Dispersion, Stress-Optical Effects In Glass, Optical Glasses

  • Joseph L. Rood
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The index of refraction of an optical material such as glass (or any other material, optical or not) varies with wavelength: this phenomenon is called dispersion. Sometimes the term dispersion is specifically applied to the derivative dn/dλ, although this usage is not always followed. A typical qualitative curve of n, index of refraction, versus λ, wavelength, is given in Figure 1 for a large portion of the electromagnetic spectrum for a material largely transparent in the visible region.


Optical Material Optical Glass Chromatic Aberration Alkali Silicate Flint Glass 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph L. Rood
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada

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