, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 21-34

Measuring the refractometric characteristics of optical plastics

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Ten types of American, Japanese, and German optical plastic (OP) materials are examined. The principal OPs are analysed: polymethyl methacrylate, polystyrene, polycarbonate, and styrene acrylonitrile. Refractive indices are measured and calculated for the principal and some new applicable OPs, namely NAS-21 Novacor, CTE-Richardson, Zeonex E48R, Optorez 1330 and Bayer for wavelengths from 435.8 to 1052 nm. A theoretical examination was made for computer modelling of OPs indices using Cauchy's dispersion formula. The dispersion coefficients and Abbe constants are calculated. The OPs indices computed for numerous laser wavelengths 442–1060 nm are presented. A more effective device and technology for the measurement of refractive index of OPs is realized with an accuracy of ±0.001.