Refractive Index of Liquid Deuterium

  • G. E. Childs
  • D. E. Diller
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 15)


The refractive index of liquid deuterium is often required for the analysis of data obtained from high-energy physics experiments which use bubble chambers containing this liquid as a radiating medium. Until recently no measurements of the refractive index of liquid deuterium had been published. Ayres et al. [1] have recently-determined a single value for the refractive index of the saturated liquid at 24.2° K at a radiation wavelength of 3200 Å. This paper describes a method which can be used to compute accurate refractive index values for deuterium throughout a wide range of temperatures, densities, and wavelengths. A few representative values of the refractive index of saturated liquid deuterium are presented for illustration.


Refractive Index Density Dependence Liquid Hydrogen Molecular Polarizability Bubble Chamber 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. E. Childs
    • 1
  • D. E. Diller
    • 1
  1. 1.NBS Institute for Basic StandardsBoulderUSA

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