#### Sample records for refractive index matching

1. Matched Index of Refraction Flow Facility

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Mcllroy, Hugh

2016-07-12

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.

2. 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.

3. Refractive index matching and clear emulsions.

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Sun, James Ziming; Erickson, Michael C E; Parr, James W

2005-01-01

Refractive index (RI) matching is a unique way of making clear emulsions to meet market trends. However, RI matching has not been sufficiently investigated in terms of physical principles and methodologies. Snell's law (n2 sin r2= n1 sin r1) is applicable to cosmetic emulsions. When oil phase and water phase have equal RI (n2 = n1) values, light will not bend as it strikes obliquely at the emulsion interface. Instead, light is transmitted through the emulsion without refraction, which produces clarity. Theoretical RI values in solution can be calculated with summation of the product of the weight percentage and refractive index of each ingredient (RI(mix) = [W1 x n1 + W2 x n2 + W3 x n3 + + Wn x nn]Wtau). Oil-phase RI values are normally at 1.4 or higher. Glycols are used to adjust the water phase RI, since they typically have larger RI values than water. Noticeable deviations from calculated RI values are seen in experimentally prepared solutions. Three basic deviation types are observed: negative, positive, and slightly negative or positive, which can occur in glycol aqueous solutions at different concentrations. The deviations are attributed to changes in molecular interaction between molecules in solution, which can lead to changes in specific gravity. Negative RI deviation corresponds to a decrease in specific gravity, and positive RI deviation corresponds to an increase in specific gravity. RI values will deviate from calculated values since an increase or decrease in specific gravity leads to a change in optical density.

4. Refractive index matching applied to fecal smear clearing.

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Ferreira, Claúdio S

2005-01-01

Thick smears of human feces can be made adequate for identification of helminth eggs by means of refractive index matching. Although this effect can be obtained by simply spreading a fleck of feces on a microscope slide, a glycerol solution has been routinely used to this end. Aiming at practicability, a new quantitative technique has been developed. To enhance both sharpness and contrast of the images, a sucrose solution (refractive index = 1.49) is used, which reduces the effect of light-scattering particulates. To each slide a template-measured (38.5 mm3) fecal sample is transferred. Thus, egg counts and sensitivity evaluations are easily made.

5. Refractive index matched scanning and detection of soft particles

Dijksman, Joshua A.; Brodu, Nicolas; Behringer, Robert P.

2017-05-01

We describe here how to apply the three-dimensional imaging technique of refractive index matched scanning to hydrogel spheres. Hydrogels are water based materials with a low refractive index, which allows for index matching with water-based solvent mixtures. We discuss here various experimental techniques required to handle specifically hydrogel spheres as opposed to other transparent materials. The deformability of hydrogel spheres makes their identification in three-dimensional images non-trivial. We will also discuss numerical techniques that can be used in general to detect contacting, non-spherical particles in a three-dimensional image. The experimental and numerical techniques presented here give experimental access to the stress tensor of a packing of deformed particles.

6. Influence of refractive index matching on the photon diffuse reflectance.

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Churmakov, D Y; Meglinski, I V; Greenhalgh, D A

2002-12-07

Photon migration in a randomly inhomogeneous, highly scattering and absorbing semi-infinite medium with a plane boundary is considered by a Monte Carlo (MC) technique. The employed MC technique combines the statistical weight scheme and real photon paths simulation, allowing the exclusion of the energy conservation problem. The internal reflection of the scattered radiation on the medium interface is taken into account by allowing the trajectories of photon packets to be split into reflected and transmitted parts. The spatial photon sensitivity profile (SPSP), spatially resolved diffuse reflectance and angular and spatial photon detector weight distributions are considered in terms of Fresnel's reflection/refraction on the boundary of the medium. The effect of the refractive index match is predicted correctly by the MC method and by the diffusion approximation. The results demonstrate that matching of the refractive index of the medium significantly improves the contrast and spatial resolution of the spatial photon sensitivity profile (SPSP). The results of simulation of the spatially resolved diffuse reflectance agree well with the results predicted by the diffusion approximation and the experimental results reported earlier.

7. On the refractive index of sodium iodide solutions for index matching in PIV

Bai, Kunlun; Katz, Joseph

2014-04-01

Refractive index matching has become a popular technique for facilitating applications of modern optical diagnostic techniques, such as particle image velocimetry, in complex systems. By matching the refractive index of solid boundaries with that of the liquid, unobstructed optical paths can be achieved for illumination and image acquisition. In this research note, we extend previously provided data for the refractive index of aqueous solutions of sodium iodide (NaI) for concentrations reaching the temperature-dependent solubility limit. Results are fitted onto a quadratic empirical expression relating the concentration to the refractive index. Temperature effects are also measured. The present range of indices, 1.333-1.51, covers that of typical transparent solids, from silicone elastomers to several recently introduced materials that could be manufactured using rapid prototyping. We also review briefly previous measurements of the refractive index, viscosity, and density of NaI solutions, as well as prior research that has utilized this fluid.

8. Refractive index matching improves optical object detection in paper

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.

9. Particle tracking experiments in match-index-refraction porous media.

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Lachhab, Ahmed; Zhang, You-Kuan; Muste, Marian V I

2008-01-01

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

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.

11. Internal characteristics of refractive-index matched debris flows

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

12. A tunable refractive index matching medium for live imaging cells, tissues and model organisms

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Boothe, Tobias; Hilbert, Lennart; Heide, Michael; Berninger, Lea; Huttner, Wieland B; Zaburdaev, Vasily; Vastenhouw, Nadine L; Myers, Eugene W; Drechsel, David N; Rink, Jochen C

2017-01-01

In light microscopy, refractive index mismatches between media and sample cause spherical aberrations that often limit penetration depth and resolution. Optical clearing techniques can alleviate these mismatches, but they are so far limited to fixed samples. We present Iodixanol as a non-toxic medium supplement that allows refractive index matching in live specimens and thus substantially improves image quality in live-imaged primary cell cultures, planarians, zebrafish and human cerebral organoids. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.27240.001 PMID:28708059

13. Propagation in and scattering from a matched metamaterial having a zero index of refraction.

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Ziolkowski, Richard W

2004-10-01

Planar metamaterials that exhibit a zero index of refraction have been realized experimentally by several research groups. Their existence stimulated the present investigation, which details the properties of a passive, dispersive metamaterial that is matched to free space and has an index of refraction equal to zero. Thus, unlike previous zero-index investigations, both the permittivity and permeability are zero here at a specified frequency. One-, two-, and three-dimensional source problems are treated analytically. The one- and two-dimensional source problem results are confirmed numerically with finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulations. The FDTD simulator is also used to treat the corresponding one- and two-dimensional scattering problems. It is shown that in both the source and scattering configurations the electromagnetic fields in a matched zero-index medium take on a static character in space, yet remain dynamic in time, in such a manner that the underlying physics remains associated with propagating fields. Zero phase variation at various points in the zero-index medium is demonstrated once steady-state conditions are obtained. These behaviors are used to illustrate why a zero-index metamaterial, such as a zero-index electromagnetic band-gap structured medium, significantly narrows the far-field pattern associated with an antenna located within it. They are also used to show how a matched zero-index slab could be used to transform curved wave fronts into planar ones.

14. 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.

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

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.

16. Refractive index matched PIV measurements of flow around interacting barchan dunes

Bristow, Nathaniel; Blois, Gianluca; Kim, Taehoon; Best, James; Christensen, Kenneth

2016-11-01

Barchan dunes are crescent shaped bedforms found in both Aeolian and subaqueous environments, including deserts, river beds, continental shelves, and even the craters of Mars. The evolution of and dynamics associated with these mobile bedforms involve a strong degree of coupling between sediment transport, morphological change, and flow, the last of which represents the weakest link in our current understanding of barchan morphodynamics. Their three-dimensional geometry presents experimental challenges for measuring the full flow field, particularly around the horns and in the leeside of the dunes. In this study we present measurements of the turbulent flow surrounding fixed barchan dune models in various configurations using particle image velocimetry in a refractive index matching flume environment. The refractive index matching technique opens the door to making measurements in wall-parallel planes surrounding the models, as well as wall-normal plane measurements in the leeside region between the horns. While fixed bed experiments are unable to directly measure sediment transport, they allow us to focus solely on the flow physics and full resolution of the turbulent flow field in ways that are otherwise not possible in mobile bed experiments.

17. Experimental study on immiscible jet breakup using refractive index matched oil-water pair

Xue, Xinzhi; Katz, Joseph

2016-11-01

A subsea oil well blowout creates an immiscible crude oil jet. This jet fragments shortly after injection, resulting in generation of a droplet cloud. Detailed understanding of the processes involved is crucial for modeling the fragmentation and for predicting the droplet size distribution. High density of opaque droplets near nozzle limits our ability to visualize and quantify the breakup process. To overcome this challenge, two immiscible fluids: silicone oil and sugar water with the same index of refraction (1.4015) are used as surrogates for crude oil and seawater, respectively. Their ratios of kinematic viscosity (5.64), density (0.83) and interfacial tension are closely matched with those of crude oil and seawater. Distribution of the oil phase is visualized by fluorescent tagging. Both phases are also seeded with particles for simultaneous PIV measurements. The measurements are performed within atomization range of Ohnesorge and Reynolds numbers. Index matching facilitates undistorted view of the phase distribution in illuminated section. Ongoing tests show that the jet surface initially rolls up into Kelvin-Helmholtz rings, followed by development of dispersed phase ligaments further downstream, which then break into droplets. Some of these droplets are re-entrained into the high momentum core, resulting in secondary breakup. As the oil layer and ligaments evolve, they often entrain water, resulting in generation of multiple secondary water droplets encapsulated within the oil droplets. This research is made possible by a Grant from Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

18. DESIGN OF WIRE-WRAPPED ROD BUNDLE MATCHED INDEX-OF-REFRACTION EXPERIMENTS

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Hugh McIlroy; Hongbin Zhang; Kurt Hamman

2008-05-01

Experiments will be conducted in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Matched Index-of-Refraction (MIR) Flow Facility [1] to characterize the three-dimensional velocity and turbulence fields in a wire-wrapped rod bundle typically employed in liquid-metal cooled fast reactors and to provide benchmark data for computer code validation. Sodium cooled fast reactors are under consideration for use in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) program. The experiment model will be constructed of quartz components and the working fluid will be mineral oil. Accurate temperature control (to within 0.05 oC) matches the index-of-refraction of mineral oil with that of quartz and renders the model transparent to the wavelength of laser light employed for optical measurements. The model will be a scaled 7-pin rod bundle enclosed in a hexagonal canister. Flow field measurements will be obtained with a LaVision 3-D particle image velocimeter (PIV) and complimented by near-wall velocity measurements obtained from a 2-D laser Doppler velocimeter (LDV). These measurements will be used as benchmark data for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) validation. The rod bundle model dimensions will be scaled up from the typical dimensions of a fast reactor fuel assembly to provide the maximum Reynolds number achievable in the MIR flow loop. A range of flows from laminar to fully-turbulent will be available with a maximum Reynolds number, based on bundle hydraulic diameter, of approximately 22,000. The fuel pins will be simulated by 85 mm diameter quartz tubes (closed on the inlet ends) and the wire-wrap will be simulated by 25 mm diameter quartz rods. The canister walls will be constructed from quartz plates. The model will be approximately 2.13 m in length. Bundle pressure losses will also be measured and the data recorded for code comparisons. The experiment design and preliminary CFD calculations, which will be used to provide qualitative hydrodynamic

19. Estimated Uncertainties in the Idaho National Laboratory Matched-Index-of-Refraction Lower Plenum Experiment

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Donald M. McEligot; Hugh M. McIlroy, Jr.; Ryan C. Johnson

2007-11-01

The purpose of the fluid dynamics experiments in the MIR (Matched-Index-of-Refraction) flow system at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is to develop benchmark databases for the assessment of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solutions of the momentum equations, scalar mixing, and turbulence models for typical Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) plenum geometries in the limiting case of negligible buoyancy and constant fluid properties. The experiments use optical techniques, primarily particle image velocimetry (PIV) in the INL MIR flow system. The benefit of the MIR technique is that it permits optical measurements to determine flow characteristics in passages and around objects to be obtained without locating a disturbing transducer in the flow field and without distortion of the optical paths. The objective of the present report is to develop understanding of the magnitudes of experimental uncertainties in the results to be obtained in such experiments. Unheated MIR experiments are first steps when the geometry is complicated. One does not want to use a computational technique, which will not even handle constant properties properly. This report addresses the general background, requirements for benchmark databases, estimation of experimental uncertainties in mean velocities and turbulence quantities, the MIR experiment, PIV uncertainties, positioning uncertainties, and other contributing measurement uncertainties.

20. Refractive index matched suspensions as a tool for investigating entrainment by avalanches and debris flows

Bates, Belinda; Ancey, Christophe

2015-04-01

Geophysical gravity flows such as avalanches and debris flows are complicated mixtures of fluid and solids, often containing particle sizes of many orders of magnitude. In a debris flow, for example, the composition varies from head to tail, and from bottom to top due to particle size segregation and recirculation. In addition the solid components may have different masses and mechanical properties. For this reason, a complete understanding of substrate entrainment by this type of flow is still out of reach. A common strategy for advancing our understanding of the physics of processes like entrainment is to use a greatly simplified laboratory model of a debris flow, and take internal and bulk measurements. This idealized technique forms the basis of this study, in which a two-phase, monodisperse suspension of PMMA beads in a refractive-index matched suspending fluid flowed down a flume, encountering an entrainable region of the same suspension on the way. This study represents the first attempt of taking continuous internal velocity measurements inside a flowing, entraining model avalanche or debris flow in the laboratory. Interior PIV measurements of flow velocity were taken in the entrainable region, along with surface height measurements, to shed some light on the entrainment mechanisms and to see how the bulk flow responded. Further, some differential pressure measurements were made in the entrainable bed to see if pore-pressure peaks had any correlation with significant events during entrainment. We present our preliminary findings and discuss the suitability of the method to entrainment investigations.

1. Refractive Index Matching for Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence Imaging of Fluid Mixing in Porous Media

Roth, E. J.; Tigera, R. G.; Crimaldi, J. P.; Mays, D. C.

2015-12-01

Research in porous media is often hampered by the difficulty in making pore-scale observations. By selecting porous media that is refractive index matched (RIM) to the pore fluid, the media becomes transparent. This allows optical imaging techniques such as static light scattering (SLS), dynamic light scattering (DLS), confocal microscopy, and planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) to be employed. RIM is particularly useful for research concerning contaminant remediation in the subsurface, permitting visual observation of plume dynamics at the pore scale. The goal of this research is to explore and assess candidate combinations of porous media, fluid, and fluorescent dye. The strengths and weaknesses of each combination will then be evaluated in terms of safety, cost, and optical quality in order to select the best combination for use with PLIF. Within this framework, top-ranked RIM combinations include Pyrex glass beads, water beads, or granular Nafion saturated in vegetable glycerin, deionized water, and an aqueous solution of 48% isopropanol, respectively. This research lays the groundwork for future efforts to build a flow chamber in which the selected RIM porous media, solution, and dye will be used in evaluating subsurface pumping strategies designed to impose chaotic plume spreading in porous media. Though the RIM porous media explored in this research are selected based on the specifications of a particular experiment, the methods developed for working with and evaluating RIM porous media should be of utility to a wide variety of research interests.

2. Flow over interacting barchan dunes studied in a refractive-index-matched environment

Tang, Z.; Jiang, N.; Blois, G.; Barros, J. M.; Best, J. L.; Christensen, K. T.

2013-11-01

Barchan dunes are three-dimensional topographic features characterized by a crescentic shape. Very common on Earth's surface, barchans are produced by unidirectional flows in regions of sediment starvation and are characterized by migration rates that are a function of their volume. This results in complex dune-to-dune interaction mechanisms that are poorly understood. In order to quantify the flow structure produced by interacting barchans, PIV measurements were made wherein the dune models were immersed in a flowing fluid that was refractive-index-matched to the dune material. Doing so provided full optical access to the obstructed regions of flow and eliminated reflections from the liquid-solid boundaries, allowing near-wall data to be collected. Clear barchan models with different volumetric ratios were arranged in tandem, and flow-field measurements were made in multiple streamwise-wall-normal and streamwise-spanwise planes. Ensemble-averaged flow fields and Reynolds stresses were obtained for different barchan spacings and compared to the reference case of an isolated barchan. Proper orthogonal decomposition analysis was employed to study the spatial characteristics of the energy distribution both between and downstream of the aligned dunes.

3. Low hazard refractive index and density-matched fluid for quantitative imaging of concentrated suspensions of particles

Zhu, W.; Knapp, Y.; Deplano, V.

2016-05-01

A novel refractive index and density-matched liquid-solid suspension system taking into account chemical hazard and health concerns was developed and characterized. The solid phase is made of PMMA spheres, the refractive index of which being adapted with a mixture of 2,2'-thiodiethanol and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), while the density is adapted with a mixture of PBS and glycerol. The proposed chemicals present low hazard characteristics in comparison with former solutions. Data collected from density and refractive index measurements of the solid phase and of the different fluid constituents are used to define a specific ternary mixture adapted to commercial grade micron-size particles. The defined mixture is validated in a micron-sized granular flow experiment. The described method can be applied to other low-density solids.

4. MATCHED-INDEX-OF-REFRACTION FLOW FACILITY FOR FUNDAMENTAL AND APPLIED RESEARCH

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Piyush Sabharwall; Carl Stoots; Donald M. McEligot; Richard Skifton; Hugh McIlroy

2014-11-01

Significant challenges face reactor designers with regard to thermal hydraulic design and associated modeling for advanced reactor concepts. Computational thermal hydraulic codes solve only a piece of the core. There is a need for a whole core dynamics system code with local resolution to investigate and understand flow behavior with all the relevant physics and thermo-mechanics. The matched index of refraction (MIR) flow facility at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has a unique capability to contribute to the development of validated computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes through the use of state-of-the-art optical measurement techniques, such as Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) and Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). PIV is a non-intrusive velocity measurement technique that tracks flow by imaging the movement of small tracer particles within a fluid. At the heart of a PIV calculation is the cross correlation algorithm, which is used to estimate the displacement of particles in some small part of the image over the time span between two images. Generally, the displacement is indicated by the location of the largest peak. To quantify these measurements accurately, sophisticated processing algorithms correlate the locations of particles within the image to estimate the velocity (Ref. 1). Prior to use with reactor deign, the CFD codes have to be experimentally validated, which requires rigorous experimental measurements to produce high quality, multi-dimensional flow field data with error quantification methodologies. Computational thermal hydraulic codes solve only a piece of the core. There is a need for a whole core dynamics system code with local resolution to investigate and understand flow behavior with all the relevant physics and thermo-mechanics. Computational techniques with supporting test data may be needed to address the heat transfer from the fuel to the coolant during the transition from turbulent to laminar flow, including the possibility of an early

5. Preparation of refractive index matching polymer film alternative to oil for use in a portable surface-plasmon resonance phenomenon-based chemical sensor method.

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Masadome, Takashi; Asano, Yasukazu; Imato, Toshihiko; Ohkubo, Satoshi; Tobita, Tatsuya; Tabei, Hisao; Iwasaki, Yuzuru; Niwa, Osamu; Fushinuki, Yoshito

2002-07-01

In order to simplify the procedure for assembling a surface-plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor, a refractive index matching polymer film was prepared as an alternative to the conventionally used matching oil. The refractive index matching polymer film, the refractive index of which was nearly equal to the prism and sensor chip material (a cover glass) of the SPR sensor, was prepared by casting a tetrahydrofuran solution of poly (vinyl chloride) (PVC) containing equal weights of dioctyl phthalate and tricresyl phosphate. The refractive index matching polymer film was found to have a refractive index of 1.516, which is identical to that of the prism and the cover glass used for the present SPR sensor. The utility of the matching polymer film for the SPR sensor was confirmed by the detection of anti-human albumin, based on an antigen-antibody reaction.

6. Automatic amending of the tattoo sensor fluorescence localization by refractive index matching

Churmakov, Dmitry Y.; Meglinski, Igor V.; Greenhalgh, Douglas A.

2003-10-01

Fluorescence diagnostic techniques are notable amongst many other optical methods, as they offer high sensitivity and non-invasive measurements of tissue properties. However, a combination of multiple scattering and physical heterogeneity of biological tissues hampers the interpretation of the fluorescence measurements. The analyses of the spatial distribution of endogenous and exogenous fluorophores excitations within tissues and their contribution to the detected signal localization are essential for many applications. We have developed a novel Monte Carlo technique that gives a graphical perception of how the excitation and fluorescence detected signal are localized in tissues. Our model takes into account spatial distribution of fluorophores and their quantum yields. We demonstrate that matching of the refractive indices of ambient medium and topical skin layer improves spatial localization of the detected fluorescence signal within the tissue. This result is consistent with the recent conclusion that administering biocompatible agents results in higher image contrast.

7. Evaluation of match criteria used for the comparison of refractive index of glass fragments.

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Garvin, Elizabeth J; Koons, Robert D

2011-03-01

For comparative glass examinations, the refractive indices (RIs) of recovered glass fragments are often compared to a test interval defined by measurements from a broken glass object. RI measurements from five modern float glasses were used via resampling to assess the frequencies of false exclusion errors for eight test criteria as functions of the number of measurements. The test criteria were based on ranges, fixed intervals, and multiples of standard deviations of the known source measurements. The observed error rates for the eight tests studied are between zero and c. 35%, depending upon the match criteria, the number of measurements, and the RI distribution for a glass source. The results of this study can be used to predict the false exclusion rate for a test criterion under a given set of conditions or to select test criteria that result in a desired error rate for these typical sheet glasses. 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Published 2011. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the U.S.A.

8. Extratympanic observation of middle ear structure using a refractive index matching material (glycerol) and an infrared camera

Kong, Soo-Keun; Chon, Kyong-Myong; Goh, Eui-Kyung; Lee, Il-Woo; Wang, Soo-Geun

2014-05-01

High-resolution computed tomography has been used mainly in the diagnosis of middle ear disease, such as high-jugular bulb, congenital cholesteatoma, and ossicular disruption. However, certain diagnoses are confirmed through exploratory tympanotomy. There are few noninvasive methods available to observe the middle ear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of glycerol as a refractive index matching material and an infrared (IR) camera system for extratympanic observation. 30% glycerol was used as a refractive index matching material in five fresh cadavers. Each material was divided into four subgroups; GN (glycerol no) group, GO (glycerol out) group, GI (glycerol in) group, and GB (glycerol both) group. A printed letter and middle ear structures on the inside tympanic membrane were observed using a visible and IR ray camera system. In the GB group, there were marked a transilluminated letter or an ossicle on the inside tympanic membrane. In particular, a footplate of stapes was even transilluminated using the IR camera system in the GB group. This method can be useful in the diagnosis of diseases of the middle ear if it is clinically applied through further studies.

9. Optical-CT 3D Dosimetry Using Fresnel Lenses with Minimal Refractive-Index Matching Fluid

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Bache, Steven; Malcolm, Javian; Adamovics, John; Oldham, Mark

2016-01-01

Telecentric optical computed tomography (optical-CT) is a state-of-the-art method for visualizing and quantifying 3-dimensional dose distributions in radiochromic dosimeters. In this work a prototype telecentric system (DFOS—Duke Fresnel Optical-CT Scanner) is evaluated which incorporates two substantial design changes: the use of Fresnel lenses (reducing lens costs from $10-30K t0$1-3K) and the use of a ‘solid tank’ (which reduces noise, and the volume of refractively matched fluid from 1ltr to 10cc). The efficacy of DFOS was evaluated by direct comparison against commissioned scanners in our lab. Measured dose distributions from all systems were compared against the predicted dose distributions from a commissioned treatment planning system (TPS). Three treatment plans were investigated including a simple four-field box treatment, a multiple small field delivery, and a complex IMRT treatment. Dosimeters were imaged within 2h post irradiation, using consistent scanning techniques (360 projections acquired at 1 degree intervals, reconstruction at 2mm). DFOS efficacy was evaluated through inspection of dose line-profiles, and 2D and 3D dose and gamma maps. DFOS/TPS gamma pass rates with 3%/3mm dose difference/distance-to-agreement criteria ranged from 89.3% to 92.2%, compared to from 95.6% to 99.0% obtained with the commissioned system. The 3D gamma pass rate between the commissioned system and DFOS was 98.2%. The typical noise rates in DFOS reconstructions were up to 3%, compared to under 2% for the commissioned system. In conclusion, while the introduction of a solid tank proved advantageous with regards to cost and convenience, further work is required to improve the image quality and dose reconstruction accuracy of the new DFOS optical-CT system. PMID:27019460

10. Optical-CT 3D Dosimetry Using Fresnel Lenses with Minimal Refractive-Index Matching Fluid.

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Bache, Steven; Malcolm, Javian; Adamovics, John; Oldham, Mark

2016-01-01

Telecentric optical computed tomography (optical-CT) is a state-of-the-art method for visualizing and quantifying 3-dimensional dose distributions in radiochromic dosimeters. In this work a prototype telecentric system (DFOS-Duke Fresnel Optical-CT Scanner) is evaluated which incorporates two substantial design changes: the use of Fresnel lenses (reducing lens costs from $10-30K t0$1-3K) and the use of a 'solid tank' (which reduces noise, and the volume of refractively matched fluid from 1 ltr to 10 cc). The efficacy of DFOS was evaluated by direct comparison against commissioned scanners in our lab. Measured dose distributions from all systems were compared against the predicted dose distributions from a commissioned treatment planning system (TPS). Three treatment plans were investigated including a simple four-field box treatment, a multiple small field delivery, and a complex IMRT treatment. Dosimeters were imaged within 2 h post irradiation, using consistent scanning techniques (360 projections acquired at 1 degree intervals, reconstruction at 2mm). DFOS efficacy was evaluated through inspection of dose line-profiles, and 2D and 3D dose and gamma maps. DFOS/TPS gamma pass rates with 3%/3mm dose difference/distance-to-agreement criteria ranged from 89.3% to 92.2%, compared to from 95.6% to 99.0% obtained with the commissioned system. The 3D gamma pass rate between the commissioned system and DFOS was 98.2%. The typical noise rates in DFOS reconstructions were up to 3%, compared to under 2% for the commissioned system. In conclusion, while the introduction of a solid tank proved advantageous with regards to cost and convenience, further work is required to improve the image quality and dose reconstruction accuracy of the new DFOS optical-CT system.

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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)

12. Eliminating the need for refractive index matching in optical CT scanners for radiotherapy dosimetry: I. Concept and simulations

Doran, Simon J.; Yatigammana, Dylan N. B.

2012-02-01

Optical computed tomography has now become a well-established method for making empirical measurements of 3D dose distributions in radiotherapy treatment verification. The requirement for effective refractive index matching as part of the scanning process has long been an inconvenience for users, limiting the speed of sample throughput. We propose a new method for reconstructing data that takes explicit account of the refracted path of the light rays and demonstrate theoretically the conditions under which there are sufficient data to create a good reconstruction. Examples of the performance of the algorithm are given. For smoothly varying data, reconstructed images of very high quality are obtained, with RMS deviation of under 1% from the original, provided that the irradiated region lies entirely within a critical radius. For the dosimeter material PRESAGE®, this critical value is approximately 0.65 of the sample radius. Regions outside this are not reconstructed successfully, but we argue that there are many cases where this disadvantage is outweighed by the benefits of the technique.

13. On the rheology of refractive-index-matched, non-Newtonian blood-analog fluids for PIV experiments

Najjari, Mohammad Reza; Hinke, Jessica A.; Bulusu, Kartik V.; Plesniak, Michael W.

2016-06-01

Four commonly used refractive-index (RI)-matched Newtonian blood-analog fluids are reviewed, and different non-Newtonian blood-analogs, with RI of 1.372-1.495, are investigated. Sodium iodide (NaI), sodium thiocyanate (NaSCN) and potassium thiocyanate are used to adjust the RI of blood-analogs to that of test sections for minimizing optical distortions in particle image velocimetry data, and xanthan gum (XG) is added to the fluids to give them non-Newtonian properties (shear thinning and viscoelasticity). Our results support the general belief that adding NaI to Newtonian fluids matches the RI without changing the kinematic viscosity. However, in contrast to claims made in a few studies that did not measure rheology, our investigation revealed that adding NaI or NaSCN to XG-based non-Newtonian fluids changes the viscosity of the fluids considerably and reduces the shear-thinning property. Therefore, the RI of non-Newtonian blood-analog fluids with XG cannot be adjusted easily by varying the concentration of NaI or NaSCN and needs more careful rheological study.

14. Analytical and clinical evaluation of refractive index-matched anomalous diffraction (RIMAD) for assessment of fetal lung maturation.

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Rohlfs, E M; Chaing, S H; Chapman, J F

1996-11-01

We have evaluated refractive index-matched anomalous defraction (RIMAD) (Dubin SB, Clin Chem 1988;34:938-43) as a potential method for assessment of fetal lung maturity (FLM). This method determines the total light scattered by the surfactant-containing lamellar bodies by subtraction of the A650 from amniotic fluid diluted in glycerol from that of amniotic fluid diluted in distilled water. It is not significantly affected by such contaminating chromogens as hemoglobin and bilirubin up to 2.0 g/L and 11.0 mg/L, respectively. However, the addition of as little as 2.5 microL of erythrocytes as whole blood resulted in significant interference. RIMADs for normal respiratory outcomes (n = 78) ranged from 0.018 to 0.471. RIMADs for respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) outcomes (n = 8) ranged from 0.004 to 0.036. Use of a RIMAD referent value of > 0.040 to indicate maturity yielded sensitivity, specificity, predictive value (PV)RDS, and PVmaturity of 100%, 96.2%, 72.2%, and 100%, respectively. The areas under the receiver-operating characteristic curves were 0.997 for the RIMAD assay, 0.993 (P = 0.3) for the TDx-FLM assay, 0.89 (P = 0.017) for the lecithin/sphingomyelin ratio, and 0.87 (P = 0.023) for the foam stability index.

15. Using refractive index matching to image flow above and within a highly-permeable laboratory stream bed

Lichtner, Derek; Best, Jim; Blois, Gianluca; Kim, Taehoon; Christensen, Kenneth

2015-11-01

Turbulent flow over a rough, porous gravel bed is investigated with particle image velocimetry (PIV) and refractive index matching (RIM). A model stream bed was constructed with 4224 pre-cast acrylic spheres (D = 1.27 cm) in a fixed cubic pattern. The flow above and within the bed was measured in the streamwise-wall-normal plane at Reb = 3.20 × 10, with an image resolution of 11 Mpixel, and the flow was seeded with silver-coated hollow glass spheres (ρ = 1700 kg m-3). The highpermeability of the interface in these experiments permits large, instantaneous, near-bed streamwise momentum due to vertical exchange viaturbulence. The mean velocity flow structure exhibitsa significant slip velocity at the bed interface. In the pore spaces, mean velocities are near-horizontal and 5-10% of the maximum free stream velocity. High Reynolds stresses near the bed, particularly around the crests of spherical roughness elements, suggest turbulence is produced by flow separation and the shedding of vortices from streambed grains. The dimensions of turbulent flow structures, determined via two-point correlations and Galilean decompositions, appear similar to those of hairpin vortices, although the resemblance remains unconfirmed without time-resolved data.

16. Refractive index matched half-wave plate with a nematic liquid crystal for three-dimensional laser metrology applications

Piecek, W.; Jaroszewicz, L. R.; Miszczyk, E.; Raszewski, Z.; Mrukiewicz, M.; Perkowski, P.; Nowinowski-Kruszelnicki, E.; Zieliński, J.; Olifierczuk, M.; Kędzierski, J.; Sun, X. W.; Garbat, K.; Kowiorski, K.; Morawiak, P.; Mazur, R.; Tkaczyk, J.

2016-12-01

There exists a need in a quality and accuracy of a three-dimensional laser metrology operating in numerically controlled automatic machines. For this purpose, one sends three laser beams mutually perpendicular. These three beams of the wavelength λ = 0.6328 μm are generated by the same laser and are directed along three independent, orthogonal, mutually perpendicular, optical paths with a given light polarization plain. Using these beams, constituting the frame of coordinates, three independent laser rangefinders are able to determine spatial coordinates of a working tool or a workpiece. To form these optical pulses, a special refractive index matched Half-Wave Plate with nematic Liquid Crystal (LCHWP) was applied. The presented half-wave plate is based on a single Twisted Nematic (TN) cell (with the twist angle Φ = π/2) of a rather high cell gap d 15 μm filled with a newly developed High-Birefringence Nematic Liquid Crystal Mixture (HBLCM) of optical anisotropy as high as Δn 0.40 at λ = 0.6328 μm, where the Mauguin limit above 5.00 Δnd >> λ/2 = 0.32 is fulfilled.

17. A method for matching the refractive index and kinematic viscosity of a blood analog for flow visualization in hydraulic cardiovascular models.

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Nguyen, T T; Biadillah, Y; Mongrain, R; Brunette, J; Tardif, J C; Bertrand, O F

2004-08-01

In this work, we propose a simple method to simultaneously match the refractive index and kinematic viscosity of a circulating blood analog in hydraulic models for optical flow measurement techniques (PIV, PMFV, LDA, and LIF). The method is based on the determination of the volumetric proportions and temperature at which two transparent miscible liquids should be mixed to reproduce the targeted fluid characteristics. The temperature dependence models are a linear relation for the refractive index and an Arrhenius relation for the dynamic viscosity of each liquid. Then the dynamic viscosity of the mixture is represented with a Grunberg-Nissan model of type 1. Experimental tests for acrylic and blood viscosity were found to be in very good agreement with the targeted values (measured refractive index of 1.486 and kinematic viscosity of 3.454 milli-m2/s with targeted values of 1.47 and 3.300 milli-m2/s).

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

1. 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…

2. 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…

3. Refractive-index measurement of high-refractive-index integrated-optic components

Oberson, Philippe

2004-12-01

The most commonly-used technique for measuring the refractive index profile of an optical fiber is the refracted near-field method. This standard method cannot be directly used for integrated optical waveguides such as silica-on-silicon or LiNbO3 because of the geometrical constraints imposed by the slab waveguide. A modified method was described in previous work and subsequently implemented with some improvements (e.g. use of a calibrated solid refractive-index reference element; a simplified waveguide identification) in a commercial apparatus. However, the non-availability of suitable index-matching liquids having an index of refraction greater than about 1.8 prevent this apparatus being used with high-index DUTs. In this paper, we propose and experimentally verify a modified instrument that permits the characterization of the index profile of high refractive-index waveguides such as LiNbO3. Provided that the waveguide is written in a homogeneous bulk substrate with a known index, this modified approach allows for spatial and refractive-index resolutions that are practically as good as those obtained with the standard technique applied to optical fibers.

4. Study on the refractive index matching effect of ultrasound on optical clearing of bio-tissues based on the derivative total reflection method

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

2014-01-01

In recent years, the tissue optical clearing (OC) technique in the biomedicine field has drawn lots of attention. Various physical and chemical methods have been introduced to improve the efficacy of OC. In this study, the effect of the combination of glycerol and ultrasound treatment on OC of in vitro porcine muscle tissues has been investigated. The refractive index (RI) matching mechanism of OC was directly observed based on the derivative total reflection method. A theoretical model was used to simulate the proportion of tissue fluid in the illuminated area. Moreover, the total transmittance spectra have been obtained by a spectrometer over the range from 450 nm to 700 nm. The administration of glycerol and ultrasound has led to an increase of the RI of background medium and a more RI matching environment was achieved. The experimental results support the validity of the ultrasound treatment for OC. The RI matching mechanism has been firstly quantitatively analyzed based on the derivative total reflection method. PMID:25360366

5. Refractive Index Enhancement in Gases

DTIC Science & Technology

2012-02-29

experimentally demonstrated the key ingredients of this approach in Rubidium vapor where we have observe enhanced refractive index with vanishing absorption...beam, Ep. We have recently experimentally demonstrated this effect in a 1-mm-long Rubidium (Rb) vapor cell at high vapor densities. Here, we utilize

6. Interpolation of refractive index data.

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Morrissey, B W; Powell, C J

1973-07-01

A comparison of the interpolation of index of refraction data for Czochralski sapphire, cyclohexane, and polystyrene dissolved in cyclohexane using a three-term Sellmeier equation, the Lorentz-Lorenz equation with six terms, third and fifth order polynomials, and a cubic-spline technique indicates that the cubic spline method is extremely valuable for simple interpolation. Not only were the magnitudes of the rms and average absolute residuals the smallest, but the fits showed no systematic errors.

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

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.

8. OCT assessment of non-cavitated occlusal carious lesions by variation of incidence angle of probe light and refractive index matching.

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Park, Kyung-Jin; Haak, Rainer; Ziebolz, Dirk; Krause, Felix; Schneider, Hartmut

2017-07-01

This study evaluated (1) the detection and assessment of non-cavitated occlusal carious lesions by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and (2) the impact of varying angle of incidence (AI) of probe light and refractive index matching (RIM). Nine extracted human molars with 18 occlusal lesions (ICDAS code 2) were visually selected. 18 regions of interest (ROI) were imaged with SD-OCT under varying AI (0°, ±5°, ±10°, ±15°) and with/without application of glycerine at 0°. X-ray micro computed tomography (μCT) was used as a validation standard. μCT and OCT signals were categorized according to the lesion extent: 1-sound, 2-lesion limited to half of enamel, 3-lesion limited to enamel, 4-lesion into dentin. Agreement between both methods was assessed. Intra- and inter-examiner reproducibility analyses were conducted. Cohen's kappa coefficient (κ), Spearman's rho correlation (rs) and Wilcoxon test (α=0.05). Slight to moderate agreement (κ=0.153) between μCT and OCT was obtained at an AI of 0° (Wilcoxon: p=0.02). With variation of Al a substantial agreement (κ=0.607) was observed (p=0.74). Spearman's correlation between both methods was 0.428 at 0°, 0.75 with varying AI and 0.573 with glycerine. Kappa values for intra-and inter-examiner analysis ranged between 0.81 and 0.88 and between 0.25 and 0.73, respectively. Variation of AI improves the detectability of non-cavitated occlusal carious lesions. RIM can enhance signal-to-noise ratio. OCT could provide additional diagnostic information in single and longitudinal assessments of occlusal carious lesions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

9. Telescope resolution using negative refractive index materials

May, Jack L.; Jennetti, Tony

2004-02-01

Concepts are presented for using negative refractive index (NRI) materials to design parabolic reflector telescopes and antennas with resolutions significantly better than the diffractions limit. The main question we are attempting to answer is can negative refractive material be used to improve performance of parabolic systems even when the signal or light source is far away and no evanescent fields are present when they arrive at the parabolic reflector. The main approach is to take advantage of any knowledge that we have to recreate the evanescent fields. Fields are then adapted to improve a performance measure such a sharper focus or antenna rejection of interference. A negative refraction index lens is placed between the conventional reflector and focal plane to shape the point spread function. To produce telescope resolutions that are better than the diffraction limit, evanescent fields created by the reflection off of the parabolic surface are amplified and modified to generate fields that sharpen the focus. A second approach use available knowledge of an emitting aperture to synthesize a field at a distance that matches as closely as possible the field of the emitting aperture. The yet unproven conclusion is that techniques can be developed that will improve antenna and telescopes resolution that is better than the diffraction limit.

10. 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

2016-04-19

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.

11. Refractive index modulation in photo-thermo-refractive fibers

Rotari, Eugeniu; Glebova, Larissa; Glebov, Leonid

2005-04-01

Refractive index decrement was discovered in a fiber made from photo-thermo-refractive (PTR) glass. PTR glass is a fluorosilicate glass doped with cerium and silver which demonstrates refractive index change after UV exposure and thermal development due to precipitation of NaF nanocrystals in the irradiated areas. This glass is widely used for volume holographic optical elements recording. Photosensitivity in PTR optical fibers has been shown after exposure to radiation at 325 nm for about 1 J/cm2 followed by thermal development at 520°C. Refractive index difference between exposed and unexposed areas was about 1000 ppm. A Bragg mirror at 1088 nm was recorded in such fiber which showed narrow band reflection within 1 nm.

12. Nonlinear refractive index of photo-thermo-refractive glass

Santran, Stephane; Martinez-Rosas, Miguel; Canioni, Lionel; Sarger, Laurent; Glebova, Larissa N.; Tirpak, Alan; Glebov, Leonid B.

2006-03-01

Nonlinear properties of a photo-thermo-refractive (PTR) glass are studied and compared with those in fused silica and a conventional optical glass. PTR glass is a new photosensitive medium for high-efficiency phase volume hologram recording which manifests a linear refractive index modulation after exposure to UV radiation followed by thermal treatment. Nonlinear optical properties of PTR glass exposed to femtosecond laser pulses are studied. Diffraction patterns in a propagated laser beam focused in the sample were detected by a CCD, while a nonlinear refractive index was measured by a collinear-orthogonal-polarization-pump-probe (COP3) method. It was found that nonlinear refractive index of PTRG is n2 = 3.3 × 10-20 m2/W (0.33 ppm cm2/GW) which is about the same as for the fused silica. It is important that n2 in PTR glass does not vary after UV exposure and thermal development.

13. A refractive index-matched facility for fluid-structure interaction studies of pulsatile and oscillating flow in elastic vessels of adjustable compliance

Burgmann, S.; Große, S.; Schröder, W.; Roggenkamp, J.; Jansen, S.; Gräf, F.; Büsen, M.

2009-10-01

The flow field in the respiratory and vascular system is known to be influenced by the flexibility of the walls. However, up to now, most of the experimental biofluidic investigations have been performed in rigid models due to the complexity and necessity of optical access. In this paper, a facility and measurement techniques for studying oscillating and pulsatile flow in elastic vessels will be described. The investigated vessel models have been adapted such that fluid-mechanical and structure-mechanical characteristics represent realistic blood flows in medium blood vessels. That is, characteristic parameters, i.e., the Reynolds and Womersley number, as well as mechanical properties of the flexible wall, i.e., the Young’s modulus and the material compliance, have been chosen to reasonably represent realistic flow conditions. First, a method to manufacture elastic models, which mimic the structure-mechanical properties of vascular vessels is described. The models possess a tunable compliance and are made of transparent polydimethylsiloxane. Second, the experimental setup of the flow facility will be elucidated. The flow facility allows to mimic pulsatile flow at physiologically relevant Reynolds and Womersley numbers. The precise form of the flow cycle can individually be controlled. Water/glycerine is used as flow medium for refractive index matching particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements. The PIV recordings not only allow to assess the mean cross-sectional flow field but also further enable to simultaneously detect the movement of the flexible wall. Additionally, the local wall-shear stress can be obtained from the single-pixel line resolved near-wall flow field. To confirm the flow conditions of the oscillatory laminar flow inside the flow facility and to evaluate the ability to assess the flow field, measurements in a straight, uniform diameter, rigid Plexiglas pipe under identical conditions to those of the oscillating flow in the flexible vessel

14. 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.

15. Negative index of refraction in optical metamaterials.

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

2005-12-15

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

16. Hybrid high refractive index polymer coatings

Wang, Yubao; Flaim, Tony; Mercado, Ramil; Fowler, Shelly; Holmes, Douglas; Planje, Curtis

2005-04-01

Thermally curable hybrid high refractive index polymer solutions have been developed. These solutions are stable up to 6 months under room temperature storage conditions and can be easily spin-coated onto a desired substrate. When cured at elevated temperature, the hybrid polymer coating decomposes to form a metal oxide-rich film that has a high refractive index. The resulting films have refractive indices higher than 1.90 in the entire visible region and achieve film thicknesses of 300-900 nm depending on the level of metal oxide loading, cure temperature being used, and number of coatings. The formed films show greater than 90% internal transmission in the visible wavelength (400-700 nm). These hybrid high refractive index films are mechanically robust, are stable upon exposure to both heat and UV radiation, and are currently being investigated for microlithographic patterning potential.

17. On the effective refractive index of blood

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.

18. Fiber optic liquid refractive index sensor

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

2015-08-01

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

19. Cosmology with a dark refraction index

Chen, B.; Kantowski, R.

2008-08-01

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

20. Tunable Terahertz Device Using Refractive Index Control

Nakanishi, Atsushi; Yasuda, Takashi; Horita, Kazuki; Takahashi, Hironori

2017-08-01

We measured the thermal dependencies of the refractive index and the absorption coefficient of high-resistivity silicon. We found that the refractive index varied slightly with temperature, and the absorption coefficient was very low and remained approximately constant as the temperature was changed. As a result, the conditions for terahertz propagation in silicon could be controlled by changing the refractive index without any absorption loss. As one application of this effect, we developed a terahertz time delay generator that can generate a terahertz time delay by changing the temperature of the medium through which the terahertz beam passes, without the need for any mechanical delay. We demonstrated generation of a terahertz time delay of approximately 6.6 ps.

1. Cryogenic Refractive Index of Heraeus Homosil Glass

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Miller, Kevin H.; Quijada, Manuel A.; Leviton, Douglas B.

2017-01-01

This paper reports measurements of the refractive index of Homosil (Heraeus) over the wavelength range of 0.34-3.16 microns and temperature range of 120-335 K. These measurements were performed by using the Cryogenic High Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS) facility at the NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center. These measurements were in support of an integrated Structural-Thermal-Optical-Performance (STOP) model that was developed for a field-widened Michelson interferometer that is being built and tested for the High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) project at the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). The cryogenic refractive index measurements were required in order to account for the highly sensitivity performance of the HSRL instrument to changes in refractive index with temperature, temperature gradients, thermal expansion, and deformation due to mounting stresses. A dense coverage of the absolute refractive index over the aforementioned wavelength and temperature ranges was used to determine the thermo-optic coefficient (dn/dT) and dispersion relation (dn/d(lamda)) as a function of wavelength and temperature. Our measurements of Homosil will be compared with measurements of other glasses from the fused silica family studied in CHARMS as well as measurements reported elsewhere in literature.

2. Cryogenic Refractive Index of Heraeus Homosil Glass

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Miller, Kevin H.; Quijada, Manuel A.; Leviton, Douglas B.

2017-01-01

This paper reports measurements of the refractive index of Homosil (Heraeus) over the wavelength range of 0.343.16 m and temperature range of 120335 K. These measurements were performed by using the Cryogenic High Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS) facility at the NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center. These measurements were in support of an integrated Structural-Thermal-Optical-Performance (STOP) model that was developed for a field-widened Michelson interferometer that is being built and tested for the High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) project at the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). The cryogenic refractive index measurements were required in order to account for the highly sensitivity performance of the HSRL instrument to changes in refractive index with temperature, temperature gradients, thermal expansion, and deformation due to mounting stresses. A dense coverage of the absolute refractive index over the aforementioned wavelength and temperature ranges was used to determine the thermo-optic coefficient (dndT) and dispersion relation (dnd) as a function of wavelength and temperature. Our measurements of Homosil will be compared with measurements of other glasses from the fused silica family studied in CHARMS as well as measurements reported elsewhere in literature.

3. A Liquid Prism for Refractive Index Studies

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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Refractive index measurements of Ge

Burnett, John H.; Kaplan, Simon G.; Stover, Eric; Phenis, Adam

2016-09-01

A program has been started at NIST to make high-accuracy measurements of the infrared (IR) index properties of technologically important IR materials, in order to provide the IR optics community with updated values for the highest quality materials now available. For this purpose, we designed and built a minimum-deviation-angle refractometry system enabling diffraction-limited index measurements for wavelengths from 0.12 μm to 14 μm. We discuss the apparatus and procedures that we use for IR measurements. First results are presented for germanium for the wavelength range from 2 μm to 14 μm, with standard uncertainties ranging from 2 × 10-5 near 2 μm to 8 × 10-5 near 14 μm. This is an improvement by about an order of magnitude of the uncertainty level for index data of germanium generally used for optic design. A Sellmeier formula fitting our data for this range is provided. An analysis of the uncertainty is presented in detail. These measurements are compared to previous measurements of Ge.

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

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.

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

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

2016-04-01

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.

9. Roughened glass slides and a spectrophotometer for the detection of the wavelength-dependent refractive index of transparent liquids.

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Niskanen, Ilpo; Räty, Jukka; Myllylä, Risto; Sutinen, Veijo; Matsuda, Kiyofumi; Homma, Kazuhiro; Silfsten, Pertti; Peiponen, Kai-Erik

2012-07-01

We describe a method to determine the wavelength-dependent refractive index of liquids by measurement of light transmittance with a spectrophotometer. The method is based on using roughened glass slides with different a priori known refractive indices and immersing the slides into the transparent liquid with unknown refractive index. Using the dispersion data on the glass material it is possible to find the index match between the liquid and the glass slide, and hence the refractive index of the liquid.

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

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.

11. Uncladded sensing fiber for refractive index measurement

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

2016-05-06

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.

12. Uncladded sensing fiber for refractive index measurement

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.

13. Effective spectral dispersion of refractive index modulation

Vojtíšek, Petr; Květoň, Milan; Richter, Ivan

2017-04-01

For diffraction effects inside photopolymer materials, which act as volume diffraction systems (e.g. gratings), refractive index modulation is one of the key parameters. Due to its importance it is necessary to study this parameter from many perspectives, one of which is its value for different spectral components, i.e. its spectral dispersion. In this paper, we discuss this property and present an approach to experimental and numerical extraction and analysis (via rigorous coupled wave analysis and Cauchy’s empirical relation) of the effective dispersion of refractive index modulation based on an analysis of transmittance maps measured in an angular-spectral plane. It is indicated that the inclusion of dispersion leads to a significantly better description of the real grating behavior (which is often necessary in various design implementations of diffraction gratings) and that this estimation can be carried out for all the diffraction orders present.

14. Analytical properties of the effective refractive index

Puzko, R. S.; Merzlikin, A. M.

2017-01-01

The propagation of a plane wave through a periodic layered system is considered in terms of the effective parameters. The problem of introduction of effective parameters is discussed. It was demonstrated that although the effective admittance cannot be introduced, it is possible to introduce the effective refractive index, which tends toward the Rytov value when the system size increases. It was shown that the effective wave vector derivative is an analytical function of frequency. In particular, the Kramers-Kronig-like relations for real and imaginary parts of the effective wave vector derivative were obtained. The Kramers-Kronig-like relations for the effective refractive index were also considered. The results obtained numerically were proved by exact solution of Maxwell's equations in the specific case of an "equi-impedance" system.

15. Cosmology with a dark refraction index

Chen, Bin

2009-09-01

In this dissertation we review Gordon's optical metric theory, generalize it, and apply it to modern cosmology. In Chapter 1, we build the notation, define important quantities (luminosity distance, angular diameter distance, etc.), derive a few key equations (reciprocity relation, transport equations of optical scalars, etc.), and develop some basic techniques which will be useful later on. In Chapter 2 we apply Gordon's optical metric theory to Friedman-Lemaître- Robertson-Walker cosmologies. We associate a refraction index with the cosmic fluid and derive the refraction-corrected distance redshift relations. We then fit the Hubble curve of current supernova observations with a non-accelerating cosmological model. We also show that some observational effects caused by inhomogeneities, e.g., the Sachs-Wolfe effect, can be interpreted as being caused by an effective index of refraction, and hence this theory could extend to other speed of light communications such as gravitational radiation and neutrino fluxes. In Chapter 3 we show that Gordon's optical metric on a curved spacetime can be generalized to include absorption by allowing the metric to become complex. We distinguish two different cases, i.e., strong and weak absorption, and demonstrate the use of the complex optical metric theory by giving three examples. We use one of these examples to compute corrected distance-redshift relations for Friedman-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker models in which the cosmic fluid possesses a complex index of refraction that represents grey extinction. We then fit this corrected Hubble curve to the same supernovae data used in Chapter 2 by assuming pure absorption. In Chapter 4 we equate the physical intensity reduction of a light wave caused by weak absorption with a geometrical reduction in intensity caused by a "transverse" conformal transformation of the spacetime metric in which the wave travels. We then modify Gordon's optical metric to include absorption via a totally

16. The Use of Index-Matched Beads in Optical Particle Counters.

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Hu, Zhishang; Ripple, Dean C

2014-01-01

In this paper, we demonstrate the use of 2-pyridinemethanol (2P) aqueous solutions as a refractive index matching liquid. The high refractive index and low viscosity of 2P-water mixtures enables refractive index matching of beads that cannot be index matched with glycerol-water or sucrose-water solutions, such as silica beads that have the refractive index of bulk fused silica or of polymethylmethacrylate beads. Suspensions of beads in a nearly index-matching liquid are a useful tool to understand the response of particle counting instruments to particles of low optical contrast, such as aggregated protein particles. Data from flow imaging and light obscuration instruments are presented for bead diameters ranging from 6 µm to 69 µm, in a matrix liquid spanning the point of matched refractive index.

17. The Use of Index-Matched Beads in Optical Particle Counters

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Hu, Zhishang; Ripple, Dean C

2014-01-01

In this paper, we demonstrate the use of 2-pyridinemethanol (2P) aqueous solutions as a refractive index matching liquid. The high refractive index and low viscosity of 2P-water mixtures enables refractive index matching of beads that cannot be index matched with glycerol-water or sucrose-water solutions, such as silica beads that have the refractive index of bulk fused silica or of polymethylmethacrylate beads. Suspensions of beads in a nearly index-matching liquid are a useful tool to understand the response of particle counting instruments to particles of low optical contrast, such as aggregated protein particles. Data from flow imaging and light obscuration instruments are presented for bead diameters ranging from 6 µm to 69 µm, in a matrix liquid spanning the point of matched refractive index. PMID:26601049

18. 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.

19. Microwave gain medium with negative refractive index.

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

2014-12-19

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.

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

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

2014-11-01

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

1. Near-zero refractive index photonics

2017-03-01

Structures with near-zero parameters (for example, media with near-zero relative permittivity and/or relative permeability, and thus a near-zero refractive index) exhibit a number of unique features, such as the decoupling of spatial and temporal field variations, which enable the exploration of qualitatively different wave dynamics. This Review summarizes the underlying principles and salient features, physical realizations and technological potential of these structures. In doing so, we revisit their distinctive impact on multiple optical processes, including scattering, guiding, trapping and emission of light. Their role in emphasizing secondary responses of matter such as nonlinear, non-reciprocal and non-local effects is also discussed.

2. Optofluidic two-dimensional grating volume refractive index sensor.

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Sarkar, Anirban; Shivakiran Bhaktha, B N; Khastgir, Sugata Pratik

2016-09-10

We present an optofluidic reservoir with a two-dimensional grating for a lab-on-a-chip volume refractive index sensor. The observed diffraction pattern from the device resembles the analytically obtained fringe pattern. The change in the diffraction pattern has been monitored in the far-field for fluids with different refractive indices. Reliable measurements of refractive index variations, with an accuracy of 6×10-3 refractive index units, for different fluids establishes the optofluidic device as a potential on-chip tool for monitoring dynamic refractive index changes.

3. On retrieving refractive index of dust-like particles using shape distributions of ellipsoids

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

2015-06-01

Ellipsoid-based retrievals are widely used for investigating optical properties of non-ellipsoidal atmospheric particles, such as dust. In this work, the applicability of ellipsoids for retrieving the refractive index of dust-like target model particles from scattering data is investigated. This is a pure modeling study, where stereogrammetrically retrieved model dust shapes are used as targets. The primary objective is to study whether the refractive index of these target particles can be inverted from their scattering matrices using ellipsoidal model particles. To achieve this, first scattering matrices for the target model particles with known refractive indices are computed. On one hand, a non-negative least squares fitting is performed, separately for different scattering matrix elements, for a set of 46 differently shaped ellipsoids by using different assumed refractive indices. Then, the fitting error is evaluated to establish whether the ellipsoidal base best matches the target scattering matrix elements when the correct refractive index is assumed. On the other hand, we also test whether the ellipsoids best match the target data with the correct refractive index, if a predefined (uniform) shape distribution for ellipsoids is assumed, instead of optimizing the shape distribution separately for each tested refractive index. The results show that for both of these approaches using the ellipsoids with the true refractive index produces good results, but also that for each element even better results are acquired by using wrong refractive indices. In addition, the best agreement is found for different scattering matrix elements using different refractive indices. The findings imply that the inversion of refractive index of non-ellipsoidal particles may not be reliable using ellipsoids. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the differences in single-scattering albedo and asymmetry parameter between the best-match ellipsoid ensemble and the target particles may

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

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

2015-10-01

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

5. Reflection based Extraordinary Optical Transmission Fiber Optic Probe for Refractive Index Sensing.

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Lan, Xinwei; Cheng, Baokai; Yang, Qingbo; Huang, Jie; Wang, Hanzheng; Ma, Yinfa; Shi, Honglan; Xiao, Hai

2014-03-31

Fiber optic probes for chemical sensing based on the extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) phenomenon are designed and fabricated by perforating subwavelength hole arrays on the gold film coated optical fiber endface. The device exhibits a red shift in response to the surrounding refractive index increases with high sensitivity, enabling a reflection-based refractive index sensor with a compact and simple configuration. By choosing the period of hole arrays, the sensor can be designed to operate in the near infrared telecommunication wavelength range, where the abundant source and detectors are available for easy instrumentation. The new sensor probe is demonstrated for refractive index measurement using refractive index matching fluids. The sensitivity reaches 573 nm/RIU in the 1.333~1.430 refractive index range.

6. Study of the index matching for different photopolymers

Fernández, Roberto; Gallego, Sergi; Márquez, Andrés.; Ortuño, Manuel; Marini, Stephan; Pascual, Inmaculada; Beléndez, Augusto

2015-09-01

One of the most promising phase optical recording mediums are photopolymers. In these materials, the use of an index matching component permits a better conservation of the stored information and, additionally, the study of the molecules migration and shrinkage/swelling phenomena separately. In general, the transmitted beam has the information of the thickness and refractive index modulation mixed. Therefore, we propose the introduction of a coverplate besides with an index matching liquid in order to improve the characterization and the conservation. The index matching techniques have been classically used for holographic recording materials. In principle, to obtain an accurate index matching we have to choose a liquid with refractive index very close to the mean of the polymer one. Then, when shrinkage takes place during recording, mainly due to the polymerization, the liquid will fill up the generated grooves minimizing the diffractive effects produced by the relief structure. In fact, in this work we study different index matching components for different photopolymers. The photopolymers analyzed in this work have a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as a binder and two different main monomers: one has acrylamide and the other one sodium acrylate. We have recorded very low diffractive gratings and studied their conservation for different index matching components.

7. 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)

8. Determination of refractive index by Moiré deflectometry

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.

9. Refractive index fiber sensor based on Brillouin fast light

Chen, Jiali; Gan, Jiulin; Zhang, Zhishen; Yang, Tong; Deng, Huaqiu; Yang, Zhongmin

2014-01-01

A new type of refractive index fiber sensor was invented by combining the evanescent-field scattering sensing mechanism with the Brillouin fast light scheme. Superluminal light was realized using Brillouin lasing oscillation in a fiber ring cavity. The refractive index of the solution around the microfiber within the cavity is related to the group velocity of the fast light. This fast light refractive index sensor offers an alternative for high-accuracy sensing applications.

10. Fiber in-line Michelson Interferometer for refractive index sensing

Liao, C. R.; Wang, D. N.; Wang, Min; Yang, Minghong; Wang, Yiping

2013-09-01

A fiber in-line Michelson interferometer based on open micro-cavity is demonstrated, which is fabricated by femtosecond laser micromachining and thin film coating technique. In refractive index sensing, this interferometer operates in a reflection mode of detection, exhibits compact sensor head, good mechanical reliability, wide operation range and high sensitivity of 975nm/RIU (refractive index unit) at the refractive index value of 1.484.

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

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.

12. Negative Refractive Index Metasurfaces for Enhanced Biosensing.

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Jakšić, Zoran; Vuković, Slobodan; Matovic, Jovan; Tanasković, Dragan

2010-12-23

In this paper we review some metasurfaces with negative values of effective refractive index, as scaffolds for a new generation of surface plasmon polariton-based biological or chemical sensors. The electromagnetic properties of a metasurface may be tuned by its full immersion into analyte, or by the adsorption of a thin layer on it, both of which change its properties as a plasmonic guide. We consider various simple forms of plasmonic crystals suitable for this purpose. We start with the basic case of a freestanding, electromagnetically symmetrical plasmonic slab and analyze different ultrathin, multilayer structures, to finally consider some two-dimensional "wallpaper" geometries like split ring resonator arrays and fishnet structures. A part of the text is dedicated to the possibility of multifunctionalization where a metasurface structure is simultaneously utilized both for sensing and for selectivity enhancement. Finally we give an overview of surface-bound intrinsic electromagnetic noise phenomena that limits the ultimate performance of a metasurfaces sensor.

13. Demonstration of optical interference filters utilizing tunable refractive index layers.

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Poxson, David J; Mont, Frank W; Schubert, Martin F; Kim, Jong Kyu; Cho, Jaehee; Schubert, E Fred

2010-11-08

Optical interference filters utilizing tunable refractive index layers are shown to have higher spectral fidelity as compared to conventional filters consisting of non-tunable refractive index layers. To demonstrate this increase in spectral fidelity, we design and compare a variety of optical interference filters employing both tunable and non-tunable refractive index layers. Additionally, a five-layer optical interference filter utilizing tunable refractive index layers is designed and fabricated for use with a Xenon lamp to replicate the Air Mass 0 solar irradiance spectrum and is shown to have excellent spectral fidelity.

14. Origin of crystallization-induced refractive index changes in photo-thermo-refractive glass

Lumeau, Julien; Glebova, Larissa; Golubkov, Valerii; Zanotto, Edgar D.; Glebov, Leonid B.

2009-11-01

Photo-thermo-refractive (PTR) glass is a multi-component silicate that undergoes localized refractive index decrease after UV-exposure and thermal treatment for partial crystallization. Based on this refractive index change, high efficiency volume Bragg gratings have been developed in PTR glass and have been successfully used for laser beam control. However, despite the fact that this type of glass has been widely studied and used over the last 20 years, the origin of the refractive index change upon crystallization is poorly understood. In this paper, we introduce three possible mechanisms (the precipitation of nano-sized NaF crystals and the associated local chemical changes of the glass matrix, the volumetric changes due to relaxation, and the local residual stresses) for the refractive index decrement in PTR glass and estimate the partial refractive index change due to each mechanism. Refractive index measurements are compared with high temperature XRD experiments and a general approach for the simulation of the refractive index change in PTR glass is proposed. We show that among the studied variables the residual stresses surrounding the crystals are the main responsible for the local refractive index decrement in this glass.

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

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

2005-12-01

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

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

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.

17. 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)

18. 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)

19. 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)

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. Negative Refractive Index Metasurfaces for Enhanced Biosensing

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Jakšić, Zoran; Vuković, Slobodan; Matovic, Jovan; Tanasković, Dragan

2010-01-01

In this paper we review some metasurfaces with negative values of effective refractive index, as scaffolds for a new generation of surface plasmon polariton-based biological or chemical sensors. The electromagnetic properties of a metasurface may be tuned by its full immersion into analyte, or by the adsorption of a thin layer on it, both of which change its properties as a plasmonic guide. We consider various simple forms of plasmonic crystals suitable for this purpose. We start with the basic case of a freestanding, electromagnetically symmetrical plasmonic slab and analyze different ultrathin, multilayer structures, to finally consider some two-dimensional “wallpaper” geometries like split ring resonator arrays and fishnet structures. A part of the text is dedicated to the possibility of multifunctionalization where a metasurface structure is simultaneously utilized both for sensing and for selectivity enhancement. Finally we give an overview of surface-bound intrinsic electromagnetic noise phenomena that limits the ultimate performance of a metasurfaces sensor. PMID:28879974

2. Influences of refractive index on forward light scattering

Han, Xueshan; Shen, Jianqi; Yin, Pengteng; Hu, Shiyu; Bi, Duo

2014-04-01

The influence of the relative refractive index (RRI) of the particles to the surrounding medium on the small-angle forward scattering signals is studied, based on the Mie theory, the Debye series expansion (DSE) and the Fraunhofer diffraction theory. It comes to the conclusion that, for small particles, the influence on the forward scattering signals is mainly due to the part of the internal reflection if the RRI deviates from 1. However, when the RRI is close to 1, the effects on the forward scattered light from both the surface reflection and the internal reflection are great. For large particles, the contributions of the surface reflection and the internal reflection to the forward scattered light are much weaker than the diffraction when the RRI deviates from 1. When the RRI is very close to 1, the effects on the forward scattered light from the internal reflection are great. To determine the influence of the RRI in detail, the modified Chahine algorithm is employed. The inversion results cannot give the correct PSD for small particles if the RRI used in the inversion procedure does not match the one of the sample. The result shows that it is necessary to determine the exact value of the RRI and one should avoid the RRI close to 1 by choosing dispersion with proper refractive index in practice.

3. Measurement of refractive index profile of non-symmetric, complex silica preforms with high refractive index differences

Probostova, Jana; Slanicka, Jiri; Mrazek, Jan; Podrazky, Ondrej; Benda, Adam; Peterka, Pavel

2016-04-01

Refractive index profile measurement is a key instrument for characterization of optical properties of preforms, which are used for drawing of high-quality optical fibers. Common industrial optical preform analyzers have been designed for measurement of simple symmetric structures such as step-index or graded-index preforms with refractive index close to the silica (n=1.457 at 633 nm). However, these conditions are usually far from more complex structures used in fiber lasers or in fiber sensor area. Preforms for the drawing of advanced optical fibers, such as Bragg, microstructure or photonic crystal fibers, are usually constituted from stacks with non-symmetric internal structure or composed of alternating layers with high refractive index contrasts. In this paper we present comparison of refractive index profile measurements of simple as well as complex structures with high refractive index differences simulating the Bragg structures. Commercial Photon Kinetics 2600 preform analyzer was used for the refractive index profile measurements. A set of concentrically arranged silica tubes was welded to form a complex preforms. Free space between the tubes was filled by immersion with varying refractive indices to simulate the Bragg structure. Up to three tubes were used for the analysis and the refractive indices of immersion were changed from 1.4 to 1.5. When refractive index of immersion was independently measured the structure of preform was defined. Profiles of these "known" structures were compared to measured data processed by originally proposed algorithm. The work provides an extension of issues of refractive index profile measurements in non-symmetric complex silica structures by a commercial preform analyzer and proposes more convenient methods of numeric data processing.

4. Complex refractive index of Martian dust - Wavelength dependence and composition

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Pang, K.; Ajello, J. M.

1977-01-01

The size distribution and complex refractive index of Martian dust-cloud particles observed in 1971 with the Mariner 9 UV spectrometer are determined by matching the observed single-scattering albedo and phase function with Mie-scattering calculations for size distributions of spheres. Values of phase function times single-scattering albedo are presented for 12 wavelength intervals in the range from 190 to 350 nm, and best-fit values are obtained for the absorption index. It is found that the absorption index of the dust particles increases with decreasing wavelength from 350 to about 210 nm and then drops off shortward of 210 nm, with a structural shoulder occurring in the absorption spectrum between 240 and 250 nm. A search for a candidate material that can explain the strong UV absorption yields TiO2, whose anatase polymorph has an absorption spectrum matching that of the Martian dust. The TiO2 content of the dust particles is estimated to be a few percent or less.

5. Observation of acoustic Dirac-like cone and double zero refractive index.

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Dubois, Marc; Shi, Chengzhi; Zhu, Xuefeng; Wang, Yuan; Zhang, Xiang

2017-03-20

Zero index materials where sound propagates without phase variation, holds a great potential for wavefront and dispersion engineering. Recently explored electromagnetic double zero index metamaterials consist of periodic scatterers whose refractive index is significantly larger than that of the surrounding medium. This requirement is fundamentally challenging for airborne acoustics because the sound speed (inversely proportional to the refractive index) in air is among the slowest. Here, we report the first experimental realization of an impedance matched acoustic double zero refractive index metamaterial induced by a Dirac-like cone at the Brillouin zone centre. This is achieved in a two-dimensional waveguide with periodically varying air channel that modulates the effective phase velocity of a high-order waveguide mode. Using such a zero-index medium, we demonstrated acoustic wave collimation emitted from a point source. For the first time, we experimentally confirm the existence of the Dirac-like cone at the Brillouin zone centre.

6. Observation of acoustic Dirac-like cone and double zero refractive index

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Dubois, Marc; Shi, Chengzhi; Zhu, Xuefeng; Wang, Yuan; Zhang, Xiang

2017-01-01

Zero index materials where sound propagates without phase variation, holds a great potential for wavefront and dispersion engineering. Recently explored electromagnetic double zero index metamaterials consist of periodic scatterers whose refractive index is significantly larger than that of the surrounding medium. This requirement is fundamentally challenging for airborne acoustics because the sound speed (inversely proportional to the refractive index) in air is among the slowest. Here, we report the first experimental realization of an impedance matched acoustic double zero refractive index metamaterial induced by a Dirac-like cone at the Brillouin zone centre. This is achieved in a two-dimensional waveguide with periodically varying air channel that modulates the effective phase velocity of a high-order waveguide mode. Using such a zero-index medium, we demonstrated acoustic wave collimation emitted from a point source. For the first time, we experimentally confirm the existence of the Dirac-like cone at the Brillouin zone centre. PMID:28317927

7. Observation of acoustic Dirac-like cone and double zero refractive index

Dubois, Marc; Shi, Chengzhi; Zhu, Xuefeng; Wang, Yuan; Zhang, Xiang

2017-03-01

Zero index materials where sound propagates without phase variation, holds a great potential for wavefront and dispersion engineering. Recently explored electromagnetic double zero index metamaterials consist of periodic scatterers whose refractive index is significantly larger than that of the surrounding medium. This requirement is fundamentally challenging for airborne acoustics because the sound speed (inversely proportional to the refractive index) in air is among the slowest. Here, we report the first experimental realization of an impedance matched acoustic double zero refractive index metamaterial induced by a Dirac-like cone at the Brillouin zone centre. This is achieved in a two-dimensional waveguide with periodically varying air channel that modulates the effective phase velocity of a high-order waveguide mode. Using such a zero-index medium, we demonstrated acoustic wave collimation emitted from a point source. For the first time, we experimentally confirm the existence of the Dirac-like cone at the Brillouin zone centre.

8. Metamaterial optical refractive index sensor detected by the naked eye

Wang, Xiaonong; Luo, Chunrong; Hong, Gang; Zhao, Xiaopeng

2013-03-01

An optical refractive index sensor that can be detected by the naked eye is presented in this paper. The sensor is developed based on the theory that metamaterials can completely absorb incident electric and magnetic field near its resonant frequencies. By inserting different mediums in the sensor or by dropping the mediums on the surface of the sensor, we detect the medium with a different refractive index through qualitative and quantitative analysis. The sensor is convenient for the detection of the liquid refractive index.

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

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

2008-08-01

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

10. Multistep ion exchange processes of gradient refractive index rod lens.

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Lv, Hao; Liu, Aimei; Tong, Jufang; Yi, Xunong; Li, Qianguang; Wang, Xinmin; Ding, Yaoming

2011-01-01

A mathematical model for research on the refractive index profile (RIP) of multistep ion exchange processes (IEPs) of gradient refractive index rod lenses (GRINs) is established by the different initial condition and boundary condition, based on the Fickian diffusion equation. GRIN rod lenses have been fabricated using the three-step IEPs. Research results indicate that the experimental deviations of refractive index (DRI) are in good agreement with the theoretical data. The DRI of three-step IEPs is superior to the one- and two-step IEPs and smaller than 10(-5).

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

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

2008-08-01

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

12. Determination of the refractive index of paper with clearing agents

Fabritius, Tapio; Saarela, Juha; Myllyla, Risto

2006-01-01

The refractive index of paper was determined by measuring the propagation delay of photons in optically cleared paper boards. The determination was based on the assumption that photon propagation delay achieves minimum value as the paper is optimally cleared. The measured paper sheets was made from elemental chlorine-free market pulp, i.e. fully bleached, unbeaten, softwood kraft pulp. Nine different clearing agents with a refraction index between 1.329 and 1.741 were eLuperimented with. According to the streakmem measurements, the refractive index of the test paper was 1.557.

13. Refractive index and temperature nanosensor with plasmonic waveguide system

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.

14. Optical tomography for smooth-changing refraction index distribution

de la Rosa Miranda, Enrique; Berriel-Valdos, Luis R.; Funes-Gallanzi, Marcelo; Fernandez Orozco, S. A.

2002-06-01

We propose an algebraic reconstruction method (ART) based on smooth functions to obtain the refraction index distribution of a radially symmetric phase object. Recovering the refraction index of a transversal section enables us to obtain some other physical variables such as temperature, pressure, etc. Considering phase objects with a radially symmetric distribution allows the recovery of information regarding the volumetric distribution of the refraction index based on a single projection. The proposed method is accurate, faster, and somewhat easier to implement than other currently used ART methods. As a sample application, the proposed method is applied to a burning candle case.

15. Laser beam refraction traversely through a graded-index preform to determine refractive index ratio and gradient profile.

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Watkins, L S

1979-07-01

A technique is described which permits the determination of geometric and refractive index characteristics of graded-index preforms from measurements of the refraction of rays traced through the preform perpendicular to the preform axis. A computer program was developed to trace rays through graded-index preforms to display the refracting effect of the index properties and relate the ray incidence angle to its deflection in traversing the preform. An experimental apparatus has been developed in which a narrow beam of laser radiation is directed at the preform and its deflection angle measured. Comparison between the experimental results and the ray trace calculations using an interative curve-fitting procedure gave nondestructive determinations of the refractive index ratio Delta and index gradient profile parameter alpha as well as measurement of the core dimensions.

16. 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…

17. 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…

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

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Krueger, David A.

1980-01-01

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

19. Miniature interferometer for refractive index measurement in microfluidic chip

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

2012-12-01

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

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

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.

1. Resolving controversy of unusually high refractive index of a tubulin

Krivosudský, O.; Dráber, P.; Cifra, M.

2017-02-01

The refractive index of a tubulin is an important parameter underlying fundamental electromagnetic and biophysical properties of microtubules – protein fibers essential for several cell functions including cell division. Yet, the only experimental data available in the current literature show values of the tubulin refractive index (n=2.36\\text{--}2.90) which are much higher than what the established theories predict based on the weighted contribution of the polarizability of individual amino acids constituting the protein. To resolve this controversy, we report here modeling and rigorous experimental analysis of the refractive index of a purified tubulin dimer. Our experimental data revealed that the refractive index of the tubulin is n=1.64 at wavelength 589 nm and 25 °C, that is much closer to the values predicted by the established theories than what the earlier experimental data provide.

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

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

2013-01-01

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

3. 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)

4. Refractive index of air: 3. The roles of CO2, H2O, and refractivity virials.

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Ciddor, Philip E

2002-04-20

The author's recent studies of the refractive index of air are extended, and several assumptions made therein are further examined. It is shown that the alternative dispersion equations for CO2, which are due to Edlen [Metrologia 2, 71 (1966)] and Old et al. [J. Opt. Soc. Am. 61, 89 (1971)] result in differences of less than 2 x 10(-9) in the phase refractive index and less than 3 x 10(-9) in the group refractive index for current and predicted concentrations of CO2. However, because the dispersion equation given by Old et al. is consistent with experimental data in the near infrared, it is preferable to the equation used by Edlen, which is valid only in the ultraviolet and the visible. The classical measurement by Barrell and Sears [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. London Ser. A 238, 1 (1939)] on the refractivity of moist air is shown to have some procedural errors in addition to the one discussed by Birch and Downs [Metrologia 30, 155 (1993)]. It is shown that for normal atmospheric conditions the higher refractivity virial coefficients related to the Lorentz-Lorenz relation are adequately incorporated into the empirically determined first refractivity virial. As a guide to users the practical limits to the calculation of the refractive index of the atmosphere that result from the uncertainties in the measurement of the various atmospheric parameters are summarized.

5. High order mode long-period fiber grating refractive index sensor based on intensity measurement

Lan, Xinwei; Han, Qun; Huang, Jie; Fang, Xia; Wei, Tao; Gao, Zhan; Xiao, Hai

2012-02-01

Long-period fiber gratings have been used for refractive index measurements under different conditions. Normally, this kind of sensor is based on measuring resonance wavelength shift with respect to different refractive index environments. As high order mode long period fiber gratings are attracting more attention, a new methodology based on intensity measurement of turning points is introduced, which involves simple experiment setup and straightforward demodulation process compared with wavelength shift based method. By using CO2 laser point by point irradiation method, high order mode gratings working at turning point can be easily fabricated. This type of grating has a very high sensitive response to surrounding refractive index, which can be used in chemical, medical and bio applications. In this paper, high sensitive refractive index sensor is demonstrated based on high order mode using intensity measurement. Phase match curve and couple mode theory are combined to analyze the intensity response to refractive index change at turning point of LPFG. This sensor is also demonstrated as an effective refractive index based glucose sensor with a range from 0 to 40 mM concentration of glucose solution, which can fulfill the medical requirement.

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

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.

Hu, Changming; Wang, Xiang; Cai, Lingcang; Liu, Cangli

2013-06-01

We study K9 glass refraction index under shock loading conducted on powder gun,all experimental tests are plate impact loading. The impact veceloty range from 300m/s to 1200m/s, and the measure method is laser interferometer Photon Doppler Velocimetry(PDV) to measure the particle velocity both at the impact interface and free surface, The shock pressure from 2 GPa to 8 GPa, values for refraction are found from velocity corrections that must be made to account for refraction-index changes in the K9 glass due to shock wave motion. Experiment results show that refraction-index of K9 glass changes with the shock pressure in line relations, it can be as measure window to study the interesting materials under 10 GPa during the shock loading.

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

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

2008-09-18

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

9. 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.

2014-01-01

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

10. 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

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

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.

12. Negative light refraction in a gradient medium with ultrasound-modulated refractive index

Naimi, E. K.; Vekilov, Yu. Kh.

2015-01-01

The conditions of the formation of a spatially ordered optical structure with an ultrasound-modulated refractive index in a gradient medium have been considered. It has been shown that the excitation of a standing ultrasonic wave in the medium creates a structure consisting of trajectories of separate light beams, which is a superlattice of the "dynamic 4D photonic crystal." Regions corresponding to negative light refraction have been revealed in beam trajectories. Possible fields of application of such structures have been discussed.

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

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.

14. Optofluidic whispering gallery mode microcapillary lasers for refractive index sensing

François, Alexandre; Riesen, Nicolas; Gardner, Kristy; Monro, Tanya M.; Meldrum, Al

2016-12-01

Whispering gallery modes (WGMs) allow for remarkable refractive index sensing performance with extremely low detection limits, and thus have found use in various emerging label free biosensing applications. Among the different types of resonators which have been studied, microcapillaries have the unique property of having the evanescent fields extend into and sample the medium inside the resonator, which is particularly interesting because the resonator itself serves as a microfluidic channel. Here, lasing of the WGMs in fluorescent microcapillaries is demonstrated for the first time, and their application to refractive index sensing is investigated. The laser gain medium used here is embedded inside a high refractive index polymer coating deposited onto the inner surface of the capillary. Lasing can only be realized for thick polymer coatings (in this case >= 800 nm), with higher Q factor but also stronger confinement of the propagating wave, which lowers the refractive index sensitivity compared to non-lasing capillaries which can have thinner polymer coatings. We however find that the large improvement in signal-to-noise ratio and Q factor realized upon lasing more than compensates for the reduced sensitivity, resulting in an order-of-magnitude improvement in the detection limit for refractive index sensing.

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

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

2015-11-01

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

16. Two-dimensional refractive index and birefringence profiles of a graded index bent optical fibre

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

2017-07-01

A theory to recover refractive index profile of the bent graded index (GRIN) optical fibre, in core region, is proposed. This theory is applied to the bent GRIN optical fibre when it is located orthogonal in the light path of the object arm in digital holographic phase shifting interferometer; like Mach-Zehnder interferometer. In the experiment, the fibre is bent with two different bending radii and fixed on a microscope slide keeping it immersed in matching liquid. The produced phase shifted holograms, with the presence of the fibre, are recorded using an attached CCD camera. Two different processes controlling the index profile shape of the bent GRIN optical fibre are assumed. In the first process, a linear index variation is evolved from stresses in the direction of the bent radius. In the second one, there is a release of these stresses near the fibre surface, which depends on the fibre's radius. This will affect the outer free surface of the cladding. Based on these assumptions, we are able to construct the index profile in two dimensions normal to the optical axis. We propose two functions to describe the refractive index profiles in cladding and the core regions of the bent GRIN optical fibre. The recorded phase shifted holograms are combined, reconstructed and analyzed to get the phase map of the bent GRIN optical fibre. Comparing the extracted optical phase differences with the calculated ones, a good agreement between them is found. This means that the used two dimensional proposed functions, which are describing cladding and the core indices profiles, are the most proper in this situation. Thus, we are able to determine a realistic induced birefringence profile inside the fibre which is generated by a bending operation, not only in the cladding but also in graded index core region as well.

17. Exposed core microstructured optical fiber Bragg gratings: refractive index sensing.

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Warren-Smith, Stephen C; Monro, Tanya M

2014-01-27

Bragg gratings have been written in exposed-core microstructured optical fibers for the first time using a femtosecond laser. Second and third order gratings have been written and both show strong reflectivity at 1550 nm, with bandwidths as narrow as 60 pm. Due to the penetration of the guided field outside the fiber the Bragg reflections are sensitive to the external refractive index. As different modes have different sensitivities to refractive index but the same temperature sensitivity the sensor can provide temperature-compensated refractive index measurements. Since these Bragg gratings have been formed by physical ablation, these devices can also be used for high temperature sensing, demonstrated here up to 800°C. The fibers have been spliced to single mode fiber for improved handling and integration with commercial interrogation units.

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

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

2012-04-15

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

19. Refractive index sensor based on tapered multicore fiber

Zhang, Chuanbiao; Ning, Tigang; Li, Jing; Pei, Li; Li, Chao; Lin, Heng

2017-01-01

A novel refractive index (RI) sensor based on middle-tapered multicore fiber (TMCF) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The sensing structure consists of two singlemode fibers (SMF) and simply spliced a section tapered four-core fiber between them. The light injected from the SMF into the multicore fiber (MCF) will excite multiple cladding mode, and interference between these modes can be affected by the surrounding refractive index (SRI), which also dictates the wavelength shift of the transmission spectrum. Our experimental investigations achieved a sensitivity around 171.2 nm/RIU for a refractive index range from 1.3448 to 1.3774. All sensors fabricated in this paper show good linearity in terms of the spectral wavelength shift versus changes in RI.

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

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.

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

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

2015-08-14

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

2. Optical sensors of bulk refractive index using optical fiber resonators

Eryürek, M.; Karadag, Y.; Ghafoor, M.; Bavili, N.; Cicek, K.; Kiraz, A.

2017-05-01

Optical fiber resonator (OFR) sensor is presented for bulk liquid refractive index (RI) sensing. The sensing mechanism relies on the spectral shifts of whispering gallery modes (WGMs) of OFRs which are excited using a tapered fiber. OFR liquid RI sensor is fully characterized using water solutions of ethanol and ethylene glycol (EG). A good agreement is achieved between the analytical calculations and experimental results for both TE and TM polarizations. The detection limit for bulk RI is calculated to be between 2.7 - 4.7 × 10-5 refractive index unit (RIU). The OFR sensor provides a robust, easy-to-fabricate and sensitive liquid refractive index sensor which can be employed in lab-on-a-chip applications.

3. Refractive index of carcinogen-induced rat mammary tumours

Zysk, Adam M.; Chaney, Eric J.; Boppart, Stephen A.

2006-05-01

Near-infrared optical techniques for clinical breast cancer screening in humans are rapidly advancing. Based on the computational inversion of the photon diffusion process through the breast, these techniques rely on optical tissue models for accurate image reconstruction. Recent interest has surfaced regarding the effect of refractive index variations on these reconstructions. Although many data exist regarding the scattering and absorption properties of normal and diseased tissue, no measurements of refractive index appear in the literature. In this paper, we present near-infrared refractive index data acquired from N-methyl-N-nitrosourea-induced rat mammary tumours, which are similar in pathology and disease progression to human ductal carcinoma. Eight animals, including one control, were employed in this study, yielding data from 32 tumours as well as adjacent adipose and connective tissues.

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

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

2015-01-01

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

5. Refractive index of infrared-transparent polycrystalline alumina

Harris, Daniel C.; Johnson, Linda F.; Cambrea, Lee R.; Baldwin, Lawrence; Baronowski, Meghan; Zelmon, David E.; Poston, William B.; Kunkel, John D.; Parish, Mark; Pascucci, Marina R.; Gannon, John J.; Wen, Tzu-Chien

2017-05-01

The refractive index of polycrystalline α-alumina prisms with an average grain size of 0.6 μm is reported for the wavelength range 0.9 to 5.0 and the temperature range 293 to 498K. Results agree within 0.0002 with the refractive index predicted for randomly oriented grains of single-crystal aluminum oxide. This paper provides tutorial background on the behavior of birefringent materials and explains how the refractive index of polycrystalline alumina can be predicted from the ordinary and extraordinary refractive indices of sapphire. The refractive index of polycrystalline alumina is described by 𝑛𝑛2 - 1 = (A+B [𝑇𝑇2-𝑇𝑇20]) +Dλ2 /λ2-(λ1+C [𝑇𝑇2-𝑇𝑇20])2 + λ2-λ22 where wavelength λ is expressed in μm, To = 295.15 K, A = 2.07156, B = 6.273× 10-8, λ1 = 0.091293, C = -1.9516 × 10-8, D = 5.62675, and λ2 = 18.5533. The slope dn/dT varies with λ and T, but has the approximate value 1.4 × 10-5 K-1 in the range 296-498 K.

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

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.

7. Indexing Volumetric Shapes with Matching and Packing.

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Koes, David Ryan; Camacho, Carlos J

2015-04-01

We describe a novel algorithm for bulk-loading an index with high-dimensional data and apply it to the problem of volumetric shape matching. Our matching and packing algorithm is a general approach for packing data according to a similarity metric. First an approximate k-nearest neighbor graph is constructed using vantage-point initialization, an improvement to previous work that decreases construction time while improving the quality of approximation. Then graph matching is iteratively performed to pack related items closely together. The end result is a dense index with good performance. We define a new query specification for shape matching that uses minimum and maximum shape constraints to explicitly specify the spatial requirements of the desired shape. This specification provides a natural language for performing volumetric shape matching and is readily supported by the geometry-based similarity search (GSS) tree, an indexing structure that maintains explicit representations of volumetric shape. We describe our implementation of a GSS tree for volumetric shape matching and provide a comprehensive evaluation of parameter sensitivity, performance, and scalability. Compared to previous bulk-loading algorithms, we find that matching and packing can construct a GSS-tree index in the same amount of time that is denser, flatter, and better performing, with an observed average performance improvement of 2X.

8. Indexing Volumetric Shapes with Matching and Packing

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Koes, David Ryan; Camacho, Carlos J.

2014-01-01

We describe a novel algorithm for bulk-loading an index with high-dimensional data and apply it to the problem of volumetric shape matching. Our matching and packing algorithm is a general approach for packing data according to a similarity metric. First an approximate k-nearest neighbor graph is constructed using vantage-point initialization, an improvement to previous work that decreases construction time while improving the quality of approximation. Then graph matching is iteratively performed to pack related items closely together. The end result is a dense index with good performance. We define a new query specification for shape matching that uses minimum and maximum shape constraints to explicitly specify the spatial requirements of the desired shape. This specification provides a natural language for performing volumetric shape matching and is readily supported by the geometry-based similarity search (GSS) tree, an indexing structure that maintains explicit representations of volumetric shape. We describe our implementation of a GSS tree for volumetric shape matching and provide a comprehensive evaluation of parameter sensitivity, performance, and scalability. Compared to previous bulk-loading algorithms, we find that matching and packing can construct a GSS-tree index in the same amount of time that is denser, flatter, and better performing, with an observed average performance improvement of 2X. PMID:26085707

9. Development of High Refractive Index Conjugated Materials

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

2007-03-01

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

10. 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

11. Broadband negative refractive index obtained by plasmonic hybridization in metamaterials

Nguyen, Hien T.; Bui, Tung S.; Yan, Sen; Vandenbosch, Guy A. E.; Lievens, Peter; Vu, Lam D.; Janssens, Ewald

2016-11-01

We experimentally demonstrate a broadband negative refractive index (NRI) behavior in combined dimer and fishnet dimer metamaterials operating in the GHz frequency range. The observations can be well explained by a hybridization model and are in agreement with numerical modelling results. Hybridization of the magnetic resonances is obtained by reducing the distance between the layers in the dimer structures. A ratio of the double negative refractive index bandwidth to operational frequency of approximately 10% was achieved in the fishnet dimer. The applicable frequency range of the broadband NRI was shown to scale with the size of the structures from the microwave to the far infrared.

12. Refractive index sensing based on semiconductor nanowire lasers

Wu, Xiaoqin; Chen, Qiushu; Xu, Peizhen; Tong, Limin; Fan, Xudong

2017-07-01

We demonstrate a refractive index (RI) sensor based on semiconductor nanowire lasers. It is shown that the TE01 mode is responsible for lasing and sensing with the lasing threshold of 3 μJ/mm2 and the lasing peak width as narrow as 0.22 nm. A RI sensitivity of 21.2 nm/RIU (refractive index units), a figure of merit of approximately 100, and an RI detection limit of 1.4 ×10-3 RIU are achieved.

13. Calculation of refractive-index distribution of hexagonal GRIN lenses

Zhou, Zigang; Zhang, Ren; Chen, Kai

2007-12-01

The GRIN lens is widely used in optical communication and imaging systems. Its array can be used to design integrated optic imaging system, especially for hexagonal GRIN. In this paper, the analytic solution of refractive-index distribution of regularly hexagonal GRIN was obtained by separating variables and transforming coordinate. Having been simulated and compared, the correctness of this analytic solution was proved qualitatively and quantitatively. It has great benefit for further research of regular hexagonal GRIN lens and compound eye imaging system. Furthermore, a universal solution of the refractive-index distribution of a regular N-gon (N is even) lens was obtained by this method.

14. Dual interferometer system for measuring index of refraction

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

15. Porous Silicon Gradient Refractive Index Micro-Optics.

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Krueger, Neil A; Holsteen, Aaron L; Kang, Seung-Kyun; Ocier, Christian R; Zhou, Weijun; Mensing, Glennys; Rogers, John A; Brongersma, Mark L; Braun, Paul V

2016-12-14

The emergence and growth of transformation optics over the past decade has revitalized interest in how a gradient refractive index (GRIN) can be used to control light propagation. Two-dimensional demonstrations with lithographically defined silicon (Si) have displayed the power of GRIN optics and also represent a promising opportunity for integrating compact optical elements within Si photonic integrated circuits. Here, we demonstrate the fabrication of three-dimensional Si-based GRIN micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous Si (PSi). Conventional microfabrication creates Si square microcolumns (SMCs) that can be electrochemically etched into PSi elements with nanoscale porosity along the shape-defined etching pathway, which imparts the geometry with structural birefringence. Free-space characterization of the transmitted intensity distribution through a homogeneously etched PSi SMC exhibits polarization splitting behavior resembling that of dielectric metasurfaces that require considerably more laborious fabrication. Coupled birefringence/GRIN effects are studied by way of PSi SMCs etched with a linear (increasing from edge to center) GRIN profile. The transmitted intensity distribution shows polarization-selective focusing behavior with one polarization focused to a diffraction-limited spot and the orthogonal polarization focused into two laterally displaced foci. Optical thickness-based analysis readily predicts the experimentally observed phenomena, which strongly match finite-element electromagnetic simulations.

16. Ferromagnetic metamaterial with tunable negative index of refraction

Zou, Da-yong; Jiang, Ai-min; Wu, Rui-xin

2010-01-01

We investigate the index of refraction of the ferromagnetic metamaterial, which consists of periodic layered ferrite and semiconductor or metallic mesh. We find that the metamaterial has the negative index; the frequency range and magnitude of the negative index are tunable in applied magnetic fields. The frequency range of the negative index shifts to higher frequencies as the applied magnetic fields increase. The permeability and permittivity of the ferrite and other component materials, as well as their thickness ratios, influence the tunable range of the negative index. It is demonstrated that ferrite-mesh structure has a much lower loss than that of a ferrite-semiconductor structure.

17. Gradients of refractive index in the crystalline lens and transient changes in refraction among patients with diabetes

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Charman, W. Neil; Adnan; Atchison, David A.

2012-01-01

Transient hyperopic refractive shifts occur on a timescale of weeks in some patients after initiation of therapy for hyperglycemia, and are usually followed by recovery to the original refraction. Possible lenticular origin of these changes is considered in terms of a paraxial gradient index model. Assuming that the lens thickness and curvatures remain unchanged, as observed in practice, it appears possible to account for initial hyperopic refractive shifts of up to a few diopters by reduction in refractive index near the lens center and alteration in the rate of change between center and surface, so that most of the index change occurs closer to the lens surface. Restoration of the original refraction depends on further change in the refractive index distribution with more gradual changes in refractive index from the lens center to its surface. Modeling limitations are discussed. PMID:23243557

18. Linearly decayed evanescent optical field in planar refractive index well

Liu, Jianhua; Tao, Li

2017-04-01

Evanescent optical field with linearly decaying profile is theoretically analyzed at the critical angle of incidence in a planar structure of one dimensional refractive index well (RIW). The linearity of the evanescent field is due to the presence of the second refractive index barrier, which also shifts the position of total internal reflection (TIR) away from the critical angle. The decaying rate is determined by the refractive indices of the two barriers, as well as the width of the well. With this linearly decayed evanescent field (LDEF), various profiles across the well, for example uniform one, can be formed via appropriate combination of the LDEFs, which can promote new applications in fields of material analysis and sensing in the molecular scale.

19. A low-reflection coaxial tunable attenuator based on zero refractive index metamaterial

Zhang, Kai-Lun; Hou, Zhi-Ling; Wang, Chan-Yuan; Kong, Ling-Bao; Bian, Xin-Ming

2016-11-01

In this paper, we design a low-reflection coaxial tunable attenuator with a maximum attenuation of -50 dB by use of zero refractive index metamaterial. Almost no reflection is observed from input port of the proposed structure, due to the easily accessible impedance matching derived from the use of zero refractive index metamaterial. The relationship between attenuation and the air gap width can be well described by an equivalent circuit model. Interestingly, the ratio of input to output voltage is linearly related to the gap width due to the eliminated fringing capacitance by zero-refraction metamaterial, which makes it easy to achieve accurate calibration of the proposed attenuator. The low reflection and linear relationships enable the proposed attenuator to hold promising potential for practical applications.

20. Fiber inline Michelson interferometer fabricated by CO2 laser irradiation for refractive index sensing

Wu, Hongbin; Yuan, Lei; Zhao, Longjiang; Cao, Zhitao; Wang, Peng

2014-03-01

A compact Michelson interferometer (MI) in a single-mode fiber (SMF) is successfully formed by CO2 laser irradiation to measure refractive index (RI) values. The fiber inline MI mainly consists of two parts: one is the waist region in fiber formed by CO2 laser irradiation and the other one is the fiber tip end facet with pure gold sputter coating. Based on the MI theory, the interference signal is generate between the core mode and the cladding mode excited by the core mode at the waist region. Reflective spectra at two different interference lengths of 5mm and 15mm are given and the calculated lengths based on theory are well verified. After the measurements of matching liquids with seven different refractive indices, the RI sensitivity of the MI sample is tested of -197.3+/-19.1nm/RIU (refractive index unit), which suggests well potential application in RI sensing.

1. 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.

2. Nano-imprint gold grating as refractive index sensor

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.

3. Refractive index and its impact on pseudophakic dysphotopsia

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Radmall, Bryce R; Floyd, Anne; Oakey, Zack; Olson, Randall J

2015-01-01

Purpose It has been shown that the biggest dissatisfier for uncomplicated cataract surgery patients is pseudophakic dysphotopsia (PD). While edge design of an intraocular lens (IOL) impacts this problem, refractive index is still controversial as to its impact. This retrospective cohort study was designed to determine the role of increasing refractive index in PD. Patients and methods This study was conducted at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, USA. A retrospective chart review identified patients who received one of two hydrophobic acrylic single piece IOLs (AcrySof WF SP [SN60WF] or Tecnis SP [ZCB00]), which differed mainly by refractive index (1.55 versus 1.47). Eighty-seven patients who had received implantation of a one-piece hydrophobic acrylic IOL were enrolled. Patients were included if the surgery had been uncomplicated and took place at least a year before study participation. All eligible patients had 20/20 best corrected vision, without any disease known to impact visual quality. In addition to conducting a record review, the enrolled patients were surveyed for PD, using a modified National Eye Institute Visual Function questionnaire, as well as for overall satisfaction with visual quality. Results Statistical analysis demonstrated no difference between the two cohorts regarding PD, general visual function, and overall visual satisfaction. Conclusion The study suggests that with the two IOLs assessed, increasing the refractive index does not increase incidence of PD or decrease overall visual satisfaction. PMID:26229427

4. Nano-imprint gold grating as refractive index sensor

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

2016-05-06

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.

5. A Widely Tunable Refractive Index in a Nanolayered Photonic Material

DTIC Science & Technology

2004-05-03

ethylene - octene ! ~EO!, and the glassy polymer, polycarbonate ~PC! were fabricated using a con- tinuous multilayer co-extrusion process.13 PC possesses...both a substantially larger refractive index and a substantially larger elastic modulus than poly~ ethylene - octene !. Three composite films were

6. Photoluminescence and refractive index behaviour of PMMA-PAni blends

Tomar, A. K.; Mahendia, Suman; Chahal, Rishi Pal; Kumar, Shyam

2012-06-01

The optical properties of PMMA-PAni blends have been investigated. Increase in intensity of photoluminescence (PL) peak and decrease in refractive index have been observed with increase in the PAni concentration in PMMA-PAni blends prompting the utilization of such materials in various optical applications.

7. Refractive index determination in axially symmetric oprtically inhomogeneous media

Ionescu-Pallas, Nicholas; Vlad, Valentin I.; Bociort, Florian

The focussing method from transversally light, put forward by Dietrich Marcuse in view of determining the refractive index profile (RIP) in optical fibers and fiber performs, is revised. A more rigorous derivation of the Marcuse formula is given, establishing the conditions of its validity and a simplified version is initially proposed, able to avoid the systematic errors in the processing of light intensity data.

8. Structures with negative index of refraction

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Soukoulis, Costas M [Ames, IA; Zhou, Jiangfeng [Ames, IA; Koschny, Thomas [Ames, IA; Zhang, Lei [Ames, IA; Tuttle, Gary [Ames, IA

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.

9. An updated equation for the refractive index of air

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

2014-12-01

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

10. Acoustic transmission line metamaterial with negative/zero/positive refractive index

Bongard, Frédéric; Lissek, Hervé; Mosig, Juan R.

2010-09-01

A one-dimensional acoustic negative refractive index metamaterial based on the transmission line approach is presented. This structure implements the dual transmission line concept extensively investigated in microwave engineering. It consists of an acoustic waveguide periodically loaded with membranes realizing the function of series “capacitances” and transversally connected open channels realizing shunt “inductances.” Transmission line based metamaterials can exhibit a negative refractive index without relying on resonance phenomena, which results in a bandwidth of operation much broader than that observed in resonant devices. In the present case, the negative refractive index band extends over almost one octave, from 0.6 to 1 kHz. The developed structure also exhibits a seamless transition between the negative and positive refractive index bands with a zero index at the transition frequency of 1 kHz. At this frequency, the unit cell is only one tenth of the wavelength. Simple acoustic circuit models are introduced, which allow efficient designs both in terms of dispersion and impedance, while accurately describing all the physical phenomena. Using this approach, a good matching at the structure terminations is achieved. Full-wave simulations, made for a 10-cell-long structure, confirm the good performances in terms of dispersion diagram, Bloch impedance, and reflection and transmission coefficients.

11. Temperature-dependent Refractive Index of Silicon and Germanium

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

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.

12. Modelling refractive index changes due to molecular interactions

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.

13. High-precision diode-laser-based temperature measurement for air refractive index compensation

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Hieta, Tuomas; Merimaa, Mikko; Vainio, Markku; Seppae, Jeremias; Lassila, Antti

2011-11-01

We present a laser-based system to measure the refractive index of air over a long path length. In optical distance measurements, it is essential to know the refractive index of air with high accuracy. Commonly, the refractive index of air is calculated from the properties of the ambient air using either Ciddor or Edlen equations, where the dominant uncertainty component is in most cases the air temperature. The method developed in this work utilizes direct absorption spectroscopy of oxygen to measure the average temperature of air and of water vapor to measure relative humidity. The method allows measurement of temperature and humidity over the same beam path as in optical distance measurement, providing spatially well-matching data. Indoor and outdoor measurements demonstrate the effectiveness of the method. In particular, we demonstrate an effective compensation of the refractive index of air in an interferometric length measurement at a time-variant and spatially nonhomogeneous temperature over a long time period. Further, we were able to demonstrate 7 mK RMS noise over a 67 m path length using a 120 s sample time. To our knowledge, this is the best temperature precision reported for a spectroscopic temperature measurement.

14. 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.

15. A microstrip tunable negative refractive index metamaterial and phase shifter

He, P.; Gao, J.; Marinis, C. T.; Parimi, P. V.; Vittoria, C.; Harris, V. G.

2008-11-01

A tunable negative refractive index metamaterial and miniature phase shifter have been designed and fabricated in a microstrip configuration for applications in radio frequency integrated circuits. The metamaterial consists of plasmonic copper wires and yttrium iron garnet slabs having a low insertion loss of 5dB at the center of the transmission band. The yttrium iron garnet material enables the magnetic field tuning of the negative refractive index in a dynamic frequency band from 7.0to11.0GHz. The insertion phase can be tuned by 45° continuously by varying the bias field from 3.8to4.6kOe at 9.0GHz.

16. 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

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

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

2012-10-19

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.

18. Correction of group refraction index based on pulse trains interference

Wei, Dong; Aketagawa, Masato

2015-02-01

We propose a new concept for an unconventional type of two-color method for interferometry-based length measurements based on the adjacent pulse repetition interval length (APRIL), which is the physical length associated with the pulse repetition period. We demonstrate by numerical simulations that if the wavelength-based two-color method can eliminate the inhomogeneous disturbance of effects caused by the phase refractive index, then the APRIL-based two-color method can eliminate the air turbulence of errors induced by the group refractive index. We show that our analysis will benefit the pulse-laser-based two-color method, which secures traceability to the definition of the meter.

19. 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.

20. Index of Refraction of Shock Loaded Soda-Lime Glass

Alexander, Scott

2009-06-01

Soda-lime glass (SLG) is a potential low-cost VISAR window for use at moderate shock pressures (up to approximately 25 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. App. Physics, 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.

1. Optofluidic refractive index sensor based on partial reflection

Zhang, Lei; Zhang, Zhang; Wang, Yichuan; Ye, Meiying; Fang, Wei; Tong, Limin

2017-06-01

We demonstrate a novel optofluidic refractive index (RI) sensor with high sensitivity and wide dynamic range based on partial reflection. Benefited from the divergent incident light and the output fibers with different tilting angles, we have achieved highly sensitive RI sensing in a wide range from 1.33 to 1.37. To investigate the effectiveness of this sensor, we perform a measurement of RI with a resolution of ca. 5.0×10-5 refractive index unit (RIU) for ethylene glycol solutions. Also, we have measured a series of liquid solutions by using different output fibers, achieving a resolution of ca. 0.52 mg/mL for cane surge. The optofluidic RI sensor takes advantage of the high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, small footprint, and low sample consumption, as well as the efficient fluidic sample delivery, making it useful for applications in the food industry.

2. The inverse transmission eigenvalue problem for a discontinuous refractive index

Gintides, Drossos; Pallikarakis, Nikolaos

2017-05-01

We consider the inverse spectral problem of determining a spherically symmetric and discontinuous refractive index n(r) from interior transmission eigenvalues. Using Liouville’s transform, we investigate the asymptotic properties of the solution of an auxiliary initial value problem for large wave numbers and the asymptotic behaviour of the characteristic determinants derived from the eigenfunction expansions. Next, we assume that we know all transmission eigenvalues with spherically symmetric eigenfunctions and prove under some conditions that the transformed discontinuity of the refractive index can be determined. Finally we prove that the knowledge of all transmission eigenvalues including multiplicities uniquely determines n(r), under the assumption that n(0) is known and either n(r)  >  1 or 0  <  n(r)  <  1 by using a moment type result and applying Müntz’s theorem.

3. Wavelength conversion via dynamic refractive index tuning of a cavity

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Notomi, Masaya; Mitsugi, Satoshi

2006-05-15

We demonstrate numerically that the wavelength conversion of light is possible by the simple dynamic refractive index tuning of an optical cavity in a photonic crystal. We also clarify the mechanism and conservation rule for this conversion process. In addition, we discuss the observability of this phenomenon in realistic cavities. Our results indicate that this linear adiabatic wavelength conversion process can be observed for various high-Q microcavities.

4. Nonresonant Transient Refractive Index Spectroscopy in Semiconductor Quantum Dots

Zharkov, D. K.; Leontyev, A. V.; Shmelev, A. G.; Nikiforov, V. G.; Lobkov, V. S.

2015-09-01

We report transient refractive index change in semiconductor nanoparticles dispersed in polymethylmethacrylate matrix via pump-probe experiment. At lower pump intensities the detected signal consists of the pulse autocorrelation-shaped part and another part delayed by 300 fs. The latter's relative intensity depends on the pump level. However in CdS monocrystal the detected signal was found to lack this second feature completely.

5. 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

6. Measuring Refractive Index Using the Focal Displacement Method (Postprint)

DTIC Science & Technology

2014-05-01

measurements of wafer- shaped InAs and InSb,” Appl. Opt. 47, 164–168 (2008). 6. H. J. Choi , H. H. Lim, H. S. Moon, T. B. Eom, J. J. Ju, and M. Cha...coefficients of germanium and silicon,” Appl. Opt. 15, 2348–2351 (1976). 13. P. Hlidek, J. Bok , J. Franc, and R. Grill, “Refractive index of CdTe: spectral and

7. Refractive Index Measurement of Fibers Through Fizeau Interferometry

DTIC Science & Technology

2013-08-01

3 Table 2. Lasers used in interferometer for fiber refractive index measurement. Manufacturer Model Wavelength Laserglow Technologies , Inc...1.4605, well within the acceptable range of error. A similarly precise listed value for S-2 glass was not found, but the manufacturer lists the...internally manufactured fibers. The interferometer is shown to produce accurate, repeatable results for fibers with a cross-sectional area of over

8. 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.

9. Determining index of refraction from polarimetric hyperspectral radiance measurements

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.

10. 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

11. 3D refractive index measurements of special optical fibers

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.

12. Evolution of graded refractive index in squid lenses.

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Sweeney, Alison M; Des Marais, David L; Ban, Yih-En Andrew; Johnsen, Sönke

2007-08-22

A lens with a graded refractive index is required for vision in aquatic animals with camera-type eyes. This optical design entails a radial gradient of protein density, with low density in external layers and high density in internal layers. To maintain the optical stability of the eye, different material properties are required for proteins in different regions of the lens. In low-density regions of the lens where slight protein aggregation causes significant light scattering, aggregation must be minimized. Squid lens S-crystallin proteins are evolutionarily derived from the glutathione S-transferase protein family. We used biochemistry, optical modelling and phylogenetics to study the evolution and material properties of S-crystallins. S-crystallins are differentially expressed in a radial gradient, suggesting a role in refractive index. This gradient in S-crystallin expression is correlated with their evolutionary history and biochemistry. S-crystallins have been under positive selection. This selection appears to have resulted in stabilization of derived S-crystallins via mutations in the dimer interface and extended electrostatic fields. These derived S-crystallins probably cause the glassy organization and stability of low refractive index lens layers. Our work elucidates the molecular and evolutionary mechanisms underlying the production and maintenance of camera-like optics in squid lenses.

13. Multiply Ionized Plasmas with index of refraction greater than one

Filevich, Jorge; Dunn, James; Shlyaptsev, V. N.

2005-10-01

We have obtained clear experimental evidence showing that the contribution of bound electrons can dominate the index of refraction in multiply ionized plasmas at soft x-ray wavelengths. We have conducted soft x-ray laser interferometry experiments at 14.7 nm with a Ni-like Pd laser and with a 46.9 nm Ne-like Ar laser that show anomalous fringe shifts in laser-created plasmas from different target materials. Comparison with code simulations shows that the observed anomalous fringe shifts are the result of the contribution of bound electrons of low charge ions to the index of refraction. The results have broad implications, as the bound electrons are shown to affect the index of refraction of many plasmas at soft x-ray wavelengths. Work sponsored by the NNSA-SSAA program through DOE Grant # DE-FG03-02NA00062 and U.S. DOE by the U. of California LLNL through the ILSA, contract No. W-7405-Eng-48.

14. Organic plasmon-emitting diodes for detecting refractive index variation.

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

2013-06-28

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.

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

Banerjee, Partha; Abeywickrema, Ujitha

2013-09-01

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

16. Microvolume index of refraction determinations by interferometric backscatter

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.

17. 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.

18. A numerical method for determining refractive index of a glass sample from its implicit transcendental function

Ince, R.; Sınır, E.; Feeney, M.; Yükselici, M. H.; Ince, A. T.

2008-07-01

The refractive index of a glass sample was determined from an implicit function of its optical path within the sample arm of a Michelson interferometer. On rotation of the sample from normal incidence, the light beam suffers increasing refraction, causing the optical path for air to decrease whilst that for the glass sample increases. This is observed as a shift in the number of fringes, which were captured and counted in real time on a computer, as rotation proceeded. The angle of rotation and the fringe shift were entered into an implicit function of optical path versus refractive index written to an Excel worksheet. A refractive index matching the wavelength of the He-Ne laser light source was read-off to three decimal places. A new source of uncertainty has been identified, misalignment on a micrometer scale of the laser normal to the sample surface. Whilst driving the sample to find normal incidence a finite angular region of insensitivity (dead space) occurs due to misalignment of the laser normal to the sample surface by a few micrometers. A linearization technique was employed to compensate for this offset and hence reduce its uncertainty contribution.

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

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.

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

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

2009-11-09

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.

1. Measurement of optical glass refractive index free from effect of environmental temperature

Ma, Jian-rong; Hao, Qun; Zhu, Qiu-dong; Hu, Yao; Cheng, Xu

2010-08-01

A method based on measurement of critical refraction angle is proposed for measurement of optical glass refractive index independent of environment temperature. The critical refraction angle difference between the test sample and a standard refractive index block is measured first, and then the refractive index difference is obtained by a linear regression algorithm and the refractive index of the sample can be calculated from it. The requirement for environmental temperature is 25+/-5 °C , which can be easily satisfied on the production line. Compared with the non-linear algorithm used for direct measurement, this method is simpler, more efficient, and can directly get the refractive index value at standard temperature. Experimental result shows that the measurement repeatability is 1×10-5. The method can be used for fast and accurate measurement of the refractive index for the same glass material in mass production (e.g. X-cube made of K9 optical glass).

2. 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.

3. Determining a fluorophore's transition dipole moment from fluorescence lifetime measurements in solvents of varying refractive index.

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Chung, Pei-Hua; Tregidgo, Carolyn; Suhling, Klaus

2016-11-11

The transition dipole moment of organic dyes PM546 and rhodamine 123 is calculated from fluorescence lifetime measurements in solutions of different refractive index. A model proposed by Toptygin et al (2002 J. Phys. Chem. B 106 3724-34) provides a relationship between the radiative rate constant and refractive index of the solvent, and allows the electronic transition dipole moments to be found: it is (7.1  ±  1.1) D for PM546 which matches that found in the literature, and (8.1  ±  0.1) D for rhodamine 123. Toptygin's model goes further in predicting the shape of the fluorescent dye and here we predict the shape of PM546 and rhodamine 123 to be ellipsoidal.

4. Refractive index homogeneity TWE effect on large aperture optical systems

Stout, M.; Neff, B.

2017-05-01

Sapphire windows are routinely being used in demanding aerospace applications due to their high strength and desirable optical and material properties. Sapphire is particularly useful in addressing the increasing need for systems that provide a wider range of capabilities in a single package. In general, refractive index homogeneity of the component materials can have a significant impact on overall optical system performance. This leads to the need for a deeper understanding of the shape and magnitude of index inhomogeneity in large sapphire windows to ensure predictable, high quality operation. Thin, sapphire slices from a sapphire crystal boule grown via the Heat Exchanger Method (HEM) have been previously evaluated for refractive index homogeneity over a 25.4cm (10.0") aperture. The resultant transmitted wavefront error (TWE) from those measurements has now been used to model typical optical systems to quantify the effects on system-level performance attributed to representative amounts of index inhomogeneity in the sapphire window. The results of this modeling effort are presented in the following paper.

5. Ultraviolet light induced refractive index structures in germanosilica

Svalgaard, M.

1997-03-01

The focus of the research presented in this ph.d. thesis is refractive index structures photoinduced in germanonsilica waveguides with ultra-violet (UV) radiation. The physical mechanisms involved in photosensitivity and applications of a wide range of UV induced refractive index structures in both optical fibers and planar wavguides have been explored. This work includes fabrication of fiber Bragg gratings and design of equipment intended for enhancement of photosensitivity by indiffusion of molecular hydrogen. New insight regarding UV induced reactions in germanosilica has been provided through application of a scanning near-field optical microscope to obtain high resolution images of UV induced refractive index structures and by monitoring the dynamics of UV induced index changes and luminescence. During part of my ph.d. project I have worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technolgy in Colorado (USA) under supervision of Dr. Sarah L. Gilbert, fabricating and characterizing erbium doped fiber lasers incorporating UV written Bragg gratings. Due to their compact structure, such devices are shown to exhibit a frequency stability several orders of magnitude better than lasers incorporating bulk optics. Finally, I have developed a new method for direct UV writing of planar waveguide devices using a focussed continuous wave UV laser beam which is scanned across a photosensitive thin film deposited on a silicon wafer. Contrary to other waveguide fabrication techniques this method requires no additional wafer processing. By demonstrating a wide variety of integrated devices it is shown that the performance of this method in terms of waveguide loss, flexibility and fabrication yield rivals or surpasses that currently obtainable with other more elaborate techniques.

6. Extraction of complex refractive index dispersion from SPR data

Nakkach, Mohamed; Moreau, Julien; Canva, Michael

2010-02-01

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

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

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.

8. Optical refractive index of air: dependence on pressure, temperature and composition.

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Owens, J C

1967-01-01

The theoretical background and present status of formulas for the refractive index of air are reviewed. In supplement to Edlén's recently revised formula for relative refractivity, the density dependence of refractive index is reanalyzed. New formulas are presented for both phase and group refractive index which are more useful over a wide range of pressure, temperature, and composition than any presently available. The application of the new formulas to optical distance measuring is briefly discussed.

9. Interferometric measurement of group and phase refractive index.

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Hopler, M D; Rogers, J R

1991-03-01

An experimental apparatus has been designed to measure group refractive index (n(g)) by observing the shift of the fringe visibility envelope upon insertion of a sample into one arm of a Twyman-Green interferometer. A criterion is developed for the limiting bandwidth and thickness for which good visibility may be expected and for predicting the bandwidth for the narrowest visibility curve. It is demonstrated that the measured group index data can be converted to phase index data with a previously described technique [J. R. Rogers and M. D. Hopler, J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 5, 1595-1600 (1988)] to an accuracy of approximately 0.0006 across the visible spectrum.

10. Methods to calibrate and scale axial distances in confocal microscopy as a function of refractive index.

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Besseling, T H; Jose, J; Van Blaaderen, A

2015-02-01

Accurate distance measurement in 3D confocal microscopy is important for quantitative analysis, volume visualization and image restoration. However, axial distances can be distorted by both the point spread function (PSF) and by a refractive-index mismatch between the sample and immersion liquid, which are difficult to separate. Additionally, accurate calibration of the axial distances in confocal microscopy remains cumbersome, although several high-end methods exist. In this paper we present two methods to calibrate axial distances in 3D confocal microscopy that are both accurate and easily implemented. With these methods, we measured axial scaling factors as a function of refractive-index mismatch for high-aperture confocal microscopy imaging. We found that our scaling factors are almost completely linearly dependent on refractive index and that they were in good agreement with theoretical predictions that take the full vectorial properties of light into account. There was however a strong deviation with the theoretical predictions using (high-angle) geometrical optics, which predict much lower scaling factors. As an illustration, we measured the PSF of a correctly calibrated point-scanning confocal microscope and showed that a nearly index-matched, micron-sized spherical object is still significantly elongated due to this PSF, which signifies that care has to be taken when determining axial calibration or axial scaling using such particles. © 2014 The Authors Journal of Microscopy published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Microscopical Society.

11. Preparation of flexible optical waveguide film with refractive index tunability

Kwon, Yong Ku; Noh, Seung Ju; Han, Jin Young; Suk, Min Kyun; Heo, Sung Ik; Jin, Sun Jin; Ahn, Hang Hee; Ahn, Cheol Hee

2012-09-01

Novel organic-inorganic hybrid materials were successfully synthesized by non-hydrolytic sol-gel processing. Crack-free and thick films were produced with no remaining traces of solvents without high volume shrinkage. Adjusting the chemical composition of the materials allows the precise tailoring of the optical properties of the materials, such as optical loss, birefringence, refractive index, and thermo-optic coefficient. They can be fabricated into the step index optical waveguide structures with well-defined and reproducible refractive index differences within 0.001. The transmission performance of each waveguide channel was tested using a 10 Gbps data stream. The electrical output signal from a photodetector, connected to a wide-band oscilloscope, displays a clear 10 Gbps eye pattern. We produced a series of flexible optical waveguides from organic-inorganic hybrid materials by using soft-lithographic technique. The optical losses of the flexible waveguide arrays bent over various curvatures were measured and the transmission performance of each waveguide channel was also tested. The bending losses of a flexible waveguide array were measured and found to yield no significant loss above 2 mm diameter curvature.

12. Dark plasmonic mode based perfect absorption and refractive index sensing.

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Yang, W H; Zhang, C; Sun, S; Jing, J; Song, Q; Xiao, S

2017-07-06

Dark plasmonic resonances in metallic nanostructures are essential for many potential applications such as refractive index sensing, single molecule detection, nanolasers etc. However, it is difficult to excite the dark modes in optical experiments and thus the practical applications are severely limited. Herein, we demonstrate a simple method to experimentally excite the quadrupolar and higher-order plasmonic modes with normal incident light. By directionally depositing silver films onto the sidewalls of metal-covered one-dimensional grating, we have experimentally observed a series of asymmetrical resonances at the plasmonic ranges of silver gratings. Interestingly, both of the reflection and transmission coefficients of high-order plasmonic modes are reduced to around zero, demonstrating the perfect absorption very well. The corresponding numerical simulations show that these resonances are the well-known dark modes. Different from the conventional dark modes in plasmonic dimers, here the dark modes are the electric oscillations (as standing waves) within the silver sidewalls that are excited by charge accumulation via the bright plasmonic resonance of the top silver strips. In addition to the simple realization of perfect absorption, the dark modes are found to be quite sensitive to the environmental changes. The experimentally measured reflective index sensitivity is around 458 nm per RIU (refractive index unit), which is much higher than the sensitivity of the metal-covered grating without silver sidewalls. This research shall pave new routes to practical applications of dark surface plasmons.

13. Refractive index change detection based on porous silicon microarray

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.

14. Homogeneous polymer blend microparticles with a tunable refractive index

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Barnes, M.D.; Kung, C.; Lermer, N.; Fukui, K.; Sumpter, B.G.; Noid, D.W.; Otaigbe, J.U.

1999-02-01

We show that homogeneous polymer blend microparticles can be prepared {ital in situ} from droplets of dilute solution of codissolved polymers. Provided that the droplet of solution is small enough ({lt}10 {mu}m) , solvent evaporation is rapid enough to inhibit phase separation. Thus the polymers that are being mixed need not be miscible, which greatly enhances the applicability of the technique. From analysis of two-dimensional Fraunhofer diffraction (angular scattering) patterns, we show that both the real and the imaginary parts of the refractive index can be tuned by adjustment of the relative weight fractions of polymers in solution. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital Optical Society of America}

15. Tissue Refractive Index Fluctuations Report on Cancer Development

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

16. Negative refractive index induced by percolation in disordered metamaterials

Slovick, Brian A.

2017-03-01

An effective medium model is developed for disordered metamaterials containing a spatially random distribution of dielectric spheres. Similar to effective medium models for ordered metamaterials, this model predicts resonances in the effective permeability and permittivity arising from electric- and magnetic-dipole Mie resonances in the spheres. In addition, the model predicts a redshift of the electric resonance with increasing particle loading. Interestingly, when the particle loading exceeds the percolation threshold of 33%, the model predicts that the electric resonance overlaps with the magnetic resonance, resulting in a negative refractive index.

17. Quantum vacuum emission from a moving refractive index front

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.

18. Refractive index dispersion measurement using carrier-envelope phasemeters

Hansinger, Peter; Töpfer, Philipp; Dimitrov, Nikolay; Adolph, Daniel; Hoff, Dominik; Rathje, Tim; Sayler, A. Max; Dreischuh, Alexander; Paulus, Gerhard G.

2017-02-01

We introduce a novel method for direct and accurate measurement of refractive index dispersion based on carrier-envelope phase detection of few-cycle laser pulses, exploiting the difference between phase and group velocity in a dispersive medium. In a layout similar to an interferometer, two carrier-envelope phasemeters are capable of measuring the dispersion of a transparent or reflective sample, where one phasemeter serves as the reference and the other records the influence of the sample. Here we report on proof-of-principle measurements that already reach relative uncertainties of a few 10‑4. Further development is expected to allow for unprecedented precision.

19. Measurements of nonlinear refractive index in scattering media

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Samineni, Prathyush; Perret, Zachary; Warren, Warren S.; Fischer, Martin C.

2012-01-01

We have recently developed a spectral re-shaping technique to simultaneously measure nonlinear refractive index and nonlinear absorption. In this technique, the information about the nonlinearities is encoded in the frequency domain, rather than in the spatial domain as in the conventional Z-scan method. Here we show that frequency encoding is much more robust with respect to scattering. We compare spectral re-shaping and Z-scan measurements in a highly scattering environment and show that reliable spectral re-shaping measurements can be performed even in a regime that precludes standard Z-scans. PMID:20588401

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

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

2003-08-01

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

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

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

2012-01-01

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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

2011-08-01

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

5. Effects of refractive index mismatch on SRS and CARS microscopy.

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van der Kolk, Jarno; Lesina, Antonino Calà; Ramunno, Lora

2016-10-31

An inhomogeneous linear refractive index profile, such as that occurring in biological tissues, is shown to significantly alter stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) and coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy images. Our finite-difference time-domain simulations show that near-field enhancement and microlensing can lead to an increase of an object's perceived molecular density by a factor of nine and changes in its perceived position by 0.4 μm up to 1.0 μm. Thus the assumption that SRS scales linearly and CARS quadratically with density does not always hold. Furthermore, the inhomogeneous linear index can cause false CARS and AM-SRS signals, even for a homogeneous nonlinear susceptibility.

6. Automatic and adaptive heterogeneous refractive index compensation for light-sheet microscopy.

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Ryan, Duncan P; Gould, Elizabeth A; Seedorf, Gregory J; Masihzadeh, Omid; Abman, Steven H; Vijayaraghavan, Sukumar; Macklin, Wendy B; Restrepo, Diego; Shepherd, Douglas P

2017-09-20

Optical tissue clearing has revolutionized researchers' ability to perform fluorescent measurements of molecules, cells, and structures within intact tissue. One common complication to all optically cleared tissue is a spatially heterogeneous refractive index, leading to light scattering and first-order defocus. We designed C-DSLM (cleared tissue digital scanned light-sheet microscopy) as a low-cost method intended to automatically generate in-focus images of cleared tissue. We demonstrate the flexibility and power of C-DSLM by quantifying fluorescent features in tissue from multiple animal models using refractive index matched and mismatched microscope objectives. This includes a unique measurement of myelin tracks within intact tissue using an endogenous fluorescent reporter where typical clearing approaches render such structures difficult to image. For all measurements, we provide independent verification using standard serial tissue sectioning and quantification methods. Paired with advancements in volumetric image processing, C-DSLM provides a robust methodology to quantify sub-micron features within large tissue sections.Optical clearing of tissue has enabled optical imaging deeper into tissue due to significantly reduced light scattering. Here, Ryan et al. tackle first-order defocus, an artefact of a non-uniform refractive index, extending light-sheet microscopy to partially cleared samples.

7. Refractive index and thickness determination in Langmuir monolayers of myelin lipids.

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Pusterla, Julio M; Malfatti-Gasperini, Antonio A; Puentes-Martinez, Ximena E; Cavalcanti, Leide P; Oliveira, Rafael G

2017-05-01

Langmuir monolayers at the air/water interface are widely used as biomembrane models and for amphiphilic molecules studies in general. Under controlled intermolecular organization (lateral molecular area), surface pressure, surface potential, reflectivity (R) and other magnitudes can be precisely determined on these planar monomolecular films. However, some physical parameters such as the refractive index of the monolayer (n) still remain elusive. The refractive index is very relevant because (in combination with R) it allows for the determination of the thickness of the film. The uncertainties of n determine important errors that propagate non-linearly into the calculation of monolayers thickness. Here we present an analytical method for the determination of n in monolayers based on refractive index matching. By using a Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) setup and monolayers spread over subphases with variable refractive index (n2), a minimum in R is search as a function of n2. In these conditions, n equals n2. The results shown correspond to monolayers of myelin lipids. The n values remain constant at 1.46 upon compression and equals the obtained value for myelin lipid bilayers in suspension. The values for n and R allow for the determination of thickness. We establish comparisons between these thicknesses for the monolayer and those obtained from two X-ray scattering techniques: 1) GIXOS for monolayers at the air/water interface and 2) SAXS for bilayers in bulk suspension. This allows us to conclude that the thickness that we measure by BAM includes the apolar and polar headgroup regions of the monolayer.

8. Measurements of refractive index and physical thickness using optical coherence tomography

Song, Guiju; Wang, Xiangzhao; Ren, Hongwu; Zhang, Weizai; Zhang, Lianying; Fang, Zujie

2000-05-01

The measurements of refractive index and thickness of various transparent plates and films are very important for quality control. Additionally, the knowledge of refractive index, and thickness is significant in biomedicine for the treatment of many kinds of tumors. In this paper, we propose a new method for noninvasive and simultaneous measurement of refractive indices and physical thickness of specimens, which consist of surrounding and interior components with different refractive indices. In our experiment, we measure the refractive index and the physical thickness of a multimode fiber and a lotus root with a hollow hole, respectively. The experimental results verify the feasibility of this method.

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

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Malyugin, Boris; Morozova, Tatiana; Cherednik, Valentin

2014-01-01

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

10. 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.

11. Refractive index insensitive temperature sensor based on waist-enlarged few mode fiber bitapers

Liu, Qiang; Wang, Si-wen; Fu, Xing-hu; Fu, Guang-wei; Jin, Wa; Bi, Wei-hong

2017-01-01

A refractive index insensitive temperature sensor based on waist-enlarged few mode fiber (FMF) bitapers is presented. The first section of FMF is spliced between two single-mode fibers. In fusion process, the waist-enlarged FMF bitapers can be obtained by large current discharging repeatedly. The refractive index and temperature sensing mechanisms are analyzed. For the sensors with different sizes, the refractive index and temperature experiments have been performed. The results show that in the refractive index ranges of 1.335 0—1.346 6 and 1.348 2—1.419 3, the refractive index insensitivity is verified. In a temperature range of 31.9—90 °C, the sensor sensitivity can be up to 85.57 pm/°C. In addition, it has a compact structure. Therefore, the sensor can avoid the cross sensitivity for measuring the refractive index and temperature simultaneously.

12. Complex refractive index of starch acetate used as a biodegradable pigment and filler of paper

Karvinen, Petri; Oksman, Antti; Silvennoinen, Raimo; Mikkonen, Hannu

2007-05-01

Complex refractive index of strongly depolarizing starch acetate is investigated as a function of bulk package density, which is compulsory parameter in analysis of light scattering from nanoscale starch acetate pigments and fillers. The measurements were made using a laser-goniometer and spectrophotometer to gain data for refractive index analysis according to the Brewster's law and Fresnel equations. The real part of refractive index was verified by microscopic immersion method.

13. Non-interferometric phase retrieval using refractive index manipulation

Chen, Chyong-Hua; Hsu, Hsin-Feng; Chen, Hou-Ren; Hsieh, Wen-Feng

2017-04-01

We present a novel, inexpensive and non-interferometric technique to retrieve phase images by using a liquid crystal phase shifter without including any physically moving parts. First, we derive a new equation of the intensity-phase relation with respect to the change of refractive index, which is similar to the transport of the intensity equation. The equation indicates that this technique is unneeded to consider the variation of magnifications between optical images. For proof of the concept, we use a liquid crystal mixture MLC 2144 to manufacture a phase shifter and to capture the optical images in a rapid succession by electrically tuning the applied voltage of the phase shifter. Experimental results demonstrate that this technique is capable of reconstructing high-resolution phase images and to realize the thickness profile of a microlens array quantitatively.

14. Refractive index sensing using ultrasonically crushed polymer optical fibers

Shimada, Shumpei; Lee, Heeyoung; Shizuka, Makoto; Tanaka, Hiroki; Hayashi, Neisei; Matsumoto, Yukihiro; Tanaka, Yosuke; Nakamura, Hitoshi; Mizuno, Yosuke; Nakamura, Kentaro

2017-01-01

We demonstrate power-based refractive index (RI) sensing using an ultrasonically crushed polymer optical fiber (POF). This structure can be easily and cost-effectively fabricated within a short time (i.e., ˜1 s) without the need to employ external heat sources or chemicals. The only requirement is to simply press a horn connected to an ultrasonic transducer against part of the POF. The RI dependence of the transmitted power shows linear trends in RI ranges of ˜1.32 to ˜1.36 [coefficient: -62 dB/RIU (RI unit)] and ˜1.40 to ˜1.44 (coefficient: -257 dB/RIU). The temperature dependence of the transmitted power is also investigated.

15. Laser-induced refractive index changes in nanocrystalline diamond membranes.

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Preclíková, Jana; Kromka, Alexander; Rezek, Bohuslav; Malý, Petr

2010-02-15

We have observed what we believe to be a new phenomenon in nanocrystalline diamond membranes. The optical thickness of the membrane is changed under laser irradiation, which leads to a spectral shift of interference fringes in the transmission and photoluminescence spectra of high-quality thin self-supporting nanocrystalline membranes. The direction of the spectral shift (red/blue) can be tuned by the ambient air pressure. The effect is reversible and is accompanied by changes in photoluminescence intensity. We interpret the results in terms of the changes in the index of refraction caused by the photoinduced adsorption/desorption of air molecules that subsequently affect the properties of subgap energy states related to the surface and the grain boundaries of the nanocrystals.

16. Flexible photonic crystal membranes with nanoparticle high refractive index layers

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Paulsen, Moritz; Gerken, Martina

2017-01-01

Flexible photonic crystal slabs with an area of 2 cm2 are fabricated by nanoimprint replication of a 400 nm period linear grating nanostructure into a ≈60 µm thick polydimethylsiloxane membrane and subsequent spin coating of a high refractive index titanium dioxide nanoparticle layer. Samples are prepared with different nanoparticle concentrations. Guided-mode resonances with a quality factor of Q ≈ 40 are observed. The highly flexible nature of the membranes allows for stretching of up to 20% elongation. Resonance peak positions for unstretched samples vary from 555 to 630 nm depending on the particle concentration. Stretching results in a resonance shift for these peaks of up to ≈80 nm, i.e., 3.9 nm per % strain. The color impression of the samples observed with crossed-polarization filters changes from the green to the red regime. The high tunability renders these membranes promising for both tunable optical devices as well as visualization devices. PMID:28243558

17. Preparation of diarylethene copolymers and their photoinduced refractive index change

Cho, S. Y.; Yoo, M.; Shin, H.-W.; Ahn, K.-H.; Kim, Y.-R.; Kim, E.

2003-01-01

Diarylethene copolymers were synthesized from 1-(6 '-vinyl-2 '-methylbenzo[ b]thiophene-3 '-yl)-2-(2 ''-methylbenzo [ b]thiophene-3 ''-yl)hexafluorocyclopentene (VMBTF6) and 1-[6 '-(4 '''-vinylbenzoyl)-2 '-methylbenzo[ b]thiophene-3 '-yl]-2-(2 ''-methylbenzo[ b]thiophene-3 ''-yl)hexafluorocyclopentene (VBMBTF6) via living free radical techniques using stable TEMPO derivatives. The diarylethene content was controlled by the feed ratio of diarylethene derivatives and styrene. Transparent photochromic polymer films were prepared from the diarylethene copolymers with narrow molecular weight dispersion (PD˜1.3) by spin coating method. Photoinduced refractive index changes (Δ nTE) of the polymer films, with 25 mol% of diaryethene content, accompanied by the photochromic change were determined as 0.0009 and 0.0030 for poly(styrene- ran -VMBTF6) and poly(styrene- ran-VBMBTF6), respectively.

18. Textile inspired flexible metamaterial with negative refractive index

Burgnies, L.; Lheurette, É.; Lippens, D.

2015-04-01

This work introduces metallo-dielectric woven fabric as a metamaterial for phase-front manipulation. Dispersion diagram as well as effective medium parameters retrieved from reflection and transmission coefficients point out negative values of refractive index. By numerical simulations, it is evidenced that a pair of meandered metallic wires, arranged in a top to bottom configuration, can yield to a textile metamaterial with simultaneously negative permittivity and permeability. While the effective negative permittivity stems from the metallic grid arrangement, resonating current loop resulting from the top to bottom configuration of two meandered metallic wires in near proximity produces magnetic activity with negative permeability. By adjusting the distance between pairs of metallic wires, the electric plasma frequency can be shifted to overlap the magnetic resonance. Finally, it is shown that the woven metamaterial is insensitive to the incident angle up to around 60°.

19. Temperature coefficient of refractive index for candidate optical windows

Lange, Charles H.; Duncan, Donald D.

1990-10-01

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

20. Temperature coefficients of the refractive index for candidate optical windows

Lange, Charles H.; Duncan, Donald D.

1993-03-01

The temperature coefficients of the refractive index for various crystalline and polycrystalline materials - Al2O3 (sapphire), Y2O3 (yttria), La2O3-doped Y2O3, MgAl2O4, and ALON (a proprietary ceramic composed of aluminum, oxygen, and nitrogen) - were determined from measurements of optical thickness as a function of temperature using a Michelson interferometer operating at 0.633 micron. For temperatures between 23 and 500 C, the first-order coefficients ranged from 8.3 x 10 exp -6/C for pure yttria to 14.6 x 10 exp -6/C for ALON. Measurements of NaCl and Al2O3 samples using this technique are in agreement with published data.

1. Imprinting the nanostructures on the high refractive index semiconductor glass

Silvennoinen, M.; Paivasaari, K.; Kaakkunen, J. J. J.; Tikhomirov, V. K.; Lehmuskero, A.; Vahimaa, P.; Moshchalkov, V. V.

2011-05-01

The centimeter range one- and two-dimensional nanostructures of 70 nm pitch have been imprinted by hot pressing with a quartz, silicon or nickel mold, at 240 °C, onto the surface of Ge 20As 20Se 14Te 46 semiconductor glass. Excellent glass stability of this glass allows multiple re-pressing of the nano-structures. With increasing the Te/Se ratio in the glass formula, the refractive index reaches a value of 3.5 with an option of free electron absorption at elevated temperatures pointing out the use of such nanostructures in submicron and micron scale electronic devices/chips, moth eye structures and photonic crystals.

2. 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.

3. Flexible photonic crystal membranes with nanoparticle high refractive index layers.

PubMed

Karrock, Torben; Paulsen, Moritz; Gerken, Martina

2017-01-01

Flexible photonic crystal slabs with an area of 2 cm(2) are fabricated by nanoimprint replication of a 400 nm period linear grating nanostructure into a ≈60 µm thick polydimethylsiloxane membrane and subsequent spin coating of a high refractive index titanium dioxide nanoparticle layer. Samples are prepared with different nanoparticle concentrations. Guided-mode resonances with a quality factor of Q ≈ 40 are observed. The highly flexible nature of the membranes allows for stretching of up to 20% elongation. Resonance peak positions for unstretched samples vary from 555 to 630 nm depending on the particle concentration. Stretching results in a resonance shift for these peaks of up to ≈80 nm, i.e., 3.9 nm per % strain. The color impression of the samples observed with crossed-polarization filters changes from the green to the red regime. The high tunability renders these membranes promising for both tunable optical devices as well as visualization devices.

4. 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.

5. Liquid crystalline gel with refractive index gradient of curdlan.

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Dobashi, Toshiaki; Nobe, Masahiro; Yoshihara, Hiromi; Yamamoto, Takao; Konno, Akira

2004-08-03

Curdlan dissolved in aqueous sodium hydroxide was dialyzed to aqueous calcium chloride to form a gel. Transparent and turbid concentric layers observed in the gel cross section perpendicular to the long axis of the dialysis tube were identified as liquid crystalline gels with refractive index gradient and amorphous gels, respectively. The thickness of each layer was proportional to the diameter of the dialysis tube, and the gelation proceeded in proportion to the root of time. The unique pattern formation was attributed to the change of curdlan conformation and calcium-induced cross-linking resulting from a diffusion of calcium cations and hydroxide anions through the dialysis tube. It is suggested that the orderedness of the curdlan molecules decreases by the increase of the curvature of the concentric liquid crystal layers as the layer comes toward the center of the dialysis tube.

6. Refractive index and thickness of coating measurement interferometer

Wu, Chao-Yuan; Wu, Kai; Chen, Sheng-Hui; Lee, Cheng-Chung

2009-08-01

We proposed a method to measure the optical constants of thin film through polarizing phase shifting interferometer based on Twyman-Green interferometer structure. A broadband light source coming with a narrow band-pass filter was used to generate a low coherence light and the wavelength is tunable by changing the filter. A pixelated micro-polarizer mask on the detection camera made phase shifting array to make different phase shifts at once. Therefore, we can use one single interferogram to extract phase information, and it is effective in reducing environmental vibration. The refractive index and thickness of thin film can be derived from the obtained reflection coefficient's magnitude and phase. The measurement results were compared with the results obtained by an ellipsometer.

7. Non-interferometric phase retrieval using refractive index manipulation

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Chen, Chyong-Hua; Hsu, Hsin-Feng; Chen, Hou-Ren; Hsieh, Wen-Feng

2017-01-01

We present a novel, inexpensive and non-interferometric technique to retrieve phase images by using a liquid crystal phase shifter without including any physically moving parts. First, we derive a new equation of the intensity-phase relation with respect to the change of refractive index, which is similar to the transport of the intensity equation. The equation indicates that this technique is unneeded to consider the variation of magnifications between optical images. For proof of the concept, we use a liquid crystal mixture MLC 2144 to manufacture a phase shifter and to capture the optical images in a rapid succession by electrically tuning the applied voltage of the phase shifter. Experimental results demonstrate that this technique is capable of reconstructing high-resolution phase images and to realize the thickness profile of a microlens array quantitatively. PMID:28387382

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

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.

9. A simple design method of negative refractive index metamaterials

Kim, Dongho; Lee, Wangju; Choi, Jaeick

2009-11-01

We propose a very simple design method of negative refractive index (NRI) materials that can overcome some drawbacks of conventional resonant-type NRI materials. The proposed NRI materials consist of single or double metallic patterns printed on a dielectric substrate. Our metamaterials (MTMs) show two properties that are different from other types of MTMs in obtaining effective negative values of permittivity ( ɛ) and permeability ( μ) simultaneously; the geometrical outlines of the metallic patterns are not confined within any specific shape, and the metallic patterns are printed on only one side of the dielectric substrate. Therefore, they are very easy to design and fabricate using common printed circuit board (PCB) technology according to the appropriate application. Excellent agreement between the experiment and prediction data ensures the validity of our design approach.

10. 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

11. Controlling a microdisk laser by local refractive index perturbation

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

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.

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

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. Optimized setup for integral refractive index direct determination applying digital holographic microscopy by reflection and transmission

Frómeta, M.; Moreno, G.; Ricardo, J.; Arias, Y.; Muramatsu, M.; Gomes, L. F.; Palácios, G.; Palácios, F.; Velázquez, H.; Valin, J. L.; Ramirez Q, L.

2017-03-01

In this paper the integral refractive index of a microscopic sample was directly measured by applying Digital Holographic Microscopy (DHM) capturing transmission and reflection holograms simultaneously, of the same sample's region, using Mach-Zehnder and Michelson micro interferometers for transmission and reflection holograms capture and modeling the 3D sample in a medium of known refractive index nm. The system was calibrated using standard polystyrene sphere immersed in water with known diameter and refractive index, and the method was applied for erythrocyte integral refractive index determination. The results are in accordance with predicted, the measurements error of the order of ± 0.005 in absolute values.

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

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.

15. Experimental verification and simulation of negative index of refraction using Snell's law.

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Parazzoli, C G; Greegor, R B; Li, K; Koltenbah, B E C; Tanielian, M

2003-03-14

We report the results of a Snell's law experiment on a negative index of refraction material in free space from 12.6 to 13.2 GHz. Numerical simulations using Maxwell's equations solvers show good agreement with the experimental results, confirming the existence of negative index of refraction materials. The index of refraction is a function of frequency. At 12.6 GHz we measure and compute the real part of the index of refraction to be -1.05. The measurements and simulations of the electromagnetic field profiles were performed at distances of 14lambda and 28lambda from the sample; the fields were also computed at 100lambda.

16. A refractive index sensor based on taper Michelson interferometer in multimode fiber

Fu, Xinghu; Zhang, Jiangpeng; Wang, Siwen; Fu, Guangwei; Liu, Qiang; Jin, Wa; Bi, Weihong

2016-11-01

A refractive index sensor based on taper Michelson interferometer in multimode fiber is proposed. The Hydrofluoric acid corrosion processing is studied in the preparation of single cone multimode optical fiber sensor. The taper Michelson interferometer is fabricated by changing corrosion time. The relationship between fiber sensor feature and corrosion time is analyzed. The experimental results show that the interference spectrum shift in the direction of short wave with the increase of the refractive index. The refractive index sensitivity can reach 115.8008 nm/RIU. Thereby, it can be used in detecting the refractive index in different areas including the environmental protection, health care and food production.

17. 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.

18. Patient age, refractive index of the corneal stroma, and outcomes of uneventful laser in situ keratomileusis.

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Patel, Sudi; Alió, Jorge L; Walewska, Anna; Amparo, Francisco; Artola, Alberto

2013-03-01

To determine the influence of age and the corneal stromal refractive index on the difference between the predicted and actual postoperative refractive error after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and whether the precision of outcomes could be improved by considering age and the refractive index. Vissum Instituto Oftalmologico de Alicante, Alicante, Spain. Case series. Flaps were created using a mechanical microkeratome. The stromal refractive index was measured using a VCH-1 refractometer after flap lifting. Refractive data were obtained 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. Uneventful LASIK was performed in 133 eyes. The mean age, refractive index, and applied corrections were 33.4 years ± 9.49 (SD), 1.368 ± 0.006, and -2.43 ± 3.36 diopters (D), respectively. The difference between the predicted and actual postoperative refractive error = 2.315-0.021 age-1.106 refractive index (F = 3.647, r = 0.254, P=.029; n = 109) at 1 month and = 11.820-0.023 age-7.976 refractive index (F = 3.392, r = 0.261, P=.022, n = 106) at 3 months. A correlation between the actual and calculated postoperative refraction improved from r = -0.178 (P=.064; n = 75) to r = -0.418 (P<.001) after considering the true refractive index 6 months postoperatively. The predicted outcomes of LASIK can be improved by inputting the refractive index of the individual corneal stroma. Unexpected outcomes (>0.50 D) of LASIK could be avoided by considering patient age and the refractive index and by adjusting the applied correction accordingly. Copyright © 2012 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

19. Optical Limiting by Index-Matched Phase-Segregated Mixtures

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Exarhos, Gregory J.; Ferris, Kim F.; Manijeh Razeghi, Gail J. Brown

2004-06-01

The nonlinear optical response for index-matched, non-absorbing immiscible phases (liquid-solid, liquid-liquid, solid-solid) has been determined by means of open aperture z-scan measurements. In mixtures where one constituent shows a relatively high optical nonlinearity, rapid and reversible transformation to a light-scattering state is observed under conditions where a critical incident light fluence is exceeded. This passive broadband response is induced by a transient change in the dispersive part of the refractive index, and is based upon the Christiansen-Shelyubskii filter that at one time was used as a means to monitor the temperature of glass melts. Modeling studies are used to simulate scattering intensities in such textured composites as a function of composition, microstructure, and constituent optical properties. Results provide a rational approach to the selection of materials for use in these limiters. Challenges to preparing dispersed phase mixtures and their response to 532 nm nanosecond pulsed laser irradiation are described.

20. 3-D photo-patterning of refractive index structures in photosensitive thin film materials

DOEpatents

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.

1. Highly tunable refractive index visible-light metasurface from block copolymer self-assembly

Kim, Ju Young; Kim, Hyowook; Kim, Bong Hoon; Chang, Taeyong; Lim, Joonwon; Jin, Hyeong Min; Mun, Jeong Ho; Choi, Young Joo; Chung, Kyungjae; Shin, Jonghwa; Fan, Shanhui; Kim, Sang Ouk

2016-09-01

The refractive index of natural transparent materials is limited to 2-3 throughout the visible wavelength range. Wider controllability of the refractive index is desired for novel optical applications such as nanoimaging and integrated photonics. We report that metamaterials consisting of period and symmetry-tunable self-assembled nanopatterns can provide a controllable refractive index medium for a broad wavelength range, including the visible region. Our approach exploits the independent control of permeability and permittivity with nanoscale objects smaller than the skin depth. The precise manipulation of the interobject distance in block copolymer nanopatterns via pattern shrinkage increased the effective refractive index up to 5.10. The effective refractive index remains above 3.0 over more than 1,000 nm wavelength bandwidth. Spatially graded and anisotropic refractive indices are also obtained with the design of transitional and rotational symmetry modification.

2. Highly tunable refractive index visible-light metasurface from block copolymer self-assembly.

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Kim, Ju Young; Kim, Hyowook; Kim, Bong Hoon; Chang, Taeyong; Lim, Joonwon; Jin, Hyeong Min; Mun, Jeong Ho; Choi, Young Joo; Chung, Kyungjae; Shin, Jonghwa; Fan, Shanhui; Kim, Sang Ouk

2016-09-29

The refractive index of natural transparent materials is limited to 2-3 throughout the visible wavelength range. Wider controllability of the refractive index is desired for novel optical applications such as nanoimaging and integrated photonics. We report that metamaterials consisting of period and symmetry-tunable self-assembled nanopatterns can provide a controllable refractive index medium for a broad wavelength range, including the visible region. Our approach exploits the independent control of permeability and permittivity with nanoscale objects smaller than the skin depth. The precise manipulation of the interobject distance in block copolymer nanopatterns via pattern shrinkage increased the effective refractive index up to 5.10. The effective refractive index remains above 3.0 over more than 1,000 nm wavelength bandwidth. Spatially graded and anisotropic refractive indices are also obtained with the design of transitional and rotational symmetry modification.

3. Highly tunable refractive index visible-light metasurface from block copolymer self-assembly

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Kim, Ju Young; Kim, Hyowook; Kim, Bong Hoon; Chang, Taeyong; Lim, Joonwon; Jin, Hyeong Min; Mun, Jeong Ho; Choi, Young Joo; Chung, Kyungjae; Shin, Jonghwa; Fan, Shanhui; Kim, Sang Ouk

2016-01-01

The refractive index of natural transparent materials is limited to 2–3 throughout the visible wavelength range. Wider controllability of the refractive index is desired for novel optical applications such as nanoimaging and integrated photonics. We report that metamaterials consisting of period and symmetry-tunable self-assembled nanopatterns can provide a controllable refractive index medium for a broad wavelength range, including the visible region. Our approach exploits the independent control of permeability and permittivity with nanoscale objects smaller than the skin depth. The precise manipulation of the interobject distance in block copolymer nanopatterns via pattern shrinkage increased the effective refractive index up to 5.10. The effective refractive index remains above 3.0 over more than 1,000 nm wavelength bandwidth. Spatially graded and anisotropic refractive indices are also obtained with the design of transitional and rotational symmetry modification. PMID:27683077

4. 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

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

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Rankine, Leith; Oldham, Mark

2013-01-01

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®, 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 (Γ) analysis. This definition recognizes that for optical-CT imaging, errors are greatest near the edge of the dosimeter, where refraction can be most pronounced. Simulations were performed on three types of dose distribution: uniform, volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), and brachytherapy (Cs-137). Results: For a uniformly irradiated dosimeter the usable radius achieved with filtered backprojection was 68% for water-matching and 31% for dry-scanning in air. Algebraic reconstruction gave usable radii of 99% for both water and air (dry-scanning), indicating greater recovery of useful data for the uniform distribution. FBP and ART performed equally well for a VMAT dose distribution where less dose is delivered near the edge of the dosimeter. In this case, the usable radius was 86% and 53% for scanning in water and air, respectively. For brachytherapy, the usable radius was 99% and 98% for scanning in water and air, respectively using FBP, and a major decrease was seen with ART. Point source geometry provided 1%–2% larger usable radii than parallel geometry. Converging geometry recovered less usable dosimetry data (up to 10% reduced usable

6. Reflection statistics of weakly disordered optical medium when its mean refractive index is different from an outside medium

Pradhan, Prabhakar; John Park, Daniel; Capoglu, Ilker; Subramanian, Hariharan; Damania, Dhwanil; Cherkezyan, Lusik; Taflove, Allen; Backman, Vadim

2017-06-01

Statistical properties of light waves reflected from a one-dimensional (1D) disordered optical medium [n(x) = n0+ dn(x), =0] have been well studied, however, most of the studies have focused on the situation when the mean refractive index of the optical medium matched with the outside medium, i.e., n0= nout=1. Further, considering dn(x) as a Gaussian color noise refractive index medium with exponential spatial correlation decay length lc and k as the incident wave vector, it has been shown that for smaller correlation length limit, i.e., klc <<1, both the mean reflection coefficient and std of r, σ(r), have same value, and they follow the relation = σ(r) ∝ lc. However, when the refractive index of the sample medium is different from the outside medium, the reflection statistics may have interesting features, which has not been well studied or understood. We studied the reflection statistics of a 1D weakly disordered optical medium with the mean background refractive index n0 being different from the outside medium nout (≠n0), to see the effect of mismatching (i.e., value of n0- nout) on the reflection statistics. In the mismatched case, the results show that the mean reflection coefficient follows a form similar to that of the matched refractive-index case, i.e., lc, with a linear increased shift, which is due to 1D uniform background reflection from a slab. However, σ(r) is shown to be σ(r) ∝ (lc)1/2, which is different from the matched case. This change in std of r is attributed to the interference between the mismatched-crerated edge mediated multiple scattering that are coupled with the random scattering. Applications to light scattering from random layered media and biological cells are discussed.

7. Quantitative index imaging of coculture cells by scanning focused refractive index microscopy

Sun, Teng-Qian; Ye, Qing; Hu, Fen; Liu, Shi-ke; Wang, Xiao-Wan; Wang, Jin; Deng, Zhi-Chao; Mei, Jian-Chun; Zhou, Wen-Yuan; Zhang, Chun-Ping; Wang, Xin-Yu; Pan, Lei-Ting; Tian, Jian-Guo

2016-08-01

We report the quantitative refractive index (RI) imaging of cocultured cells in their living environment by scanning focused refractive index microscopy (SFRIM). Mouse microglial cells and synovial cells are cocultured on the top surface of a trapezoid prism. The RI imaging of living cells is obtained in a reflection-type method. The RI information is deduced with the simple derivative total internal reflection method, where a complex retrieval algorithm or reconstruction process is unnecessary. The outline of each cell is determined according to the RI value compared with that of the immersion liquid. The cocultured cells can be discriminated in the RI image. The measurement is nondestructive and label-free. The experimental results prove that SFRIM is a promising tool in the field of biological optics.

8. Design and optimization of silicon concentric dual-microring resonators for refractive index sensing

Sun, Lei; Yuan, Jinhui; Ma, Tao; Sang, Xinzhu; Yan, Binbin; Wang, Kuiru; Yu, Chongxiu

2017-07-01

In this paper, a silicon concentric dual-microring resonator for refractive index sensing is designed. The influences of the mode effective index difference, extinction ratio (ER), and sensitivity on the homogeneous sensing of sucrose solutions are investigated by using 3-D finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. The geometry structures of the concentric dual-microring resonator are optimized to satisfy the desired sensing performance. Moreover, a refractive index sensor based on the designed concentric dual-microring resonator is proposed, which can realize the ER of 30 dB, sensitivity of 180 nm/refractive index units (RIU), and detection limit of 1.1×10-5 RIU. It is believed that the proposed refractive index sensor can find important application in the refractive index sensing.

9. Proposed design for high precision refractive index sensor using integrated planar lightwave circuit

Maru, Koichi; Fujii, Yusaku; Zhang, Shulian; Hou, Wenmei

2009-07-01

A high precision and compact refractive index sensor is proposed. The combination of coarse measurement utilizing the change of the angle of refraction and fine measurement utilizing the phase change is newly proposed to measure absolute refractive index precisely. The proposed method does not need expensive optical measurement equipment such as an optical spectrum analyzer. The integrated planar lightwave circuit (PLC) technology enables us to obtain a compact sensor that is preferable for the practical use. The principle, design, and some configurations for precise refractive index measurement are described.

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

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. Biconcave micro-optofluidic lens with low-refractive-index liquids.

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Song, Chaolong; Nguyen, Nam-Trung; Asundi, Anand Krishna; Low, Cassandra Lee-Ngo

2009-12-01

One of the current problems of micro-optofluidics is the choice of a suitable liquid with a high refractive index (RI). We report the use of a low-RI liquid in a biconcave liquid-core liquid-cladding lens for focusing light. For the characterization of the lens, a telescope system was constructed from polydimethylsiloxane lenses to collimate and expand a light beam emitted from an optical fiber. The tunable optofluidic biconcave lens focuses the parallel beam. Fluorescent dye diluted in an index-matching liquid was used for the visualization of the light rays in a beam-tracing chamber. The focused beam is tuned by adjusting the flow rate ratio between core and cladding streams.

12. Characterization and estimation of refractive index profile of laser-written photopolymer optical waveguides

Dinleyici, Mehmet Salih; Sümer, Can

2011-10-01

In this study, channel waveguides fabricated in photopolymer films by direct-writing using a low-power CW laser, are used as phase objects in a simple plane-wave diffraction setup, and the refractive index modulation profiles of the waveguides are characterized using the recorded diffraction patterns. Index profiles are modeled by piece-wisely combining two Gaussian functions representing the central and the tail regions. Measured diffraction patterns are matched with patterns generated using the model. This simple model makes it possible to design various channel waveguides embedded into polymer substrates. The proposed model is tested on three distinctive waveguide profiles written on the same Acrylamide/Polyvinyl Alcohol based photopolymer with different exposures.

13. 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.

14. Homodyne chiral polarimetry for measuring thermo-optic refractive index variations.

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Twu, Ruey-Ching; Wang, Jhao-Sheng

2015-10-10

Novel reflection-type homodyne chiral polarimetry is proposed for measuring the refractive index variations of a transparent plate under thermal impact. The experimental results show it is a simple and useful method for providing accurate measurements of refractive index variations. The measurement can reach a resolution of 7×10-5.

15. 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,…

16. 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)

17. Refractive index and density in F- and Cl-doped silica glasses

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Kakiuchida, Hiroshi; Shimodaira, Noriaki; Sekiya, Edson H.; Saito, Kazuya; Ikushima, Akira J.

2005-04-18

The refractive index and density of fluorine- and chlorine-doped silica glasses were measured as functions of fictive temperature. The halogen concentrations were observed to have a refractive index or density that is independent of the fictive temperature were found. This implies that these properties are not affected by any heat-treatment conditions.

18. Chromatic confocal method for determination of the refractive index and thickness

Garzon Reyes, Johnson; Meneses, J.; Plata, Arturo; Tribillon, Gilbert M.; Gharbi, Tijani

2004-10-01

The chromatic confocal method to measure the refractive index and thickness of membranes is developed. The method is based on the longitudinal chromatic aberration produced by a diffractive element. The identification of the maximal spectral components coming from the membranes are used for measuring its thickness or its refractive index.

19. Low-repetition rate femtosecond laser writing of optical waveguides in KTP crystals: analysis of anisotropic refractive index changes.

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Butt, Muhammad Ali; Nguyen, Huu-Dat; Ródenas, Airán; Romero, Carolina; Moreno, Pablo; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier R; Aguiló, Magdalena; Solé, Rosa Maria; Pujol, Maria Cinta; Díaz, Francesc

2015-06-15

We report on the direct low-repetition rate femtosecond pulse laser microfabrication of optical waveguides in KTP crystals and the characterization of refractive index changes after the thermal annealing of the sample, with the focus on studying the potential for direct laser fabricating Mach-Zehnder optical modulators. We have fabricated square cladding waveguides by means of stacking damage tracks, and found that the refractive index decrease is large for vertically polarized light (c-axis; TM polarized) but rather weak for horizontally polarized light (a-axis; TE polarized), this leading to good near-infrared light confinement for TM modes but poor for TE modes. However, after performing a sample thermal annealing we have found that the thermal process enables a refractive index increment of around 1.5x10(-3) for TE polarized light, while maintaining the negative index change of around -1x10(-2) for TM polarized light. In order to evaluate the local refractive index changes we have followed a multistep procedure: We have first characterized the waveguide cross-sections by means of Raman micro-mapping to access the lattice micro-modifications and their spatial extent. Secondly we have modeled the waveguides following the modified region sizes obtained by micro-Raman with finite element method software to obtain a best match between the experimental propagation modes and the simulated ones. Furthermore we also report the fabrication of Mach-Zehnder structures and the evaluation of propagation losses.

20. 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

2016-09-13

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.

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

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

2016-09-01

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.

2. Low-Coherence Reflectometry for Refractive Index Measurements of Cells in Micro-Capillaries.

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Carpignano, Francesca; Rigamonti, Giulia; Mazzini, Giuliano; Merlo, Sabina

2016-10-11

The refractive index of cells provides insights into their composition, organization and function. Moreover, a good knowledge of the cell refractive index would allow an improvement of optical cytometric and diagnostic systems. Although interferometric techniques undoubtedly represent a good solution for quantifying optical path variation, obtaining the refractive index of a population of cells non-invasively remains challenging because of the variability in the geometrical thickness of the sample. In this paper, we demonstrate the use of infrared low-coherence reflectometry for non-invasively quantifying the average refractive index of cell populations gently confined in rectangular glass micro-capillaries. A suspension of human red blood cells in plasma is tested as a reference. As a use example, we apply this technique to estimate the average refractive index of cell populations belonging to epithelial and hematological families.

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

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.

4. 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

5. High Sensitivity Refractive Index Sensor Based on Dual-Core Photonic Crystal Fiber with Hexagonal Lattice

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Wang, Haiyang; Yan, Xin; Li, Shuguang; An, Guowen; Zhang, Xuenan

2016-01-01

A refractive index sensor based on dual-core photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with hexagonal lattice is proposed. The effects of geometrical parameters of the PCF on performances of the sensor are investigated by using the finite element method (FEM). Two fiber cores are separated by two air holes filled with the analyte whose refractive index is in the range of 1.33–1.41. Numerical simulation results show that the highest sensitivity can be up to 22,983 nm/RIU(refractive index unit) when the analyte refractive index is 1.41. The lowest sensitivity can reach to 21,679 nm/RIU when the analyte refractive index is 1.33. The sensor we proposed has significant advantages in the field of biomolecule detection as it provides a wide-range of detection with high sensitivity. PMID:27740607

6. 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.

7. High Sensitivity Refractive Index Sensor Based on Dual-Core Photonic Crystal Fiber with Hexagonal Lattice.

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Wang, Haiyang; Yan, Xin; Li, Shuguang; An, Guowen; Zhang, Xuenan

2016-10-08

A refractive index sensor based on dual-core photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with hexagonal lattice is proposed. The effects of geometrical parameters of the PCF on performances of the sensor are investigated by using the finite element method (FEM). Two fiber cores are separated by two air holes filled with the analyte whose refractive index is in the range of 1.33-1.41. Numerical simulation results show that the highest sensitivity can be up to 22,983 nm/RIU(refractive index unit) when the analyte refractive index is 1.41. The lowest sensitivity can reach to 21,679 nm/RIU when the analyte refractive index is 1.33. The sensor we proposed has significant advantages in the field of biomolecule detection as it provides a wide-range of detection with high sensitivity.

8. Low-Coherence Reflectometry for Refractive Index Measurements of Cells in Micro-Capillaries

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Carpignano, Francesca; Rigamonti, Giulia; Mazzini, Giuliano; Merlo, Sabina

2016-01-01

The refractive index of cells provides insights into their composition, organization and function. Moreover, a good knowledge of the cell refractive index would allow an improvement of optical cytometric and diagnostic systems. Although interferometric techniques undoubtedly represent a good solution for quantifying optical path variation, obtaining the refractive index of a population of cells non-invasively remains challenging because of the variability in the geometrical thickness of the sample. In this paper, we demonstrate the use of infrared low-coherence reflectometry for non-invasively quantifying the average refractive index of cell populations gently confined in rectangular glass micro-capillaries. A suspension of human red blood cells in plasma is tested as a reference. As a use example, we apply this technique to estimate the average refractive index of cell populations belonging to epithelial and hematological families. PMID:27727172

9. 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.

10. Geometry-invariant gradient refractive index lens: analytical ray tracing.

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Bahrami, Mehdi; Goncharov, Alexander V

2012-05-01

A new class of gradient refractive index (GRIN) lens is introduced and analyzed. The interior iso-indicial contours mimic the external shape of the lens, which leads to an invariant geometry of the GRIN structure. The lens model employs a conventional surface representation using a coincoid of revolution with a higher-order aspheric term. This model has a unique feature, namely, it allows analytical paraxial ray tracing. The height and the angle of an arbitrary incident ray can be found inside the lens in a closed-form expression, which is used to calculate the main optical characteristics of the lens, including the optical power and third-order monochromatic aberration coefficients. Moreover, due to strong coupling of the external surface shape to the GRIN structure, the proposed GRIN lens is well suited for studying accommodation mechanism in the eye. To show the power of the model, several examples are given emphasizing the usefulness of the analytical solution. The presented geometry-invariant GRIN lens can be used for modeling and reconstructing the crystalline lens of the human eye and other types of eyes featuring a GRIN lens.

11. Double high refractive-index contrast grating VCSEL

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.

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.

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

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Martin, Jacob A; Gross, Kevin C

2016-08-08

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.

14. Quantum vacuum emission from a refractive-index front

Jacquet, Maxime; König, Friedrich

2015-08-01

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

15. On the Distribution of Protein Refractive Index Increments

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Zhao, Huaying; Brown, Patrick H.; Schuck, Peter

2011-01-01

The protein refractive index increment, dn/dc, is an important parameter underlying the concentration determination and the biophysical characterization of proteins and protein complexes in many techniques. In this study, we examine the widely used assumption that most proteins have dn/dc values in a very narrow range, and reappraise the prediction of dn/dc of unmodified proteins based on their amino acid composition. Applying this approach in large scale to the entire set of known and predicted human proteins, we obtain, for the first time, to our knowledge, an estimate of the full distribution of protein dn/dc values. The distribution is close to Gaussian with a mean of 0.190 ml/g (for unmodified proteins at 589 nm) and a standard deviation of 0.003 ml/g. However, small proteins <10 kDa exhibit a larger spread, and almost 3000 proteins have values deviating by more than two standard deviations from the mean. Due to the widespread availability of protein sequences and the potential for outliers, the compositional prediction should be convenient and provide greater accuracy than an average consensus value for all proteins. We discuss how this approach should be particularly valuable for certain protein classes where a high dn/dc is coincidental to structural features, or may be functionally relevant such as in proteins of the eye. PMID:21539801

16. 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…

17. 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…

18. Analyzing the effect of absorption and refractive index on image formation in high numerical aperture transmission microscopy of single cells

Coe, Ryan L.; Seibel, Eric J.

2013-02-01

Transmission bright-field microscopy is the clinical mainstay for disease diagnosis where image contrast is provided by absorptive and refractive index differences between tissue and the surrounding media. Different microscopy techniques often assume one of the two contrast mechanisms is negligible as a means to better understand the tissue scattering processes. This particular work provides better understanding of the role of refractive index and absorption within Optical Projection Tomographic Microscopy (OPTM) through the development of a generalized computational model based upon the Finite-Difference Time-Domain method. The model mimics OPTM by simulating axial scanning of the objective focal plane through the cell to produce projection images. These projection images, acquired from circumferential positions around the cell, are reconstructed into isometric three-dimensional images using the filtered backprojection normally employed in Computed Tomography (CT). The model provides a platform to analyze all aspects of bright-field microscopes, such as the degree of refractive index matching and the numerical aperture, which can be varied from air-immersion to high NA oil-immersion. In this preliminary work, the model is used to understand the effects of absorption and refraction on image formation using micro-shells and idealized nuclei. Analysis of absorption and refractive index separately provides the opportunity to better assess their role together as a complex refractive index for improved interpretation of bright-field scattering, essential for OPTM image reconstruction. This simulation, as well as ones in the future looking at other effects, will be used to optimize OPTM imaging parameters and triage efforts to further improve the overall system design.

19. Microstructured-core photonic-crystal fiber for ultra-sensitive refractive index sensing.

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Sun, Bing; Chen, Ming-Yang; Zhang, Yong-Kang; Yang, Ji-Chang; Yao, Jian-quan; Cui, Hai-Xia

2011-02-28

We propose a novel photonic crystal fiber refractive index sensor which is based on the selectively resonant coupling between a conventional solid core and a microstructured core. The introduced microstructured core is realized by filling the air-holes in the core with low index analyte. We show that a detection limit (DL) of 2.02×10⁻⁶ refractive index unit (RIU) and a sensitivity of 8500 nm/RIU can be achieved for analyte with refractive index of 1.33.

20. Refractive index changes in lithium niobate crystals by high-energy particle radiation

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Peithmann, Konrad; Zamani-Meymian, Mohammad-Reza; Haaks, Matz; Maier, Karl; Andreas, Birk; Breunig, Ingo

2006-10-15

Irradiation of lithium niobate crystals with 41 MeV {sup 3}He ions causes strong changes of the ordinary and extraordinary refractive indexes. We present a detailed study of this effect. Small fluence of irradiation already yields refractive index changes about 5x10{sup -4}; the highest values reach 3x10{sup -3}. These index modulations are stable up to 100 degree sign C and can be erased thermally, for which temperatures up to 500 degree sign C are required. A direct correlation between the refractive index changes and the produced lattice vacancies is found.

1. 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.

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

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.

3. Determining the nonlinear refractive index of fused quartz by femtosecond laser Z-scan technology

Zhang, Lin; Ren, Huan; Ma, Hua; Shi, Zhendong; Yang, Yi; Yuan, Quan; Feng, Xiaoxuan; Ma, Yurong; Chen, Bo

2016-10-01

Z-scan technology is an experimental technique for determining the nonlinear refractive index based on the principle of transformation of phase distortion to amplitude distortion when a laser beam propagates through a nonlinear material. For most of the Z-scan system based on the nanosecond or picosecond laser, the accumulation of thermal effects becomes a big problem in nonlinear refractive index measurement especially for the nonlinear materials such as fused quartz and neodymium glass which have a weak nonlinear refractive effect. To overcome this problem, a system for determining the nonlinear refractive index of optical materials based on the femtosecond laser Z-scan technology is presented. Using this system, the nonlinear refractive index of the fused quartz is investigated.

4. Light sheet microscopy of cleared mouse brains: aberrations effects caused by refractive index mismatch

Silvestri, Ludovico; Sacconi, Leonardo; Pavone, Francesco S.

2013-06-01

Fluorescence light sheet microscopy has known a true renaissance in the last years. In fact, since optical sectioning is achieved in a wide-field detection scheme, this technique allows high resolution three-dimensional imaging with high frame rate. Light sheet microscopy is therefore an ideal candidate for reconstructing macroscopic specimens with micron resolution: coupled with clearing protocols based on refractive index matching it has been exploited to image entire mouse brains without physical sectioning. Use of clearing protocols poses several challenges to light sheet microscopy. First of all, residual light scattering inside the tissue expands the excitation light sheet, leading to the excitation of out-of-focus planes, and thus frustrating the very principle of light sheet illumination. To reject out-of-focus contributions we recently coupled light sheet illumination with confocal detection, achieving significant contrast enhancement in real time. Another issue which often arises when working with clearing agents is the refractive index mismatch between the clearing and the medium objective design medium. This introduces severe spherical aberration, which leads to broadening of the point spread function and to a strong reduction in its peak value: When imaging deep (several mm) inside macroscopic specimens, the signal can be reduced by more than an order of magnitude. We investigated the possibility of correcting such spherical aberration by introducing extra optical devices in the detection path.

5. Analysis of the use of tapered graded-index polymer optical fibers for refractive-index Sensors.

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Arrue, J; Jiménez, F; Aldabaldetreku, G; Durana, G; Zubia, J; Lomer, M; Mateo, J

2008-10-13

The behavior of tapered graded-index polymer optical fibers is analyzed computationally for different refractive indices of the surrounding medium. This serves to clarify the main parameters affecting their possible performance as refractive-index sensors and extends an existing study of similar structures in glass fibers. The ray-tracing method is employed, its specific implementation is explained, and its results are compared with experimental ones, both from our laboratory and from the literature. The results show that the current commercial graded-index polymer optical fibers can be used to measure a large range of refractive indices with several advantages over glass fibers.

6. Refractive index chemical sensing with noble metal nanoparticles

Blake, Phillip

Chemical sensing is a key component in modern society, especially in engineering applications. Because of their widespread impact, improvements to chemical sensors are a significant area of research. One class of sensors, plasmonic sensors, is being heavily researched because of their ability to detect low levels of analyte in near real time without destroying the analyte. This work studies a new class of plasmonic sensor that utilizes diffractive coupling to improve sensor performance. Specifically, this work outlines the first study of diffractive coupling sensors with typical nanoparticle shapes. Sensitivity of this new class of sensor is directly compared to typical localized surface plasmon resonance sensors. Spectral peak location sensitivity was found to be equal to or greater than typical plasmonic sensors. These results were corroborated with numerical simulation with and without nanoparticle interaction to demonstrate the power of harnessing diffractive coupling in nanoparticle sensors. The sensing results were then extended to analyze ordered arrays of nanorings. Nanorings were chosen because they have the highest reported sensitivity of any plasmonic shape (880 nm/RIU) in the literature and have a high surface area to volume ratio, which is a key parameter for plasmonic sensors. Theoretical simulations of diffractive coupling nanorings indicate that sensitivity is comparable to non-coupling nanorings in the literature (890 nm/RIU vs. 880 nm/RIU, respectively). Another metric of sensor performance, the figure of merit, was much higher (34) than the non-coupling ring (2). Ordered nanoring arrays which exhibit diffractive coupling improve upon current refractive index based plasmonic sensors. Further improvements to nanoring sensors' figure of merit are possible based on simulation results for nanosphere arrays.

7. Corneal refractive index-hydration relationship by objective refractometry.

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Patel, Sudi; Alió, Jorge L

2012-11-01

To compare an objective (VCH-1) with a manual subjective Abbé refractometer (MSAR) and evaluate the refractive index (RI)-hydration (H) relationship for the corneal stroma. Epithelial and endothelial layers were removed from a fresh postmortem ovine corneal buttons. RI was measured at both surfaces using (i) MSAR then (ii) VCH-1. The sample was weighed, slowly dehydrated under controlled conditions (2 h), and RI measures were repeated. Sample was oven dried (90°C) for 3 d to obtain dry weight and hydration at each episode of RI measurement. Average difference between individual pairs of measurements obtained using the two refractometers (ΔRI) was 0.00071 (standard deviation ± 0.0029, 95% confidence interval ± 0.0058). Root mean square difference between measurements obtained by the refractometers was 0.0024. There was no relationship between ΔRI and the mean of each measurement pair (r = 0.201, n = 40, p = 0.214). Linear regression revealed a significant relationship between RI and reciprocal of H at both surfaces as follows: anterior (i) RI = 1.355 + 0.111/H (r = -0.852, n = 20, p = <0.001), (ii) RI = 1.357 + 0.105/H (r = -0.849, n = 20, p = <0.001) and posterior (i) RI = 1.353 + 0.085/H (r = -0.882, n = 20, p = <0.001), (ii) RI = 1.350 + 0.088/H (r = -0.813, n = 20, p = <0.001). VCH-1 measurements are in good agreement with MSAR. RI at the anterior stroma was consistently higher suggesting hydration is lower by 1.10 units (6%) compared with the posterior stroma. Dehydration increased RI at both surfaces by similar rates. Current hypothetical models are useful for predicting RI from H for the posterior, but not the anterior, stroma.

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

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).

9. Surrogate Immiscible Liquid Solution Pairs with Refractive Indexes Matchable Over a Wide Range of Density and Viscosity Ratios

Saksena, Rajat; Christensen, Kenneth T.; Pearlstein, Arne J.

2014-11-01

Use of laser diagnostics in liquid-liquid flows is limited by refractive index mismatch. This can be avoided using a surrogate pair of immiscible index-matched liquids, with density and viscosity ratios matching those of the original liquid pair. We demonstrate that a wide range of density and viscosity ratios is accessible using aqueous solutions of 1,2-propanediol and CsBr (for which index, density, and viscosity are available), and solutions of light and heavy silicone oils and 1-bromooctane (for which we measured the same properties at 119 compositions). For each liquid phase, polynomials in the composition variables were fitted to index and density and to the logarithm of kinematic viscosity, and the fits were used to determine accessible density and viscosity ratios for each matchable index. Index-matched solution pairs can be prepared with density and viscosity ratios equal to those for water-liquid CO2 at 0oC over a range of pressure, and for water-crude oil and water-trichloroethylene, each over a range of temperature. For representative index-matched solutions, equilibration changes index, density, and viscosity only slightly, and chemical analysis show that no component of either solution has significant interphase solubility. Partially supported by Intl. Inst. for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Laser-based optical facility for determination of refractive index of liquids

Samedov, F.

2006-02-01

Refractive index knowledge is an important parameter when physical properties of liquids are investigated. For the easy and fast determination of refractive index of liquids, we established a computer-controlled optical facility in National Metrology Institute of Turkey, based on laser beam deviation technique. Basic components of the established facility are stabilized laser sources, temperature-controlled rectangular cells, servomotor-controlled knife edges and trap detectors. The facility was used to measure the refractive index of four liquids; pure water, acetone, methanol and n-propyl alcohol. Temperature and dispersion characterizations of each liquid were also investigated and are presented in this paper.

14. 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.

15. Sizing colloidal particles from their contribution to the effective refractive index: Experimental results

Sánchez-Pérez, C.; García-Valenzuela, A.; Sato-Berrú, R. Y.; Flores-Flores, J. O.; Barrera, R. G.

2011-01-01

In this work we assess experimentally a new methodology for sizing non-absorbing colloidal particles in situ. It requires measuring the real and imaginary part of the effective refractive index per unit volume fraction occupied by the particles. The mean size and refractive e index of the particles are determined from a suitable model for the effective refractive index of dilute colloids. We present results of experiments made with polystyrene and silica nano-particles and compare them with dynamic light scattering and electron microscopy measurements.

16. Temporal and spectral compression of pulses in fibers with a running refractive index wave

Zolotovskii, I. O.; Lapin, V. A.; Sementsov, D. I.; Fotiadi, A. A.

2016-04-01

For pulses propagating in fibers with a running refractive index wave, the pulse power could be drastically increased due to decrease of the pulse duration. We report temporal and spectral compression of the pulses and conditions for formation of soliton-like chirped pulses in nonlinear fibers with a running refractive index wave. We demonstrate 100- fold compression of the wave packets propagating in media with a running refractive index wave (down to sub-picosecond durations) achieved on lengths shorter than 10 cm. In addition, the modulation instability of wave packets will be studied in such media.

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

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.

18. Z-scan measurement of the nonlinear refractive index of graphene.

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Zhang, Han; Virally, Stéphane; Bao, Qiaoliang; Ping, Loh Kian; Massar, Serge; Godbout, Nicolas; Kockaert, Pascal

2012-06-01

Under strong laser illumination, few-layer graphene exhibits both a transmittance increase due to saturable absorption and a nonlinear phase shift. Here, we unambiguously distinguish these two nonlinear optical effects and identify both real and imaginary parts of the complex nonlinear refractive index of graphene. We show that graphene possesses a giant nonlinear refractive index n(2)≃10(-7) cm(2) W(-1), almost 9 orders of magnitude larger than bulk dielectrics. We find that the nonlinear refractive index decreases with increasing excitation flux but slower than the absorption. This suggests that graphene may be a very promising nonlinear medium, paving the way for graphene-based nonlinear photonics.

19. 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.

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

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.

1. Sensitivity of photonic crystal fiber modes to temperature, strain and external refractive index.

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Chen, Chengkun; Laronche, Albane; Bouwmans, Géraud; Bigot, Laurent; Quiquempois, Yves; Albert, Jacques

2008-06-23

Several strong narrowband resonances are observed in the transmission spectra of fiber Bragg gratings photo-written in photonic crystal fiber that has a refractive index-neutral germanium/fluorine co-doped core. Experimental results for the strain, temperature and refractive index sensitivities of these mode resonances are reported and compared to those of conventional single mode fiber. In particular, we identify three kinds of resonances whose relative sensitivities to strain, temperature and refractive index are markedly different and present numerical simulations to explain these properties. Potential multiparameter optical sensor applications of these mode resonances are briefly discussed.

2. 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.

3. Determination of the suitable refractive index of solar cells silicon nitride

El Amrani, A.; Bekhtari, A.; El Kechai, A.; Menari, H.; Mahiou, L.; Maoudj, M.; Si-Kaddour, R.

2014-09-01

In silicon solar cells studies, the optimal refractive index of plasma- enhanced chemical vapor deposited silicon nitride films is usually determined by an electrical characterization. This technique is done by minority carrier lifetime or surface recombination velocity measurement. We developed in this study a method which encompasses electrical and optical film properties. This method is based on the calculation of the short circuit current densities of multicrystalline silicon solar cells. The optimal refractive index is determined by the maximum short circuit current density. Films with the following refractive indices were studied: 1.9, 2.0, 2.1 and 2.4. The thicknesses are those of an optimal anti-reflection coating (one-quarter wavelength). The optical characterization of these films deposited on multicrystalline silicon wafers and on corning glass gave a minimal weighted reflection for refractive index of 2.0 and a maximum transmission for refractive index of 1.9, respectively. The QSSPC characterization revealed that the film refractive index of 1.9 performed the best passivation quality. Internal quantum efficiencies of simulated multicrystalline silicon solar cells coated with these films were determined by PC1d program simulation. Short-circuit current densities calculated using these experimental and simulated data revealed that the optimal refractive index is 1.9.

4. 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.

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

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

1990-01-01

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

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

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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.

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

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.

8. 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)

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

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.

10. Impedance matching vertical optical waveguide couplers for dense high index contrast circuits.

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Sun, Rong; Beals, Mark; Pomerene, Andrew; Cheng, Jing; Hong, Ching-Yin; Kimerling, Lionel; Michel, Jurgen

2008-08-04

We designed and demonstrated a compact, high-index contrast (HIC) vertical waveguide coupler for TE single mode operation with the lowest coupling loss of 0.20 dB +/- 0.05 dB at 1550 nm. Our vertical coupler consists of a pair of vertically overlapping inverse taper structures made of SOI and amorphous silicon. The vertical coupler can suppress power oscillation observed in regular directional couplers and guarantees vertical optical impedance matching with great tolerance for fabrication and refractive index variations of the waveguide materials. The coupler furthermore shows excellent broadband coupling efficiencies between 1460 nm and 1570 nm.

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. Tropospheric Refractivity Profiles Inferred from RF Measurements-Passive Refractive Index by Satellite Monitoring (PRISM).

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1980-10-24

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13. 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

14. 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

15. 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.

16. Origin of the refractive-index increase in laser-written waveguides in glasses

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Ponader, Carl W.; Schroeder, Joseph F.; Streltsov, Alexander M.

2008-03-15

We present firm evidence that the mechanism for the refractive-index increase in fused silica caused by irradiation with ultrafast intense laser pulses is the densification of glass. This conclusion is based on the correlation observed between the refractive-index values in waveguides in silica produced by focused femtosecond laser pulses and the shift of the central frequency of {omega}{sub 4} (TO) band (Si-O stretching mode) in micro-Raman spectra. These data were compared with the relation of the Raman shift to density and to refractive index changes in glasses modified by high pressure or irradiation. We conclude that the measured refractive-index increase in silica waveguides can be explained by densification of glass and exclude other hypothesis such as fictive-temperature effect, color center formation, etc.

17. Measurement of Linear Coefficient of Thermal Expansion and Temperature-Dependent Refractive Index Using Interferometric System

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Corsetti, James A.; Green, William E.; Ellis, Jonathan D.; Schmidt, Greg R.; Moore, Duncan T.

2017-01-01

A system combining an interferometer with an environmental chamber for measuring both coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and temperature-dependent refractive index (dn/dT) simultaneously is presented. The operation and measurement results of this instrument are discussed.

18. 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.

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

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.

20. Refractive index determination as a tool for temperature measurement and process control: a new approach

Schaller, Johannes K.; Wassenberg, S.; Fiedler, Detlev K.; Stojanoff, Christo G.

1994-11-01

Recently a new method for temperature measurement of droplets was presented. This method determines the index of refraction of a spherical scatterer with high accuracy and utilizes the dependence of the index of refraction on the temperature to finally determine the temperature. In this paper we show that the method is likewise applicable to cylindrical scatterers with a homogeneous refractive index distribution, like liquid jets. The method can be used to optically determine the temperature of a liquid jet, or to measure other properties of the liquid that influence the index of refraction of that liquid. One such property is the concentration of one liquid in another, like that of glycerol in an aqueous solution, which was studied experimentally for assessing some properties of the proposed method. An estimation of the sensitivity of the method was gained by detecting temperature changes of a cylindrical water jet.

1. Integral refractive index determination of living suspension cells by multifocus digital holographic phase contrast microscopy.

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Kemper, Björn; Kosmeier, Sebastian; Langehanenberg, Patrik; von Bally, Gert; Bredebusch, Ilona; Domschke, Wolfram; Schnekenburger, Jürgen

2007-01-01

A method for the determination of the integral refractive index of living cells in suspension by digital holographic microscopy is described. Digital holographic phase contrast images of spherical cells in suspension are recorded, and the radius as well as the integral refractive index are determined by fitting the relation between cell thickness and phase distribution to the measured phase data. The algorithm only requires information about the refractive index of the suspension medium and the image scale of the microscope system. The specific digital holographic microscopy advantage of subsequent focus correction allows a simultaneous investigation of cells in different focus planes. Results obtained from human pancreas and liver tumor cells show that the integral cellular refractive index decreases with increasing cell radius.

2. Numerical analysis of nonlinear multimode interference waveguide as a refractive index sensor

Yeoh, Stephenie; Mutter, Kussay Nugamesh; Mat Jafri, Mohd. Zubir

2017-06-01

A numerical analysis of a refractive index sensor based on multimode interference (MMI) waveguide has been performed in this paper. The nonlinear refractive index of graphene in the proposed sensor was investigated by applying external electric field on the graphene cladding layer. The designed waveguide was constructed using silicon oxide (SiO2) as substrate and silicon as a core while graphene is coated on top of the waveguide slab. The response of the sensor in the output power was examined and validated by changing liquid samples with different refractive index. The guided modes of the 1550 nm input plane source at the absence of external electric field were used as the initial reference point. It is found that there was a threshold magnitude of the field which makes graphene sensitive to the relative change in the refractive index of the solution. The output results showed a promising indication that this design is appropriate for environmental monitoring.

3. Long-term measurements of refractive index structure constant in atmospheric boundary layer

Jicha, Otakar; Pechac, Pavel; Zvanovec, Stanislav; Grabner, Martin; Kvicera, Vaclav

2012-10-01

Results of long-term measurements of the refractive index structure constant in the boundary layer are introduced. The measurements were made on a 150-meter-high lattice mast equipped by nineteen meteorological sensors and one pressure sensor at the bottom of the mast. The Kolmogorov statistical theory of turbulence was used to calculate the refractive index structure constant C2n, allowing us to present annual cumulative distribution functions (CDFs) and seasonal quantiles. The quantiles of measured height dependence of the refractive index structure constant are also shown and compared with existing models (Hufnagel/Andrews/Phillips, SLC Day and Gurvich). Parameters of a linear model were calculated to fit the measured median height profile of the refractive index structure constant with the uncertainty of measurements also being addressed.

4. Shrinkage- and refractive-index shift-corrected volume holograms for optical interconnects

Chen, Jing-Heng; Su, Der-Chin; Su, Jung-Chieh

2002-08-01

The Bragg mismatching condition for volume holograms occurs because of the changes in the thickness and the refractive index of holographic recording materials during the recording and reconstruction procedures. We propose an improved compensation method to physically correct these effects in the fabrications of volume holograms for optical interconnects. In order to show the validity of this method, Slavich photographic plate VRP-M is used to fabricate optical interconnects. The correction of the Bragg diffraction angle shift of about 2.10deg, which is induced by 6.14% film shrinkage and 0.06 refractive index shift, is successfully demonstrated with the surface-normal configuration. A shrinkage- and refractive-index shift-corrected volume hologram with 23% diffraction efficiency is experimentally confirmed. The methodology proposed is applicable to other phase media when the associated film shrinkage and refractive-index shift data are experimentally determined.

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

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.

6. Simultaneous measurement of refractive index distribution and topography by integrated transmission and reflection digital holographic microscopy.

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

2016-11-20

We propose a method for simultaneously measuring dynamic changes of the refractive index distribution and surface topography, which integrates the transmission and reflection digital holographic microscopy based on polarization and angular multiplexing techniques. The complex amplitudes of the transmitted and reflected object waves can be simultaneously retrieved. The phase information of the reflected object wave is directly used to determine the topography of the specimen which corresponds to its physical thickness. Assuming that the refractive index distribution is uniform in the direction of the specimen thickness, the refractive index distribution can be deduced from the phase distributions of the transmitted and reflected object waves without any approximation. The refractive index distribution and dynamic changes of the topography of a tiny deionized water droplet have been measured for the availability of the proposed method.

7. Refractive index engineering of high performance coupler for compact photonic integrated circuits

Liu, Lu; Zhou, Zhiping

2017-04-01

High performance couplers are highly desired in many applications, but the design is limited by nearly unchangeable material refractive index. To tackle this issue, refractive index engineering method is investigated, which can be realized by subwavelength grating. Subwavelength gratings are periodical structures with pitches small enough to locally synthesize the refractive index of photonic waveguides, which allows direct control of optical profile as well as easier fabrication process. This review provides an introduction to the basics of subwavelength structures and pay special attention to the design strategies of some representative examples of subwavelength grating devices, including: edge couplers, fiber-chip grating couplers, directional couplers and multimode interference couplers. Benefited from the subwavelength grating which can engineer the refractive index as well as birefringence and dispersion, these devices show better performance when compared to their conventional counterparts.

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

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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.

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. Thermo-optic properties of oxidised porous silicon impregnated with index-matching liquids for active optical components

Charrier, J.; Pirasteh, P.; Pédrono, N.; Joubert, P.; Haji, L.; Bosc, D.

2003-05-01

Oxidised porous layers (OPS) were impregnated with index-matching liquids with high thermo-optical coefficient. In this paper, we will present some results on the evolution of the refractive index of impregnated OPS, as a function of the temperature. Refractive index linearly varies with temperature. The thermo-optical coefficients of OPS/liquid composite material have been measured. They directly depend on the OPS porosity. We have shown that the experimental results are in agreement with the temperature variations of the refractive index calculated using the effective medium Bruggeman model. The existence of a switching temperature Ts in impregnated two-layer plane waveguides has been demonstrated and the possibility for obtaining thermo-optical switches is discussed.

11. Determining a fluorophore’s transition dipole moment from fluorescence lifetime measurements in solvents of varying refractive index

Chung, Pei-Hua; Tregidgo, Carolyn; Suhling, Klaus

2016-12-01

The transition dipole moment of organic dyes PM546 and rhodamine 123 is calculated from fluorescence lifetime measurements in solutions of different refractive index. A model proposed by Toptygin et al (2002 J. Phys. Chem. B 106 3724-34) provides a relationship between the radiative rate constant and refractive index of the solvent, and allows the electronic transition dipole moments to be found: it is (7.1  ±  1.1) D for PM546 which matches that found in the literature, and (8.1  ±  0.1) D for rhodamine 123. Toptygin’s model goes further in predicting the shape of the fluorescent dye and here we predict the shape of PM546 and rhodamine 123 to be ellipsoidal.

12. 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.

13. Photoinduced changes in refractive index of nanostructured shungite-containing polyimide systems

Kamanina, N. V.; Serov, S. V.; Shurpo, N. A.; Rozhkova, N. N.

2011-10-01

Photoinduced changes in the refractive index of a conjugate polyimide (PI) matrix sensitized by shungite carbon nanoparticles have been studied for the first time. The results are compared to the data of previous investigations of the photorefractive properties of PI matrices doped with fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and quantum dots. The nonlinear refractive index of the proposed material has been determined using the dynamic holography techniques. The position of conjugate polymer materials of this type among the other nonlinear optical systems is considered.

14. Light-induced refractive index changes in singlemode channel waveguides in KTiOPO 4

Ruske, J.-P.; Rottschalk, M.; Steinberg, S.

1995-02-01

Light-induced changes of the effective refractive index in Rb ↔ K ion-exchanged singlemode channel waveguides in KTiOPO 4 have been investigated in the visible wavelength region dependent on time, guided optical mode intensity and temperature. A hypothesis for the explanation of the light-induced effects is suggested. Thermooptic and pyroelectric effects are discussed. The light-induced refractive index changes do not restrict the function of integrated-optic components in the visible.

15. 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.

16. GeAsSe chalcogenide slot optical waveguide ring resonator for refractive index sensing

Ashok, N.; Lee, Yeung Lak; Shin, WooJin

2017-04-01

We present a slot optical waveguide ring resonator that can be used as a refractive index sensor. The proposed ring resonator works on the principle of coupling of the mode from the bus waveguide to the ring waveguide. The ring resonator was analyzed using the finite-difference time-domain method. Our proposed waveguide structure showed a sensitivity of 42 nm/RIU. Our aim is to design a chalcogenide ring resonator for refractive index sensing in midinfrared wavelengths.

17. Spin angular momentum transfer from TEM00 focused Gaussian beams to negative refractive index spherical particles

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Ambrosio, Leonardo A.; Hernández-Figueroa, Hugo E.

2011-01-01

We investigate optical torques over absorbent negative refractive index spherical scatterers under the influence of linear and circularly polarized TEM00 focused Gaussian beams, in the framework of the generalized Lorenz-Mie theory with the integral localized approximation. The fundamental differences between optical torques due to spin angular momentum transfer in positive and negative refractive index optical trapping are outlined, revealing the effect of the Mie scattering coefficients in one of the most fundamental properties in optical trapping systems. PMID:21833372

18. Optical Properties of a Bio-Inspired Gradient Refractive Index Polymer Lens

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2008-07-21

crystalline lens. GRIN lenses found in nature typically consist of approximately 22,000 nonplanar layers of proteins with different refractive...indices [5]. Systematic variation in protein and water concentration in different layers provides the index gradient [6]. The refractive index range (Δn...typically composed of tens of thousands of protein layers. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) can confirm

19. 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)

20. 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

1. Measurements of the refractive indices and refractive index increment of a synthetic PMMA solutions at 488 nm

Ghazy, R.; El-Baradie, B.; El-Shaer, A.; El-Mekawey, F.

1999-12-01

We describe a Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) method for measuring the refractive index (RI) of polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) solution in both acetone and methyl-ethyl-ketone (MEK). The measurements are made as a function of concentration values 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20 g/l at a wavelength of 488 nm with a high degree of accuracy tends to 1.4×10 -5. The refractive index increments (RIIs) d n/d c of PMMA in both investigated solvents are determined too. In addition, the RIIs Δ n as a function of concentration and the RIIs at zero concentration (d n/d c) c=0 are determined for both solvents accurately. The PMMA solutions in acetone and MEK solvents are chosen for laser light scattering investigations.

2. Sensing dynamic cytoplasm refractive index changes of adherent cells with quantitative phase microscopy using incorporated microspheres as optical probes

Przibilla, Sabine; Dartmann, Sebastian; Vollmer, Angelika; Ketelhut, Steffi; Greve, Burkhard; von Bally, Gert; Kemper, Björn

2012-09-01

The intracellular refractive index is an important parameter that describes the optical density of the cytoplasm and the concentration of the intracellular solutes. The refractive index of adherently grown cells is difficult to access. We present a method in which silica microspheres in living cells are used to determine the cytoplasm refractive index with quantitative phase microscopy. The reliability of our approach for refractive index retrieval is shown by data from a comparative study on osmotically stimulated adherent and suspended human pancreatic tumor cells. Results from adherent human fibro sarcoma cells demonstrate the capability of the method for sensing of dynamic refractive index changes and its usage with microfluidics.

3. Optical CT imaging of solid radiochromic dosimeters in mismatched refractive index solutions using a scanning laser and large area detector.

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Dekker, Kurtis H; Battista, Jerry J; Jordan, Kevin J

2016-08-01

The practical use of the PRESAGE® solid plastic dosimeter is limited by the inconvenience of immersing it in high-viscosity oils to achieve refractive index matching for optical computed tomography (CT) scanning. The oils are slow to mix and difficult to clean from surfaces, and the dosimeter rotation can generate dynamic Schlieren inhomogeneity patterns in the reference liquid, limiting the rotational and overall scan speed. Therefore, it would be beneficial if lower-viscosity, water-based solutions with slightly unmatched refractive index could be used instead. The purpose of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility of allowing mismatched conditions when using a scanning laser system with a large acceptance angle detector. A fiducial-based ray path measurement technique is combined with an iterative CT reconstruction algorithm to reconstruct images. A water based surrounding liquid with a low viscosity was selected for imaging PRESAGE® solid dosimeters. Liquid selection was optimized to achieve as high a refractive index as possible while avoiding rotation-induced Schlieren effects. This led to a refractive index mismatch of 6% between liquid and dosimeters. Optical CT scans were performed with a fan-beam scanning-laser optical CT system with a large area detector to capture most of the refracted rays. A fiducial marker placed on the wall of a cylindrical sample occludes a given light ray twice. With knowledge of the rotation angle and the radius of the cylindrical object, the actual internal path of each ray through the dosimeter can be calculated. Scans were performed with 1024 projections of 512 data samples each, and rays were rebinned to form 512 parallel-beam projections. Reconstructions were performed on a 512 × 512 grid using 100 iterations of the SIRT iterative CT algorithm. Proof of concept was demonstrated with a uniformly attenuating solution phantom. PRESAGE® dosimeters (11 cm diameter) were irradiated with Cobalt-60 irradiator to achieve

4. Influence of the relative refractive index on the depolarization of multiply scattered waves.

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Kim, A D; Moscoso, M

2001-08-01

Using the theory of radiative transfer, we investigate the interaction between polarized waves and a multiple scattering medium as functions of the relative index of refraction. To study this problem, we consider circularly and linearly polarized continuous waves incident upon a medium containing spherical scatterers. With an accurate spectral method, we compute the transmitted Stokes parameters through media containing different sized scatterers and different indices of refraction. Our numerical results show that the circular depolarization length exhibits a strong dependence on the relative index of refraction, while the linear depolarization length does not.

5. Targeted alteration of real and imaginary refractive index of biological cells by histological staining.

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Cherkezyan, L; Subramanian, H; Stoyneva, V; Rogers, J D; Yang, S; Damania, D; Taflove, A; Backman, V

2012-05-15

Various staining techniques are commonly used in biomedical research to investigate cellular morphology. By inducing absorption of light, staining dyes change the intracellular refractive index due to the Kramers-Kronig relationship. We present a method for creating 2D maps of real and imaginary refractive indices of stained biological cells using their thickness and absorptance. We validate our technique on dyed polystyrene microspheres and quantify the alteration in refractive index of stained biological cells. We reveal that specific staining of individual organelles can increase their scattering cross-section by orders of magnitudes, implying a major impact in the field of biophotonics.

6. Targeted alteration of real and imaginary refractive index of biological cells by histological staining

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Cherkezyan, Lusik; Subramanian, Hariharan; Stoyneva, Valentina; Rogers, Jeremy D.; Yang, Seungmoo; Damania, Dhwanil; Taflove, Allen; Backman, Vadim

2012-01-01

Various staining techniques are commonly used in biomedical research to investigate cellular morphology. By inducing absorption of light, staining dyes change the intracellular refractive index due to the Kramers-Kronig relationship. We present a method for creating 2-D maps of real and imaginary refractive indices of stained biological cells using their thickness and absorptance. We validate our technique on dyed polystyrene microspheres and quantify the alteration in refractive index of stained biological cells. We reveal that specific staining of individual organelles can increase their scattering cross-section by orders of magnitudes implying a major impact in the field of biophotonics. PMID:22627509

7. Refractive Index and Wave Resistance of Homogeneous Plane Waves in Isotropic Media with Losses and Gain

Fisanov, V. V.

2017-09-01

Analytical expressions for complex values of the wave number, refractive index, and the characteristic wave impedance of homogeneous electromagnetic plane waves propagating in a linear, homogeneous, isotropic medium with losses and gain are derived. Formulas for determining the type of normal wave as a function of the values of the real and imaginary parts of the permittivity and permeability are obtained, and conditions for the appearance of positive and negative refraction at the interface of two isotropic media are indicated. In the approach applied here, the concept of a negative refractive index is not used.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Refraction index sensor based on phase resonances in a subwavelength structure with double period.

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Skigin, Diana C; Lester, Marcelo

2016-10-01

In this paper, we numerically demonstrate a refraction index sensor based on phase resonance excitation in a subwavelength-slit structure with a double period. The sensor consists of a metal layer with subwavelength slots arranged in a bi-periodic form, separated from a high refraction index medium. Between the metallic structure and the incident medium, a dielectric waveguide is formed whose refraction index is going to be determined. Variations in the refraction index of the waveguide are detected as shifts in the peaks of transmitted intensity originated by resonant modes supported by the compound metallic structure. At normal incidence, the spectral position of these resonant peaks exhibits a linear or a quadratic dependence with the refraction index, which permits us to obtain the unknown refraction index value with a high precision for a wide range of wavelengths. Since the operating principle of the sensor is due to the morphological resonances of the slits' structure, this device can be scaled to operate in different wavelength ranges while keeping similar characteristics.

11. Refractive index and phase transformation of sapphire under shock pressures up to 210 GPa

Cao, Xiuxia; Wang, Yuan; Li, Xuhai; Xu, Liang; Liu, Lixin; Yu, Yin; Qin, Rui; Zhu, Wenjun; Tang, Shihui; He, Lin; Meng, Chuanmin; Zhang, Botao; Peng, Xusheng

2017-03-01

Under shock pressures up to 210 GPa, we measured the refractive index of sapphire at a wavelength of 1550 nm by performing plate impact experiments in order to investigate its refractive-index change behaviors and phase transitions along the Hugoniot state. There were two discontinuities in the refractive index at ˜65 to 92 GPa and ˜144 to 163 GPa, respectively. Moreover, above the Hugoniot elastic limit, the pressure dependence of the refractive index was divided into three segments, and there were large differences in their pressure-change trends: the refractive index decreased evidently with pressure in the first segment (˜20 to 65 GPa), remained nearly constant from ˜92 to ˜144 GPa in the second segment, and obviously increased with pressure in the last segment (˜163 to 210 GPa). Our first-principles calculations suggest that the observed discontinuities were closely related to the corundum-Rh2O3(II) and Rh2O3(II)-CaIrO3 structural transitions, and the shock-induced vacancy point defects could be one factor causing these great discrepancies in pressure-change trends. This work provides sapphire refractive-index information in a megabar-pressure range and clear evidence of its shock structural transitions. This not only has a great significance for the velocity correction of laser interferometer experiments and the analysis of sapphire high-pressure properties but also indicates a possible approach to explore the shock transitions of transparent materials.

12. 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.

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

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.

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

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.

15. Transparent, immiscible, surrogate liquids with matchable refractive indexes: Increased range of density and viscosity ratios

Cadillon, Jérémy; Saksena, Rajat; Pearlstein, Arne J.

2016-12-01

By replacing the "heavy" silicone oil used in the oil phase of Saksena, Christensen, and Pearlstein ["Surrogate immiscible liquid pairs with refractive indexes matchable over a wide range of density and viscosity ratios," Phys. Fluids 27, 087103 (2015)] by one with a twentyfold higher viscosity, and replacing the "light" silicone oil in that work by one with a viscosity fivefold lower and a density about 10% lower, we have greatly extended the range of viscosity ratio accessible by index-matching the adjustable-composition oil phase to an adjustable-composition 1,2-propanediol + CsBr + H2O aqueous phase and have also extended the range of accessible density ratios. The new system of index-matchable surrogate immiscible liquids is capable of achieving the density and viscosity ratios for liquid/liquid systems consisting of water with the entire range of light or medium crude oils over the temperature range from 40 °F (4.44 °C) to 200 °F (93.3 °C) and can access the density and viscosity ratios for water with some heavy crude oils over part of the same temperature range. It also provides a room-temperature, atmospheric-pressure surrogate for the liquid CO2 + H2O system at 0 °C over almost all of the pressure range of interest in sub-seabed CO2 sequestration.

16. Comparable change in stromal refractive index of cat and human corneas following blue-IRIS

Wozniak, Kaitlin T.; Gearhart, Sara M.; Savage, Daniel E.; Ellis, Jonathan D.; Knox, Wayne H.; Huxlin, Krystel R.

2017-05-01

Blue intratissue refractive index shaping (blue-IRIS) is a method with potential to correct ocular refraction noninvasively in humans. To date, blue-IRIS has only ever been applied to cat corneas and hydrogels. To test the comparability of refractive index change achievable in cat and human tissues, we used blue-IRIS to write identical phase gratings in ex vivo feline and human corneas. Femtosecond pulses (400 nm) were focused ˜300 μm below the epithelial surface of excised cat and human corneas and scanned to write phase gratings with lines ˜1 μm wide, spaced 5 μm apart, using a scan speed of 5 mm/s. Additional cat corneas were used to test writing at 3 and 7 mm/s in order to document speed dependence of the refractive index change magnitude. The first-order diffraction efficiency was immediately measured and used to calculate the refractive index change attained. Our data show that blue-IRIS induces comparable refractive index changes in feline and human corneas, an essential requirement for further developing its use as a clinical vision correction technique.

17. Amplification of the index of refraction of aqueous immersion fluids by ionic surfactants

Lee, Kwangjoo; Kunjappu, Joy; Jockusch, Steffen; Turro, Nicholas J.; Widerschpan, Tatjana; Zhou, Jianming; Smith, Bruce W.; Zimmerman, Paul; Conley, Will

2005-05-01

In order to find new immersion liquids to improve the resolution of 193 nm immersion photolithography, we have attempted to discover aqueous system possessing an index of refraction greater than that of water using aqueous surfactant systems. The index of refraction (RI) of both cationic and anionic surfactant systems were examined in the presence of wide range of inorganic salts, and parameters such as size of surfactants, concentrations, and temperature were varied. The refractive index (RI) was found to be increased in the presence of both anionic and cationic surfactants compared to those of water and also increased as a function of surfactant concentration. However the refractive index tends to increase much more strongly as a function of salt concentration. In our study, a maximum RI enhancement was observed from 6.5 M CdCl2 in 8.2 mM aqueous SDS solution. The effect of micellar properties such as the critical micelle concentration (cmc) and degree of ionization were systematically studied for aqueous SDS system in the presence of CdCl2. The correlation on index of refraction between empirical data and theoretical prediction were performed using the concept of molar refraction. Wavelength dependence of RI from theoretical prediction based on empirical equation was examined for various concentration of CdCl2 system and the results are reported in the paper.

18. Resolving the wave vector in negative refractive index media.

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Ramakrishna, S Anantha; Martin, Olivier J F

2005-10-01

We address the general issue of resolving the wave vector in complex electromagnetic media including negative refractive media. This requires us to make a physical choice of the sign of a square root imposed merely by conditions of causality. By considering the analytic behavior of the wave vector in the complex plane, it is shown that there are a total of eight physically distinct cases in the four quadrants of two Riemann sheets.

19. [The arctic sea ice refractive index retrieval based on satellite AMSR-E observations].

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Chen, Han-Yue; Bi, Hai-Bo; Niu, Zheng

2012-11-01

The refractive index of sea ice in the polar region is an important geophysical parameter. It is needed as a vital input for some numerical climate models and is helpful to classifying sea ice types. In the present study, according to Hong Approximation (HA), we retrieved the arctic sea ice refractive index at 6.9, 10.7, 23, 37, and 89 GHz in different arctic climatological conditions. The refractive indices of wintertime first year (FY) sea ice and summertime ice were derived with average values of 1.78 - 1.75 and 1.724 - 1.70 at different frequencies respectively, which are consistent with previous studies. However, for multiyear (MY) ice, the results indicated relatively large bias between modeled results since 10.7 GHz. At a higher frequency, there is larger MY ice refractive index difference. This bias is mainly attributed to the volume scattering effect on MY microwave radiation due to emergence of massive small empty cavities after the brine water in MY ice is discharged into sea. In addition, the retrieved sea ice refractive indices can be utilized to classify ice types (for example, the winter derivation at 89 GHz), to identify coastal polynyas (winter retrieval at 6.9 GHz), and to outline the areal extent of significantly melting marginal sea ice zone (MIZ) (summer result at 6.9 GHz). The investigation of this study suggests an effective tool of passive microwave remote sensing in monitoring sea ice refractive index variability.

20. Refractive Index Imaging of Cells with Variable-Angle Near-Total Internal Reflection (TIR) Microscopy.

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Bohannon, Kevin P; Holz, Ronald W; Axelrod, Daniel

2017-09-18

The refractive index in the interior of single cells affects the evanescent field depth in quantitative studies using total internal reflection (TIR) fluorescence, but often that index is not well known. We here present method to measure and spatially map the absolute index of refraction in a microscopic sample, by imaging a collimated light beam reflected from the substrate/buffer/cell interference at variable angles of incidence. Above the TIR critical angle (which is a strong function of refractive index), the reflection is 100%, but in the immediate sub-critical angle zone, the reflection intensity is a very strong ascending function of incidence angle. By analyzing the angular position of that edge at each location in the field of view, the local refractive index can be estimated. In addition, by analyzing the steepness of the edge, the distance-to-substrate can be determined. We apply the technique to liquid calibration samples, silica beads, cultured Chinese hamster ovary cells, and primary culture chromaffin cells. The optical technique suffers from decremented lateral resolution, scattering, and interference artifacts. However, it still provides reasonable results for both refractive index (~1.38) and for distance-to-substrate (~150 nm) for the cells, as well as a lateral resolution to about 1 µm.

1. Terahertz subwavelength ribbon waveguide based plasmonic sensors for refractive index and thickness detection

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

2012-03-01

A terahertz plasmonic waveguide sensor is experimentally demonstrated to utilize surface waves propagated in a onedimension metal grating that constructed on a plastic ribbon waveguide. The grating conformation couples evanescent waves of a subwavelength terahertz waveguide onto the metal surface and highly confines the extended powers within λ/22-range for the phase-matching condition. The confined terahertz waveguiding waves resemble surface plasmonpolaritons but transmit with almost zero dispersion when the coupled surface waves interfere along the metal grating. Based on the dispersion-free guidance, there is Bragg reflection dominated by grating periods and strongly dependent on the refractive index of surface plasmon-polaritions. We successfully detect different thicknesses of polyethylene layers covered on the metal grating with thickness resolution of 1μm when the effective waveguide indices are modified in the vicinity of the metal grating, corresponding to 0.01-index variation. Potentially, terahertz subwavelength ribbon waveguide based plasmonic sensors could be manipulated to detect molecules with extremely low-density or small thickness in the metal-dielectric interface for probing pollution particles and any label-free detection.

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

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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Tuning the Thickness and Orientation of Single Au Pyramids for Improved Refractive Index Sensitivities.

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Lee, Jeunghoon; Hasan, Warefta; Odom, Teri W

2009-02-12

This paper describes three ways to tune the multipolar surface plasmon resonances of Au pyramidal particles: (1) by varying their thickness; (2) by controlling their relative orientation on a surface; and (3) by changing the refractive index of the surrounding media. We found that as the index of the medium was increased that the plasmon resonances red-shifted linearly from visible to near infrared wavelengths. By screening the different geometric parameters, we found that 25-nm thick pyramids in a tip-up orientation produced the largest refractive index sensitivities.

6. Tuning the Thickness and Orientation of Single Au Pyramids for Improved Refractive Index Sensitivities

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Lee, Jeunghoon; Hasan, Warefta; Odom, Teri W.

2009-01-01

This paper describes three ways to tune the multipolar surface plasmon resonances of Au pyramidal particles: (1) by varying their thickness; (2) by controlling their relative orientation on a surface; and (3) by changing the refractive index of the surrounding media. We found that as the index of the medium was increased that the plasmon resonances red-shifted linearly from visible to near infrared wavelengths. By screening the different geometric parameters, we found that 25-nm thick pyramids in a tip-up orientation produced the largest refractive index sensitivities. PMID:20157343

7. 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…

8. 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…

9. Surrogate immiscible liquid pairs with refractive indexes matchable over a wide range of density and viscosity ratios

Saksena, Rajat; Christensen, Kenneth T.; Pearlstein, Arne J.

2015-08-01

In liquid-liquid flows, use of optical diagnostics is limited by interphase refractive index mismatch, which leads to optical distortion and complicates data interpretation, and sometimes also by opacity. Both problems can be eliminated using a surrogate pair of immiscible index-matched transparent liquids, whose density and viscosity ratios match corresponding ratios for the original liquid pair. We show that a wide range of density and viscosity ratios is accessible using aqueous solutions of 1,2-propanediol and CsBr (for which index, density, and viscosity are available), and solutions of light and heavy silicone oils and 1-bromooctane (for which we measured the same properties at 119 compositions). For each liquid phase, polynomials in the composition variables, least-squares fitted to index and density and to the logarithm of kinematic viscosity, were used to determine accessible density and viscosity ratios for each matchable index. Index-matched solution pairs can be prepared with density and viscosity ratios equal to those for water-liquid CO2 at 0 °C over a range of pressure (allowing water-liquid CO2 behavior at inconveniently high pressure to be simulated by 1-bar experiments), and for water-crude oil and water-trichloroethylene (avoiding opacity and toxicity problems, respectively), each over a range of temperature. For representative index-matched solutions, equilibration changes index, density, and viscosity only slightly, and mass spectrometry and elemental analysis show that no component of either phase has significant interphase solubility. Finally, procedures are described for iteratively reducing the residual index mismatch in surrogate solution pairs prepared on the basis of approximate polynomial fits to experimental data, and for systematically dealing with nonzero interphase solubility.

10. 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.

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

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.

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

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.

13. Dependence of tissue optical properties on solute-induced changes in refractive index and osmolarity

Liu, Hanli; Beauvoit, Bertrand; Kimura, Mika; Chance, Britton

1996-04-01

Additions of a solute/carbohydrate in tissue affect the size of tissue cells and the refractive indexes of the extra- and intracellular fluids, and thus the overall tissue scattering properties. We use both the Rayleigh-Gans and Mie theory approximation in calculating effects of the osmolarity and refractive indexes on the reduced scattering coefficient of tissue, and employ photon diffusion theory to associate the reduced scattering coefficient to the mean optical path length. The calculations show that changes of scattering in tissue depend not only on the change in extracellular refractive index but also on the change in osmolarity, and thus on the change in cell size and volume fraction. Experimentally, we have utilized time-domain and frequency- domain NIR techniques to measure the changes of optical properties caused by an addition of a solute in tissue models and in perfused rat livers. The temperature-dependent path length measurement of the perfused liver confirms the dependence of tissue scattering on the tissue cell size. The results obtained from the liver with three kinds of carbohydrate perfusion display different scattering aspects and can be well explained by changes in cell size and in extracellular as well as intracellular refractive indexes. The consistency between the theoretical and experimental results confirms the dependence of optical properties in (liver) tissue on both tissue osmolarity and relative refractive indexes between the extracellular and intracellular compartments. This study suggests that the NIR technique is a novel and useful tool for noninvasive, physiological monitoring.

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

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.

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

Tarjányi, N.

2014-12-01

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

16. Development and characterization of high refractive index and high scattering acrylate polymer layers

Eiselt, Thomas; Gomard, Guillaume; Preinfalk, Jan; Gleissner, Uwe; Lemmer, Uli; Hanemann, Thomas

2016-04-01

The aim is to develop a polymer layer which has the ability to diffuse light homogeneously and exhibit a high refractive index. The mixtures are containing an acrylate casting resin, benzylmethacrylate, phenanthrene and other additives. Phenanthrene is employed to increase the refractive index. The mixtures are first rheologically characterized and then polymerized with heat and UV radiation. For the refractive index measurements the polymerized samples require a planar surface without air bubbles. To produce flat samples a special construction consisting of a glass plate, a teflon sheet, a silicone ring (PDMS mold), another teflon sheet and another glass plate is developed. Glue clamps are used to fix this construction together. Selected samples have a refractive index of 1.585 at 20°C at a wavelength of 589nm. A master mixture with a high refractive index is taken for further experiments. Nano scaled titanium dioxide is added and dispersed into the master mixture and then spin coated on a glass substrate. These layers are optically characterized. The specular transmission and the overall transmission are measured to investigate the degree of scattering, which is defined as the haze. Most of the presented layers express the expected haze of over 50%.

17. Development and characterization of high refractive index and high scattering acrylate polymer layers

Eiselt, Thomas; Gomard, Guillaume; Preinfalk, Jan; Gleißner, Uwe; Lemmer, Uli; Hanemann, Thomas

2016-11-01

In this work, we develop a wet-processable scattering layer exhibiting a high refractive index that can be used in organic light-emitting diodes for light outcoupling purposes. The composite layers contain an acrylate casting resin, benzylmethacrylate, and phenanthrene, which is employed to increase the refractive index. The mixtures are first rheologically characterized and then polymerized with heat and UV radiation. For the refractive index measurements, the polymerized samples require a planar surface without air bubbles. To produce flat samples, a special construction consisting of a glass plate, a teflon sheet, a silicone ring (PDMS mold), another teflon sheet, and another glass plate is developed. Glue clamps are used to hold the construction together. The refractive index of the samples can be increased from 1.565 to 1.585 at 20°C at a wavelength of 589 nm following the addition of 20 wt% phenanthrene. A master mixture with a high refractive index is taken for further experiments. Nanoscaled titanium dioxide is added and dispersed into the master mixture and then spin coated on a glass substrate. These layers are optically characterized. Most of the presented layers present the expected haze of over 50%.

18. Absolute air refractive index measurement and tracking based on variable length vacuum cell

Yu, Xiangzhi; Zhang, Tieli; Ellis, Jonathan D.

2016-06-01

A refractometer system using four modified Wu-type heterodyne interferometers with a variable length vacuum cell is presented. The proposed system has two working modes: (1) a moving mode for measuring the absolute air refractive index at the start of a measurement and (2) a static mode for monitoring the air refractive index fluctuation with the same bandwidth as a traditional displacement interferometer. The system requires no gas filling or pumping during the measurement and can be used for real-time refractive index compensation. Comparison experiments with empirical equations are conducted to investigate the feasibility and performance of the proposed system. The standard deviation of the measurement difference between the proposed system and empirical equation is 2.8 parts in 107, which is close to the uncertainty of our refractive index reference based on the accuracy of the environmental sensors. The relative refractive index tracking is a few parts in 108 with a bandwidth of 10 Hz, but high bandwidths are readily achievable.

19. Changes in the Refractive Index of the Stroma and Its Extrafibrillar Matrix When the Cornea Swells

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

2003-01-01

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

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

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Leviton, Douglas B.; Frey, Bradley J.

2006-01-01

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

1. Diffuse light propagation in a turbid medium with varying refractive index: Monte Carlo modeling in a spherically symmetrical geometry.

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Shendeleva, Margarita L; Molloy, John A

2006-09-20

We report on the development of Monte Carlo software that can model media with spatially varying scattering coefficient, absorption, and refractive index. The varying refractive index is implemented by calculating curved photon paths in the medium. The results of the numerical simulations are compared with analytical solutions obtained using the diffusion approximation. The model under investigation is a scattering medium that contains a spherically symmetrical inclusion (inhomogeneity) created by variation in optical properties and having no sharp boundaries. The following steady-state cases are considered: (a) a nonabsorbing medium with a spherically symmetrical varying refractive index, (b) an inclusion with varying absorption and scattering coefficients and constant refractive index, and (c) an inclusion with varying absorption, scattering, and refractive index. In the latter case it is shown that the interplay between the absorption coefficient and the refractive index may create the effect of a hidden inclusion.

2. 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

3. Influence of refractive index and molecular weight of alcohol agents on skin optical clearing effect

Mao, Zhongzhen; Zheng, Ying; Hu, Yating; Lu, Wei; Luo, Qingming; Zhu, Dan

2007-02-01

In order to discuss the relative factors affecting the optical clearing effect of agents on skin tissues, six hydroxy-terminated and saturated alcohols with different refractive index and molecular weight were chosen as the optical clearing agents (OCAs). After being treated by different OCAs, the change of transmitted intensity of porcine skins in vitro was measured by single integrating sphere system. The results showed the optical clearing effects of six OCAs, i.e., glycerol, PEG400, PEG200, 1,3-propylene glycol, 1,4-butanediol and 1-butanol, arranged in the descending order. Based on the above results, the refractive index and molecular weight was further discussed. The optical clearing effect of alcohols has been deduced to have negative correlation with refractive index (r=-0.608), but no correlation with molecular weight (r= 0.008).

4. 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.

5. Emittance of a finite scattering medium with refractive index greater than unity

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Crosbie, A.L.

1980-01-01

Refractive index and scattering can significantly influence the transfer of radiation in a semitransparent medium such as water, glass, plastics, or ceramics. In a recent article (1979), the author presented exact numerical results for the emittance of a semiinfinite scattering medium with a refractive index greater than unity. The present investigation extends the analysis to a finite medium. The physical situation consists of a finite planar layer. The isothermal layer emits, absorbs, and isotropically scatters thermal radiation. It is characterized by single scattering albedo, optical thickness, refractive index, and temperature. A formula for the directional emittance is derived, the directional emittance being the emittance of the medium multiplied by the interface transmittance. The ratio of hemispherical to normal emittance is tabulated and discussed.

6. Liquid refractive index sensor based on a 2D 10-fold photonic quasicrystal

Wang, Shuai; Sun, XiaoHong; Wang, Cong; Peng, Gangding; Qi, Yongle; Wang, XiShi

2017-09-01

A liquid refractive index sensor is designed and optimized by using silicon-rods based on a 10-fold photonic quasicrystal without defects. The resonant mode with high Q value is chosen as the sensing wavelength in the transmission spectrum. By changing the radius of the silicon pillars, the sensor size and the refractive index of the background media, different types of sensors are designed and investigated. On the other hand, the performance of the sensor is investigated including the measurement range, sensitivity, etc. In the detection limit of spectral instruments, 0.02 nm, the sensing accuracy is 10-4 refractive index unit with a figure of merit of 1478. The measurement range is from 1.2731 to 1.4185. This will provide a new method for the design and fabrication of lab-on-chip, microfluidic optical elements and integrated optical circuits.

7. Zygo interferometer for the precious measurement of tiny refractive index change of two laser crystals

Wu, Ting; Hui, Yongling; Yan, Zou; Li, Zhitong; Li, Qiang

2017-03-01

An application of the Zygo system for measuring the refractive index change between two crystals such as 1at%Yb3+: YAG and YAG, was introduced in this paper, having a high accuracy at an order of 10-7. In this method, the tiny refractive index change of two crystals was obtained by measuring the difference in optical path distance of equal thickness interference between two crystals. The mean value of refractive index change of the crystals measured by the Zygo interferometer is 1.10×10-4 for a wavelength of 632.8 nm. And a high accuracy of 3.2×10-6 was achieved.

8. 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

2015-03-26

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.

9. Integrated angular tracking and plasmonic membrane surfaces for a point of a care refractive index sensor

Bay, Marie-Claude; Eckert, Rolf; Grenet, Eric; Stanley, Ross P.; Franzi, Edo; Heinzelmann, Harry; Ozdemir, Cenk I.; Altug, Hatice; Dunbar, L. Andrea

2016-02-01

We present an optical system which integrates a plasmonic sensing surface and an angular tracking system to enable a compact refractive index measurement. A refractive index change at the surface of the sensing membrane causes a change in the angle at which monochromatic light is transmitted through the membrane. This transmission angle is measured by the angular tracking system. We show good theoretical and experimental agreement of the transmission of the plasmonic sensing surface at different angular illumination of the membranes. Using this compact optical setup the embedded angular tracking system has an accuracy of <10-4 deg. This corresponds to a sensitivity <10-5 refractive index units. Finally we demonstrate this measurement technique using different concentrations of saline solution.

10. Cavity-enhanced measurements for determining dielectric-membrane thickness and complex index of refraction.

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Stambaugh, Corey; Durand, Mathieu; Kemiktarak, Utku; Lawall, John

2014-08-01

The material properties of silicon nitride (SiN) play an important role in the performance of SiN membranes used in optomechanical applications. An optimum design of a subwavelength high-contrast grating requires accurate knowledge of the membrane thickness and index of refraction, and its performance is ultimately limited by material absorption. Here we describe a cavity-enhanced method to measure the thickness and complex index of refraction of dielectric membranes with small, but nonzero, absorption coefficients. By determining Brewster's angle and an angle at which reflection is minimized by means of destructive interference, both the real part of the index of refraction and the sample thickness can be measured. A comparison of the losses in the empty cavity and the cavity containing the dielectric sample provides a measurement of the absorption.

11. 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

12. Refractive index and equation of state of a shock-compressed aqueous solution of zinc chloride

Wise, J. L.

1983-06-01

Velocity interferometers measurements have yielded refractive index and Hugoniot equation-of-state data for a 9.1-molar aqueous solution of zinc chloride which was shock-compressed to initial stresses ranging from 2.2 to 24.1 GPa in a series of plate-impact experiments. The Hugoniot data are accurately described by a linear variation of shock velocity with particle velocity. The optical data verify sustained solution transparency over the investigated range of shock stresses, and provide a calibration of the correction which must be applied to interferometer measurements to account for the stress-induced change in refractive index of the material. Refractive index data derived from the measured particle velocity corrections exhibit a departure from predictions based on the Gladstone-Dale relation.

13. Refractive index and surface roughness estimation using passive multispectral and multiangular polarimetric measurements

Bin, Yang; Yan, Changxiang; Zhang, Junqiang; Zhang, Haiyang

2016-12-01

This paper presents a method to estimate refractive index and surface roughness simultaneously from multispectral and multiangular passive polarimetric measurements. Such a method has ties to passive remote sensing applications. Within the analysis, we use a previously derived expression for the degree of linear polarization, and a nonlinear least-squares algorithm to estimate the parameters of interest (i.e., refractive index and surface roughness) from the measured data. The results obtained from Monte Carlo simulations show that the estimation accuracy improves as the number of spectral channels and detection angles increase. It does so until the estimation accuracy reaches saturation. To take full advantage of the presented method, we also determine the most reasonable number of spectral channels and detection angles for our laboratory measurements using Monte Carlo simulations. Finally, after analyzing the experimental results for dielectric and metallic samples, we validate the effectiveness and advantages of the presented method to estimate refractive index and surface roughness for passive remote sensing.

14. Fabry-Perot cavity based on polymer FBG as refractive index sensor

Ferreira, Miguel F. S.; Statkiewicz-Barabach, Gabriela; Kowal, Dominik; Mergo, Pawel; Urbanczyk, Waclaw; Frazão, Orlando

2017-07-01

The use of a polymer fiber as a refractive index sensor is proposed. A fiber Bragg grating is inscribed near the fiber tip and the fiber is cut shorter thus creating a Fabry-Perot cavity. The reflections between the fiber Bragg grating and the fiber end-face create a Fabry-Perot interferometer. The sensor was characterized to refractive index changes at constant temperature and to temperature at constant refractive index using a fast Fourier transform analysis of the interference signal. The sensor revealed a sensitivity of - 1 . 94 RIU-1 with a resolution of 1 × 10-3 RIU and low sensitivity to temperature, with a cross sensitivity to temperature of 3 . 6 × 10-4 RIU / °C .

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

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.

16. Bragg reflection from periodic helicoidal media with laterally graded refractive index

Valyukh, S.; Arwin, H.; Birch, J.; Järrendahl, K.

2017-10-01

Light interaction with a columnar structure of InxAl1-xN where each column is a layered periodic helical medium with laterally graded refractive index is considered. It is demonstrated that such a columnar structure can be presented as a stack of layers with a gradient of the refractive index. To calculate reflectance in the proposed model, the 2 × 2 characteristic matrix method adopted for a gradient index medium was applied. The influence of the refractive indices (including absorption), parameters of the twisting, and thickness of the periodic structure on reflectance is studied. Cases of normal and oblique incident light are considered. The presented medium is a one-dimensional photonic crystal that can be utilized in many devices for light manipulation.

17. SPR optimization using metamaterials in a D-type PCF refractive index sensor

Santos, D. F.; Guerreiro, A.; Baptista, J. M.

2017-01-01

Using the finite element method (FEM), this paper presents a numerical investigation of the performance analysis of a D-type photonic crystal fiber (D-type PCF) for refractive index sensing, based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) with a planar structure made out of a metamaterial. COMSOL Multiphysics was used to evaluate the design of the referred refractive index optical fiber sensor, with higher accuracy and considerable economy of time and resources. A study of different metamaterials concentrations conformed by aluminum oxide (Al2O3) and silver (Ag) is carried out. Another structural parameters, which influences the refractive index sensor performance, the thickness of the metamaterial, is also investigated. The results indicate that the use of metamaterials provides a way of improving the performance of SPR sensors on optical fibers and allows to tailor the working parameters of the sensor.

18. Enhancement of graphene visibility on transparent substrates by refractive index optimization.

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Gonçalves, Hugo; Alves, Luís; Moura, Cacilda; Belsley, Michael; Stauber, Tobias; Schellenberg, Peter

2013-05-20

Optical reflection microscopy is one of the main imaging tools to visualize graphene microstructures. Here is reported a novel method that employs refractive index optimization in an optical reflection microscope, which greatly improves the visibility of graphene flakes. To this end, an immersion liquid with a refractive index that is close to that of the glass support is used in-between the microscope lens and the support improving the contrast and resolution of the sample image. Results show that the contrast of single and few layer graphene crystals and structures can be enhanced by a factor of 4 compared to values commonly achieved with transparent substrates using optical reflection microscopy lacking refractive index optimization.

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

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

2011-01-01

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

20. 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

1. Correction of refraction index based on adjacent pulse repetition interval lengths

Wei, Dong; Aketagawa, Masato

2014-11-01

Correction of refraction index is important for length measurement. The two-color method has been widely used for correction. The wavelengths of lasers have been used as a ruler of that. Based on the analogy between the wavelength and the adjacent pulse repetition interval length (APRIL), in this paper we investigate the possibility of two-color method based on adjacent pulse repetition interval lengths. Since the wavelength-based two-color method can eliminate the inhomogeneous disturbance of effects caused by the phase refractive index, therefore the APRIL-based two-color method can eliminate the air turbulence of errors induced by the group refractive index. Our analysis will contribute to high-precision length measurement.

2. Measurement of Single Cell Refractive Index, Dry Mass, Volume, and Density Using a Transillumination Microscope

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Phillips, Kevin G.; Jacques, Steven L.; McCarty, Owen J. T.

2013-01-01

Phase contrast microscopy has become ubiquitous in the field of biology, particularly in qualitative investigations of cellular morphology. However, the use of quantitative phase retrieval methods and their connection to cellular refractive index and dry mass density remain under utilized. This is due in part to the restriction of phase and cellular mass determination to custom built instruments, involved mathematical analysis, and prohibitive sample perturbations. We introduce tomographic bright field imaging, an accessible optical imaging technique enabling the three dimensional measurement of cellular refractive index and dry mass density using a standard transillumination optical microscope. The validity of the technique is demonstrated on polystyrene spheres. The technique is then applied to the measurement of the refractive index, dry mass, volume, and density of red blood cells. This optical technique enables a simple and robust means to perform quantitative investigations of engineered and biological specimens in three dimensions using standard optical microscopes. PMID:23005682

3. Characterization of the Refractive Index of Strained GaInNAs Layers by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry

Kitatani, Takeshi; Kondow, Masahiko; Shinoda, Kazunori; Yazawa, Yoshiaki; Okai, Makoto

1998-03-01

We have characterized the refractive index of strained GaInNAs layers. Using spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), the variation in optical constants of GaInNAs layers, about 6 nm thick with a nitrogen content lower than 1%, can be clearly observed. Analysis of the SE data, including the strain effect in the layer, clarified that the refractive index of GaInNAs increases in proportion to the nitrogen content. While the trend for increase in refractive index with a decrease in the bandgap energy is the same as that observed in conventional III V alloy semiconductors, the rate of increase is found to be much larger than that in GaInAs. This result suggests a large density of states in the conduction band characteristics of this type of material system that includes nitrogen atoms.

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

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

2013-07-01

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

5. Interferometric spectroscopy of scattered light can quantify the statistics of subdiffractional refractive-index fluctuations.

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

2013-07-19

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

6. Interferometric spectroscopy of scattered light can quantify the statistics of subdiffractional refractive-index fluctuations

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

2014-01-01

Despite major importance in physics, biology, and other sciences, optical sensing of nanoscale structures in the far-zone remains an open problem due to the fundamental diffraction limit of resolution. We establish that the expected value of spectral variance (Σ̃2) of a far-field, diffraction-limited microscope image can quantify the refractive-index fluctuations of a label-free, weakly scattering sample at subdiffraction length scales. We report the general expression of Σ̃ for an arbitrary refractive-index distribution. For an exponential refractive-index spatial correlation, we obtain a closed-form solution of Σ̃ which is in excellent agreement with three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain solutions of Maxwell's equations. Sensing complex inhomogeneous media at the nanoscale can benefit fields from material science to medical diagnostics. PMID:23909326

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

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

2013-11-18

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

8. Refractive index engineering with subwavelength gratings for efficient microphotonic couplers and planar waveguide multiplexers.

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Cheben, Pavel; Bock, Przemek J; Schmid, Jens H; Lapointe, Jean; Janz, Siegfried; Xu, Dan-Xia; Densmore, Adam; Delâge, André; Lamontagne, Boris; Hall, Trevor J

2010-08-01

We use subwavelength gratings (SWGs) to engineer the refractive index in microphotonic waveguides, including practical components such as input couplers and multiplexer circuits. This technique allows for direct control of the mode confinement by changing the refractive index of a waveguide core over a range as broad as 1.6-3.5 by lithographic patterning. We demonstrate two experimental examples of refractive index engineering, namely, a microphotonic fiber-chip coupler with a coupling loss as small as -0.9dB and minimal wavelength dependence and a planar waveguide multiplexer with SWG nanostructure, which acts as a slab waveguide for light diffracted by the grating, while at the same time acting as a lateral cladding for the strip waveguide. This yields an operation bandwidth of 170nm for a device size of only approximately 160microm x100microm.

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

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Sakai, Osamu; Shimomura, Takuya; Tachibana, Kunihide

2010-12-15

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

10. 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.

11. Localized surface plasmon resonance and refractive index sensitivity of vacuum-evaporated nanostructured gold thin films

Rai, V. N.; Srivastava, A. K.; Mukherjee, C.; Deb, S. K.

2016-01-01

Plasmonic properties of vacuum-evaporated nanostructured gold thin films having different types of nanoparticles are presented. The films with thickness ≥6 nm show the presence of nanorods having non-cylindrical shape with triangular base. Two characteristic plasmon bands have been recorded in absorption spectra. First one occurs below 500 nm and the other one at higher wavelength side. Both the peaks show dependence on the dielectric property of surroundings. The higher wavelength localized surface plasmon resonance peak shifts to higher wavelength with an increase in the nanoparticle size, surface roughness and refractive index of the surrounding (methylene blue dye coating). This shows that such thin films can be used as sensor for organic molecules with a refractive index sensitivity ranging from 250 to 305 nm/RIU (refractive index unit).

12. X-UV Index of Refraction of Dense and Hot Plasmas.

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Benattar, R; Galos, C; Ney, P

1995-01-01

In a dense and hot plasma the refractive index in the X-UV range takes into account not only the effect of free electrons, but also the effect of electrons bound by atoms. The refractive index is calculated by the Kramer-Kronig relations using the total opacity of the medium including bound-bound, free-bound, and free-free atomic transitions. A simple method of calculation of the emission and absorption coefficients is presented. These parameters are of great interest when one wants to study radiative transfer in a dense and hot material. The computer program used allows one to obtain either in LTE or in NLTE the values of these coefficients for every material and for a wide range of mass density and temperature, using a screened hydrogenic model. Applications are presented first to generate opacity tables and second to generate the index of refraction of aluminum for a wide range of mass density and temperature.

13. Scattering of Light by a Sphere with an Arbitrary Radially Variable Refractive Index

Perelman, A. Y.; Zinov'eva, T. V.; Mosseev, I. G.

Based on the piecewise-continuous hyperbolic approximation (PCHA), we have developed a numerically stable and accurate algorithm for computation of the internal and scattered fields, as well as energetic characteristics, of a sphere with an arbitrary radially variable complex refractive index. The algorithm is cast in terms of the power functions, which overcomes a number of problems associated with round-off errors. The method of computation is tested with known solutions relating to the particular cases of the problem. The PCHA is proved to be convergent. The PCHA allows one to solve the scattering problem associated with an arbitrary complex radially variable refractive index in terms of the simplest functions. The PCHA makes it possible to construct the formal refractive index contour reproducing the scattering experimental data considerably more accurately than the Mie theory. This result is of importance in remote sensing problems. Several examples of calculations for the scattering function of cosmic fluffy dust particles are presented.

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

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

2016-08-01

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.

15. Dynamic control over nanoparticle plasmon resonance through variation of refractive index

Paudel, Hari P.; Leuenberger, Michael N.

2011-03-01

In a semiconductor material it is possible to vary the index of refraction by exciting electron-hole pairs through a laser pulse. Generally the change in refractive index changes linearly with the carrier density and also increases with the lattice temperature. We present our results on the variation in index of refraction in the TiO2 shell of an Ag/TiO2 core-shell nanoparticle by exciting electron-hole pairs in TiO2 through a laser pulse. We performed bandstructure calculations using VASP to determine the variation of the optical dielectric tensor as a function of photon frequency. This change in refractive index not only affects the refraction of photons with frequency below bandgap, but also affects strongly the resonance peaks of the surface plasmons due to the Ag core. This effect can be used to dynamically control the plasmon resonance of a hybrid metal-semiconductor nanoparticle, for example for use in cancer therapy or nanoplasmonic circuits. We acknowledge support from NSF Grant No. ECCS-0901784 and AFOSR Grant No. FA9550-09-1-0450.

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

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.

17. Tunable Negative Refractive Index Metamaterials and Applications at X and Q-bands

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2008-03-02

The goal of the current DARPA-ARO funded project is to design, fabricate, and test a tunable negative index metamaterial (TNIM) using ferrites as...Mater., 313 (2007) 187-191. Y. He, P. He, V. G. Harris, and C. Vittoria, “Role of ferrites in negative index metamaterials ”, IEEE Trans. Magnetics...2 3 Final Progress Report Tunable Negative Refractive Index Metamaterials and Applications at X and Q- bands Peng He, Jinsheng Gao, P

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

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

2014-11-01

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

19. 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.

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

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

2009-11-01

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

1. Full-field measurement of surface reflectivity using a microscopy for refractive index profiling of GRIN lenses

Weng, Chun-Jen; Chen, Chih-Yen; Hwang, Chi-Hung; Liu, Da-Ren

2016-10-01

This paper outlines an improved technique for profiling the refractive index of Graded-index (GRIN) lenses based on the measurements obtained from a reflectivity image. Reflective cross-sectional image of the GRIN lens were compared with a reflectance reference target under illumination at small incidence angles to obtain the full-field refractive index distribution of the GRIN lens quickly and easily.

2. Solution of transport equations in layered media with refractive index mismatch using the PN-method.

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Phillips, Kevin G; Jacques, Steven L

2009-10-01

The PN-method is a spectral discretization technique used to obtain numerical solutions to the radiative transport equation. To the best of our knowledge, the PN-method has yet to be generalized to the case of refractive index mismatch in layered slabs used to numerically simulate skin. Our main contribution is the application of a collocation method that takes into account refractive index mismatch at layer interfaces. The stability, convergence, and accuracy of the method are established. Example calculations demonstrating the flexibility of the method are performed.

3. Angle modulated surface plasmon resonance spectrometer for refractive index sensing with enhanced detection resolution

Zhou, Xinlei; Chen, Ke; Li, Li; Peng, Wei; Yu, Qingxu

2017-01-01

We design and manufacture an angle modulated surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectrometer with high detection resolution for refractive index sensing. The presented SPR spectrometer is based on a five-layer Kretchmann configuration. To enhance the sensitivity and resolution of the SPR spectrometer, we introduce a reference beam into the system, which has improved the stability of the system by nearly one order of magnitude. Numerical simulation and experimental study are presented and the results show that a sensitivity of 85 degrees/RIU (refractive index unit) and a good repeatability (standard deviation=3.7×10-6 RIU) have been achieved.

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

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

2015-10-05

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

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

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

2016-01-01

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

6. 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

7. A new wideband negative refractive index metamaterial for dual-band operation

Islam, S. S.; Faruque, M. R. I.; Islam, M. T.; Ali, M. T.

2017-04-01

A new wideband negative refractive index (NRI) metamaterial for dual-band operation is introduced in this study. Initially, a bare-H-shaped resonator was designed over the FR-4 substrate material. The refractive index curve for the unit cell, displays more than 3-GHz negative real peak from C-band to some portion of X-band. The proposed design also displays NRI property in the same frequency bands with wider bandwidth, when the Rogers RT 3010 substrate material was employed instead of FR-4 substrate material.

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

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.

9. Bragg resonance behavior of the neutron refractive index and crystal acceleration effect

Braginetz, Yu. P.; Berdnikov, Ya. A.; Fedorov, V. V.; Kuznetsov, I. A.; Lasitsa, M. V.; Semenikhin, S. Yu.; Vezhlev, E. O.; Voronin, V. V.

2016-09-01

The energy dependence of neutron refraction index in a perfect crystal for neutron energy, close to the Bragg ones, was studied. The resonance shape of this dependence with approximately the Darwin width was found. As a result, the value of deviation from the exact Bragg condition can change during the neutron time of flight through the accelerated crystal and so the refraction index and the velocity of outgoing neutron can change as well. Such new mechanism of neutron acceleration in the accelerating perfect crystal was proposed and found experimentally. This mechanism is march more effective then known one concerning with the neutron acceleration in the accelerating usual media.

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

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Townsend, Scott; Zhou, Shiwei; Li, Qing

2015-07-13

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

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

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

2010-12-01

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

12. Refractive index enhancement with vanishing absorption in short, high-density vapor cells

Simmons, Z. J.; Proite, N. A.; Miles, J.; Sikes, D. E.; Yavuz, D. D.

2012-05-01

It has recently been predicted and experimentally demonstrated that the refractive index of a vapor may be enhanced while maintaining vanishing absorption by using the interference of two Raman transitions, one absorptive and one amplifying in nature. In this paper, we present a detailed experimental study of this technique in a 1-mm-long rubidium (Rb) vapor cell with densities exceeding 1014 cm-3. We study the optimization of the achieved refractive index as various experimental parameters are varied and discuss a number of limitations of the current experiments. We also present a detailed discussion of possible experimental improvements and future prospects of this technique.

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

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

2010-11-26

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

14. Temperature-dependent index of refraction of monoclinic Ga2O3 single crystal.

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Bhaumik, Indranil; Bhatt, R; Ganesamoorthy, S; Saxena, A; Karnal, A K; Gupta, P K; Sinha, A K; Deb, S K

2011-11-01

We present temperature-dependent refractive index along crystallographic b[010] and a direction perpendicular to (100)-plane for monoclinic phase (β) Ga(2)O(3) single crystal grown by the optical floating zone technique. The experimental results are consistent with the theoretical result of Litimein et al.1. Also, the Sellmeier equation for wavelengths in the range of 0.4-1.55 μm is formulated at different temperatures in the range of 30-175 °C. The thermal coefficient of refractive index in the above specified range is ~10(-5)/°C. © 2011 Optical Society of America

15. Application of Photothermal Digital Interferometry for Nonlinear Refractive Index Measurements within a Kerr Approximation

Nalegaev, Sergey S.; Belashov, Andrey V.; Petrov, Nikolay V.

2017-07-01

The methodology of Photothermal Interferometry implemented through off-axis digital holography for the nonlinear refractive index measurements of optical media with the thermal mechanism of nonlinearity is presented. An experimental appraisal is done on the example of chlorophyllin 1% solution in ethyl alcohol. It allows us to estimate the effective value of nonlinear refractive index as - 0.65 ·10-3 cm2/W. The comparison of the experimental result with data obtained by means of a reference approach was performed. Possible errors lead to a mismatch between them are highlighted and analyzed.

16. 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 3 x 3 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.

17. High Performance Optical Coatings Utilizing Tailored Refractive Index Nanoporous Thin Films

Poxson, David J.

Refractive index is perhaps the most important quantity in optics. It is particularly relevant in the field of optical coatings, where the refractive index appears in virtually every optics equation as a figure of merit. Recently it has been demonstrated through control of the deposition angle during oblique-angle electron-beam deposition, nanoporous films of virtually any desired porosity may be accurately deposited. As the porosity of a nanoporous film directly relates to its effective refractive index, the refractive index value of a film may be tailored to any value between that of the bulk material and close to that of air. These two characteristics, namely; (i) tailored-refractive index and (ii) very low-refractive index values close to that of air, offer significant advantages in the design and optical performance in all optical coating applications. In this dissertation we explore optical coating applications whose performance can be greatly enhanced by utilization of a tailored- and low-refractive index nanoporous material system. One such important application is in the design and fabrication of broadband, omnidirectional antireflection (AR) coatings on solar cell devices. To harness the full spectrum of solar energy, Fresnel reflections at the surface of a photovoltaic cell must be reduced as much as possible over the relevant solar wavelength range and over a wide range of incident angles. However, the development of AR coatings embodying omni-directionality over a wide range of wavelengths is challenging. By utilizing the tailored- and low-refractive index properties of the nanoporous material system, in conjunction with a computational genetic algorithm and a predictive quantitative model for the porosity of such nanoporous films, truly optimized AR coatings can be designed and fabricated on solar cells. Here we show that these optimized AR structures demonstrate significant improvement to overall device efficiency. Traditionally, nanoporous films

18. Nonlinear refractive index on multiwavelength generation through mismatch photonic crystal fibre from transmission wavelength

Abdullah, Mohd Nizam; Shaari, Sahbudin; Ehsan, Abang Annuar; Menon, Susthitha; Zakaria, Osman; Marzuki, Nazri

2014-05-01

This paper proposes a measurement of nonlinear refractive index in the course of multi wavelength technique. We have generated a multi wavelengths formation by utilising a photonic crystal fibre (PCF) which mismatches zero dispersion wavelength from transmission wavelength at 1550 nm. We provide an experimental set-up in generating the multi wavelength phenomenon. A fibre ring laser configuration consists of erbium doped fibre amplifier (EDFA) set up and arrangement of FBGs is described. Encouraging results obtained from the set up proves the relations of signals generated through FBGs and new wavelengths. These findings shows, multi wavelengths able to present valuable inputs in determination of nonlinear refractive index parameter.

19. Reversing the direction of space and inverse Doppler effect in positive refraction index media

Sun, Fei; He, Sailing

2017-01-01

A negative refractive index medium, in which all spatial coordinates are reversed (i.e. a left-hand triplet is formed) by a spatial folding transformation, can create many novel electromagnetic phenomena, e.g. backward wave propagation, and inversed Doppler effect (IDE). In this study, we use coordinate rotation transformation to reverse only two spatial coordinates (e.g. x‧ and y‧), while keeping z‧ unchanged. In this case, some novel phenomena, e.g. radiation-direction-reversing illusions and IDE, can be achieved in a free space region wrapped by the proposed shell without any negative refractive index medium, which is easier for experimental realization and future applications.

20. Refractive-index measurement of Si at γ -ray energies up to 2 MeV

Günther, M. M.; Jentschel, M.; Pollitt, A. J.; Thirolf, P. G.; Zepf, M.

2017-05-01

The refractive index of silicon at γ -ray energies from 181 to 1959 keV was investigated using the GAMS6 double crystal spectrometer and found to follow the predictions of the classical scattering model. This is in contrast to earlier measurements on the GAMS5 spectrometer, which suggested a sign change in the refractive index for photon energies above 500 keV. We present a reevaluation of the original data from 2011 as well as data from a 2013 campaign in which we show that systematic errors due to diffraction effects of the prism can explain the earlier data.

1. 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.

2. Bragg gratings in surface-core fibers: Refractive index and directional curvature sensing

Osório, Jonas H.; Oliveira, Ricardo; Aristilde, Stenio; Chesini, Giancarlo; Franco, Marcos A. R.; Nogueira, Rogério N.; Cordeiro, Cristiano M. B.

2017-03-01

In this paper, we report, to our knowledge, the first extended study of the inscription of Bragg gratings in surface-core fibers and their application in refractive index and directional curvature sensing. The research ranges from fiber fabrication and grating inscription in untapered and tapered fibers to the performance of simulations and sensing measurements. Maximum sensitivities of 40 nm/RIU and 202.7 pm/m-1 were attained in refractive index and curvature measurements respectively. The obtained results compares well to other fiber Bragg grating based devices. Ease of fabrication, robustness and versatility makes surface-core fibers an interesting platform when exploring fiber sensing devices.

3. A Three-Dimensional Self-Supporting Low Loss Microwave Lens with a Negative Refractive Index

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2012-01-01

A three-dimensional self-supporting low loss microwave lens with a negative refractive index Isaac M. Ehrenberg , Sanjay E. Sarma, and Bae-Ian Wu...ANSI Std Z39-18 A three-dimensional self-supporting low loss microwave lens with a negative refractive index Isaac M. Ehrenberg ,1 Sanjay E. Sarma,1 and...samples reaches the level of air near 10.25 GHz. 073114-2 Ehrenberg , Sarma, and Wu J. Appl. Phys. 112, 073114 (2012) Downloaded 14 Nov 2012 to

4. Traversal of electromagnetic pulses through dispersive media with negative refractive index

Nanda, L.; Ramakrishna, S. A.

2017-05-01

We investigate the traversal of electromagnetic pulses through dispersive media with negative refractive index in such a way that no resonant effects come into play. It has been verified that for evanescent waves, the definitions of the group delay and the reshaping delay times get interchanged in comparison to the propagating waves. We show that for a negative refractive index medium (NRM) with ɛ(ω)=μ(ω), the reshaping delay time identically vanishes for propagating waves. The total delay time in NRM is otherwise contributed by both the group and the reshaping delay times, whereas for the case of broadband pulses in NRM the total delay time is always subluminal.

5. Interferometric measurement of refractive index modification in a single mode microfiber

Ahmed, Farid; Ahsani, Vahid; Jun, Martin B. G.

2017-02-01

Efficient and cost effective measurement of the refractive index profile in an optical fiber is a significant technical job to design and manufacture in-fiber photonic devices and communication systems. For instance, to design fiber gratings, it is required to estimate the refractive index modulation to be inscribed by the fabrication apparatus such as ultraviolet or infrared lasers. Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) based quantification of refractive index change written in single mode microfiber by femtosecond laser radiation is presented in this study. The MZI is constructed by splicing a microfiber (core diameter: 3.75 μm, cladding diameter: 40 μm) between standard single mode fibers. To measure the RI inscribed by infrared femtosecond laser, 200 μm length of the core within the MZI was scanned with laser radiation. As the higher index was written within 200 μm length of the core, the transmission spectrum of the interferometer displayed a corresponding red shift. The observed spectral shift was used to calculate the amount of refractive index change inscribed by the femtosecond irradiation. For the MZI length of 3.25 mm, and spectral shift of 0.8 nm, the calculated refractive index was found to be 0.00022. The reported results display excellent agreement between theory and experimental findings. Demonstrated method provides simple yet very effective on-site measurement of index change in optical fibers. Since the MZI can be constructed in diverse fiber types, this technique offers flexibility to quantify index change in various optical fibers.

6. 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.

7. Constant Refractive Index Multi-Core Fiber Laser

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

2002-03-18

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

8. Refractive index, band gap energy, dielectric constant and polarizability calculations of ferroelectric Ethylenediaminium Tetrachlorozincate crystal

Kalyanaraman, S.; Shajinshinu, P. M.; . Vijayalakshmi, S.

2015-11-01

Single crystal of Ethylenediaminium Tetrachlorozincate has been grown by slow evaporation method. The single crystal XRD study confirms the orthorhombic structure of the crystal. The presence of functional group vibrations are ascertained through FTIR and Raman studies. In optical studies, the insulating behaviour of the material is established by Tauc plot. The refractive index and the real dielectric constant of the crystal are calculated. The electronic polarizability in the high frequency optical region is also calculated from the dielectric constant values by using the Clausius-Mossotti equation. The large value of dielectric constant is identified through dielectric studies and it points to the ferroelectric behaviour of the material. Further an experimental study confirms the ferroelectric behaviour of the material. The total polarizability of the crystal owing to the space charge, dipole, ionic and electronic polarizability contributions is obtained experimentally, and it matches well with the theoretically obtained value from Penn analysis. Further, Plasmon energy and Fermi energy of the material are also calculated using Penn analysis.

9. Phase and Index of Refraction Imaging by Hyperspectral Reflectance Confocal Microscopy.

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Selci, Stefano

2016-12-16

A hyperspectral reflectance confocal microscope (HSCM) was realized by CNR-ISC (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi) a few years ago. The instrument and data have been already presented and discussed. The main activity of this HSCM has been within biology, and reflectance data have shown good matching between spectral signatures and the nature or evolution on many types of cells. Such a relationship has been demonstrated mainly with statistical tools like Principal Component Analysis (PCA), or similar concepts, which represent a very common approach for hyperspectral imaging. However, the point is that reflectance data contains much more useful information and, moreover, there is an obvious interest to go from reflectance, bound to the single experiment, to reflectivity, or other physical quantities, related to the sample alone. To accomplish this aim, we can follow well-established analyses and methods used in reflectance spectroscopy. Therefore, we show methods of calculations for index of refraction n, extinction coefficient k and local thicknesses of frequency starting from phase images by fast Kramers-Kronig (KK) algorithms and the Abeles matrix formalism. Details, limitations and problems of the presented calculations as well as alternative procedures are given for an example of HSCM images of red blood cells (RBC).

10. Volumetric negative-refractive-index metamaterials based upon the shunt-node transmission-line configuration

Stickel, Micah; Elek, Francis; Zhu, Jiang; Eleftheriades, George V.

2007-11-01

A volumetric negative-refractive-index transmission-line (NRI-TL) metamaterial is presented. This structure constitutes a natural extension of the planar NRI-TL metamaterials1 and maintains the desired features of broad bandwidth and low transmission loss. Unlike their planar counterparts, the proposed volumetric NRI-TL metamaterials can effectively couple incident plane waves from free space. The proposed topology can be readily made by stacking layers that are individually fabricated using standard multilayer printed-circuit board techniques at microwave frequencies. However, the creation of the volumetric structure results in the presence of a parasitic parallel-plate mode. This mode can interfere with the desired backward wave mode of the metamaterial, causing a stop band to appear. To facilitate the rapid analysis of this new design, a multiconductor transmission line model was developed. Through the use of this model and full-wave simulations, it will be demonstrated that this unwanted parallel-plate mode can be eliminated by properly arranging the vertical inductive loading wires. Using this process, it will be shown that a properly designed inductive load can result in a practical NRI metamaterial slab which is matched to free space over a large bandwidth (22%) and with low insertion loss (<-1 dB). This approach can also be used to design NRI-TL metamaterials with backward wave dispersion bandwidths of over 140%.

11. Precise control of dispersion flatness in silicon nitride waveguides by cladding refractive index engineering

Bodenmüller, D.; Chavez Boggio, J. M.; Fernando, H. N. J.; Haynes, R.; Roth, M. M.

2012-06-01

A technique for flattening the chromatic dispersion in silicon nitride waveguides with silica cladding is proposed and numerically investigated. By modifying the transversal dimensions of the silicon nitride core and by adding several cladding layers with appropriate refractive indices and thicknesses, we demonstrate dispersion flattening over large spectral bandwidths in the near infrared. We analyze several cladding refractive index profiles that could be realistically fabricated by using existing materials and doping procedures. We show that cladding engineering allows for much more dispersion control (and flattening) in comparison with optimizing only the core transversal dimensions. For the latter case it is demonstrated that while the zero dispersion wavelength can be shifted to a great extent, the effect of the cross-section adjustment in the flatness is very limited. In sharp contrast, by adding two cladding layers and decreased refractive index values, the dispersion ripple can be strongly reduced. By further adding one more layer and by adjusting their refractive indices it is possible to obtain nearly constant chromatic dispersion (only +/- 3 ps/nm-km variation) over the spectral region from 1.8 to 2.4 microns. In our calculations, the analyzed change in the silica or silicon nitride refractive index is up to +/-3%. Our technique should open new avenues for the demonstration of high-performance nonlinear devices on a chip. Furthermore highly dispersive integrated photonic components can be envisaged for slow light applications and integrated photonics spectrographs.

12. Ultrahigh refractive index chalcogenide based copolymers for infrared optics (Conference Presentation)

Anderson, Laura E.; Namnabat, Soha; Char, Kookheon; Glass, Richard; Norwood, Robert A.; Pyun, Jeffrey

2016-09-01

Current trends in technology development demand increased miniaturization and higher level integration of electronic and photonic components. Such needs arise in emerging imaging systems, optoelectronic devices, optical interconnects and photonic integrated circuits. Compact, integrated photonics requires high refractive index materials, which primarily comprise crystalline and amorphous semiconductors, as well as chalcogenide glasses, which can possess refractive indices higher than 4 and good infrared transparency. There is currently no high refractive index (n 2 or above) that has the low cost production and ease of processing available in optical polymers. Such polymers would potentially cover applications that are not convenient or possible with crystalline and vitreous semiconductors. Examples of such applications include micro lens arrays for image sensors, optical adhesives for bonding and antireflection coatings, and high contrast optical waveguides. While much of the focus has been in the telecommunications transparency regions, significant new opportunities exist for a polymer which is capable of transmitting efficiently in the MWIR region. While there are polymers that have been synthesized with refractive indices as high as 1.75, these polymers are generally conjugated and incorporate heteroatoms such as sulfur or metals, and generally have complex and expensive syntheses. Here we report on new chalcogenide based copolymers with very high refractive index (n 2) that also have good optical transmission properties in the near-, short- and mid-wave infrared up to 5µm. These polymers are rich in sulfur, have low hydrogen content and were made using inverse vulcanization.

13. Generation of J0-Bessel-Gauss beam by a heterogeneous refractive index map.

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San-Roman-Alerigi, Damian P; Ng, Tien K; Zhang, Yaping; Ben Slimane, Ahmed; Alsunaidi, Mohammad; Ooi, Boon S

2012-07-01

In this paper, we present the theoretical studies of a refractive index map to implement a Gauss to a J(0)-Bessel-Gauss convertor. We theoretically demonstrate the viability of a device that could be fabricated on a Si/Si(1-y)O(y)/Si(1-x-y)Ge(x)C(y) platform or by photo-refractive media. The proposed device is 200 μm in length and 25 μm in width, and its refractive index varies in controllable steps across the light propagation and transversal directions. The computed conversion efficiency and loss are 90%, and -0.457 dB, respectively. The theoretical results, obtained from the beam conversion efficiency, self-regeneration, and propagation through an opaque obstruction, demonstrate that a two-dimensional (2D) graded index map of the refractive index can be used to transform a Gauss beam into a J(0)-Bessel-Gauss beam. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of such beam transformation by means of a 2D index-mapping that is fully integrable in silicon photonics based planar lightwave circuits (PLCs). The concept device is significant for the eventual development of a new array of technologies, such as micro optical tweezers, optical traps, beam reshaping and nonlinear beam diode lasers.

14. Dependent scattering and absorption by densely packed discrete spherical particles: Effects of complex refractive index

Ma, L. X.; Tan, J. Y.; Zhao, J. M.; Wang, F. Q.; Wang, C. A.; Wang, Y. Y.

2017-07-01

Due to the dependent scattering and absorption effects, the radiative transfer equation (RTE) may not be suitable for dealing with radiative transfer in dense discrete random media. This paper continues previous research on multiple and dependent scattering in densely packed discrete particle systems, and puts emphasis on the effects of particle complex refractive index. The Mueller matrix elements of the scattering system with different complex refractive indexes are obtained by both electromagnetic method and radiative transfer method. The Maxwell equations are directly solved based on the superposition T-matrix method, while the RTE is solved by the Monte Carlo method combined with the hard sphere model in the Percus-Yevick approximation (HSPYA) to consider the dependent scattering effects. The results show that for densely packed discrete random media composed of medium size parameter particles (equals 6.964 in this study), the demarcation line between independent and dependent scattering has remarkable connections with the particle complex refractive index. With the particle volume fraction increase to a certain value, densely packed discrete particles with higher refractive index contrasts between the particles and host medium and higher particle absorption indexes are more likely to show stronger dependent characteristics. Due to the failure of the extended Rayleigh-Debye scattering condition, the HSPYA has weak effect on the dependent scattering correction at large phase shift parameters.

15. Single-mode optical waveguides on native high-refractive-index substrates

Grote, Richard R.; Bassett, Lee C.

2016-10-01

High-refractive-index semiconductor optical waveguides form the basis for modern photonic integrated circuits (PICs). However, conventional methods for achieving optical confinement require a thick lower-refractive-index support layer that impedes large-scale co-integration with electronics and limits the materials on which PICs can be fabricated. To address this challenge, we present a general architecture for single-mode waveguides that confine light in a high-refractive-index material on a native substrate. The waveguide consists of a high-aspect-ratio fin of the guiding material surrounded by lower-refractive-index dielectrics and is compatible with standard top-down fabrication techniques. This letter describes a physically intuitive, semi-analytical, effective index model for designing fin waveguides, which is confirmed with fully vectorial numerical simulations. Design examples are presented for diamond and silicon at visible and telecommunications wavelengths, respectively, along with calculations of propagation loss due to bending, scattering, and substrate leakage. Potential methods of fabrication are also discussed. The proposed waveguide geometry allows PICs to be fabricated alongside silicon CMOS electronics on the same wafer, removes the need for heteroepitaxy in III-V PICs, and will enable wafer-scale photonic integration on emerging material platforms such as diamond and SiC.

16. High-refractive index polyacrylates based on quinolinone-structures for intraocular lenses

Dams, Christian; Helmstetter, Simon; Hampp, Norbert

2017-02-01

Intraocular lenses (IOL) have experienced an expanding application over the last decades. Not only they can be used to cure cataract caused blindness, but they are also appointed to ease visual impairments (e.g. -18 - 10 dioptre or astigmatism).[1] These phake IOL require materials with very high refractive indices due to the limited space at the implanting position in the eye of the patient. This enables less invasive operations and such with smaller incisions.[2] Quinolinone derivates, like carbostyril, are currently known from drug design and as a main structural component of several antibiotics.[3] Although they show high refractive indices and good dispersions they have not yet been used in materials for ophthalmic applications. We synthesized and characterized novel high refractive index polymers containing quinolinones as the main refractive unit of the structure.[4] We showed that it was possible to build quinolinone polymers with high refractive indices up to 1.685 at 589 nm. Using this material it would theoretically be possible to reduce the lens thickness of an IOL to under 40 percent compared to a commercial hydrogel lens with a refractive index of 1.470. We also used the synthesized quinolinone acrylates to create hydrophobic copolymers with improved physical properties and high transmission in the visible spectral range. Besides the good lightfastness these copolymers also showed very low tendencies of glistening. In conclusion quinolinones show attractive performances for the usage as a component in acrylic copolymers. If the requirements for IOL keep rising in the coming years these monomers could be used to boost the refractive index of ophthalmic polymer compositions.

17. Experiments on the Goos-Hänchen shift with negative and positive index of refraction materials

Orloff, Nathan; Ricci, Michael; Anderson, Collin; Long, Christian; Dutta, Sudeep; Anlage, Steven

2006-03-01

The negative Goos-Hänchen shift occurs when a beam of radiation having a finite transverse extent undergoes total internal reflection at a positive to negative index of refraction interface, hence the reflected beam experiences a negative lateral shift. This phenomenon has been predicted for materials with a negative index of refraction. We investigate a composite wire and split-ring resonator medium between 8-12 GHz, based on that first implemented by [1]. In addition, we present an experiment to investigate the Goos-Hänchen shift and show preliminary results on transmission, refraction, and total internal reflection. Work supported by NSF/ECS-0322844. [1] R. Shelby, D. R. Smith and S. Schultz, Science, 292, 77 (2001)

18. Investigations into the feasibility of optical-CT 3D dosimetry with minimal use of refractively matched fluids

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Chisholm, Kelsey; Miles, Devin; Rankine, Leith; Oldham, Mark

2015-01-01

Purpose: In optical-CT, the use of a refractively matched polyurethane solid-tank in place of a fluid bath has the potential to greatly increase practical convenience, reduce cost, and possibly improve the efficacy of flood corrections. This work investigates the feasibility of solid-tank optical-CT imaging for 3D dosimetry through computer simulation. Methods: A matlab ray-tracing simulation platform, ScanSim, was used to model a parallel-source telecentric optical-CT imaging system through a polyurethane solid-tank containing a central cylindrical hollow into which PRESAGE radiochromic dosimeters can be placed. A small amount of fluid fills the 1–5 mm gap between the dosimeter and the walls of the tank. The use of the solid-tank reduces the required amount of fluid by approximately 97%. To characterize the efficacy of solid-tank, optical-CT scanning simulations investigated sensitivity to refractive index (RI) mismatches between dosimeter, solid-tank, and fluid, for a variety of dosimeter (RI = 1.5–1.47) and fluid (RI = 1.55–1.0) combinations. Efficacy was evaluated through the usable radius (ru) metric, defined as the fraction of the radius of the dosimeter where measured dose is predicted to be within 2% of the ground truth entered into the simulation. Additional simulations examined the effect of increasing gap size (1–5 mm) between the dosimeter and solid-tank well. The effects of changing the lens tolerance (0.5°–5.0°) were also investigated. Results: As the RI mismatch between the dosimeter and solid-tank increased from 0 to 0.02, the usable radius decreased from 97.6% to 50.2%. The optimal fluid RI decreased nonlinearly from 1.5 to 1.34 as the mismatch increased and was up to 9% lower than the tank. Media mismatches between the dosimeter and solid-tank also exacerbate the effects of changing the gap size, with no easily quantifiable relationship with usable radius. Generally, the optimal fluid RI value increases as gap size increases and is

19. Astigmatism of the Ex Vivo Human Lens: Surface and Gradient Refractive Index Age-Dependent Contributions.

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Birkenfeld, Judith; de Castro, Alberto; Marcos, Susana

2015-08-01

We estimated the contribution of the gradient refractive index (GRIN) and lens surfaces to lens astigmatism and lens astigmatic angle as a function of age in human donor lenses. Human lenses were imaged, ex vivo, with 3D-spectral optical coherence tomography (OCT) and their back focal length was measured using laser ray tracing. The contribution of lens surfaces and GRIN to lens astigmatism were evaluated by computational ray tracing on the GRIN lens and a homogenous equivalent index lens. Astigmatism magnitude and relative astigmatic angle of and between lens surfaces, GRIN lens, and lens with homogeneous refractive index were evaluated, and all results were correlated with age. The magnitude of astigmatism in the anterior lens surface decreased with age (slope = -0.005 diopters [D]/y; r = 0.397, P = 0.018). Posterior surface astigmatism and lens astigmatism were not age-dependent. Presence of GRIN did not alter significantly the magnitude or axis of the lens astigmatism. The astigmatism of GRIN lens and lens with homogeneous refractive index correlated with anterior lens surface astigmatism (GRIN, P = 3.9E - 6, r = 0.693; equivalent refractive index lens, P = 4.1E - 4, r = 0.565). The astigmatic angle of posterior surface, GRIN lens, and homogeneous refractive index lens did not change significantly with age. The axis of lens astigmatism is close to the astigmatic axis of the anterior lens surface. Age-related changes in lens astigmatism appear to be related to changes in the anterior lens astigmatism. The influence of the GRIN on lens astigmatism and the astigmatic axis is minor.

20. Negative refractive index metamaterials using only metallic cut wires.

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Sellier, Alexandre; Burokur, Shah Nawaz; Kanté, Boubacar; de Lustrac, André

2009-04-13

We present, design and analyze a novel planar Left-Handed (LH) metamaterial at microwave frequencies. This metamaterial is composed of only metallic cut wires and is used under normal-to-plane incidence. Using Finite Element Method (FEM) based simulations and microwave experiments, we have investigated the material properties of the structure. Simultaneous negative values are observed for the permittivity epsilon and permeability mu by the inversion method from the transmission and reflection responses. A negative index n is verified in a bulk prism engineered by stacking several layers of the metamaterial. Our work demonstrates the feasibility of a LH metamaterial composed of only cut wires.

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. Absolute distance measurement with correction of air refractive index by using two-color dispersive interferometry.

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Wu, Hanzhong; Zhang, Fumin; Liu, Tingyang; Li, Jianshuang; Qu, Xinghua

2016-10-17

Two-color interferometry is powerful for the correction of the air refractive index especially in the turbulent air over long distance, since the empirical equations could introduce considerable measurement uncertainty if the environmental parameters cannot be measured with sufficient precision. In this paper, we demonstrate a method for absolute distance measurement with high-accuracy correction of air refractive index using two-color dispersive interferometry. The distances corresponding to the two wavelengths can be measured via the spectrograms captured by a CCD camera pair in real time. In the long-term experiment of the correction of air refractive index, the experimental results show a standard deviation of 3.3 × 10-8 for 12-h continuous measurement without the precise knowledge of the environmental conditions, while the variation of the air refractive index is about 2 × 10-6. In the case of absolute distance measurement, the comparison with the fringe counting interferometer shows an agreement within 2.5 μm in 12 m range.

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

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

2015-08-24

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

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

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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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

8. Conjugated Gammadion Chiral Metamaterial with Uniaxial Optical Activity and Negative Refractive Index

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2011-01-10

refractive index,3,4 and the prospect of a repulsive Casimir force.5 Many chiral metamaterial designs have been proposed and demonstrated to obtain large...and the prospect of a repulsive Casimir force.5 Many chiral metamaterial designs have been proposed and demonstrated to obtain large optical activity

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. 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.

11. 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

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

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.

13. 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.

14. Alternative phase-shifting technique for measuring full-field refractive index

Chen, Kun-Huang; Chen, Jing-Heng; Lin, Jiun-You; Chu, Yen-Chang

2015-09-01

This study proposes an alternative and simple method for measuring full-field refractive index. This method is based on the phase-shifting technique with a modulated electro-optical (EO) modulator and the phenomenon of total internal reflection. To this purpose, a linear polarized light is expanded and incident on the interface between the prism and the tested specimen, and the reflected light passes through an analyzer for interference. The phase difference between the s- and p-polarized light is sensitive to the refractive index of the tested specimen when the total internal reflection appears on this interface. Based on this effect, the resulting phase differences make it possible to analyze the refractive index of the tested specimen through a phase-shifting technique with a modulated EO modulator. The feasibility of this method was verified by experiment, and the measurement resolution can reach a value of refractive index unit of at least 3.552×10-4. This method has advantages of simple installation, ease of operation, and fast measurement.

15. Concurrency of anisotropy and spatial dispersion in low refractive index dielectric composites

Ushkov, Andrey A.; Shcherbakov, Alexey A.

2017-01-01

The article demonstrates uncommon manifestation of spatial dispersion in low refractive index contrast 3D periodic dielectric composites with periods of about one tenth of the wavelength. First principles simulations by the well established plane wave method reveal that spatial dispersion leads to appearance of additional optical axes and tends to compensate anisotropy in certain directions.

16. Antireflection nanocomposite thick film coatings with quasi-zero refractive index for solar cells

Gadomsky, O. N.; Shchukarev, I. A.; Pereskokov, E. A.

2016-08-01

Application of nanostructured composite coatings with a quasi-zero refractive index synthesized using the proposed patented technology provides a 25-30% increase in the efficiency of solar cells as compared to that of analogous solar cells with traditional (e.g., silicon nitride) single-layer interference antireflection coating.

17. 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

2015-10-15

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.

18. Effect of refractive index on the fluorescence lifetime of green fluorescent protein.

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Tregidgo, Carolyn; Levitt, James A; Suhling, Klaus

2008-01-01

The average fluorescence lifetime of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) in solution is a function of the refractive index of its environment. We report that this is also the case for GFP-tagged proteins in cells. Using time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC)-based fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) with a confocal scanning microscope, images of GFP-tagged proteins in cells suspended in different refractive index media are obtained. It is found that the average fluorescence lifetime of GFP decreases on addition of glycerol or sucrose to the media in which the fixed cells are suspended. The inverse GFP lifetime is proportional to the refractive index squared. This is the case for GFP-tagged major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins with the GFP located inside the cytoplasm, and also for GPI-anchored GFP that is located outside the cell membrane. The implications of these findings are discussed with regard to total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) techniques where the change in refractive index is crucial in producing an evanescent wave to excite fluorophores near a glass interface. Our findings show that the GFP fluorescence lifetime is shortened in TIRF microscopy in comparison to confocal microscopy.

19. 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.

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