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Spectrographic technique for determining refractive indices

Rao, Madhusudana S (1997) Spectrographic technique for determining refractive indices. In: Optical Engineering, 36 (1). pp. 162-166.

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A new experimental technique is proposed to determine refractive indices of liquids and isotropic solids at different wavelengths. A Pellin-Broca hollow prism filled with a liquid sample produces the spectrum (of the liquid prism) on the photographic plate of the camera. A plane reflector, mounted at a small angle to the normal of the exit face of the prism, also forms a direct image of the collimator slit in the plane of the same photographic plate. All the necessary information for determining the refractive indices (for different wavelengths) is extracted directly from the spectrogram without using any goniometric system. Experiments are conducted with the liquid prisms of isopropyl alcohol, water, and benzene. The results of the experiments are compared with those obtained by a Pulfrich refractometer (critical angle method). The proposed new technique gives the refractive indices for visible and invisible spectral lines to an accuracy of 2x10(-5). (C) 1997 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Optical Engineering
Publisher: The International Society for Optical Engineering
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to The International Society for Optical Engineering.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2011 07:25
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2011 07:25
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/38468

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