of refraction across the cross section of a fiber for the purpose of increasing the efficiency of light transmission. Therefore, it is hoped that various fabrication methods can be utilized for causing desired changes in the index of refraction of an optically driven microrotor. Various profiles of the index of refraction inside a microrotor are considered for optimization of torque. Simulation methodology and results of torque on a microrotor for various profiles of the index of refraction are presented. Guidelines for improvised fabrication of efficient microrotors may then be obtained from these profiles.

  20. 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.

  1. 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 Si(x)N(y) 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

  2. 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.

  3. Aqueous ammonium thiocyanate solutions as refractive index-matching fluids with low density and viscosity

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    Borrero-Echeverry, D.; Morrison, B. C. A.

    2016-07-01

    We show that aqueous solutions of ammonium thiocyanate ({NH}4{SCN}) can be used to match the index of refraction of several transparent materials commonly used in experiments, while maintaining low viscosity and density compared to other common refractive index-matching liquids. We present empirical models for estimating the index of refraction, density, and kinematic viscosity of these solutions as a function of temperature and concentration. Finally, we summarize the chemical compatibility of ammonium thiocyanate with materials commonly used in apparatus.

  4. Measurement of complex refractive index of human blood by low-coherence interferometry

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    Jedrzejewska-Szczerska, M.

    2013-10-01

    In this article, the usefulness of the optical technique for measurements of blood complex refractive index has been examined. Measurement of optical properties of human blood is difficult to perform because of its nonuniform nature. However, results of my investigation have shown the usefulness of low-coherence interferometry for measurement complex refractive index of human blood. Furthermore, mathematical analysis of spectrum of measured signal have made possible to determined relationship between complex refractive index and hematocrit level in human blood.

  5. Binary and Ternary Mixtures of Biopolymers and Water: Viscosity, Refractive Index, and Density

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    Silva, Bárbara Louise L. D.; Costa, Bernardo S.; Garcia-Rojas, Edwin E.

    2016-08-01

    Biopolymers have been the focus of intense research because of their wide applicability. The thermophysical properties of solutions containing biopolymers have fundamental importance for engineering calculations, as well as for thermal load calculations, energy expenditure, and development of new products. In this work, the thermophysical properties of binary and ternary solutions of carboxymethylcellulose and/or high methoxylation pectin and water at different temperatures have been investigated taking into consideration different biopolymer concentrations. The experimental data related to the thermophysical properties were correlated to obtain empirical models that can describe the temperature-concentration combined effect on the density, refractive index, and dynamic viscosity. From data obtained from the experiments, the density, refractive index, and dynamic viscosity increase with increasing biopolymer concentration and decrease with increasing temperature. The polynomial models showed a good fit to the experimental data and high correlation coefficients (R2ge 0.98) for each studied system.

  6. Loop-mirror-based slot waveguide refractive index sensor

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    Kou, Jun-long; Xu, Fei; Lu, Yan-qing

    2012-12-01

    Loop mirror has been widely used in fiber optical devices and systems for it provides a smart way to make use of the fiber birefringence properties and can enhance the sensitivity greatly. On the other hand, slot waveguide is very promising for optical sensing applications because of their peculiar spatial mode profile. In this paper, we propose and analyze a loop-mirror-based slot waveguide (LMSW) sensor which can be routinely fabricated in modern high-volume complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process. The finite element method (FEM) simulation results show that the birefringence can be as high as 0.8 which is orders of magnitude than that in conventional birefringent fiber loop mirror. High sensitivity up to 6 × 103 nm/RIU (refractive index unit) is achieved by this scheme.

  7. Scattering and refractive index properties of skin obtained with OCT

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    Knuettel, Alexander R.; Bonev, Slavtcho M.; Knaak, W.

    2003-10-01

    Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) provides more parameters than pure morphology does. In a recent paper we have shown that the refractive index (RI) can be evaluated in a localized manner in skin tissue under in vivo conditions. Further evaluation provides scattering parameters (scatter width) of turbid materials down to penetration depths of some 100 μm. Measurements have been done in vitro in pig skin and in vivo in human skin with our OCT scanner SkinDex 300. The parameters RI and scatter width may have a viable impact on skin research and clinical diagnoses. In addition, we demonstrate the breakdown of the ballistic light propagation in turbid material and tissue due to multiple forward scattering.

  8. Group refractive index reconstruction with broadband interferometric confocal microscopy

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    Marks, Daniel L.; Schlachter, Simon C.; Zysk, Adam M.; Boppart, Stephen A.

    2010-01-01

    We propose a novel method of measuring the group refractive index of biological tissues at the micrometer scale. The technique utilizes a broadband confocal microscope embedded into a Mach–Zehnder interferometer, with which spectral interferograms are measured as the sample is translated through the focus of the beam. The method does not require phase unwrapping and is insensitive to vibrations in the sample and reference arms. High measurement stability is achieved because a single spectral interferogram contains all the information necessary to compute the optical path delay of the beam transmitted through the sample. Included are a physical framework defining the forward problem, linear solutions to the inverse problem, and simulated images of biologically relevant phantoms. PMID:18451922

  9. 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.

  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. 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.

  12. Monolithic subwavelength high refractive-index-contrast grating VCSELs

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    Gebski, Marcin; Dems, Maciej; Lott, James A.; Czyszanowski, Tomasz

    2016-03-01

    In this paper we present optical design and simulation results of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) that incorporate monolithic subwavelength high refractive-index-contrast grating (MHCG) mirrors - a new variety of HCG mirror that is composed of high index material surrounded only on one side by low index material. We show the impact of an MHCG mirror on the performance of 980 nm VCSELs designed for high bit rate and energy-efficient optical data communications. In our design, all or part of the all-semiconductor top coupling distributed Bragg reflector mirror is replaced by an undoped gallium-arsenide MHCG. We show how the optical field intensity distribution of the VCSEL's fundamental mode is controlled by the combination of the number of residual distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) mirror periods and the physical design of the topmost gallium-arsenide MHCG. Additionally, we numerically investigate the confinement factors of our VCSELs and show that this parameter for the MHCG DBR VCSELs may only be properly determined in two or three dimensions due to the periodic nature of the grating mirror.

  13. Change in refractive index of muscle tissue during laser-induced interstitial thermotherapy.

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    Chen, Na; Chen, Meimei; Liu, Shupeng; Guo, Qiang; Chen, Zhenyi; Wang, Tingyun

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a long-period fiber-grating (LPG) based Michelson interferometric refractometry to monitor the change in refractive index of porcine muscle during laser-induced interstitial thermotherapy (LITT). As the wavelength of RI interferometer alters with the change in refractive index around the probe, the LPG based refractometry is combined with LITT system to measure the change in refractive index of porcine muscle when irradiated by laser. The experimental results show the denaturation of tissue alters the refractive index significantly and the LPG sensor can be applied to monitor the tissue state during the LITT. PMID:24211967

  14. 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.

  15. Theoretical and Experimental Study of Long-Period Grating Refractive Index Sensor

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    Nidhi; Kaler, R. S.; Kapur, Pawan

    2014-01-01

    This article presents the theoretical and experimental investigation of the response of long-period gratings as a refractive index sensor. Cladding modes are calculated, and results are compared with Optigrating 4.2.2 (Optiwave Systems Inc., Ottawa, Canada). The response has been checked for refractive indices ranging from 1 to 1.458. Theoretically simulated results are in accordance with the experimental results. It was found that the software package calculated values correctly up to the seventh decimal point. The ambient refractive index response of a long-period grating over a much wider index range has been modeled for values both less and more than the cladding refractive index.

  16. Refractive index measurement of nanoparticles by immersion refractometry based on a surface plasmon resonance sensor

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    Kano, Hiroshi; Iseda, Ayumu; Ohenoja, Katja; Niskanen, Ilpo

    2016-06-01

    Accurate determination of the refractive index of nanoparticles has important ramifications for applications, such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, paints, textiles, and inks. We describe a new method to determine the refractive index of nanoparticles by immersion refractometry with a surface plasmon resonance sensor. With this method, the refractive index of the nanoparticles is perfectly matched with that of the surrounding liquid. We demonstrate this method for calcium fluoride nanoparticles that have an average diameter of 100 nm; the results achieve an accuracy of better than 0.002 refractive index units.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

    2016-04-01

    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.

  20. Design of a compact and high sensitive refractive index sensor base on metal-insulator-metal plasmonic Bragg grating.

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    Binfeng, Yun; Guohua, Hu; Ruohu, Zhang; Yiping, Cui

    2014-11-17

    A nanometric and high sensitive refractive index sensor based on the metal-insulator-metal plasmonic Bragg grating is proposed. The wavelength encoded sensing characteristics of the refractive index sensor were investigated by analyzing its transmission spectrum. The numerical results show that a good linear relationship between the Bragg wavelength and the refractive index of the sensing material can be obtained, which is in accordance with the analytical results very well. A high refractive index sensitivity of 1,488 nm/RIU around Bragg resonance wavelength of 1,550 nm was obtained. Besides, the simulation results show that the sensitivity is depended on the Bragg resonance wavelength and the longer the Bragg resonance wavelength, the higher sensitivity can be obtained. Furthermore, the figure of merit of the refractive index sensor can be greatly increased by introducing a nano-cavity in the proposed plasmonic Bragg grating structure. This work pave the way for high sensitive nanometric refractive index sensor design and application. PMID:25402107

  1. Air cavity-based Fabry-Perot interferometer sensor fabricated using a sawing technique for refractive index measurement

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    Jung, Eun Joo; Lee, Woo-Jin; Kim, Myoung Jin; Hwang, Sung Hwan; Rho, Byung Sup

    2014-01-01

    We have demonstrated a refractive index sensor based on a fiber optic Fabry-Perot (FP) interferometer with an open air cavity fabricated using a one-step mechanical sawing technique. The sensor head consists of a short FP cavity near the fiber patch cord tip, which was assembled by joining a ceramic ferrule and a single-mode fiber together. Owing to the open air cavity in the sensor head, various liquid samples with different refractive index can fill in-line air cavity, which makes the device usable as a refractometer. Moreover, due to the sensor head encircled with the robust ceramic ferrule, the device is attractive for sensing measurement in harsh environments. The sensor was tested in different refractive index solutions. The experimental result shows that the attenuation peak wavelength of the sensor is shifted toward a shorter wavelength with increasing refractive index, and the refractive index sensitivity is ˜92.5 nm/refractive index unit (RIU) and 73.75 dB/RIU. The proposed sensor can be used as an in-line refractometer for many potential applications in the sensing field.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Fermat's principle and the formal equivalence of local light-ray rotation and refraction at the interface between homogeneous media with a complex refractive index ratio.

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    Sundar, Bhuvanesh; Hamilton, Alasdair C; Courtial, Johannes

    2009-02-01

    We derive a formal description of local light-ray rotation in terms of complex refractive indices. We show that Fermat's principle holds, and we derive an extended Snell's law. The change in the angle of a light ray with respect to the normal of a refractive index interface is described by the modulus of the refractive index ratio; the rotation around the interface normal is described by the argument of the refractive index ratio. PMID:19183663

  5. High-refractive index particles in counter-propagating optical tweezers - manipulation and forces

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    van der Horst, Astrid

    2006-09-01

    With a tightly focused single laser beam, also called optical tweezers, particles of a few nanometers up to several micrometers in size can be trapped and manipulated in 3D. The size, shape and refractive index of such colloidal particles are of influence on the optical forces exerted on them in the trap. A higher refractive-index difference between a particle and the surrounding medium will increase the forces. The destabilizing scattering force, however, pushing the particle in the direction of the beam, increases more than the gradient force, directed towards the focus. As a consequence, particles with a certain refractive index cannot be trapped in a single-beam gradient trap, and a limit is set to the force that can be exerted. We developed an experimental setup with two opposing high-numerical objectives. By splitting the laser beam, we created counter-propagating tweezers in which the scattering forces were canceled in the axial direction and high-refractive index and metallic particles could also be trapped. With the use of a separate laser beam combined with a quadrant photodiode, accurate position detection on a trapped particle in the counter-propagating tweezers is possible. We used this to determine trap stiffnesses, and show, with measurements and calculations, an enhancement in trap stiffness of at least 3 times for high-index 1.1-micrometer-diameter titania particles as compared to 1.4-micrometer-diameter silica particles under the same conditions. The ability to exert higher forces with lower laser power finds application in biophysical experiments, where laser damage and heating play a role. The manipulation of high-index and metallic particles also has applications in materials and colloid science, for example to incorporate high-index defects in colloidal photonic crystals. We demonstrate the patterning of high-index particles onto a glass substrate. The sample cell was mounted on a high-accuracy piezo stage combined with a long-range stage with

  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. 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.

  8. Optical refractive index of massive particles and physical meanings of left-handed media [rapid communication

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    Shen, Jian Qi

    2005-09-01

    In this Letter the expression for the refractive index of de Broglie wave in the presence of a potential field is obtained and based on this, the physical meanings of negative index of refraction is revealed. We demonstrate that the electromagnetic wave propagation in a left-handed medium with negative refractive index behaves just like that of antiphotons, which is required of the complex vector field theory. It is believed that the complex vector field theory is helpful in considering the wave propagation and photonic band gap structures in the left-handed medium photonic crystals with a periodicity in negative and positive indices of refraction.

  9. Nonlinearity of the refractive index due to an excitonic molecule resonance state in CdS

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    Baumert, R.; Broser, I.; Buschick, K.

    1986-08-01

    The authors report the observation of an intensity-dependent refractive-index nonlinearity in CdS due to a resonance state where an excitonic molecule is created by induced absorption of light. The refractive index n as a function of the incident laser photon energy E is measured directly by light refraction in thin crystal prisms. A renormalized dielectric function describes the measured n(E) spectra well. This strong refractive-index nonlinearity is well suited to produce an optical bistability and to further strengthen the evidence of CdS to be an important material for laser-induced dynamic gratings.

  10. Measurement of the refractive index of human teeth by optical coherence tomography

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    Meng, Zhuo; Yao, X. Steve; Yao, Hui; Liang, Yan; Liu, Tiegen; Li, Yanni; Wang, Guanhua; Lan, Shoufeng

    2009-05-01

    We describe a novel method based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) for the accurate measurement of the refractive index of in vitro human teeth. We obtain the refractive indices of enamel, dentin, and cementum to be 1.631+/-0.007, 1.540+/-0.013, and 1.582+/-0.010, respectively. The profile of the refractive index is readily obtained via an OCT B scan across a tooth. This method can be used to study the refractive index changes caused by dental decay and therefore has great potential for the clinical diagnosis of early dental caries.

  11. Construction of Lines of Constant Density and Constant Refractive Index for Ternary Liquid Mixtures.

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    Tasic, Aleksandar Z.; Djordjevic, Bojan D.

    1983-01-01

    Demonstrates construction of density constant and refractive index constant lines in triangular coordinate system on basis of systematic experimental determinations of density and refractive index for both homogeneous (single-phase) ternary liquid mixtures (of known composition) and the corresponding binary compositions. Background information,…

  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. 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...

  14. A FORTRAN Program for Computing Refractive Index Using the Double Variation Method.

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    Blanchard, Frank N.

    1984-01-01

    Describes a computer program which calculates a best estimate of refractive index and dispersion from a large number of observations using the double variation method of measuring refractive index along with Sellmeier constants of the immersion oils. Program listing with examples will be provided on written request to the author. (Author/JM)

  15. Interband and intraband contributions to refractive index and dispersion in narrow-gap semiconductors

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    Herrmann, K. H.; Melzer, V.; Müller, U.

    1993-04-01

    This review covers experimental methods and results for the determination of refractive index. It discusses various empirical relations between refractive index and energy gap (Moss relation, Ravindra and Gopal formulae and the Wemple DiDomenico approach). Effects of free carriers and temperature are included. Finally, the Kramers-Kronig transformation of absorption or reflection spectra is considered.

  16. Material design for immersion lithography with high refractive index fluid (HIF)

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    Miyamatsu, Takashi; Wang, Yong; Shima, Motoyuki; Kusumoto, Shiro; Chiba, Takashi; Nakagawa, Hiroki; Hieda, Katsuhiko; Shimokawa, Tsutomu

    2005-05-01

    ArF immersion lithography is considered as the most promising next generation technology which enables to a 45 nm node device manufacturing and below. Not only depth of focus enlargement, immersion lithography enables to use hyper numerical aperture (NA) larger than 1.0 and achieve higher resolution capability. For 193nm lithography, water is an ideal immersion fluid, providing suitable refractive index and transmission properties. Furthermore the higher refractive index fluid is expected to provide a potential extension of optical lithography to the 32 nm node. This paper describes the material design for immersion lithography with high refractive index fluid. We have developed promising high refractive index fluids which satisfy the requirement for immersion fluid by screening wide variety of organic compounds. The physical and chemical properties of this high refractive index fluid are discussed in detail. Also the topcoat material which has good matching with high refractive index fluid is developed. While this topcoat material is soluble into aqueous TMAH developer, it does not dissolve into water or high refractive index fluid and gives suitable contact angle for immersion scan exposure. Immersion exposure experiments using high refractive index fluid with and w/o topcoat material was carried out and its lithographic performance is presented in this paper.

  17. Theoretical study of polarization insensitivity of carrier-induced refractive index change of multiple quantum well.

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    Miao, Qingyuan; Zhou, Qunjie; Cui, Jun; He, Ping-An; Huang, Dexiu

    2014-12-29

    Characteristics of polarization insensitivity of carrier-induced refractive index change of 1.55 μm tensile-strained multiple quantum well (MQW) are theoretically investigated. A comprehensive MQW model is proposed to effectively extend the application range of previous models. The model considers the temperature variation as well as the nonuniform distribution of injected carrier in MQW. Tensile-strained MQW is expected to achieve polarization insensitivity of carrier-induced refractive index change over a wide wavelength range as temperature varies from 0°C to 40°C, while the magnitude of refractive index change keeps a large value (more than 3 × 10-3). And that the polarization insensitivity of refractive index change can maintain for a wide range of carrier concentration. Multiple quantum well with different material and structure parameters is anticipated to have the similar polarization insensitivity of refractive index change, which shows the design flexibility. PMID:25607157

  18. The role of refractive index gradient on sensitivity and limit of detection of microdisk sensors

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    Najafi, Zohreh; Vahedi, Mohammad; Behjat, Abbas

    2016-09-01

    This paper presents a new type of microdisk resonator sensor with a gradient refractive index (GRIN) that can achieve higher sensitivity with respect to constant refractive index disks. The behavior of the microdisk resonator is simulated by 2D-FDTD method. The shift in the resonance frequency for different thicknesses of the absorbed layer and different refractive index gradients of the microdisks are studied. The best refractive index gradient function is found that leads to the largest sensitivity and smallest limit of detection. The sensitivity of a GRIN microresonator sensor (GMS) with a convex quadratic refractive index function is approximately 11 times as much as that of homogeneous microdisk sensor, which is the best record among GMSs.

  19. Decoupling the refractive index from the electrical properties of transparent conducting oxides via periodic superlattices.

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    Caffrey, David; Norton, Emma; Coileáin, Cormac Ó; Smith, Christopher M; Bulfin, Brendan; Farrell, Leo; Shvets, Igor V; Fleischer, Karsten

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate an alternative approach to tuning the refractive index of materials. Current methodologies for tuning the refractive index of a material often result in undesirable changes to the structural or optoelectronic properties. By artificially layering a transparent conducting oxide with a lower refractive index material the overall film retains a desirable conductivity and mobility while acting optically as an effective medium with a modified refractive index. Calculations indicate that, with our refractive index change of 0.2, a significant reduction of reflective losses could be obtained by the utilisation of these structures in optoelectronic devices. Beyond this, periodic superlattice structures present a solution to decouple physical properties where the underlying electronic interaction is governed by different length scales. PMID:27623228

  20. Gradient shadow pattern reveals refractive index of liquid

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    Kim, Wonkyoung; Kim, Dong Sung

    2016-01-01

    We propose a simple method that uses a gradient shadow pattern (GSP) to measure the refractive index nL of liquids. A light source generates a “dark-bright-dark” GSP when it is projected through through the back of a transparent, rectangular block with a cylindrical chamber that is filled with a liquid sample. We found that there is a linear relationship between nL and the proportion of the bright region in a GSP, which provides the basic principle of the proposed method. A wide range 1.33 ≤ nL ≤ 1.46 of liquids was measured in the single measurement setup with error <0.01. The proposed method is simple but robust to illuminating conditions, and does not require for any expensive or precise optical components, so we expect that it will be useful in many portable measurement systems that use nL to estimate attributes of liquid samples. PMID:27302603

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Plasmonic circular resonators for refractive index sensors and filters.

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    Wei, Wei; Zhang, Xia; Ren, Xiaomin

    2015-01-01

    A plasmonic refractive index sensor based on a circular resonator is proposed. With all three dimensions below 1 μm, the sensor has a compact and simple structure granting it ease-of-fabrication and ease-of-use. It is capable of sensing trace amounts of liquid or gas samples. The sensing properties are investigated using finite elements method. The results demonstrate that the plasmonic sensor has a relatively high sensitivity of 1,010 nm/RIU, and the corresponding sensing resolution is 9.9 × 10(-5) RIU. The sensor has a relatively high quality factor of 35, which is beneficial for identifying each transmission spectrum. More importantly, the sensitivity is not sensitive to changes of structure parameters, which means that the sensitivity of the sensor is immune to the fabrication deviation. In addition, with a transmittance of 5% at the resonant wavelength, this plasmonic structure can also be employed as a filter. In addition, by filling material like LiNbO3 or liquid crystal in the circular resonator, this filter can realize an adjustable wavelength-selective characteristic in a wide band. PMID:25991915

  4. Gradient shadow pattern reveals refractive index of liquid

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    Kim, Wonkyoung; Kim, Dong Sung

    2016-06-01

    We propose a simple method that uses a gradient shadow pattern (GSP) to measure the refractive index nL of liquids. A light source generates a “dark-bright-dark” GSP when it is projected through through the back of a transparent, rectangular block with a cylindrical chamber that is filled with a liquid sample. We found that there is a linear relationship between nL and the proportion of the bright region in a GSP, which provides the basic principle of the proposed method. A wide range 1.33 ≤ nL ≤ 1.46 of liquids was measured in the single measurement setup with error <0.01. The proposed method is simple but robust to illuminating conditions, and does not require for any expensive or precise optical components, so we expect that it will be useful in many portable measurement systems that use nL to estimate attributes of liquid samples.

  5. Gradient shadow pattern reveals refractive index of liquid.

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    Kim, Wonkyoung; Kim, Dong Sung

    2016-01-01

    We propose a simple method that uses a gradient shadow pattern (GSP) to measure the refractive index nL of liquids. A light source generates a "dark-bright-dark" GSP when it is projected through through the back of a transparent, rectangular block with a cylindrical chamber that is filled with a liquid sample. We found that there is a linear relationship between nL and the proportion of the bright region in a GSP, which provides the basic principle of the proposed method. A wide range 1.33 ≤ nL ≤ 1.46 of liquids was measured in the single measurement setup with error <0.01. The proposed method is simple but robust to illuminating conditions, and does not require for any expensive or precise optical components, so we expect that it will be useful in many portable measurement systems that use nL to estimate attributes of liquid samples. PMID:27302603

  6. 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.

  7. Polymer-based composite with outstanding mechanically tunable refractive index

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    Mohamed-Noriega, Nasser; Hinojosa, Moisés; González, Virgilio; Rodil, Sandra. E.

    2016-08-01

    A composite with high visible light transmittance, mechanically tunable refractive index (RI) and rubber-like mechanical properties, based on poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and barium titanate nanoparticles (BT) was prepared on three steps. First, BT nanoparticles were obtained by high-energy milling. Second, the nanoparticles were embedded in PDMS by in-situ polymerization; the BT content was varied up to 1.0 wt% (0.17 vol%). Finally, ∼0.5 mm membranes were prepared by solvent casting. The effect of the BT concentration was examined. Powder XRD and Raman spectroscopy revealed a tetragonal crystal structure for the nanoparticles. SEM images confirmed a mean particle size of ∼64 nm and together with EDX mappings showed a moderate dispersion of the nanoparticles in some membranes, whereas other exhibited agglomerates at the surface. The normal transmittance of the membranes was measured with a spectroscopic ellipsometer while they were stretched in-situ at different percentages. The RI variations as a function of strain were calculated from the transmittance spectra. The results exhibit surprising variations in the RI, up to ∼5 times higher than those associated to PDMS alone, implying that the presence of BT significantly influences the optical response of the PDMS when stretched. However, the response is neither linear nor well understood; further studies must be performed to clarify this new interaction.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Sensing of refractive index based on mode interference in a five-layer slab waveguide

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    Tang, Tingting; Ma, Wenying; Liu, Wenli; He, Xiujun

    2015-01-01

    We propose a refractive index sensor based on the mode interference in a five-layer waveguide. The propagation properties are analyzed by the coupled mode theory, and the function of the waveguide as a refractive index sensor is also explored based on simulation results. Taking into consideration a trade-off between the sensitivity and the size of the proposed sensor, we can get a very compact device of 10.8 μm×1 μm, and the sensing resolution of the proposed refractive index can reach 2.25×10-5 RIU for index change at around 1.455.

  11. 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.

  12. Fiber-optic epoxy composite cure sensor. I. Dependence of refractive index of an autocatalytic reaction epoxy system at 850 nm on temperature and extent of cure

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    Lam, Kai-Yuen; Afromowitz, Martin A.

    1995-09-01

    We discuss the behavior of the refractive index of a typical epoxy-aromatic diamine system. Near 850 nm the index of refraction is found to be largely controlled by the density of the epoxy. Models are derived to describe its dependence on temperature and extent of cure. Within the range of temperatures studied, the refractive index decreases linearly with increasing temperature. In addition, as the epoxy is cured, the refractive index increases linearly with conversion to the gel point. >From then on, shrinkage in the volume of the epoxy is restricted by local viscosity. Therefore the linear relationship between the refractive index and the extent of cure does not hold beyond the gel point.

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. Detection of analyte refractive index and concentration using liquid-core photonic Bragg fibers

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    Li, Jingwen; Qu, Hang; Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate detection of liquid analyte refractive index by using a hollow-core photonic Bragg fiber. We apply this fiber sensor to monitor concentrations of commercial cooling oil. The sensor operates on a spectral modality. Variation in the analyte refractive index modifies the bandgap guidance of a fiber, leading to spectral shifts in the fiber transmission spectrum. The sensitivity of the sensor to changes in the analyte refractive index filling in the fiber core is found to be 1460nm/Refractive index unit (RIU). By using the spectral modality and effective medium theory, we determine the concentrations of commercial fluid from the measured refractive indices with an accuracy of ~0.42%. The presented fiber sensor can be used for on-line monitoring of concentration of many industrial fluids and dilutions with sub-1%v accuracy.

  16. 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).

  17. Bent induced refractive index profile variation and mode field distribution of step-index multimode optical fiber

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    Sokkar, T. Z. N.; Ramadan, W. A.; Shams El-Din, M. A.; Wahba, H. H.; Aboleneen, S. S.

    2014-02-01

    The effect of bending of step-index optical fiber on its refractive index profile and the mode field distribution were investigated. An enhanced slab model is suggested in this investigation. A qualitative study has been done on a bent step-index optical fiber. A very small radius of bending curvature (R) has been reached, practically R is 9.25 mm. In this case a dramatic change of the refractive index profile has been observed with an induced birefringence. The refractive index profile is recovered from the interferograms which were generated by Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The interferogram has been analyzed using advanced image analyses software. We have proposed another approach to calculate the refractive index profile of bent optical fiber. In this approach the fiber is divided into layers and slabs, simultaneously. The induced refractive index profile variation of the bent optical fiber, for parallel and perpendicular components of the light beam, is calculated considering the refraction of the light beam traversing the fiber. The mode field distribution and mode numbers in these two directions of polarizations are determined for both straight and bent fibers.

  18. 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.

  19. Synoptic classification and horizontal homogeneity of the refractive index structure function parameter in the surface layer

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    Boyle, P. J.; Davidson, K. L.

    1984-02-01

    This is a two part report. The first part describes an investigation of the feasibility of using the synoptic scale classification scheme described in the Refractive Effects Guidebook (REG) to predict the level of optical turbulence in the surface layer as measured by C sub n squared, the refractive index structure function parameter. Data were examined from nine experiments which took place in the north Pacific and north Atlantic. The measurement experiments spanned five years and included all four seasons. The REG appears to be useful in a limited way in predicting ranges of C sub n squared in the surface layer. Inclusion of local factors would increase predictability. The second part deals with horizontal homogeneity of the surface layer C sub n squared as measured during the JASIN experiment in the North Atlantic in 1978. Periods of homogeneity lasting between one and two days were encountered along 200 km sectors and for up to nine hours over the entire JASIN experimental area.

  20. 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.

  1. Tapered-fiber-based refractive index sensor at an air/solution interface.

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    Lu, Ping; Harris, Jeremie; Wang, Xiaozhen; Lin, Ganbin; Chen, Liang; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2012-10-20

    An approach to achieve refractive index sensing at an air and aqueous glycerol solution interface is proposed using a tapered-fiber-based microfiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MFMZI). Compared to a surrounding uniform medium of air or solutions, the spectral interference visibility of the MFMZI at the air/solution interface is significantly reduced due to a weak coupling between the fundamental cladding mode and high-order asymmetric cladding modes, which are extremely sensitive to the external refractive index. The MFMZI is experimentally demonstrated as an evanescent wave refractive index sensor to measure concentrations of glycerol solutions by monitoring average power attenuation of the tapered fiber. PMID:23089794

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. The temperature dependence of refractive index of hemoglobin at the wavelengths 930 and 1100 nm

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    Lazareva, Ekaterina N.; Tuchin, Valery V.

    2016-04-01

    In this study, the refractive index of hemoglobin was measured at different temperatures within a physiological range and above that is characteristic to light-blood interaction at laser therapy. Measurements were carried out using the multi-wavelength Abbe refractometer (Atago, Japan). The refractive index was measured at two NIR wavelengths of 930 nm and 1100 nm. Samples of hemoglobin solutions with concentration of 80, 120 and 160 g/l were investigated. The temperature was varied between 25 and 55 °C. It was shown that the dependence of the refractive index of hemoglobin is nonlinear with temperature, which may be associated with changes in molecular structure of hemoglobin.

  5. 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.

  6. Refractive index modulation in polymer film doped with diazo Meldrum's acid

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    Zanutta, Alessio; Villa, Filippo; Bertarelli, Chiara; Bianco, Andrea

    2016-08-01

    Diazo Meldrum's acid undergoes a photoreaction induced by UV light and it is used as photosensitizer in photoresists. Upon photoreaction, a change in refractive index occurs, which makes this system interesting for volume holography. We report on the sublimation effect at room temperature and the effect of photoirradiation on the refractive index in thin films of CAB (Cellulose acetate butyrate) doped with different amount of diazo Meldrum's acid. A net modulation of the refractive index of 0.01 is achieved with 40% of doping ratio together with a reduction of the film thickness.

  7. Self-organization of dissipationless solitons in positive- and negative-refractive-index materials

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    Skarka, V.; Aleksic, N. B.; Berezhiani, V. I.

    2010-04-15

    A generalized Ginzburg-Landau equation describing dissipative solitons dynamics in negative-refractive-index materials is derived from Maxwell equations. This equation having only real terms with opposite sign differs from the usual Ginzburg-Landau equation for positive-refractive-index media. A cross-compensation between the saturating nonlinearity excess, losses, and gain makes obtained self-organized solitons dissipationless and exceptionally robust. In the presence of such solitons medium becomes effectively dissipationless. The compensation of losses is of particular interest for media with resonant character of interactions like negative-refractive-index materials.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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    Hattori, Koichi; Itakura, Kazunori

    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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Simulation of imperfections in plastic lenses - transferring local refractive index changes into surface shape modifications

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    Arasa, Josep; Pizarro, Carles; Blanco, Patricia

    2016-06-01

    Injection molded plastic lenses have continuously improved their performance regarding optical quality and nowadays are as usual as glass lenses in image forming devices. However, during the manufacturing process unavoidable fluctuations in material density occur, resulting in local changes in the distribution of refractive index, which degrade the imaging properties of the polymer lens. Such material density fluctuations correlate to phase delays, which opens a path for their mapping. However, it is difficult to transfer the measured variations in refractive index into conventional optical simulation tool. Thus, we propose a method to convert the local variations in refractive index into local changes of one surface of the lens, which can then be described as a free-form surface, easy to introduce in conventional simulation tools. The proposed method was tested on a commercial gradient index (GRIN) lens for a set of six different object positions, using the MTF sagittal and tangential cuts to compare the differences between the real lens and a lens with homogenous refractive index, and the last surface converted into a free-form shape containing the internal refractive index changes. The same procedure was used to reproduce the local refractive index changes of an injected plastic lens with local index changes measured using an in-house built polariscopic arrangement, showing the capability of the method to provide successful results.

  15. 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.

  16. Refractive index measurements of double-cylinder structures found in natural spider silks

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    Little, Douglas J.; Kane, Deb M.

    2014-05-01

    The silks of Orb-Weaver spiders (family Araneidae) are emerging as fascinating optical materials due to their biocompatibility, ecological sustainability and mechanical robustness. Natural spider silks are mainly spun as double cylinders, with diameters ranging from 0.05 to 10 μm, depending on the species and maturity of the spider. This small size makes the silks difficult to characterize optically with traditional techniques. Here, we present a technique that is capable of measuring both the real and imaginary refractive index components of spider silks. This technique is also a new capability for characterizing micro-optics more generally. It is based on the measurement and analysis of refracted light through the spider silk, or micro-optic, while it is immersed in a liquid of known refractive index. It can be applied at any visible wavelength. Results at 540 nm are reported. Real refractive indices in the range of 1.54-1.58 were measured, consistent with previous studies of spider silks. Large silk-to-silk variability of the p-polarized refractive index was observed of around 0.015, while variability in the s-polarized refractive index was negligible. No discernible difference in the refractive indices of the two cylinders making up the double cylinder silk structure were observed. Measured imaginary refractive indices corresponded to an optical loss of around 14 dB/mm at 540 nm.

  17. 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.

  18. 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)

  19. 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.

  20. Refractive Index Measurement of the Isolated Crystalline Lens Using Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Uhlhorn, Stephen R.; Borja, David; Manns, Fabrice; Parel, Jean-Marie

    2008-01-01

    An optical coherence tomography system has been developed that was designed specifically for imaging the isolated crystalline lens. Cross-sectional OCT images were recorded on 40 lenses from 32 human donors with an age range of 6 – 82 years. A method has been developed to measure the axial thickness and average refractive index of the lens from a single recorded image. The measured average group refractive index at the measurement wavelength of 825 nm was converted to the average phase refractive index at 589 nm using lens dispersion data from the literature. The average refractive index for all lenses measured was 1.408 ± 0.005 which agrees well with recent MRI measurements of the lens index gradient. A linear regression of the data resulted in a statistically significant decrease in the average refractive index with age, but a simple linear model was insufficient to explain the age dependence. The results presented here suggest that the peak refractive index in the nucleus is closer to 1.420, rather than the previously accepted value of 1.406. PMID:18824191

  1. 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

  2. Characterization and simulation on antireflective coating of amorphous silicon oxide thin films with gradient refractive index

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    Huang, Lu; Jin, Qi; Qu, Xingling; Jin, Jing; Jiang, Chaochao; Yang, Weiguang; Wang, Linjun; Shi, Weimin

    2016-08-01

    The optical reflective properties of silicon oxide (SixOy) thin films with gradient refractive index are studied both theoretically and experimentally. The thin films are widely used in photovoltaic as antireflective coatings (ARCs). An effective finite difference time domain (FDTD) model is built to find the optimized reflection spectra corresponding to structure of SixOy ARCs with gradient refractive index. Based on the simulation analysis, it shows the variation of reflection spectra with gradient refractive index distribution. The gradient refractive index of SixOy ARCs can be obtained in adjustment of SiH4 to N2O ratio by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system. The optimized reflection spectra measured by UV-visible spectroscopy confirms to agree well with that simulated by FDTD method.

  3. 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

  4. Measurement of the refractive index of transparent materials using null polarimetry near Brewster's angle

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    Nee, Soe-Mie F.

    1998-10-01

    The nondestructive measurement of refractive index of transmissive materials using null polarimetry is simple, accurate and does not require much on sample preparation. In null polarimetry, the ellipsometric parameter (psi) for reflection from a sample is measured. (psi) for transparent material is defined by tan (psi) equals rp/rs where rp and rs are coefficients of reflection for the p- and s-polarization respectively. By choosing the angle of incidence (Theta) near the Brewster angle, refractive index can be computed from (Theta) and (psi) directly. The only requirement on the sample is that no back surface reflection is allowed to mess up the front surface reflection. Precision in the refractive index is about 0.0004. Spectra of refractive index for quartz are measured and compared with the spectra quoted from existing Handbooks.

  5. Ionization effect on arc plasma's optical diagnosis by the measurement of the refractive index.

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    Chen, Yun-yun; Zhang, Cheng-yi; Gu, Fang; Wang, Qing-hua; Li, Zhen-hua

    2012-06-01

    The effect of arc plasma ionization on its temperature diagnosis by the measurement of the refractive index is discussed. The refractive index of arc plasma in two conditions is compared: 1) only the first ionization is considered and 2) both the first and second ionizations are considered. In order to facilitate plasma temperature reconstruction, two corresponding refractive index models are deduced. For the sake of making this study universal, both the monatomic and dual-atomic molecule arc plasmas are chosen as typical examples for theoretical deduction and analysis. A condition, which can be adopted to estimate whether the second ionization should be considered in temperature reconstruction, is proposed. Finally, an argon arc plasma is chosen as an example for experiment, and the experimental results match well with the theoretical analysis. This study is crucial to arc plasma's optical diagnosis, which is based on the measurement of the refractive index. PMID:22695575

  6. 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.

  7. High Accuracy, Absolute, Cryogenic Refractive Index Measurements of Infrared Lens Materials for JWST NIRCam using CHARMS

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    Leviton, Douglas; Frey, Bradley

    2005-01-01

    The current refractive optical design of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) uses three infrared materials in its lenses: LiF, BaF2, and ZnSe. In order to provide the instrument s optical designers with accurate, heretofore unavailable data for absolute refractive index based on actual cryogenic measurements, two prismatic samples of each material were measured using the cryogenic, high accuracy, refraction measuring system (CHARMS) at NASA GSFC, densely covering the temperature range from 15 to 320 K and wavelength range from 0.4 to 5.6 microns. Measurement methods are discussed and graphical and tabulated data for absolute refractive index, dispersion, and thermo-optic coefficient for these three materials are presented along with estimates of uncertainty. Coefficients for second order polynomial fits of measured index to temperature are provided for many wavelengths to allow accurate interpolation of index to other wavelengths and temperatures.

  8. Development of interferometer for refractive index measurement of aqueous solution in a microfluidic chip

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    Chen, M. H.; Geiser, M.; Truffer, F.; Song, C. L.

    2013-04-01

    This study presents the design and development of an interferometer for the measurement of the refractive index or concentration of a sub-microliter volume of aqueous solution in a microfluidic chip. This proposed interferometer is manifested by the successful measurement of the refractive index of a sugar-water solution, using a He-Ne laser as a light source and robust instrumentation for practical implementation. The measurement principle and the feasibility of the system are analyzed theoretically. The experimental device is constructed with a He-Ne laser, two lenses, two optical plates and a complementary metal oxide semiconductor detector. The refractive index change is determined by measuring the positional changes of the interference fringes. A refractive index change of 10-4 is inferred from the measured image data.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    2010-11-01

    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.

  13. 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

    2015-10-13

    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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. Change in the refractive index of a photorefractive crystal during formation of a spatially screened soliton

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    Assel'born, Sergei A; Kundikova, Nataliya D; Novikov, Igor' V

    2010-02-28

    A change in the refractive index of a photorefractive barium-sodium niobate crystal in an alternating electric field during the propagation of intensity-modulated coherent radiation in it is studied. It is shown experimentally that a change in the refractive index in the soliton regime in a photorefractive crystal with a small nonlocal response is independent of the external-field amplitude and intensity-modulation depth. (nonlinear-optics phenomena)

  18. 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.

  19. Refractive index measurements of single, spherical cells using digital holographic microscopy.

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    Schürmann, Mirjam; Scholze, Jana; Müller, Paul; Chan, Chii J; Ekpenyong, Andrew E; Chalut, Kevin J; Guck, Jochen

    2015-01-01

    In this chapter, we introduce digital holographic microscopy (DHM) as a marker-free method to determine the refractive index of single, spherical cells in suspension. The refractive index is a conclusive measure in a biological context. Cell conditions, such as differentiation or infection, are known to yield significant changes in the refractive index. Furthermore, the refractive index of biological tissue determines the way it interacts with light. Besides the biological relevance of this interaction in the retina, a lot of methods used in biology, including microscopy, rely on light-tissue or light-cell interactions. Hence, determining the refractive index of cells using DHM is valuable in many biological applications. This chapter covers the main topics that are important for the implementation of DHM: setup, sample preparation, and analysis. First, the optical setup is described in detail including notes and suggestions for the implementation. Following that, a protocol for the sample and measurement preparation is explained. In the analysis section, an algorithm for the determination of quantitative phase maps is described. Subsequently, all intermediate steps for the calculation of the refractive index of suspended cells are presented, exploiting their spherical shape. In the last section, a discussion of possible extensions to the setup, further measurement configurations, and additional analysis methods are given. Throughout this chapter, we describe a simple, robust, and thus easily reproducible implementation of DHM. The different possibilities for extensions show the diverse fields of application for this technique. PMID:25640428

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Validation of refractive index structure parameter estimation for certain infrared bands.

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    Sivaslıgil, Mustafa; Erol, Cemil Berin; Polat, Özgür Murat; Sarı, Hüseyin

    2013-05-10

    Variation of the atmospheric refraction index due to turbulent fluctuations is one of the key factors that affect the performance of electro-optical and infrared systems and sensors. Therefore, any prior knowledge about the degree of variation in the refractive index is critical in the success of field studies such as search and rescue missions, military applications, and remote sensing studies where these systems are used frequently. There are many studies in the literature in which the optical turbulence effects are modeled by estimation of the refractive index structure parameter, C(n)(2), from meteorological data for all levels of the atmosphere. This paper presents a modified approach for bulk-method-based C(n)(2) estimation. According to this approach, conventional wind speed, humidity, and temperature values above the surface by at least two levels are used as input data for Monin-Obukhov similarity theory in the estimation of similarity scaling constants with a finite difference approximation and a bulk-method-based C(n)(2) estimation. Compared with the bulk method, this approach provides the potential for using more than two levels of standard meteorological data, application of the scintillation effects of estimated C(n)(2) on the images, and a much simpler solution than traditional ones due to elimination of the roughness parameters, which are difficult to obtain and which increase the complexity, the execution time, and the number of additional input parameters of the algorithm. As a result of these studies, Atmospheric Turbulence Model Software is developed and the results are validated in comparison to the C(n)(2) model presented by Tunick. PMID:23669824

  6. A single-element interferometer for measuring refractive index of transparent liquids

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    Zhang, Tao; Feng, Guoying; Song, Zheyi; Zhou, Shouhuan

    2014-12-01

    A simple and stable method based on a single-element interferometer for accurately measuring refractive index of transparent liquids was demonstrated. The refractive index is measured by rotating a rectangular optical glass cell which contains sample liquid and air simultaneously, and by calculating interference fringe shift number which is detected from an interferogram. This method was successfully used to measure the refractive indices of various transparent liquids including distilled water, ethanol and NaCl-water and ethanol-water solutions at various concentrations. The temperature- dependent refractive index of distilled water was also measured. Furthermore, our method is simple to implement, vibration insensitive, and of high accuracy up to 10-4.

  7. Internal characteristics of refractive-index matched debris flows

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    Gollin, Devis; Bowman, Elisabeth; Sanvitale, Nicoletta

    2016-04-01

    Debris flows are channelized masses of granular material saturated with water that travel at high speeds downslope. Their destructive character represents a hazard to lives and properties, especially in regions of high relief and runoff. The characteristics that distinguish their heterogeneous, multi-phase, nature are numerous: non-uniform surge formation, particle size ranging from clay to boulders, flow segregation with larger particles concentrating at the flow front and fluid at the tail making the composition and volume of the bulk varying with time and space. These aspects render these events very difficult to characterise and predict, in particular in the area of the deposit spread or runout - zones which are generally of most interest in terms of human risk. At present, considerable gaps exist in our understanding of the flow dynamics of debris flows, which originates from their complex motion and relatively poor observations available. Flume studies offer the potential to examine in detail the behaviour of model debris flows, however, the opaque nature of these flows is a major obstacle in gaining insight of their internal behaviour. Measurements taken at the sidewalls may be poorly representative leading to incomplete or misleading results. To probe internally to the bulk of the flow, alternative, nonintrusive techniques can be used, enabling, for instance, velocities and solid concentrations within the flowing material to be determined. We present experimental investigations into polydisperse granular flows of spherical immersed particles down an inclined flume, with specific attention directed to their internal behavior. To this end, the refractive indices of solids and liquid are closely matched allowing the two phases to be distinguished. Measurements are then made internally at a point in the channel via Plane Laser Induced Fluorescence, Particle Tracking Velocimetry, PTV and Particle Image Velocimetry, PIV. The objective is to to increase our

  8. Thermal-induced surface plasmon band shift of gold nanoparticle monolayer: morphology and refractive index sensitivity.

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    Zhang, Xuemin; Zhang, Junhu; Wang, Huan; Hao, Yudong; Zhang, Xun; Wang, Tieqiang; Wang, Yunan; Zhao, Ran; Zhang, Hao; Yang, Bai

    2010-11-19

    In this paper, thermal-induced behaviors of a gold nanoparticle monolayer on glass slides are investigated. First, through horizontal lifting, gold nanoparticle monolayers are transferred from a water/hexane interface to glass slides. Then thermal treatment is carried out in air, after which an apparent color change of the obtained samples is noticed, depending on the annealing temperature, reflecting a shift of the surface plasmon band (SPB). Depending on the trend of SPB shift, the overall thermal process is divided into three stages. In the first stage, SPB shows a redshift trend with concomitant band broadening. Further increase of the annealing temperature in the second stage results in an increase of interparticle distance. Thus an apparent decrease in absorbance takes place with SPB shift to shorter wavelengths. In the third stage, the SPB redshifts again. Bulk refractive index sensitivity (RIS) measurements are taken by immersing the obtained samples in solutions of various refractive indices and a linear dependence of RIS(λ) and RIS(ext) on refractive index is concluded. In particular, the influences of parameters such as particle sizes, location of SPB, substrate effect and morphology effect on RIS are discussed in detail. The corresponding performance of each sample as a localized surface plasmon resonance-based sensor is evaluated by a figure of merit (FOM) represented as FOM(λ) and FOM(ext). It is found that the optimum annealing temperature is 500 °C. In terms of nanoparticle sizes, samples with a 35 nm gold nanoparticle monolayer perform better than those with 15 nm. The current strategy is simple and facile to achieve fine control of the SPB, in which large-size precision instruments or complex chemosynthesis are unnecessary. Therefore, this method has not only significance for theory but also usefulness in practical applications. PMID:20972320

  9. Thermal-induced surface plasmon band shift of gold nanoparticle monolayer: morphology and refractive index sensitivity

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    Zhang, Xuemin; Zhang, Junhu; Wang, Huan; Hao, Yudong; Zhang, Xun; Wang, Tieqiang; Wang, Yunan; Zhao, Ran; Zhang, Hao; Yang, Bai

    2010-11-01

    In this paper, thermal-induced behaviors of a gold nanoparticle monolayer on glass slides are investigated. First, through horizontal lifting, gold nanoparticle monolayers are transferred from a water/hexane interface to glass slides. Then thermal treatment is carried out in air, after which an apparent color change of the obtained samples is noticed, depending on the annealing temperature, reflecting a shift of the surface plasmon band (SPB). Depending on the trend of SPB shift, the overall thermal process is divided into three stages. In the first stage, SPB shows a redshift trend with concomitant band broadening. Further increase of the annealing temperature in the second stage results in an increase of interparticle distance. Thus an apparent decrease in absorbance takes place with SPB shift to shorter wavelengths. In the third stage, the SPB redshifts again. Bulk refractive index sensitivity (RIS) measurements are taken by immersing the obtained samples in solutions of various refractive indices and a linear dependence of RISλ and RISext on refractive index is concluded. In particular, the influences of parameters such as particle sizes, location of SPB, substrate effect and morphology effect on RIS are discussed in detail. The corresponding performance of each sample as a localized surface plasmon resonance-based sensor is evaluated by a figure of merit (FOM) represented as FOMλ and FOMext. It is found that the optimum annealing temperature is 500 °C. In terms of nanoparticle sizes, samples with a 35 nm gold nanoparticle monolayer perform better than those with 15 nm. The current strategy is simple and facile to achieve fine control of the SPB, in which large-size precision instruments or complex chemosynthesis are unnecessary. Therefore, this method has not only significance for theory but also usefulness in practical applications.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Design of photonic crystal fiber long-period grating refractive index sensor

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    Kanka, Jiri; Zhu, Yinian; He, Zonghu; Du, Henry

    2009-05-01

    Numerical optimization of photonic crystal fiber (PCF) structures for refractive index sensors based on long period gratings inscribed in PCFs has been performed. The optimization procedure employs the Nelder-Mead downhill simplex algorithm. This direct-search method attempts to minimize a scalar-valued nonlinear function of N real variables (called the objective function) using only function values, without any derivative information. An inverse design approach utilizes the objective function constructed using desired sensing characteristics. For the modal analysis of the PCF structure a fully-vectorial solver based on the finite element method is called by the objective function. The dispersion optimization of PCFs is aimed at achieving a high sensitivity of measurement of refractive index of analytes infiltrated into the air holes for the refractive index and probe wavelength ranges of interest. We have restricted our work to the index-guiding solid-core PCF structures with hexagonally arrayed air holes.

  14. Arc-discharge effects on residual stress and refractive index in single-mode optical fibers.

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    Wang, Pengfei; Jenkins, Micah H; Gaylord, Thomas K

    2016-03-20

    Arc-discharge effects on the residual stress and refractive index in single-mode optical fibers are investigated using a previously developed three-dimensional concurrent stress-index measurement method. Using commercial optical fibers and a commercial fusion splicer, the residual stress and refractive index perturbations caused by weak electrical arc discharges in single-mode fibers were measured. Refractive index changes greater than 10-4 and longitudinal perturbation lengths of less than 500 μm were shown to be possible. The subsequent prospects for arc-induced long-period fiber gratings are analyzed, and a typical transmission resonance is predicted to have a depth of 56 dB and a bandwidth of 0.08 nm at a wavelength of 1585 nm. The results of this investigation will be useful in modeling device performance and optimization of arc-induced long-period fiber grating fabrication. PMID:27140587

  15. Optical refractometer for complex refractive index measurement in UV-NIR range

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    Plucinski, Jerzy; Raety, Jukka A.; Keranen, Eino

    1999-04-01

    An optical system for measuring the spectrum of the complex refractive index of liquids in the UV-NIR range is described. The presented optical fiber measurement method allows remote control of the index. The developed refractometer has been tested with samples from different sections of paper mill and chemical pulp mill production processes. The obtained accuracy of the real part refractive index measurements was 10-5 with resolution 2 (DOT) 10-6 (for the wavelength in range 300 - 920 nm with spectral resolution better than 0.5 nm). The absorption corresponding to the imaginary part of the refractive index is measured in 0 divided by 20 dB/cm range with 0.01 dB/cm resolution.

  16. 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…

  17. Measurement of optical penetration depth and refractive index of human tissue

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    Xie, Shusen; Li, Hui; Li, Buhong

    2003-01-01

    Experimental techniques for measurement of optical penetration depth and refractive index of human tissue are presented, respectively. Optical penetration depth can be obtained from the measurement of the relative fluence-depth distribution inside the target tissue. The depth of normal and carcinomatous human lung tissues irradiated with the wavelengths of 406.7, 632.8 and 674.4 nm in vitro are respectively determined. In addition, a novel simple method based on total internal reflection for measuring the refractive index of biotissue in vivo is developed, and the refractive indices of skin from people of different age, sex and skin color are measured. Their refractive indices are almost same and the average is 1.533.

  18. 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.

  19. Novel optical devices based on the tunable refractive index of magnetic fluid and their characteristics

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    Zhao, Yong; Zhang, Yuyan; Lv, Riqing; Wang, Qi

    2011-12-01

    As a new type of functional material, magnetic fluid (MF) is a stable colloid of magnetic nanoparticles, dressed with surfactant and dispersed in the carrier liquid uniformly. The MF has many unique optical properties, and the most important one is its tunable refractive index property. This paper summarizes the properties of the MF refractive index and the related optical devices. The refractive index can be easily controlled by external magnetic field, temperature, and so on. But the tunable refractive index of MF has a relaxation effect. As a result, the response time is more than milliseconds and the MF is only suitable for low speed environment. Compared with the traditional optical devices, the magnetic fluid based optical devices have the tuning ability. Compared with the tunable optical devices (the electro-optic devices (LiNbO3) of more than 10 GHz modulation speed, acoustic-optic devices (Ge) of more than 20 MHz modulation speed), the speed of the magnetic fluid based optical devices is low. Now there are many applications of magnetic fluid based on the refractive index in the field of optical information communication and sensing technology, such as tunable beam splitter, optical-fiber modulator, tunable optical gratings, tunable optical filter, optical logic device, tunable interferometer, and electromagnetic sensor. With the development of the research and application of magnetic fluid,a new method, structure and material to improve the response time can be found, which will play an important role in the fields of optical information communication and sensing technology.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Needle-probe system for the measurement of tissue refractive index

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    Zysk, Adam M.; Adie, Steven G.; Armstrong, Julian J.; Leigh, Matthew S.; Paduch, Alexandre; Nguyen, Freddy T.; Sampson, David D.; Boppart, Stephen A.

    2007-02-01

    Needle-based devices, which are in wide clinical use for needle biopsy procedures, may be augmented by suitable optical techniques for the localization and diagnosis of diseased tissue. Tissue refractive index is one optical contrast mechanism with diagnostic potential. In the case of mammary tissue, for example, recent research indicates that refractive index variations between tissue types may be useful for the identification of cancerous tissue. While many coherence-based forward-sensing devices have been developed to detect scattering changes, none have demonstrated refractive index measurement capabilities. We present a novel needle-based device that is capable of simultaneously measuring refractive index and scattering. Coupled to the sample arm of an optical coherence tomography system, the needle device detects the scattering response and optical pathlength through tissue residing in a fixed-width channel. Near-infrared measurements of tissues and materials with known optical properties using a prototype device will be presented. This work demonstrates the feasibility of integrated in vivo measurement of refractive index and scattering in conjunction with existing clinical needle-based devices.

  3. GaAs Refractive Index Dependence On Carrier Density and Optimizing Terahertz Devices

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    Kim, Christopher; Wu, Dong Ho; Graber, Benjamin

    GaAs is used for various applications, including high speed transistors, high-efficiency photovoltaic cells, electro-optics and terahertz (THz) emitters and detectors. To date, information on the refractive index of GaAs is available only over a limited wave spectrum of 0.2-17um, where the refractive index varies from 1.3 to 5.0. As detailed information on the refractive index of GaAs at THz frequencies is not available or inadequate for our effort to develop an improved GaAs-based THz emitter, we experimentally investigated the behavior of the refractive index of GaAs for different charge carrier densities, especially with or without the presence of surface plasma. Using a Time Domain THz Spectrometer, which is capable of measuring THz pulses containing a wave spectrum over 100-3000um with a time accuracy better than 6 femtoseconds, we measured the delay of THz pulses traversing through a GaAs substrate of known thickness while modulating the charge carrier concentration. From the experimental data we estimated the refractive index for THz frequencies to vary from 3.5 to 3.8 for different charge carrier concentrations. We will discuss details of our experiments and implications of our experimental results, especially for our GaAs-based THz devices.

  4. 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.

  5. Using a laser source to measure the refractive index of glass beads and Debye theory analysis.

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    Li, Shui-Yan; Qin, Shuang; Li, Da-Hai; Wang, Qiong-Hua

    2015-11-20

    Using a monochromatic laser beam to illuminate a homogeneous glass bead, some rainbows will appear around it. This paper concentrates on the study of the scattering intensity distribution and the method of measuring the refractive index for glass beads based on the Debye theory. It is found that the first rainbow due to the scattering superposition of backward light of the low-refractive-index glass beads can be explained approximately with the diffraction, the external reflection plus the one internal reflection, while the second rainbow of high-refractive-index glass beads is due to the contribution from the diffraction, the external reflection, the direct transmission, and the two internal reflections. The scattering intensity distribution is affected by the refractive index, the radius of the glass bead, and the incident beam width. The effects of the refractive index and the glass bead size on the first and second minimum deviation angle position are analyzed in this paper. The results of the measurements agree very well with the specifications. PMID:26836524

  6. 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.

  7. An interference refractometer to measure the pressure and temperature dependence of the refractive index of liquids

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    Appleby, Roger; James, David W.; Bowie, Carol A.

    The design of an interference refractometer, using laser radiation, to determine the pressure and temperature variation of refractive index is reported. The method does not attempt to determine the absolute refractive indices. The performance of the refractometer was tested using water and methanol. The results for a series of solutions of KBr in water are also reported and the results are compared with previous empirical estimates.

  8. The variable refractive index correction algorithm based on a stereo light microscope

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    Pei, W.; Zhu, Y. Y.

    2010-02-01

    Refraction occurs at least twice on both the top and the bottom surfaces of the plastic plate covering the micro channel in a microfluidic chip. The refraction and the nonlinear model of a stereo light microscope (SLM) may severely affect measurement accuracy. In this paper, we study the correlation between optical paths of the SLM and present an algorithm to adjust the refractive index based on the SLM. Our algorithm quantizes the influence of cover plate and double optical paths on the measurement accuracy, and realizes non-destructive, non-contact and precise 3D measurement of a hyaloid and closed container.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Retrieval of size and refractive index of spherical particles by multiangle light scattering: neural network method application.

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    Berdnik, Vladimir V; Loiko, Valery A

    2009-11-10

    A method to retrieve the radius and the relative refractive index of spherical homogeneous nonabsorbing particles by multiangle scattering is proposed. It is based on the formation of noise-resistant functionals of the scattered intensity, which are invariant with respect to the linear homogeneous transformations of an intensity-based signal and approximation of the retrieved parameters' dependence on the functionals by a feed-forward neural network. The neural network was trained by minimization of the mean squared relative error in the range of particle radii from 0.6 mkm up to 13.6 mkm and relative refractive index from 1.015 up to 1.28. In comparison with training on a minimum of the mean squared error, this method enables one to increase the accuracy of the radius retrieval in the range of radii from 0.6 to 2 microm and refractive index in the range from 1.015 to 1.1. The values of intensity of light scattered in the interval of angles 10 degrees-60 degrees are used as input data. If the measurement error is 20%, the mean errors of the radius and relative refractive index are 0.8% and 7%, respectively. The results obtained by the proposed method and by the trial and error method with published experimental data (measured with a scanning flow cytometer) are compared. The maximal difference in the retrieval results of radius and the relative refractive index of particles obtained by both methods is under 5%. PMID:19904314

  12. 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.

  13. Temperature-insensitive refractive index of GaAsBi alloy for laser diode in WDM optical communication

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    Yamashita, K.; Yoshimoto, M.; Oe, K.

    2006-03-01

    We have investigated refractive index dispersion of GaAs1-x Bix alloys, which are promising materials for temperature-insensitive laser diodes. With increasing the GaBi mole fraction x , the refractive index spectrum of the GaAs1-x Bix alloy showed a spectral shift toward the longer wavelength side. The energy shift of the index spectrum becomes small in a sample with larger x . The thermo-optic coefficient was reduced to one third of that for GaAs by introducing GaBi of 2.6% in mole fraction. The results obtained here imply that the Bi-containing alloys are promising for distributed feedback laser diodes with temperature-insensitive lasing wavelength.

  14. Multifractality in depth dependent tissue refractive index variations probed via low-coherence back scattering spectroscopy

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    Dey, Rajib; Das, Nandan K.; Chakraborty, Semanti; Muvva, Sri B.; Ghosh, Nirmalya

    2016-04-01

    We have analyzed here low coherence spectroscopic data by multifractal analysis for obtaining tissue multifratality in depth wise index distribution. Essentially, in this method, a spectral domain interference pattern is recorded in a common path interferometer with a broad band source operated in back scattering mode. The recorded interference spectrum is subjected to Fourier domain processing to compute depth wise index distribution with a resolution of the order of one micron. The experimental set-up was validated, initially, by verifying depths of mica sheet layers and diameter of polystyrene microspheres and later, it was used for assessment of depth wise index (RI) distribution of cervical tissue slices. The structures of cervical tissues at different stages of cancer change rapidly which are manifested in the RI distribution and in turn, are encoded as multi-resolution information. This information can, effectively, be extracted by using multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis (MFDFA), where, multifractal parameters such as Hurst exponent h(q = 2) and width of singularity spectrum (Δα) show definitive change as cancer progresses from grade I to grade II. Moreover, the depth distribution of RI exhibited stronger multifractality (increased Δα) and considerably weakened correlations (decreased h(q = 2)) for tissues with higher pathological grades. Therefore, the technique of low coherence back-scattered (LCBS) interferometry bears a promise of using depth distribution of tissue refractive index and MFDFA analysis appears as a label free biomarker to detect cancer at early.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Perturbation theory for the refractive index mismatch between the inclusion and the surrounding tissues

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    Chai, Chenggang; Liu, Quan

    2016-08-01

    Tissue refractive index is one optical contrast mechanism with diagnostic potential, it is very important to investigate the effect of the refractive index mismatch on light propagation through diffusive regions. Here, we present a new analytical solution of perturbation theory for the refractive index mismatch between the small spherical inclusion and the surrounding tissues. The solution has been used to implement fitting procedures in order to obtain the optical properties of a heterogeneous sphere in semi-infinite medium from measurements of diffuse reflectance. Finally, perturbation theory has been validated by comparisons with the results of Monte Carlo simulation. The new perturbation theory would provide a basis for allowing early disease diagnosis and automatic screening.

  19. 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

    2015-08-01

    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.

  20. Index of Refraction Measurements and Window Corrections for PMMA under Shock Compression

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    Chapman, David; Eakins, Daniel; Williamson, David; Proud, William

    2011-06-01

    Symmetric plate impact experiments were performed to investigate the change in the refractive index of PMMA under shock loading. Flyer and target geometries allowed the measurement of shock velocity, particle velocity, and refractive index in the shocked state, using the simultaneous application of VISAR (532 nm) and Het-V (1550 nm). The change in refractive index of PMMA as a function of density is generally considered to be well described by the Gladstone-Dale relationship, meaning that the ``apparent'' velocity measured by a laser velocity interferometer is the ``true'' velocity, and hence there is no window correction. The results presented characterise the accuracy of this assumption at peak stresses up to 2 GPa.

  1. Simultaneous retrieval of the complex refractive index and particle size distribution.

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    Ren, Yatao; Qi, Hong; Chen, Qin; Ruan, Liming; Tan, Heping

    2015-07-27

    A secondary optimization technique is proposed that allows the complex refractive index and particle size distribution (PSD) to be retrieved simultaneously by using the diffuse transmittance (T), diffuse reflectance (R), and collimated transmittance (T(c)) of a 1-D spherical particle systems as measured values. In the proposed method, two 1-D experimental samples of different thicknesses were exposed to continuous wave lasers of two different wavelengths. First, T, R, and T(c) were calculated by solving the radiative transfer equation. Then, the complex refractive index and PSDs were retrieved simultaneously by applying the inversion technique, quantum particle swarm optimization. However, the estimated results of the PSDs proved to be inaccurate. Hence, a secondary optimization was performed to improve the accuracy of the PSDs on the basis of the first optimization process. The results showed that the proposed technique can estimate the complex refractive index and particle size distribution accurately. PMID:26367593

  2. Hybrid optical fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer for simultaneous measurement of gas refractive index and temperature.

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    Wang, Ruohui; Qiao, Xueguang

    2014-11-10

    We present a hybrid miniature optical fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer for simultaneous measurement of gas refractive index and temperature. The interferometer is fabricated by cascading two short sections of capillary tubes with different inner diameters. One extrinsic interferometer is based on the air gap cavity formed by the capillary tube with large diameter. Another section of capillary tube with small inner diameter performs as an intrinsic interferometer and also provides a channel enabling gas to enter and leave the extrinsic cavity freely. The experiment shows that the different dips or peaks in fringe exhibit different responses to the changes in gas refractive index and temperature. Owing to this feature, simultaneous measurement of the gas refractive index and temperature can be realized. PMID:25402996

  3. Efficient approximations of dispersion relations in optical waveguides with varying refractive-index profiles.

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    Li, Yutian; Zhu, Jianxin

    2015-05-01

    In this paper we consider the problem of computing the eigen-modes for the varying refractive-index profile in an open waveguide. We first approximate the refractive-index by a piecewise polynomial of degree two, and the corresponding Sturm-Liouville problem (eigenvalue problem) of the Helmholtz operator in each layer can be solved analytically by the Kummer functions. Then, analytical approximate dispersion equations are established for both TE and TM cases. Furthermore, the approximate dispersion equations converge fast to the exact ones for the continuous refractive-index function as the maximum value of the subinterval sizes tends to zero. Suitable numerical methods, such as Müller's method or the chord secant method, may be applied to the dispersion relations to compute the eigenmodes. Numerical simulations show that our method is very practical and efficient for computing eigenmodes. PMID:25969285

  4. Simultaneous liquid level and refractive index measurements with a POF-based sensor

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    Selleri, Stefano; Poli, Federica; Foroni, Matteo; Cucinotta, Annamaria

    2007-05-01

    A plastic optical fiber sensor that permits a simultaneous measure of liquid level and refractive index has been developed. The device has been realized with a fiber pair of two standard plastic optical fiber, which represent the probe of the proposed sensor. One of the fibers transmits the light towards the liquid under test through a lens. The reflected light is collected by the second fiber to a photodiode, whose output is amplified and sent to a processing electronic circuit. Different liquids have been considered for the measurements. A maximum distance of about 130 cm has been obtained. Moreover, for a fixed distance value, the highest output voltage has been reached with the liquid under test characterized by the highest refractive index value. In order to understand this behaviour, measurements have been performed by adding different quantities of sugar in the water, thus changing its refractive index.

  5. 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.

  6. Measurement of the refractive index of hemoglobin solutions for a continuous spectral region

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

    2015-01-01

    Determination of the refractive index of hemoglobin solutions over a wide wavelength range remains challenging. A famous detour approach is the Kramers-Kronig (KK) analysis which can resolve the real part of complex refractive index from the imaginary part. However, KK analysis is limited by the contradiction between the requirement of semi-infinite frequency range and limited measured range. In this paper, based on the Multi-curve fitting method (MFM), continuous refractive index dispersion (CRID) of oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobin solutions are measured using a homemade symmetrical arm-linked apparatus in the continuous wavelength range with spectral resolution of about 0.259nm. A novel method to obtain the CRID is proposed. PMID:26203379

  7. Electrically tunable refractive index in the dark conglomerate phase of a bent-core liquid crystal

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    Nagaraj, M.; Görtz, V.; Goodby, J. W.; Gleeson, H. F.

    2014-01-01

    Here we report an electrically tunable refractive index observed in an isotropic liquid crystal phase known as the dark conglomerate (DC) phase. This unusual change in the refractive index which has not been reported before in the DC phase of other bent-core liquid crystals occurs because of a series of electric-field-driven transformations that take place in the DC phase of the studied bent-core liquid crystal. These transformations give rise to a decrease in the refractive index of the system, when an electric field is applied across the device, and no change in the birefringence is seen during such behavior. The electro-optic phenomenon is described in detail and the possibility of exploiting this for a number of liquid crystal based device applications is discussed.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Atmospheric refraction: Applied image analysis and experimental example for index profile with curvature

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    Short, Daniel; Voelz, David; Barraza, Jose; Dragulin, Ivan

    2016-05-01

    In this work we consider atmospheric refractive bending and its effects on long-range imaging along a horizontal path. Refraction can impact the ability of a remote sensing or image system to accurately locate objects and determine their apparent proportions. We use a low-cost commercial camera operating in a time-lapse mode for refraction studies and have been recording images of a building that is 15.3 km west of the camera. Based on the paraxial ray equation, a solution for ray height and angle is obtained for a refractive index profile with curvature. A curved index profile can produce the effects of towering (stretching) and stooping (compression). The curvature parameter for the average atmospheric index profile between the camera and target can be derived from an analysis of the images collected by the camera system. We show example images where the building (33 m height) appears to stretch by 5.1 m and calculate a refractive index curvature parameter of 6.0x10-5 m-2.

  11. Negative refractive index, perfect lenses and checkerboards: Trapping and imaging effects in folded optical spaces

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    Guenneau, Sébastien; Ramakrishna, S. Anantha

    2009-06-01

    Newly discovered metamaterials have opened new vistas for better control of light via negative refraction, whereby light refracts in the "wrong" manner. These are dielectric and metallic composite materials structured at subwavelength lengthscales. Their building blocks consist of local resonators such as conducting thin bars and split rings driving the material parameters such as the dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability to negative (complex) values. Combined together, these structural elements can bring about a (complex valued) negative effective refractive index for the Snell-Descartes law and result in negative refraction of radiation. Negative refractive index materials can support a host of surface plasmon states for both polarizations of light. This makes possible unique effects such as imaging with subwavelength image resolution through the Pendry-Veselago slab lens. Other geometries have also been investigated, such as cylindrical or spherical lenses that enable a magnification of images with subwavelength resolution. Superlenses of three-fold (equilateral triangle), four-fold (square) and six-fold (hexagonal) geometry allow for multiple images, respectively two, three, and five. Generalization to rectangular and triangular checkerboards consisting of alternating cells of positive and negative refractive index represents a very singular situation in which the density of modes diverges at the corners, with an infinity of images. Sine-cosecant anisotropic heterogeneous square and triangular checkerboards can be respectively mapped onto three-dimensional cubic and icosahedral corner lenses consisting of alternating positive and negative refractive regions. All such systems with corners between negative and positive refractive media display very singular behavior with the local density of states becoming infinitely large at the corner, in the limit of no dissipation. We investigate all of these, using the unifying viewpoint of transformation optics

  12. 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.

  13. 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

    2009-08-18

    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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. Virtual Excitation and Multiple Scattering Correction Terms to the Neutron Index of Refraction for Hydrogen

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    Schoen, K.; Snow, W. M.; Kaiser, H.; Werner, S. A.

    2005-01-01

    The neutron index of refraction is generally derived theoretically in the Fermi approximation. However, the Fermi approximation neglects the effects of the binding of the nuclei of a material as well as multiple scattering. Calculations by Nowak introduced correction terms to the neutron index of refraction that are quadratic in the scattering length and of order 10−3 fm for hydrogen and deuterium. These correction terms produce a small shift in the final value for the coherent scattering length of H2 in a recent neutron interferometry experiment. PMID:27308132

  18. Equivalent lenses of supersonic seeker's outflow refractive index field obtained by simulation and experiment

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    Wei, Qun; Jia, Hongguang; Xuan, Ming

    2008-12-01

    In order to decrease the aerodynamic drag of supersonic image guide missile and design a non-spherical dome, the outflow field of the missile's dome is simulated using FLUENT. Based on the simulated results, the accurate density field of the outflow field at all kinds of flight conditions is obtained, and then the refractive index field of the outflow field is gotten according to the Gladstone-Dale law. The results show that the shock wave induces the heterogeneity of the refractive index field and the turbulent causes distortion. The outflow field is divided into several zones which are taken as equivalent lenses for aberration analysis.

  19. Spatial light modulation based on photoinduced change in the complex refractive index of bacteriorhodopsin

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    Takei, Hiroyuki; Shimizu, Norio

    1996-04-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin exhibits photoinduced changes in both absorption and refractive index at 633 nm. To explore the possibility of exploiting this property in constructing a photoaddressed spatial light modulator, we investigated the transmission property of a Fabry-Perot interferometer containing a bacteriorhodopsin thin film. Film was formed that had a phase shift of pi /4 and sufficient interference fringe contrast for spatial light modulation. This establishes the possibility of constructing a spatial light modulator that features nonlinear input-output characteristics and can operate at moderate light intensities of the order of tens of milliwatts per centimeter square. spatial light modulation, complex refractive index.

  20. Simultaneous measurement of group refractive index and thickness of optical samples using optical coherence tomography

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    Cheng, Hsu-Chih; Liu, Yi-Cheng

    2010-02-10

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT), based on a Michelson interferometer and utilizing low coherence light as the optical source, is a novel technique for the noninvasive imaging of optical scattering media. A simple OCT scheme based on a 3x3 fiber coupler is presented for the simultaneous measurement of the refractive index and thickness of optical samples. The proposed system enables the refractive index and thickness to be determined without any prior knowledge of the sample parameters and is characterized by a simple and compact configuration, a straightforward measurement procedure, and a low cost. The feasibility of the proposed approach is demonstrated experimentally using BK7 and B270 optical glass samples.

  1. 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.}

  2. Determination of refraction nonlinear index, for effect thermal, of solutions with nanoparticles of gold

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    Olivares-Vargas, A.; Trejo-Durán, M.; Alvarado-Méndez, E.; Cornejo-Monroy, D.; Mata-Chávez, R. I.; Estudillo-Ayala, J. M.; Castaño-Meneses, V.

    2013-09-01

    Research of nonlinear optical properties of materials for manufacturing opto-electronic devices, had a great growth in the last years. The solutions with nanoparticle metals present nonlinear optical properties. In this work we present the results of characterizing, analyzing and determining the magnitude and sign of the nonlinear refractive index, using the z-scan technique in solutions with nanoparticles of gold, lipoic acid and sodium chloride. We used a continuous Argon laser at 514 nm with variable power, an 18 cms lens, and a chopper. We determined the nonlinear refractive index in the order of 10-9. These materials have potential applications mainly as optical limiters.

  3. 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.

  4. Effect of Solvent on Nonlinear Refractive Index of 2-(2‧-HYDROXYPHENYL) Benzoxazole

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    ZHANG, GUILAN; XIONG, FEIBING; ZHANG, BAO; TANG, GUOQING; CHEN, WENJU; WANG, LIANYING; BAI, YUBAI

    Nonlinear refractive indexes n2 of 2-(2‧-hydroxyphenyl) benzoxazole (HBO) in three species of solvent (cyclohexane, ethanol and dimethyl sulfoxide) have been determined by using the Z-scan technique. The experimental results show that the n2 of HBO is strongly dependent on the polarity of the solvent. Through the study on the absorption and fluorescence spectra of HBO in different solvents, we regard that the principal origin of the nonlinear refractive index of HBO is not the thermal effect because of absorption of incident light but the excited state intramolecular proton transfer of HBO under the incident light.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

    2010-11-01

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Determination of the refractive index of glucose-ethanol-water mixtures using spectroscopic refractometry near the critical angle.

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    Sobral, H; Peña-Gomar, M

    2015-10-01

    A spectroscopic refractometer was used to investigate the dispersion curves of ethanol and D-glucose solutions in water near the critical angle; here, the reflectivity was measured using a white source. Dispersion curves were obtained in the 320-1000 nm wavelength range with a resolution better than 10(-4) for the refractive index, n. The differential refractive index is measured as a function of wavelength, and a simple expression is proposed to obtain the refractive index of the glucose-ethanol-water ternary system. Using this expression, combined with the experimental differential refractive index values, the concentrations of individual components can be calculated. PMID:26479623

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Effect of substrate index of refraction on the design of antireflection coatings

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    Willey, Ronald R.

    2011-09-01

    Formulae to estimate the average percent reflectance (Rave) of a broadband antireflection (AR) coating as a function of the bandwidth (B), the overall thickness (C), the index of refraction of the last layer (L), and the difference between the indices of the high- and low-index layers (D) were reported in 1991. Various refinements of these formulae and other insights into the underlying behavior of such coating designs have been reported up until the present time. Dobrowolski, et al.6 and Tikhonravov, et al.7 have also added independent viewpoints to this subject over this period. In the previous studies, the effects of the index of refraction of the substrate have mostly been ignored and have appeared to be very minor. This study has investigated the influence of the substrate index on the Rave results. It has been found that there seem to be two classes of designs with respect to the effect of substrate index. In the class of "step down" AR designs, there is a significant effect, in the other class, there is no significant effect. Even in the step-down case, there is no effect of substrate index if any and all indices of refraction for the coating materials are available from that of the index of the substrate to the index of the media.

  15. 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.

  16. Air and dielectric bands photonic crystal microringresonator for refractive index sensing.

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    Urbonas, Darius; Balčytis, Armandas; Vaškevičius, Konstantinas; Gabalis, Martynas; Petruškevičius, Raimondas

    2016-08-01

    We present the experimental and numerical analysis of a microring resonator with an integrated one-dimensional photonic crystal fabricated on a silicon-on-insulator platform and show its applicability in bulk refractive index sensing. The photonic crystal is formed by periodically patterned, partially etched cylindrical perforations, whose induced photonic bandgap is narrower than the range of measurable wavelengths (1520-1620 nm). Of particular interest is that the microring operates in both air and dielectric bands, and the sensitivities of the resonances on both edges of the bandgap were investigated. We showed that a higher field localization inside the volume of the perforations for the air band mode leads to an increase in sensitivity. PMID:27472642

  17. Propagation of Gaussian beams through inhomogeneous cylinders with shock-like profiles of refractive index: Grazing incidence case

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    Adamovsky, Grigory

    1997-08-01

    Wave propagation in inhomogeneous media has been studied for such diverse applications as propagation of radiowaves in the atmosphere, light propagation through thin films and in inhomogeneous waveguides, flow visualization, and others. In recent years an increased interest has been developed in the wave propagation through shocks generated in supersonic flows. Historically these shocks have been treated as discontinuities in refractive index profiles. However, a profile of the refractive index across the shock possesses a finite thickness and gradient. Geometry of the inhomogeneity also had an impact. This dissertation reports on modeling and numerical analysis of wave propagation through inhomogeneous media with shock-like profiles of refractive indexes. In particular, effects of geometry of inhomogeneities and the refractive index profile are addressed. The subject of study is a dielectric penetrable circular cylinder with a cylindrically symmetric profile of the refractive index illuminated by a two dimensional Gaussian beam. The propagation vector of the beam is normal to the long axis of the cylinder. The beam is a sheet of light with Gaussian profile along a direction normal to both, the propagation vector and the long axis of the cylinder. The incident electromagnetic field is a TM wave with the electric field vector being parallel to the long axis of the cylinder. The refractive index of the cylinder has a shock-like profile. In the dissertation, the refractive index profile of such a medium is described and the wave propagation phenomena through a such medium is formulated. The wavefront that emerges after passing through the inhomogeneous cylinder described above is propagated to a remotely located screen using the Fresnel diffraction equation. The resultant pattern is evaluated. Thus the method is a hybrid one. The first part of the method is to propagate the incident Gaussian beam through an inhomogeneous medium of a given profile. The second part is

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Thermally induced refractive index gradients in a dye-laser cell

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    Burshtein, Z.; Levron, D.; Bialolenker, G.

    1988-11-01

    The program GABI calculates refractive index gradients generated in a dye solution, flowing in a planar cell, and pumped by a repetitively pulsed copper vapor laser beam. The calculation results serve for design evaluation and selection of optimal pump geometry, dye solvent and dye solution flow velocity.

  4. Calculation of the refractive index of metal on the basis of nonlocal potential theory

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    Chrzanowski, Janusz

    2008-12-01

    In this paper a quantative discussion upon the frequency dependence of the refractive index of metal, in wide range of frequency, is performed on the basis of nonlocal potential theory connected with the concept of quasiparticles. Obtained results, for chosen metals, have been compared to evidence.

  5. 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.

  6. 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, expressions provide the temperature distribution and heat flow for a diffusing medium with a continually 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Rapid Inversion of Angular Deflection Data for Certain Axisymmetric Refractive Index Distributions

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    Rubinstein, R.; Greenberg, P. S.

    1994-01-01

    Certain functions useful for representing axisymmetric refractive-index distributions are shown to have exact solutions for Abel transformation of the resulting angular deflection data. An advantage of this procedure over direct numerical Abel inversion is that least-squares curve fitting is a smoothing process that reduces the noise sensitivity of the computation

  9. 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...

  10. 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

  11. Design and characteristics of refractive index sensor based on thinned and microstructure fiber Bragg grating.

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    Huang, Xue-Feng; Chen, Zhe-Min; Shao, Li-Yang; Cen, Ke-Fa; Sheng, De-Ren; Chen, Jun; Zhou, Hao

    2008-02-01

    A refractive index sensor based on the thinned and microstructure fiber Bragg grating (ThMs-FBG) was proposed and realized as a chemical sensing. The numerical simulation for the reflectance spectrum of the ThMs-FBG was calculated and the phase shift down-peak could be observed from the reflectance spectrum. Many factors influencing the reflectance spectrum were considered in detail for simulation, including the etched depth, length, and position. The sandwich-solution etching method was utilized to realize the microstructure of the ThMs-FBG, and the photographs of the microstructure were obtained. Experimental results demonstrated that the reflectance spectrum, phase shift down-peak wavelength, and reflected optical intensity of the ThMs-FBG all depended on the surrounding refractive index. However, only the down-peak wavelength of the ThMs-FBG changed with the surrounding temperature. Under the condition that the length and cladding diameter of the ThMs-FBG microstructure were 800 and 14 mum, respectively, and the position of the microstructure of the ThMs-FBG is in the middle of grating region, the refractive index sensitivity of the ThMs-FBG was 0.79 nm/refractive index unit with the wide range of 1.33-1.457 and a high resolution of 1.2 x 10(-3). The temperature sensitivity was 0.0103 nm/ degrees C, which was approximately equal to that of common FBG. PMID:18239709

  12. 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.

  13. Lasing without inversion and enhancement of the index of refraction via interference of incoherent pump processes

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    Fleischhauer, M.; Keitel, C. H.; Scully, M. O.; Su, C.

    1992-01-01

    For the Λ quantum beat laser we investigate the generation of coherence between the two lower levels via incoherent pumping of these two levels to a fourth auxiliary level. It will be shown that this way of establishing coherence also leads to lasing without inversion and to an enhancement of the index of refraction at a point of vanishing absorption.

  14. Refractive index sensing characteristics of dual resonances in rectangular fractal nano-apertures

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    Aslan, Ekin; Turkmen, Mustafa

    2015-08-01

    Aperture based sensing platforms can be useful for both gas and bio-sensing applications. In this study, we investigate the refractive index sensing characteristics of dual resonances in rectangular fractal nanoapertures. By taking the advantages coming from its aperture based nature and dual band resonant behavior, one can use this platform to detect two different chemical/bio-molecules simultaneously. For the numerical analysis, we study the rectangular fractal nanoantenna array through the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. We also introduce a fine tuning mechanism for adjusting the resonance frequencies which is important for the sensing applications. Then, we demonstrate the results of refractive index sensitivity tests in order to show the behavior of the structure against the refractive index changes. In these tests, we embed our sensing platform into different cladding media and obtain the refractive index sensing characteristics of dual resonances. Due to the dual-resonant behavior with easily accessible ultra-high-field localization characteristics, the proposed sensing platform can be a good candidate for ultra-sensitive chemical- and bio-sensing applications.

  15. 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

  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. Time-resolved refractive index and absorption mapping of light-plasma filaments in water.

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    Minardi, Stefano; Gopal, Amrutha; Tatarakis, Michael; Couairon, Arnaud; Tamosauskas, Gintaras; Piskarskas, Rimtautas; Dubietis, Audrius; Di Trapani, Paolo

    2008-01-01

    By means of a quantitative shadowgraphic method, we performed a space-time characterization of the refractive index variation and transient absorption induced by a light-plasma filament generated by a 120 fs laser pulse in water. The formation and evolution of the plasma channel in the proximity of the nonlinear focus were observed with a 23 fs time resolution. PMID:18157267

  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. Optical coherence tomography imaging of microfluidic pattern with different refractive index contrast

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    Hu, Zhixiong; Hao, Bingtao; Liu, Wenli; Hong, Baoyu

    2014-11-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology is analogous to ultrasound imaging, except that OCT employs light instead of sound. The non-invasive imaging method works by projecting light on test target and detecting the backscattering from the underlying layers. As the OCT technology is based on optical interference, the internal structural features and inhomogeneities induced by different refractive index contrast could be detected and displayed in the form of a gray scale or false color image. In this paper, a typical microfluidic device was produced and measured by a spectral domain OCT instrument. The internal dimensions of the lab-on-chip device were determined using the OCT imaging technology and were in agreement with results obtained with conventional confocal microscope. In order to study the effect of different refractive index contrast on OCT imaging, fluid with various refractive indexes was injected into the microfluidic channel respectively, and the acquired OCT images of the internal microfluidic channel were compared. The results demonstrate that optical coherence tomography could be used as a new metrology tool to determine the internal channel dimensions of lab-on-chip devices. Furthermore, the experiment results reveal the relations between the refractive index contrast and OCT image quality.

  20. Effect of optical pumping on the refractive index and temperature in the core of active fibre

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    Gainov, V V; Ryabushkin, Oleg A

    2011-09-30

    This paper examines the refractive index change (RIC) induced in the core of Yb{sup 3+}-doped active silica fibres by pulsed pumping. RIC kinetic measurements with a Mach - Zehnder interferometer make it possible to separately assess the contributions of the electronic and thermal mechanisms to the RIC and evaluate temperature nonuniformities in the fibre.

  1. 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

  2. Surface Wave Cloak from Graded Refractive Index Nanocomposites

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    La Spada, L.; McManus, T. M.; Dyke, A.; Haq, S.; Zhang, L.; Cheng, Q.; Hao, Y.

    2016-01-01

    Recently, a great deal of interest has been re-emerged on the possibility to manipulate surface waves, in particular, towards the THz and optical regime. Both concepts of Transformation Optics (TO) and metamaterials have been regarded as one of key enablers for such applications in applied electromagnetics. In this paper, we experimentally demonstrate for the first time a dielectric surface wave cloak from engineered gradient index materials to illustrate the possibility of using nanocomposites to control surface wave propagation through advanced additive manufacturing. The device is designed analytically and validated through numerical simulations and measurements, showing good agreement and performance as an effective surface wave cloak. The underlying design approach has much wider applications, which span from microwave to optics for the control of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) and radiation of nanoantennas. PMID:27416815

  3. Surface Wave Cloak from Graded Refractive Index Nanocomposites.

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    La Spada, L; McManus, T M; Dyke, A; Haq, S; Zhang, L; Cheng, Q; Hao, Y

    2016-01-01

    Recently, a great deal of interest has been re-emerged on the possibility to manipulate surface waves, in particular, towards the THz and optical regime. Both concepts of Transformation Optics (TO) and metamaterials have been regarded as one of key enablers for such applications in applied electromagnetics. In this paper, we experimentally demonstrate for the first time a dielectric surface wave cloak from engineered gradient index materials to illustrate the possibility of using nanocomposites to control surface wave propagation through advanced additive manufacturing. The device is designed analytically and validated through numerical simulations and measurements, showing good agreement and performance as an effective surface wave cloak. The underlying design approach has much wider applications, which span from microwave to optics for the control of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) and radiation of nanoantennas. PMID:27416815

  4. Surface Wave Cloak from Graded Refractive Index Nanocomposites

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    La Spada, L.; McManus, T. M.; Dyke, A.; Haq, S.; Zhang, L.; Cheng, Q.; Hao, Y.

    2016-07-01

    Recently, a great deal of interest has been re-emerged on the possibility to manipulate surface waves, in particular, towards the THz and optical regime. Both concepts of Transformation Optics (TO) and metamaterials have been regarded as one of key enablers for such applications in applied electromagnetics. In this paper, we experimentally demonstrate for the first time a dielectric surface wave cloak from engineered gradient index materials to illustrate the possibility of using nanocomposites to control surface wave propagation through advanced additive manufacturing. The device is designed analytically and validated through numerical simulations and measurements, showing good agreement and performance as an effective surface wave cloak. The underlying design approach has much wider applications, which span from microwave to optics for the control of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) and radiation of nanoantennas.

  5. 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.

  6. Goniometer-spectrometer for index of refraction measurements from the near UV through the near IR

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    Ulbrich, Gerd J.; Trede, Jens

    1990-10-01

    The Ml I erWede Goni ometer-Spectrometer Model 2 is a medi urn-high accuracy instrument for the determination of prism angles and index of refraction in the visible wavelength range (400-700nrn) With its automatic Heidenhain rotary encoder the instrument is capab''e of absolute accuracy to I O arcsec for prism angle measurements and i x I 05 for index of refraction measurements. Recently we have developed a modified version of this instrument to provide absolute index of refraction measurements in the wavelength range from the UV through the near IR (254nm-2325 nm). The absolute accuracy for index of refraction measurements in the range is j INIRQDILTIQt4 The classical methods of Rudberg and Franhoer are still the most accurate means of determining the absolute index oT refraction or bulk optical materials. Both methods utilize a collimator and telescope pair which are both focused at inflnity. The former is normally flxed and the latter is mounted on a goniometer arm equipped with a precision graduated circle to provide absolute angular position of the telescope. The collimator is used to project the slit image o various spectral lines through a prism made from the material to be tested Usually spectral lamps are used for the light sources but lasers have also been used. The telescope and the sample prism are each rotated about the vertical axis of the goniometer so that each is set at proper angle to produce a minimum angle of deflection of the projected slit image with the desired wavelength. The goniometer arm and telescope are then fine-adjusted so that the slit image 32 / SPIE Vol. 1327 Properties and Characteristics of Optical Glass II (1990)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Influence of vibrations and rotations of diatomic molecules on their physical properties: II. Refractive index, reactivity and diffusion coefficients

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    Sharipov, Alexander S.; Loukhovitski, Boris I.; Starik, Alexander M.

    2016-06-01

    The influence of the excitation of vibrational and rotational states of diatomic molecules (H2, N2, O2, NO, OH, CO, CH, HF and HCl) on refractive index, reactivity and transport coefficients was analyzed by using ab initio calculated data on the effective state-specific dipole moment and static polarizability obtained in the preceding paper of the present series. It has been revealed that, for non-polar molecules, the excitation both of vibrational and rotational degrees of freedom increases the averaged polarizability and, as a consequence, the refractive index. Meanwhile, for polar molecules, the effect of molecule excitation is more complex: it can either increase or decrease the refractive index. It was also shown that the excitation of molecules slightly influences the rate constants of barrierless chemical reactions between neutral particles; whereas, for ion–molecule reactions, this effect can be more pronounced. Analysis of the variation of diffusion coefficients, taking into account the effect of molecule excitation both on the collision diameter and on the well depth of intermolecular potential, exhibited that, for non-polar molecules, the effect associated with the change of collision diameter prevails. However, for polar molecules, the effect of the excitation of vibrational states on the well depth of intermolecular potential can compensate or even exceed the decrease of diffusion coefficient due to the averaged collision diameter rise.

  10. Initial temporal and spatial changes of the refractive index induced by focused femtosecond pulsed laser irradiation inside a glass

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    Sakakura, Masaaki; Terazima, Masahide

    2005-01-01

    The temporal and spatial developments of the refractive-index change in a focal region of a femtosecond-laser pulse inside a soda-lime glass is investigated by the transient lens (TrL) method with a time resolution of subpicosecond. In the TrL signal, the oscillation with about an 800-ps period is observed until about 2000 ps. In order to explain the oscillation, the thermoelastic response of a heated material by a short pulsed laser is calculated. It is found that the TrL signal calculated based on the thermoelastic calculation reproduces the observed oscillating signal very well, even though the calculated density at the focal region does not oscillate. The essential feature of the oscillation can be explained in terms of the pressure wave generation and propagation in the outward direction from the irradiated region. Based on the pressure-wave propagation and the phase-retrieval method, the temporal evolution of the refractive-index distribution inside a glass is obtained from the probe-beam deformation (TrL image) at various delay times between the pump and probe pulses. Two phases of the refractive-index increase at the laser focal region were observed in a range of 20-100 and 500-700 ps, which may cause a permanent refractive-index increase in the laser focal region inside a glass. We discuss the effect of the laser pulse duration on the material deformation process in the laser-irradiated region. This study clearly shows the initial process of the material deformation dynamics inside a glass after femtosecond laser irradiation.

  11. 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.

  12. Determination of the refractive index difference caused by the birefringence of FA (II) centers in KCl:Li

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    Silfsten, Pertti; Ketolainen, Pertti

    1991-11-01

    A method is described for determining the refractive index difference caused by the birefringence of oriented FA (II) centers in KCl:Li crystals. It is shown that the portion induced by the birefringence can be separated from an absorption spectrum measured through a polarizer-analyzer system. From this portion the refractive index difference can then be calculated with ease.

  13. Dynamical measurement of refractive index distribution using digital holographic interferometry based on total internal reflection.

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    Zhang, Jiwei; Di, Jianglei; Li, Ying; Xi, Teli; Zhao, Jianlin

    2015-10-19

    We present a method for dynamically measuring the refractive index distribution in a large range based on the combination of digital holographic interferometry and total internal reflection. A series of holograms, carrying the index information of mixed liquids adhered on a total reflection prism surface, are recorded with CCD during the diffusion process. Phase shift differences of the reflected light are reconstructed exploiting the principle of double-exposure holographic interferometry. According to the relationship between the reflection phase shift difference and the liquid index, two dimensional index distributions can be directly figured out, assuming that the index of air near the prism surface is constant. The proposed method can also be applied to measure the index of solid media and monitor the index variation during some chemical reaction processes. PMID:26480394

  14. Natural media with negative index of refraction: Perspectives of complex transition metal oxides (Review Article)

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    Fertman, E. L.; Beznosov, A. B.

    2011-07-01

    The capabilities of perovskite-like compounds with the effect of colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) and some other complex oxides to have a negative index of refraction (NIR) are considered. Physical properties of these compounds are also analyzed from the standpoint of designing tunable metamaterials on their base. Of particular interest are temperature and magnetic field driven first-order transformations in oxides with perovskite structure and in spinels. These transformations give rise to nanophase separated states, using which the properties of negative refraction can be affected. The magnetic-field controlled metamaterials with CMR oxides as a boundary NIR media for a photonic crystal are discussed.

  15. Sensitive hydrogen peroxide content measurement technology using refractive-index-based optical device

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    Peng, Bao-jin; Ying, Chao-Fu; Ye, Hui-qun; Zhao, Yong; Liu, Yun-Tao

    2005-01-01

    Monitoring of water quality is essential to modern life. Not only is it a major factor in safeguarding public health, high quality freshwater is also a key input in agriculture and many industrial process. A preliminary prototype for hydrogen peroxide content in water is setup and introduced. Based on the detection of beam deviation due to the refractive index changes of the aqueous hydrogen peroxide solution, hydrogen peroxide content can be measured by a position-sensitive detector. Measurement principle is theoretically described. Experimental results indicate the feasibility of the developed system. Not like intensity-modulated refractive index sensor which necessitates a stable light source, this sensor exploits the beam deviation due to optical refraction at the receiving end face of the measurement cell, which is caused by changes in refractive index with different hydrogen peroxide content in water. Hydrogen peroxide content measurement resolution can reach about 0.01% within the measurement range from distilled water to hydrogen peroxide content of 30%.

  16. A Multi-D-Shaped Optical Fiber for Refractive Index Sensing

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    Chen, Chien-Hsing; Tsao, Tzu-Chein; Tang, Jaw-Luen; Wu, Wei-Te

    2010-01-01

    A novel class of multi-D-shaped optical fiber suited for refractive index measurements is presented. The multi-D-shaped optical fiber was constructed by forming several D-sections in a multimode optical fiber at localized regions with femtosecond laser pulses. The total number of D-shaped zones fabricated could range from three to seven. Each D-shaped zone covered a sensor volume of 100 μm depth, 250 μm width, and 1 mm length. The mean roughness of the core surface obtained by the AFM images was 231.7 nm, which is relatively smooth. Results of the tensile test indicated that the fibers have sufficient mechanical strength to resist damage from further processing. The multi-D-shaped optical fiber as a high sensitive refractive-index sensor to detect changes in the surrounding refractive index was studied. The results for different concentrations of sucrose solution show that a resolution of 1.27 × 10−3–3.13 × 10−4 RIU is achieved for refractive indices in the range of 1.333 to 1.403, suggesting that the multi-D-shaped fibers are attractive for chemical, biological, and biochemical sensing with aqueous solutions. PMID:22399908

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. High Accuracy Ultraviolet Index of Refraction Measurements Using a Fourier Transform Spectrometer

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    Gupta, Rajeev; Kaplan, Simon G.

    2003-01-01

    We have constructed a new facility at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to measure the index of refraction of transmissive materials in the wavelength range from the visible to the vacuum ultraviolet. An etalon of the material is illuminated with synchrotron radiation, and the interference fringes in the transmittance spectrum are measured using a Fourier transform spectrometer. The refractive index of calcium fluoride, CaF2, has been measured from 600 nm to 175 nm and the resulting values agree with a traditional goniometric measurement to within 1 × 10−5. The uncertainty in the index values is currently limited by the uncertainty in the thickness measurement of the etalon.

  1. 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.

  2. Towards refractive index sensitivity of long-period gratings at level of tens of µm per refractive index unit: fiber cladding etching and nano-coating deposition.

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    Śmietana, Mateusz; Koba, Marcin; Mikulic, Predrag; Bock, Wojtek J

    2016-05-30

    In this work we report experimental results on optimizing the refractive index (RI) sensitivity of long-period gratings (LPGs) by fiber cladding etching and thin aluminum oxide (Al2O3) overlay deposition. The presented LPG takes advantage of work in the dispersion turning point (DTP) regime as well as the mode transition (MT) effect for higher-order cladding modes (LP09 and LP010). The MT was obtained by depositing Al2O3 overlays with single-nanometer precision using the Atomic Layer Deposition method (ALD). Etching of both the overlay and the fiber cladding was performed using hydrofluoric acid (HF). For shallow etching of the cladding, i.e., DTP observed at next = 1.429 and 1.439 RIU for an LPG with no overlay, followed by deposition of an overlay of up to 167 nm in thickness, HF etching allowed for post-deposition fine-tuning of the overlay thickness resulting in a significant increase in RI sensitivity mainly at the DTP of the LP09 cladding mode. However, at an external RI (next) above 1.39 RIU, the DTP of LP010 was noticed, and its RI sensitivity exceeded 9,000 nm/RIU. Deeper etching of the cladding, i.e., DTP observed for next above 1.45 RIU, followed by the deposition of thicker overlays (up to 201 nm in thickness) allowed the sensitivity to reach values of over 40,000 nm/RIU in a narrow RI range. Sensitivity exceeding 20,000 nm/RIU was obtained in an RI range suitable for label-free biosensing applications. PMID:27410112

  3. Simultaneous retrieval of effective refractive index and density from size distribution and light scattering data: weakly absorbing aerosol

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    Kassianov, E.; Barnard, J.; Pekour, M.; Berg, L. K.; Shilling, J.; Flynn, C.; Mei, F.; Jefferson, A.

    2014-05-01

    -micron particles. The evaluation results also reveal that the retrieved density and refractive index tend to decrease with an increase of the relative humidity.

  4. 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

    retrieved density and refractive index tend to decrease with an increase of the relative humidity.

  5. 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

  6. Propagation of hypergeometric laser beams in a medium with a parabolic refractive index

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    Kotlyar, V. V.; Kovalev, A. A.; Nalimov, A. G.

    2013-12-01

    An expression to describe the complex amplitude of a family of paraxial hypergeometric laser beams propagating in a parabolic-index fiber is proposed. A particular case of a Gaussian optical vortex propagating in a parabolic-index fiber is studied. Under definite parameters, the Gaussian optical vortices become the modes of the medium. This is a new family of paraxial modes derived for the parabolic-index medium. A wide class of solutions of nonparaxial Helmholtz equations that describe modes in a parabolic refractive index medium is derived in the cylindrical coordinate system. As the solutions derived are proportional to Kummer’s functions, only those of them which are coincident with the nonparaxial Laguerre-Gaussian modes possess a finite energy, meaning that they are physically implementable. A definite length of the graded-index fiber is treated as a parabolic lens, and expressions for the numerical aperture and the focal spot size are deduced. An explicit expression for the radii of the rings of a binary lens approximating a parabolic-index lens is derived. Finite-difference time-domain simulation has shown that using a binary parabolic-index microlens with a refractive index of 1.5, a linearly polarized Gaussian beam can be focused into an elliptic focal spot which is almost devoid of side-lobes and has a smaller full width at half maximum diameter of 0.45 of the incident wavelength.

  7. 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.

  8. On the mechanism of photoinduced refractive index changes in phosphosilicate glass

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    Larionov, Yu V; Sokolov, V O; Plotnichenko, V G

    2010-05-26

    The photoinduced growth of the refractive index of phosphosilicate glass during Bragg grating inscription and the thermal decay of the grating have a number of unusual features. The observed index variations are interpreted in terms of a new model for photoinduced glass network rearrangement. The model assumes the formation of photoinduced voids (nanopores) in the glass network near point defects. The nanopores may migrate through the network via bond switching when the network is in a 'soft' state. The photoinduced variations in network density lead to index variations. (fibres)

  9. Methods to retrieve the complex refractive index of aquatic suspended particles: going beyond simple shapes

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    Sánchez, Albert-Miquel; Piera, Jaume

    2016-07-01

    The scattering properties of aquatic suspended particles have many optical applications. Several data inversion methods have been proposed to estimate important features of particles, such as their size distribution or their refractive index. Most of the proposed methods are based on the Lorenz-Mie theory to solve Maxwell's equations, where particles are considered homogeneous spheres. A generalization that allows consideration of more complex-shaped particles is the T-matrix method. Although this approach imposes some geometrical restrictions (particles must be rotationally symmetrical) it is applicable to many life forms of phytoplankton. In this paper, three different scenarios are considered in order to compare the performance of several inversion methods for retrieving refractive indices. The error associated with each method is discussed and analyzed. The results suggest that inverse methods using the T-matrix approach are useful to accurately retrieve the refractive indices of particles with complex shapes, such as for many phytoplankton organisms.

  10. Simultaneous measurement of refractive index and thickness of birefringent wave plates.

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    Yeh, Yen-Liang

    2008-04-01

    A nondestructive measurement system based on a position sensing detector (PSD) and a laser interferometer for determining the thickness and refractive indices of birefringent optical wave plates has been developed. Unlike previous methods presented in the literature, the proposed metrology system allows the refractive index and thickness properties of the optical plate to be measured simultaneously. The experimental results obtained for the e-light and o-light refractive indices of a commercially available birefringent optical wave plate with refractive indices of n(o)=1.542972 and n(e)=1.552033 are found to be accurate to within 0.004132 and 0.000229, respectively. Furthermore, the experimentally derived value of the wave plate thickness deviates by no more than 0.9 microm from the analytically derived value of 453.95 microm. Overall, the experimental results confirm that the proposed metrology system provides a simple yet highly accurate means of obtaining simultaneous measurements of the refractive indices and thickness of birefringent optical wave plates. PMID:18382573

  11. 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

  12. [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

  13. Refractive-index-matched hydrogel materials for measuring flow-structure interactions

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    Byron, Margaret L.; Variano, Evan A.

    2013-02-01

    In imaging-based studies of flow around solid objects, it is useful to have materials that are refractive-index-matched to the surrounding fluid. However, materials currently in use are usually rigid and matched to liquids that are either expensive or highly viscous. This does not allow for measurements at high Reynolds number, nor accurate modeling of flexible structures. This work explores the use of two hydrogels (agarose and polyacrylamide) as refractive-index-matched models in water. These hydrogels are inexpensive, can be cast into desired shapes, and have flexibility that can be tuned to match biological materials. The use of water as the fluid phase allows this method to be implemented immediately in many experimental facilities and permits investigation of high-Reynolds-number phenomena. We explain fabrication methods and present a summary of the physical and optical properties of both gels, and then show measurements demonstrating the use of hydrogel models in quantitative imaging.

  14. Measurement of Elastic Constant and Refraction Index of Thin Films at Low Temperatures Using Picosecond Ultrasound

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    Tanigaki, Kenichi; Kusumoto, Tatsuya; Ogi, Hirotsugu; Nakamura, Nobutomo; Hirao, Masahiko

    2010-07-01

    In this paper, a picosecond ultrasound measurement is conducted to evaluate the low-temperature elastic and optical properties of thin films and semiconductors. Specimens are cooled with liquid He through a heat exchanger in a cryostat, and an ultrahigh-frequency acoustic pulse is generated using a femtosecond light pulse, which propagates in the film-thickness direction. Pulse echoes of the longitudinal wave and Brillouin oscillation are observed by the changes in reflectivity of the time-delayed probe light, which depend on the material, and give the longitudinal-wave out-of-plane elastic constant. When the stiffness is known, the Brillouin oscillation provides the refractive index. We determined the stiffness of a Pt thin film and the refractive index of Si at 5 K. The methodology developed in this paper is useful for studing the elastic and optical properties of metallic thin films and transparent materials at cryogenic temperatures.

  15. 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

  16. Etching Bragg gratings in Panda fibers for the temperature-independent refractive index sensing.

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    Li, Jie; Wang, Hao; Sun, Li-Peng; Huang, Yunyun; Jin, Long; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2014-12-29

    We demonstrate the evolution of the Bragg gratings inscribed in Panda fibers with chemical etching. The resonance wavelengths can blueshift with cladding reduction similar to the conventional counterparts. But the wavelength separation between the two polarizations is co-determined by the stress and the asymmetric shape effects. The fast and slow axes of the fiber can be reversed with each other and zero birefringence can be achieved by chemical etching the structure. When the stress-applying parts of the fiber are removed, the finalizing grating can be exploited for the temperature-independent refractive index sensing, since the modes corresponding to the two polarizations exhibit the dissimilar responses to the external refractive index change but the same response to temperature. Our device is featured with easy achievement, spectral controllability, and relative robustness. PMID:25607160

  17. 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

    2016-07-01

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Symmetry relations in the generalized Lorenz-Mie theory for lossless negative refractive index media

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    André Ambrosio, Leonardo

    2016-09-01

    In this paper we present a theoretical analysis of the generalized Lorenz-Mie theory for negative refractive index (NRI) media and spherical scatterers, extending the well-known concepts and definitions found in the literature involving dielectric or positive refractive index (PRI) particles. The consequences of a negative phase velocity and an anti-parallelism of the wave vector with respect to the Poynting vector are investigated and interpreted in this framework and, together with the symmetries found for the beam-shape coefficients when compared to the conventional PRI case, it is shown that the description of plane waves, Gaussian beams and, more generally, on-axis azimuthally symmetric waves along a NRI medium, their fields and all physical properties can be conveniently correlated with that of dielectric media once the electromagnetic response functions are replaced by their corresponding dielectric counterparts.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Refractive Index Sensor Based on a 1D Photonic Crystal in a Microfluidic Channel

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    Nunes, Pedro S.; Mortensen, Niels Asger; Kutter, Jörg P.; Mogensen, Klaus B.

    2010-01-01

    A refractive index sensor has been fabricated in silicon oxynitride by standard UV lithography and dry etching processes. The refractive index sensor consists of a 1D photonic crystal (PhC) embedded in a microfluidic channel addressed by fiber-terminated planar waveguides. Experimental demonstrations performed with several ethanol solutions ranging from a purity of 96.00% (n = 1.36356) to 95.04% (n = 1.36377) yielded a sensitivity (Δλ/Δn) of 836 nm/RIU and a limit of detection (LOD) of 6 × 10−5 RIU, which is, however, still one order of magnitude higher than the theoretical lower limit of the limit of detection 1.3 × 10−6 RIU. PMID:22294930

  7. High refractive index Fresnel lens on a fiber fabricated by nanoimprint lithography for immersion applications

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    Koshelev, Alexander; Calafiore, Giuseppe; Piña-Hernandez, Carlos; Allen, Frances I.; Dhuey, Scott; Sassolini, Simone; Wong, Edward; Lum, Paul; Munechika, Keiko; Cabrini, Stefano

    2016-08-01

    In this Letter we present a Fresnel lens fabricated on the end of an optical fiber. The lens is fabricated using nanoimprint lithography of a functional high refractive index material, which is suitable for mass production. The main advantage of the presented Fresnel lens compared to a conventional fiber lens is its high refractive index (n=1.69), which enables efficient light focusing even inside other media such as water or adhesive. Measurement of the lens performance in an immersion liquid (n=1.51) shows a near diffraction limited focal spot of 810 nm in diameter at the 1/e2 intensity level for a wavelength of 660 nm. Applications of such fiber lenses include integrated optics, optical trapping and fiber probes.

  8. High refractive index Fresnel lens on a fiber fabricated by nanoimprint lithography for immersion applications.

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    Koshelev, Alexander; Calafiore, Giuseppe; Piña-Hernandez, Carlos; Allen, Frances I; Dhuey, Scott; Sassolini, Simone; Wong, Edward; Lum, Paul; Munechika, Keiko; Cabrini, Stefano

    2016-08-01

    In this Letter, we present a Fresnel lens fabricated on the end of an optical fiber. The lens is fabricated using nanoimprint lithography of a functional high refractive index material, which is suitable for mass production. The main advantage of the presented Fresnel lens compared to a conventional fiber lens is its high refractive index (n=1.68), which enables efficient light focusing even inside other media, such as water or an adhesive. Measurement of the lens performance in an immersion liquid (n=1.51) shows a near diffraction limited focal spot of 810 nm in diameter at the 1/e2 intensity level for a wavelength of 660 nm. Applications of such fiber lenses include integrated optics, optical trapping, and fiber probes. PMID:27472584

  9. Determination of refractive index and concentration of iodine solutions using opals

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    Kępińska, Mirosława; Starczewska, Anna; Szala, Janusz

    2014-03-01

    The determination of refractive index of iodine-ethanol solutions using SiO2 opals has been presented. For the first time concentration of solution iodine in ethanol has been determined by applying a simple method of using opal and de Feijter's relation. Basing on wavelength of diffraction peaks the appropriate formula describing concentration of iodine ethanol solution has been evolved. The uncertainty of the determined concentration has been established, too. The coefficient dnc/dC = 0.0201(4) (% w/w-1) of the linear dependence between refractive index and the concentration of iodine solution has been determined. The procedure of calibration of the used opal sensor is described. The opal sensor is not distracted by the measurement and can be used repeatedly.

  10. Double-layered metal grating for high-performance refractive index sensing.

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    Li, Guozhen; Shen, Yang; Xiao, Guohui; Jin, Chongjun

    2015-04-01

    The detection of minuscule changes in the local refractive index by localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs), carried by metal nanostructures, has been used successfully in applications such as real-time and label-free detection of molecular binding events. However, localized plasmons demonstrate 1-2 orders of magnitude lower figure of merit (FOM) compared with their propagating counterparts. Here, we propose and experimentally demonstrate a high-performance refractive index sensor based on a structure of double-layered metal grating (DMG) with an FOM and FOM* reaching 38 and 40 respectively under normal incidence. Such a high FOM and FOM* arise from a result of a sharp fano resonance, which is caused by the coherent interference between the LSPR from the individual top gold stripes and Wood's anomaly (WA). Moreover, a small conformal decay length of ~68 nm is determined in DMG, indicating that the DMG is a promising candidate for label-free biomedical sensing. PMID:25968735

  11. High refractive index nanocomposite cover-layer for optical storage media

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    Kim, Jin-Hong

    2011-06-01

    A nanocomposite cover-layer consisting of a UV curable resin and TiO 2 nanoparticles, a dielectric cover-layer, and a hybrid cover-layer for near-field optical recording media are prepared and characterized. The dielectric and the nanocomposite cover-layers with a refractive index of about 1.95 showed a rough surface, which yields collisions between a solid immersion lens and a cover-layer during the near-field gap servo test. A smooth surface with a nanocomposite cover-layer can be obtained by reducing the refractive index to less than 1.86, which results in a successful gap servo without the collision.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Modification of refractive index in amorphous As-Se films induced by composition and illumination

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    Iovu, M. S.; Harea, D. V.; Colomeico, E. P.; Iovu, M. A.; Ciorba, V. G.

    2007-08-01

    Photostructural transformations in amorphous films of chalcogenide glasses (ChG) under light irradiation present scientific and practical interests. From scientific point of view, because the composition of ChG determine the kind of structural units and the mean coordination number, in the present work the amorphous films of the chalcogenide systems As 100-xSe x (x=40÷98) and As 40Se 60:Sn y (y=0÷5.0 at.% Sn) were studied. The changes of the refractive index under light irradiation and heat treatment are calculated from the transmission spectra. The more sensitive to light irradiation are the amorphous films of As 60Se 40 and As 50Se 50, which exhibit big modifications of the refractive index ((Δn/n)=0.394).

  15. 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

  16. Intersubband transitions and refractive index changes in coupled double quantum well with different well shapes

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    Ozturk, Emine; Sokmen, Ismail

    2011-10-01

    In this study, both the linear intersubband transitions and the refractive index changes in coupled double quantum well (DQW) with different well shapes for different electric fields are theoretically calculated within framework of the effective mass approximation. Results obtained show that intersubband transitions and the energy levels in coupled DQW can importantly be modified and controlled by the electric field strength and direction. By considering the variation of the energy differences, it should point out that by varying electric field we can obtain a blue or red shift in the intersubband optical transitions. The modulation of the absorption coefficients and the refractive index changes which can be suitable for good performance optical modulators and various infrared optical device applications can be easy obtained by tuning applied electric field strength and direction.

  17. 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).

  18. Fabrication of a periodic structure with a high refractive-index difference by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Takeshima, Nobuhito; Kuroiwa, Yutaka; Narita, Yoshihiro; Tanaka, Shuhei; Hirao, Kazuyuki

    2004-08-01

    A microfabrication process using ultrafast laser pulses in glass was investigated. We investigated the formation of semiconductors by the irradiation of glasses with femtosecond laser pulses. ZnS- or PbS-doped SiO2-Al2O3-B2O3-CaO-ZnO-Na2O-K2O glasses were prepared by a melting method and irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses. Periodic structures in the sample glasses with a high refractive index difference were produced by femtosecond laser pulses. The maximum relative refractive index difference between the irradiated area and the nonirradiated areas was 20%. Diffraction gratings were also fabricated inside the ZnS- or PbS-doped silicate glasses. The diffraction efficiency of these gratings was approximately 90% in the infrared region.

  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. 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).

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Interference method for monitoring the refractive index and the thickness of transparent films during deposition

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    Alius, H.; Schmidt, R.

    1990-04-01

    An interferometric method is described for simultaneous measurement of the refractive index and the thickness of transparent isotropic films during the deposition process. Two laser beams are focused impinging at two different angles onto the film. The intensity of the beams reflected from the growing film shows minima and maxima, which are counted and evaluated to determine the refractive index n and the thickness d of the film in the range of some 100 nm up to several micrometers using 633-nm laser light. n and d can be determined within an accuracy better than 1%, if the thickness is larger than three times the vacuum wavelength of the laser. The measurements are well in accordance with calculations of the intensity modulation. The method can easily be extended to multilayer systems.

  7. 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.

  8. Fabrication of Tunable, High-Refractive-Index Titanate-Silk Nanocomposites on the Micro- and Nanoscale.

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    Perotto, Giovanni; Cittadini, Michela; Tao, Hu; Kim, Sunghwan; Yang, Miaomiao; Kaplan, David L; Martucci, Alessandro; Omenetto, Fiorenzo G

    2015-11-01

    The combination of water-based titanate nanosheets dispersion and silk fibroin solution allows the realization of a versatile nanocomposite. Different fabrication techniques can be easily applied on these nanocomposites to manipulate the end form of these materials on the micro- and nanoscale. Easy tunability of the refractive index from n = 1.55 up to n = 1.97 is achieved, making it attractive for flexible, biopolymer-based optical devices. PMID:26414278

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

    2009-03-31

    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. (solitons)

  13. Laser-ablation-induced refractive index fields studied using pulsed digital holographic interferometry

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    Amer, Eynas; Gren, Per; Sjödahl, Mikael

    2009-07-01

    Pulsed digital holographic interferometry has been used to investigate the plume and the shock wave generated in the ablation process of a Q-switched Nd-YAG ( λ=1064 nm and pulse duration=12 ns) laser pulse on a polycrystalline boron nitride (PCBN) target under atmospheric air pressure. A special setup based on two synchronised wavelengths from the same laser for simultaneous processing and measurement has been used. Digital holograms were recorded for different time delays using collimated laser light ( λ=532 nm) passed through the volume along the target. Numerical data of the integrated refractive index field were calculated and presented as phase maps showing the propagation of the shock wave and the plume generated by the process. Radon inversion has been used to estimate the 3D refractive index fields measured from the projections assuming rotational symmetry. The shock wave density has been calculated using the point explosion model and the shock wave condition equation and its behaviour with time at different power densities ranging from 1.4 to 9.1 GW/cm 2 is presented. Shock front densities have been calculated from the reconstructed refractive index fields using the Gladstone-Dale equation. A comparison of the shock front density calculated from the reconstructed data and that calculated using the point explosion model at different time delays has been done. The comparison shows quite good agreement between the model and the experimental data. Finally the reconstructed refractive index field has been used to estimate the electron number density distribution within the laser-induced plasma. The electron number density behaviour with distance from the target at different power densities and its behaviour with time are shown. The electron number densities are found to be in the order of 10 18 cm -3 and decay at a rate of 3×10 15 electrons/cm 3 ns.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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 2.3×10(-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 3.0×10(-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 5.0×10(-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

  18. Accurate in situ measurement of complex refractive index and particle size in intralipid emulsions.

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    Dong, Miao L; Goyal, Kashika G; Worth, Bradley W; Makkar, Sorab S; Calhoun, William R; Bali, Lalit M; Bali, Samir

    2013-08-01

    A first accurate measurement of the complex refractive index in an intralipid emulsion is demonstrated, and thereby the average scatterer particle size using standard Mie scattering calculations is extracted. Our method is based on measurement and modeling of the reflectance of a divergent laser beam from the sample surface. In the absence of any definitive reference data for the complex refractive index or particle size in highly turbid intralipid emulsions, we base our claim of accuracy on the fact that our work offers several critically important advantages over previously reported attempts. First, our measurements are in situ in the sense that they do not require any sample dilution, thus eliminating dilution errors. Second, our theoretical model does not employ any fitting parameters other than the two quantities we seek to determine, i.e., the real and imaginary parts of the refractive index, thus eliminating ambiguities arising from multiple extraneous fitting parameters. Third, we fit the entire reflectance-versus-incident-angle data curve instead of focusing on only the critical angle region, which is just a small subset of the data. Finally, despite our use of highly scattering opaque samples, our experiment uniquely satisfies a key assumption behind the Mie scattering formalism, namely, no multiple scattering occurs. Further proof of our method's validity is given by the fact that our measured particle size finds good agreement with the value obtained by dynamic light scattering. PMID:23922125

  19. Measuring the Terahertz Refractive Index of Boron-Doped Silicon Using a Photoconducting Antenna Terahertz Generator

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    McNamara, Brendan P.

    The frequency range commonly referred to as the terahertz gap occurs between the infrared and microwave regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. This range of frequencies is highly suited to investigating the free carrier interactions of materials, as the range is particularly sensitive to these interactions. Using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS), it is possible to measure the effect these interactions have on a terahertz pulse and, using classical optical techniques, determine the terahertz refractive index of a given material, which is directly related to the free carrier spectrum of said material. Knowing the refractive index of a material in the THz range opens the possibility of future terahertz applications for said material, including a non-destructive dopant testing of silicon. In this work, a series of Silicon on Insulator (SOI) wafer samples are implanted with boron in a range of carrier concentrations. Using a photoconducting antenna (PCA), high-frequency laser pulses were converted to THz pulses and the complex terahertz refractive index of the samples was then measured in the 0.2-2 THz frequency range. This measurement is a direct examination of the free carrier spectrum through experimental methods. The results are compared with the predictions of the Drude model for the free carrier spectrum across this frequency range and are found to closely coincide at higher carrier concentrations, indicating that the behavior of free holes in p-type silicon can likely be described classically at high carrier densities, consistent with previous work on n-type silicon.

  20. 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.

  1. Refractive Index and Scattering Effects on Radiative Behavior of a Semitransparent Layer

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    Spuckler, C. M.; Siegel, R.

    1993-01-01

    Heat transfer characteristics are analyzed for a plane layer of semitransparent material with refractive index not less than 1. Energy transfer in the material is by conduction, emission, absorption, and isotropic scattering. Each side of the layer is heated by radiation and convection. For a refractive index larger than unity, there is internal reflection of some of the energy within the layer. This, coupled with scattering, has a substantial effect on distributing energy across the layer and altering the temperature distribution from when the refractive index is unity. The effect of scattering is examined by comparisons with results from an earlier paper for an absorbing layer. Results are given for a gray medium with a scattering albedo up to 0.999, and for a two-band spectral variation of the albedo with one band having low absorption. Radiant energy leaving the surface as a result of emission and scattering was examined to determine if it could be used to accurately indicate the surface temperature.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Correction of stain variations in nuclear refractive index of clinical histology specimens

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    Uttam, Shikhar; Bista, Rajan K.; Hartman, Douglas J.; Brand, Randall E.; Liu, Yang

    2011-11-01

    For any technique to be adopted into a clinical setting, it is imperative that it seamlessly integrates with well-established clinical diagnostic workflow. We recently developed an optical microscopy technique--spatial-domain low-coherence quantitative phase microscopy (SL-QPM) that can extract the refractive index of the cell nucleus from the standard histology specimens on glass slides prepared via standard clinical protocols. This technique has shown great potential in detecting cancer with a better sensitivity than conventional pathology. A major hurdle in the clinical translation of this technique is the intrinsic variation among staining agents used in histology specimens, which limits the accuracy of refractive index measurements of clinical samples. In this paper, we present a simple and easily generalizable method to remove the effect of variations in staining levels on nuclear refractive index obtained with SL-QPM. We illustrate the efficacy of our correction method by applying it to variously stained histology samples from animal model and clinical specimens.

  6. Velocimetry with refractive index matching for complex flow configurations, phase 1

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    Thompson, B. E.; Vafidis, C.; Whitelaw, J. H.

    1987-01-01

    The feasibility of obtaining detailed velocity field measurements in large Reynolds number flow of the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) main injector bowl was demonstrated using laser velocimetry and the developed refractive-index-matching technique. An experimental system to provide appropriate flow rates and temperature control of refractive-index-matching fluid was designed and tested. Test results are presented to establish the feasibility of obtaining accurate velocity measurements that map the entire field including the flow through the LOX post bundles: sample mean velocity, turbulence intensity, and spectral results are presented. The results indicate that a suitable fluid and control system is feasible for the representation of complex rocket-engine configurations and that measurements of velocity characteristics can be obtained without the optical access restrictions normally associated with laser velocimetry. The refractive-index-matching technique considered needs to be further developed and extended to represent other rocket-engine flows where current methods either cannot measure with adequate accuracy or they fail.

  7. Engineering properties of high-refractive index optical gels for photonic device applications

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    Stone, David S.; Connor, Samantha R.

    2000-04-01

    We have investigated a new class of high refractive index, non-yellowing, viscoelastic optical gels. Refractive indices for these materials can be adjusted from that needed to match fused silica to above nD equals 1.6 to match the higher index engineering glasses, plastics, and semiconductors. These materials are designed for permanent optically clear encapsulation in devices where severe mechanical shock or differential thermal expansion, such as occurs during PCB soldering operations, may render conventional high strength optical epoxies unusable. These low shear stress gels can also be customized to exhibit a wide range of rheological 'stiffness'. We have demonstrated quasi-fluid versions with apparent viscosities of 500,000 cP to hard-rubber-like consistencies registering on the high end of the Shore 00 durometer scale. In this paper, we present measurements of engineering properties on both elastometer-like curing optical gels, and thixotropic non- curing optical gels for: a) optical properties from near UV to near IR: refractive index over temperature, dispersion, and optical absorption; b) rheological properties: viscosity vs. shear rate, Shore hardness and cone penetration. Validation of ultra-low volatility and high temperature thermo oxidative stability required for long-lived photonic devices is discussed. Use of gel technology in fiber splices and photonic devices is described.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Enhanced refractive index sensitivity of elevated short-range ordered nanohole arrays in optically thin plasmonic Au films.

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    Bochenkov, Vladimir E; Frederiksen, Maj; Sutherland, Duncan S

    2013-06-17

    A simple development of the colloidal lithography technique is demonstrated for fabrication of perforated plasmonic metal films elevated above the substrate surface. The bulk refractive index sensitivity of short-range ordered nanohole arrays in 20 nm thick Au films exhibits an increase of up to 37% due to reduction of substrate effect caused by lifting with a 40 nm silica layer. Analysis of the local electric field distribution suggests that the sensitivity increase is due to revealing of the enhanced field near the holes. PMID:23787663

  11. Volumetric rendering and metrology of spherical gradient refractive index lens imaged by angular scan optical coherence tomography system.

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    Yao, Jianing; Thompson, Kevin P; Ma, Bin; Ponting, Michael; Rolland, Jannick P

    2016-08-22

    In this paper, we develop the methodology, including the refraction correction, geometrical thickness correction, coordinate transformation, and layer segmentation algorithms, for 3D rendering and metrology of a layered spherical gradient refractive index (S-GRIN) lens based on the imaging data collected by an angular scan optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. The 3D mapping and rendering enables direct 3D visualization and internal defect inspection of the lens. The metrology provides assessment of the surface geometry, the lens thickness, the radii of curvature of the internal layer interfaces, and the misalignment of the internal S-GRIN distribution with respect to the lens surface. The OCT metrology results identify the manufacturing defects, and enable targeted process development for optimizing the manufacturing parameters. The newly fabricated S-GRIN lenses show up to a 7x spherical aberration reduction that allows a significantly increased utilizable effective aperture. PMID:27557217

  12. Optical fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer cavity fabricated by femtosecond laser micromachining and fusion splicing for refractive index sensing.

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    Liao, C R; Hu, T Y; Wang, D N

    2012-09-24

    We demonstrate a fiber in-line Fabry-Perot interferometer cavity sensor for refractive index measurement. The interferometer cavity is formed by drilling a micro-hole at the cleaved fiber end facet, followed by fusion splicing. A micro-channel is inscribed by femtosecond laser micromachining to vertically cross the cavity to allow liquid to flow in. The refractive index sensitivity obtained is ~994 nm/RIU (refractive index unit). Such a device is simple in configuration, easy for fabrication and reliable in operation due to extremely low temperature cross sensitivity of ~4.8 × 10(-6) RIU/°C. PMID:23037431

  13. Enhanced light extraction of Bi3Ge4O12 scintillator by graded-refractive-index antireflection coatings

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    Tong, Fei; Liu, Bo; Chen, Hong; Zhu, Zhichao; Gu, Mu

    2013-08-01

    A three-layer graded-refractive-index antireflection coating is designed and prepared on the one surface of the Bi3Ge4O12 scintillator by sol-gel technology. The emission intensity of the Bi3Ge4O12 with a graded-refractive-index antireflection coating exhibits a broadband and omnidirectional enhancement of 15.9% compared with the reference sample without coating. This significant enhancement is attributed to the decrease of Fresnel reflection, which is consistent with the measurement of transmission spectra. Additionally, it is evident that the graded-refractive-index coating is superior to the conventional quarter-wave coating due to the omnidirectionality advantage.

  14. Highly compact refractive index sensor based on stripe waveguides for lab-on-a-chip sensing applications

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    Perera, Chamanei; Cheng, Elliot; Sathian, Juna; Jaatinen, Esa; Davis, Timothy

    2016-01-01

    Summary In this paper we report the design and experimental realisation of a novel refractive index sensor based on coupling between three nanoscale stripe waveguides. The sensor is highly compact and designed to operate at a single wavelength. We demonstrate that the sensor exhibits linear response with a resolution of 6 × 10−4 RIU (refractive index unit) for a change in relative output intensity of 1%. Authors expect that the outcome of this paper will prove beneficial in highly compact, label-free and highly sensitive refractive index analysis. PMID:27335763

  15. 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)

  16. 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)

  17. 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

  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. Accurate prediction of the refractive index of polymers using first principles and data modeling

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    Afzal, Mohammad Atif Faiz; Cheng, Chong; Hachmann, Johannes

    Organic polymers with a high refractive index (RI) have recently attracted considerable interest due to their potential application in optical and optoelectronic devices. The ability to tailor the molecular structure of polymers is the key to increasing the accessible RI values. Our work concerns the creation of predictive in silico models for the optical properties of organic polymers, the screening of large-scale candidate libraries, and the mining of the resulting data to extract the underlying design principles that govern their performance. This work was set up to guide our experimentalist partners and allow them to target the most promising candidates. Our model is based on the Lorentz-Lorenz equation and thus includes the polarizability and number density values for each candidate. For the former, we performed a detailed benchmark study of different density functionals, basis sets, and the extrapolation scheme towards the polymer limit. For the number density we devised an exceedingly efficient machine learning approach to correlate the polymer structure and the packing fraction in the bulk material. We validated the proposed RI model against the experimentally known RI values of 112 polymers. We could show that the proposed combination of physical and data modeling is both successful and highly economical to characterize a wide range of organic polymers, which is a prerequisite for virtual high-throughput screening.

  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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. A Simple Accurate Alternative to the Minimum-Deviation Method for the Determination of the Refractive Index of a Prism.

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    Waldenstrom, S.; Naqvi, K. Razi

    1978-01-01

    Proposes an alternative to the classical minimum-deviation method for determining the refractive index of a prism. This new "fixed angle of incidence method" may find applications in research. (Author/GA)

  7. 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 Δn. 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 Δn = 0.077, we observe resolutions of 2 and 6 μm 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 Δn < 0.01, where we observe a resolution exceeding 10 μm 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

  8. 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

  9. TEACHING PHYSICS: Refractive index determination of materials on thin transparent substrates using ellipsometry

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    Lévesque, L.

    2000-09-01

    Ellipsometry techniques are often used in the microelectronics industry to monitor substrate cleanliness. The principle of ellipsometry is introduced briefly by describing what is involved when measuring transparent materials. This exercise helps in understanding why absorbing substrates are often used in the ellipsometry technique, without having to derive complicated equations. Moreover, the technique is presented in a simple way with a view to applying and reviewing the concepts of internal reflections occurring in a thin piece of material (substrate). Refractive index measurements of thin transparent substrates such as glass slides can be inaccurate when using ellipsometry because of multiple reflections occurring on both the top and bottom surfaces. Some measurements of the refractive indices of transparent substrates (glass slides) are presented and discussed.

  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. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Sky-Blue Phosphorescent OLEDs with 34.1% External Quantum Efficiency Using a Low Refractive Index Electron Transporting Layer.

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    Shin, Hyun; Lee, Jeong-Hwan; Moon, Chang-Ki; Huh, Jin-Suk; Sim, Bomi; Kim, Jang-Joo

    2016-06-01

    Blue-phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with 34.1% external quantum efficiency (EQE) and 79.6 lm W(-1) are demonstrated using a hole-transporting layer and electron-transporting layer with low refractive index values. Using optical simulations, it is predicted that outcoupling efficiencies with EQEs > 60% can be achieved if organic layers with a refractive index of 1.5 are used for OLEDs. PMID:27060851

  14. 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.

  15. Effect of hydrogenic impurity on linear and nonlinear optical absorption coefficients and refractive index changes in a quantum dot

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    Guo, Kangxian; Zhang, Zhongmin; Mou, Sen; Xiao, Bo

    2015-05-01

    The analytical expressions of linear and nonlinear optical absorption coefficients and refractive index changes in a quantum dot with a hydrogenic impurity are obtained by using the compact-density-matrix approach and iterative method. The wave functions and the energy levels are obtained by using the variational method. Numerical results show that the optical absorption coefficients and refractive index changes are strongly affected by the hydrogenic impurity.

  16. 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 μm, 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 μm, 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

  17. Commercial scale fabrication method for fabricating a gradient refractive-index rod: Overcoming volume shrinkage and chemical restrictions.

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    Cho, Hansol; Son, Young Mok; Kim, Mu Gyeom; Ra, Byoung Joo; Park, Joon-Yong; Lee, Seung Hui; Choi, Jin Sung; Song, Min Young; Park, O Ok; Kim, Youn Cheol; Hwang, Jin Taek

    2006-10-01

    We report a fabrication method for a gradient refractive-index polymeric object from a binary comonomer system, regardless of the monomers' reactivity ratio and the molar volume criteria of gradient refractive-index development. To fabricate a large gradient refractive-index rod consisting of a methyl methacrylate and 2,2,3,3-tetrafluoropropyl methacrylate comonomer pair that has not been used for fabrication of a copolymer gradient refractive-index rod by previous conventional methods because of chemical restrictions in molar volume and reactivity ratio difference, we use the so-called successive UV polymerization in a controlled radial volume in conjunction with an automatic refill reactor. Simultaneously and automatically, the volume shrinkage problem, an inevitable shortcoming for the fabrication of a large polymeric object in a commercial production scale, is overcome and exploited. The theoretical features of the refractive-index profile generation of this method are also compared with those of conventional methods for which the chemical restrictions of monomers are crucial for the shape of a refractive-index profile. PMID:16983409

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Recovering refractive index correlation function from measurement of tissue scattering phase function (Conference Presentation)

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    Rogers, Jeremy D.

    2016-03-01

    Numerous methods have been developed to quantify the light scattering properties of tissue. These properties are of interest in diagnostic and screening applications due to sensitivity to changes in tissue ultrastructure and changes associated with disease such as cancer. Tissue is considered a weak scatterer because that the mean free path is much larger than the correlation length. When this is the case, all scattering properties can be calculated from the refractive index correlation function Bn(r). Direct measurement of Bn(r) is challenging because it requires refractive index measurement at high resolution over a large tissue volume. Instead, a model is usually assumed. One particularly useful model, the Whittle-Matern function includes several realistic function types such as mass fractal and exponential. Optical scattering properties for weakly scattering media can be determined analytically from Bn(r) by applying the Rayleigh-Gans-Debye (RGD) or Born Approximation, and so measured scattering properties are used to fit parameters of the model function. Direct measurement of Bn(r) would provide confirmation that the function is a good representation of tissue or help in identifying the length scale at which changes occur. The RGD approximation relates the scattering phase function to the refractive index correlation function through a Fourier transform. This can be inverted without approximation, so goniometric measurement of the scattering can be converted to Bn(r). However, geometric constraints of the measurement of the phase function, angular resolution, and wavelength result in a band limited measurement of Bn(r). These limits are discussed and example measurements are described.

  1. 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.

  2. Comparison of Methods for Predicting the Compositional Dependence of the Density and Refractive Index of Organic-Aqueous Aerosols.

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    Cai, Chen; Miles, Rachael E H; Cotterell, Michael I; Marsh, Aleksandra; Rovelli, Grazia; Rickards, Andrew M J; Zhang, Yun-Hong; Reid, Jonathan P

    2016-08-25

    Representing the physicochemical properties of aerosol particles of complex composition is of crucial importance for understanding and predicting aerosol thermodynamic, kinetic, and optical properties and processes and for interpreting and comparing analysis methods. Here, we consider the representations of the density and refractive index of aqueous-organic aerosol with a particular focus on the dependence of these properties on relative humidity and water content, including an examination of the properties of solution aerosol droplets existing at supersaturated solute concentrations. Using bulk phase measurements of density and refractive index for typical organic aerosol components, we provide robust approaches for the estimation of these properties for aerosol at any intermediate composition between pure water and pure solute. Approximately 70 compounds are considered, including mono-, di- and tricarboxylic acids, alcohols, diols, nitriles, sulfoxides, amides, ethers, sugars, amino acids, aminium sulfates, and polyols. We conclude that the molar refraction mixing rule should be used to predict the refractive index of the solution using a density treatment that assumes ideal mixing or, preferably, a polynomial dependence on the square root of the mass fraction of solute, depending on the solubility limit of the organic component. Although the uncertainties in the density and refractive index predictions depend on the range of subsaturated compositional data available for each compound, typical errors for estimating the solution density and refractive index are less than ±0.1% and ±0.05%, respectively. Owing to the direct connection between molar refraction and the molecular polarizability, along with the availability of group contribution models for predicting molecular polarizability for organic species, our rigorous testing of the molar refraction mixing rule provides a route to predicting refractive indices for aqueous solutions containing organic molecules

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Optic-null space medium for cover-up cloaking without any negative refraction index materials

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    Sun, Fei; He, Sailing

    2016-01-01

    With the help of optic-null medium, we propose a new way to achieve invisibility by covering up the scattering without using any negative refraction index materials. Compared with previous methods to achieve invisibility, the function of our cloak is to cover up the scattering of the objects to be concealed by a background object of strong scattering. The concealed object can receive information from the outside world without being detected. Numerical simulations verify the performance of our cloak. The proposed method will be a great addition to existing invisibility technology. PMID:27383833

  8. Subwavelength modulation of surface relief and refractive index in preirradiated liquid-crystalline polymer films

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    Yu Haifeng; Shishido, Atsushi; Ikeda, Tomiki

    2008-03-10

    We present a simple method to record subwavelength gratings (SWGs) in an azobenzene (AZ)-containing liquid-crystalline polymer by preirradiation. Since the cooperative motions of mesogens are eliminated in a cis-AZ-rich isotropic phase by the pretreatment, the subwavelength modulation of surface relief and refractive index (RI) was obtained. The surface relief of less than 10 nm and the RI modulation were detected by atomic force microscopy. A large phase retardation and formed birefringence were obtained in the recorded SWGs in which a possible schematic illustration of AZ was proposed.

  9. Significant correlation between refractive index and activity of mitochondria: single mitochondrion study

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    Haseda, Keisuke; Kanematsu, Keita; Noguchi, Keiichi; Saito, Hiromu; Umeda, Norihiro; Ohta, Yoshihiro

    2015-01-01

    Measurements of refractive indices (RIs) of intracellular components can provide useful information on the structure and function of cells. The present study reports, for the first time, determination of the RI of an isolated mitochondrion in isotonic solution using retardation-modulated differential interference contrast microscopy. The value was 1.41 ± 0.01, indicating that mitochondria are densely packed with molecules having high RIs. Further, the RIs of each mitochondrion were significantly correlated with the mitochondrial membrane potential, an index of mitochondrial activity. These results will provide useful information on the structures and functions of cells based on the intracellular distribution of RIs. PMID:25798310

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Optic-null space medium for cover-up cloaking without any negative refraction index materials.

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    Sun, Fei; He, Sailing

    2016-01-01

    With the help of optic-null medium, we propose a new way to achieve invisibility by covering up the scattering without using any negative refraction index materials. Compared with previous methods to achieve invisibility, the function of our cloak is to cover up the scattering of the objects to be concealed by a background object of strong scattering. The concealed object can receive information from the outside world without being detected. Numerical simulations verify the performance of our cloak. The proposed method will be a great addition to existing invisibility technology. PMID:27383833

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. Random Estimate the values of seed oil of Cucurbita maxima by refractive index method.

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    Saxena, R B

    2010-01-01

    The crude oil having lower iodine and free fatty acids values has Aamdosha properties. These properties are present due to toxic and anti-toxic compounds. These compounds can be harmful for the special diseases and may be unsaturated, saturated, open chain etc. The adulteration can take part as catalytic action for the toxic effect for the special diseases. Toxic properties of oils are removed by different ingrediants and methods. C. maxima seed tail (mst) is used with food and medicine. The present paper deals with the study of oil by refractive index and equations. PMID:22131677

  20. 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

  1. Dielectric black holes induced by a refractive index perturbation and the Hawking effect

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    Belgiorno, F.; Cacciatori, S. L.; Gorini, V.; Ortenzi, G.; Rizzi, L.; Faccio, D.

    2011-01-15

    We consider a 4D model for photon production induced by a refractive index perturbation in a dielectric medium. We show that, in this model, we can infer the presence of a Hawking type effect. This prediction shows up both in the analogue Hawking framework, which is implemented in the pulse frame and relies on the peculiar properties of the effective geometry in which quantum fields propagate, as well as in the laboratory frame, through standard quantum field theory calculations. Effects of optical dispersion are also taken into account, and are shown to provide a limited energy bandwidth for the emission of Hawking radiation.

  2. Optic-null space medium for cover-up cloaking without any negative refraction index materials

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    Sun, Fei; He, Sailing

    2016-07-01

    With the help of optic-null medium, we propose a new way to achieve invisibility by covering up the scattering without using any negative refraction index materials. Compared with previous methods to achieve invisibility, the function of our cloak is to cover up the scattering of the objects to be concealed by a background object of strong scattering. The concealed object can receive information from the outside world without being detected. Numerical simulations verify the performance of our cloak. The proposed method will be a great addition to existing invisibility technology.

  3. Correlation between the refractive index and the energy gap of simple and complex binary compounds

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    Singh, R. P.; Singh, P.; Sarkar, K. K.

    1986-01-01

    A simple relation between the high-frequency refractive index and the corresponding energy gap, established by Gopal, has been critically examined. It has been shown that the validity of such a relation is highly questionable. Through a close analysis of this relation, its shortcomings are eliminated and a generalized single parameter correlation is proposed which is valid for a large number of binary A NB 8- N type solids and also for the complex A 2B, AB 2, A 3B and A 3B 2 semiconductors.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Structural properties of aqueous metoprolol succinate solutions. Density, viscosity, and refractive index at 311 K

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    Deosarkar, S. D.; Kalyankar, T. M.

    2013-06-01

    Density, viscosity and refractive index of aqueous solutions of metoprolol succinate of different concentrations (0.005-0.05 mol dm-3) were measured at 38°C. Apparent molar volume of resultant solutions were calculated and fitted to the Masson's equation and apparent molar volume at infinite dilution was determined graphically. Viscosity data of solutions has been fitted to the Jone-Dole equation and viscosity A- and B-coefficients were determined graphically. Physicochemical data obtained were discussed in terms of molecular interactions.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Simultaneous retrieval of effective refractive index and density from size distribution and light-scattering data: weakly absorbing aerosol

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    Kassianov, E.; Barnard, J.; Pekour, M.; Berg, L. K.; Shilling, J.; Flynn, C.; Mei, F.; Jefferson, A.

    2014-10-01

    retrieved aerosol characteristics of sub-micron and sub-10-micron particles. The evaluation results also reveal that the retrieved density and refractive index tend to decrease with an increase of the relative humidity.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Infrared Refractive Index of Silicon: Parity and Sum-Rule Tests

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    Karstens, William; Inokuti, Mitio; Smith, David Y.

    2012-02-01

    We have resolved conflicting reports for the IR refractive index of silicon using general considerations of linear response theory. We find that use of unphysical series expansions in the analysis of channel spectra has been a significant source of systematic error. Recognition that the index is an even function of photon energy is crucial for analysis of these measurements and clarifies data presentation. In the region of high IR transparency of elemental semiconductors, the index may be expanded in a rapidly convergent Taylor series. Coefficients of terms in the (2n)^th power of energy are proportional to the (2n+1)^th inverse moment of the electronic absorption spectrum. In the favorable case of intrinsic Si, the electronic absorption is sufficiently well known that independent values of the intercept, slope and curvature of plots of index vs. the square of photon energy may be calculated. Index data sets with parameters significantly different from these suffer from systematic errors or refer to impure samples. Using these parity and sum-rule tests we have prepared a composite index data set for intrinsic silicon that represents a best fit to reliable measurements from microwaves to the visible. Applications to germanium and diamond will be discussed.

  14. A reflective fiber-optic refractive index sensor based on multimode interference in a coreless silica fiber

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    Zhou, Xinlei; Chen, Ke; Mao, Xuefeng; peng, Wei; Yu, Qingxu

    2015-04-01

    A reflective fiber-optic refractive index (RI) sensor based on multimode interference (MMI) is presented and investigated in this paper. The sensor is made by splicing a small section of coreless silica fiber (CSF) to the standard single mode fiber (SMF). A wide-angle beam propagation method (WA-BPM) is employed for numerical simulation and design of the proposed RI sensor. Based on the simulation results, a RI sensor with a length of 1.7 cm of CSF is fabricated and experimentally studied. Experimental results show that the characteristic wavelength shift has an approximately linear relationship with the RI of the sample. A sensitivity of 141 nm/RIU (refractive index unit) and a resolution of 2.8×10-5 are obtained in the RI range from 1.33 to 1.38. As the RI value is higher than 1.38, the sensitivity of the sensor increase rapidly as the RI increase and a maximum sensitivity of 1561 nm/RIU can be achieved, corresponding to a resolution of 2.6×10-6. The experimental results fit well with the numerical simulation results.

  15. High Refractive Index Polysiloxane as Injectable, In Situ Curable Accommodating Intraocular Lens

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    Hao, Xiaojuan; Jeffery, Justine L.; Le, Tam P.T.; McFarland, Gail; Johnson, Graham; Mulder, Roger J.; Garrett, Qian; Manns, Fabrice; Nankivil, Derek; Arrieta, Esdras; Ho, Arthur; Parel, Jean-Marie; Hughes, Timothy C.

    2012-01-01

    Functionalised siloxane macromonomers, with properties designed for application as an injectable, in situ curable accommodating intraocular lens (A-IOL), were prepared via reequilibration of a phenyl group-containing polysiloxane of very high molecular weight with octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and 2,4,6,8-tetra(n-propyl-3-methacrylate)-2,4,6,8-tetramethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4AM) in toluene using trifluoromethanesulfonic acid as a catalyst. Hexaethyldisiloxane was used as an end group to control the molecular weight of the polymer. The generated polymers had a consistency suitable for injection into the empty lens capsule. The polymers contained a low ratio of polymerisable groups so that, in the presence of a photo-initiator, they could be cured on demand in situ within 5 minutes under irradiation of blue light to form an intraocular lens within the lens capsule. All resulting polysiloxane soft gels had a low elastic modulus and thus should be able to restore accommodation. The pre-cure viscosity and post-cure modulus of the generated polysiloxanes were controlled by the end group and D4AM concentrations respectively in the re-equilibration reactions. The refractive index could be precisely controlled by adjusting the aromatic ratio in the polymer to suit such application as an artificial lens. Lens stretching experiments with both human and non-human primate cadaver lenses of different ages refilled with polysiloxane polymers provided a significant increase in amplitude of accommodation (up to 4 D more than that of the respective natural lens). Both in vitro cytotoxicity study using L929 cell lines and in vivo biocompatibility study in rabbit models demonstrated the non-cytotoxicity and ocular biocompatibility of the polymer. PMID:22594975

  16. Photonic crystal fiber refractive-index sensor based on multimode interferometry

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    Gong, Zhenfeng; Zhang, Xinpu; Liu, Yun; Liu, Zigeng; Peng, Wei

    2014-11-01

    We report a type of multimode fiber interferometers (MMI) formed in photonic crystal fiber (PCF). To excite the cladding modes from the fundamental core mode of a PCF, a coupling point is formed. To form the coupling point, we used the method that is blowing compressed gas into the air-holes and discharging at one point, and the air-holes in this point will expand due to gas expansion in the discharge process. By placing two coupling points in series, a very simple all-fiber MMI can be implemented. The detailed fabrication process is that the one end of the PCF is tightly sealed by a short section of single mode fiber (SMF) spliced to the PCF. The other end of the PCF is sealed into a gas chamber and the opened air holes are pressurized. The PCF is then heated locally by the fusion splicer and the holes with higher gas pressure will expand locally where two bubbles formed. We tested the RI responses of fabricated sensors at room temperature by immersing the sensor into solutions with different NaCl concentration. Experimental results show that as refractive-index (RI) increases, the resonance wavelength of the MMI moves toward longer wavelengths. The sensitivity coefficients are estimated by the linear fitting line, which is 46nm/RIU, 154mn/RIU with the interferometer lengths (IL) of 3mm and 6mm. The interferometer with larger IL has higher RI sensitivity. The temperature cross-sensitivity of the sensor is also tested. The temperature sensitivity can be as low as -16.0pm/°C.

  17. Wavelength and NOx dependent complex refractive index of SOAs generated from the photooxidation of toluene

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    Nakayama, T.; Sato, K.; Matsumi, Y.; Imamura, T.; Yamazaki, A.; Uchiyama, A.

    2012-06-01

    Recently, secondary organic aerosols (SOAs) generated from anthropogenic volatile organic compounds have been proposed as a possible source of lightabsorbing organic compounds "brown carbon" in the urban atmosphere. However, the atmospheric importance of these SOAs remains unclear due to limited information about their optical properties. In this study, the complex refractive index (RI, m=n - ki) values at 405, 532, and 781 nm of the SOAs generated during the photooxidation of toluene (toluene-SOAs) under a variety of initial nitrogen oxide (NOx= NO + NO2) conditions were examined by photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS) and cavity ring down spectroscopy (CRDS). The complex RI values obtained in the present study and reported in the literature indicate that the k value, which represents the light absorption of the toluene-SOAs steeply increased to shorter wavelengths at <405 nm, while the n value gradually increased to shorter wavelengths from 781 to 355 nm. The k values at 405 nm were found to increase from 1.8 × 10-3 to 7.2 × 10-3 with increasing initial NOx concentration from 109 to 571 ppbv. The nitrate to organics ratio of the SOAs determined using a highresolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer (H-ToF-AMS) also increased with increasing initial NOx concentration. The RI values of the SOAs generated during the photooxidation of 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene in the presence of NOx (1,3,5-TMB-SOAs) were also determined to investigate the influence of the chemical structure of the precursor on the optical properties of the SOAs, and it was found that the light absorption of the 1,3,5-TMB-SOAs is negligible at all of the wavelengths investigated (405, 532, and 781 nm). These results can be reasonably explained by the hypothesis that nitro-aromatic compounds such as nitro-cresols are the major contributors to the light absorption of the toluene-SOAs. Using the obtained RI values, mass absorption cross sections of the toluene-SOAs at 405 and 532 nm were estimated to

  18. Wavelength and NOx dependent complex refractive index of SOAs generated from the photooxidation of toluene

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    Nakayama, T.; Sato, K.; Matsumi, Y.; Imamura, T.; Yamazaki, A.; Uchiyama, A.

    2013-01-01

    Recently, secondary organic aerosols (SOAs) generated from anthropogenic volatile organic compounds have been proposed as a possible source of light-absorbing organic compounds, "brown carbon," in the urban atmosphere. However, the atmospheric importance of these SOAs remains unclear due to limited information about their optical properties. In this study, the complex refractive index (RI, m = n-ki values at 405, 532, and 781 nm of the SOAs generated during the photooxidation of toluene (toluene-SOAs) under a variety of initial nitrogen oxide (NOx = NO + NO2) conditions were examined by photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS) and cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS). The complex RI-values obtained in the present study and reported in the literature indicate that the k-value, which represents the light absorption of the toluene-SOAs, increased to shorter wavelengths at <532 nm, and the n-value also increased to shorter wavelengths from 781 to 355 nm. The k-values at 405 nm were found to increase from 0.0018 to 0.0072 with increasing initial NOx concentration from 109 to 571 ppbv. The nitrate to organics ratio of the SOAs determined using a high-resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer (H-ToF-AMS) also increased with increasing initial NOx concentration. The RI-values of the SOAs generated during the photooxidation of 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene in the presence of NOx (1,3,5-TMB-SOAs) were also determined to investigate the influence of the chemical structure of the precursor on the optical properties of the SOAs, and it was found that the light absorption of the 1,3,5-TMB-SOAs is negligible at all of the wavelengths investigated (405, 532, and 781 nm). These results can be reasonably explained by the hypothesis that nitroaromatic compounds, such as nitrocresols, are the major contributors to the light absorption of the toluene-SOAs. Using the obtained RI-values, mass absorption cross sections of the toluene-SOAs at 405 nm were estimated to be 0.08-0.52 m2g-1 under

  19. Measurements of the complex refractive index of volcanic ash at 450, 546.7, and 650 nm

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    Ball, J. G. C.; Reed, B. E.; Grainger, R. G.; Peters, D. M.; Mather, T. A.; Pyle, D. M.

    2015-08-01

    The detection and quantification of volcanic ash is extremely important to the aviation industry, civil defense organizations, and those in peril from volcanic ashfall. To exploit the remote sensing techniques that are used to monitor a volcanic cloud and return information on its properties, the effective complex refractive index of the volcanic ash is required. This paper presents the complex refractive index determined in the laboratory at 450.0 nm, 546.7 nm, and 650.0 nm for volcanic ash samples from eruptions of Aso (Japan), Grímsvötn (Iceland), Chaitén (Chile), Etna (Italy), Eyjafjallajökull (Iceland), Tongariro (New Zealand), Askja (Iceland), Nisyros (Greece), Okmok (Alaska), Augustine (Alaska), and Spurr (Alaska). The Becke line method was used to measure the real part of the refractive index with an accuracy of 0.01. The values measured differed between eruptions and were in the range 1.51-1.63 at 450.0 nm, 1.50-1.61 at 546.7 nm, and 1.50-1.59 at 650.0 nm. A novel method is introduced to derive the imaginary part of the refractive index from the attenuation of light by ash. The method has a precision in the range 10-3-10-4. The values for the ash imaginary refractive index ranged 0.22-1.70 × 10-3 at 450.0 nm, 0.16-1.93 × 10-3 at 546.7 nm, and 0.15-2.08 × 10-3 at 650.0 nm. The accuracy of Becke and attenuation methods was assessed by measuring the complex refractive index of Hoya neutral density glass and found to have an accuracy of <0.01 and <2 × 10-5 for the real and imaginary parts of the refractive index, respectively.

  20. Omnidirectional reflectors with novel low-refractive-index material for light-emitting diodes

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    Xi, Jingqun

    Solid state lighting technology requires high brightness light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with high light-extraction efficiency. A very promising approach to improve the light-extraction efficiency of devices is to integrate a high reflectivity omnidirectional reflector (ODR) with low-refractive-index (low-n) material onto LED chips. ODRs are defined as reflectors with reflectivity close to 100% at any incident angle for both polarizations. Low-n material is a new class of optical thin film material, which has great potential in application of not only ODRs but also other optical filters. In this dissertation, internal ODRs with low-n material are discussed. Two kinds of ODRs are reviewed. One is a triple-layer ODR, which consists of a semiconductor, a quarter-wavelength thick low- n layer, and a reflective metal layer such as Ag or Al. The other one is a dielectric-multilayer ODR, which consists of a thick low- n material and a one-dimensional photonic crystal. Both reflectors have high reflectivity at any incident angle in the semiconductor ambient. Low-n material is the key component for the ODRs. A novel low-n material with refractive index as low as n = 1.05, has been demonstrated to have advantages over conventional optical thin films. A single-pair distributed Bragg reflector using such low-n material is demonstrated to have enhanced reflectivity in the visible spectrum. A graded-index anti-reflection coating with index matching condition enabled by the low-n material is demonstrated to have reflectivity lower than 0.3% over wide spectrum range and angle of incidence. A conductive low-n material is obtained by oblique-angle deposition of indium-tin oxide (ITO). Such material has a much lower refractive index than conventional transparent dense ITO material while still having good conductivity. A GalnN with triple-layer ODR using a conductive low-n material is successfully fabricated and incorporated into an LED that is shown to have enhanced light