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  1. Derivation of a Vacuum Refractive Index in a Stringy Space-Time Foam Model

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    Ellis, Jonathan Richard; Nanopoulos, D V

    2008-01-01

    It has been suggested that energetic photons propagating in vacuo should experience a non-trivial refractive index due to the foamy structure of space-time induced by quantum-gravitational fluctuations. The sensitivity of recent astrophysical observations, particularly of AGN Mk501 by the MAGIC Collaboration, approaches the Planck scale for a refractive index depending linearly on the photon energy. We present here a new derivation of this quantum-gravitational vacuum refraction index, based on a stringy analogue of the interaction of a photon with internal degrees of freedom in a conventional medium. We model the space-time foam as a gas of D-particles in the bulk space-time of a higher-dimensional cosmology where the observable Universe is a D3-brane. The interaction of an open string representing a photon with a D-particle stretches and excites the string, which subsequently decays and re-emits the photon with a time delay that increases linearly with the photon energy and is related to stringy uncertainty...

  2. Uniform Refraction in Negative Refractive Index Materials

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    Gutierrez, Cristian E

    2015-01-01

    We study the problem of constructing an optical surface separating two homogeneous, isotropic media, one of which has a negative refractive index. In doing so, we develop a vector form of Snell's law, which is used to study surfaces possessing a certain uniform refraction property, both in the near and far field cases. In the near field problem, unlike the case when both materials have positive refractive index, we show that the resulting surfaces can be neither convex nor concave.

  3. Refractive index based measurements

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    2014-01-01

    In a method for performing a refractive index based measurement of a property of a fluid such as chemical composition or temperature, a chirp in the local spatial frequency of interference fringes of an interference pattern is reduced by mathematical manipulation of the recorded light intensity...

  4. Refractive index based measurements

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    2014-01-01

    A refractive index based measurement of a property of a fluid is measured in an apparatus comprising a variable wavelength coherent light source (16), a sample chamber (12), a wavelength controller (24), a light sensor (20), a data recorder (26) and a computation apparatus (28), by - directing...

  5. Refractive index based measurements

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    2014-01-01

    In a method for performing a refractive index based measurement of a property of a fluid such as chemical composition or temperature by observing an apparent angular shift in an interference fringe pattern produced by back or forward scattering interferometry, ambiguities in the measurement caused...

  6. Refractive Index of Fly Rhabdomeres

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    Stavenga, D.G.

    1974-01-01

    The refractive index reported previously for the rhabdomeres of flies (1.349) has been corrected for waveguide effects. The presented correction method has yielded n1 = 1.365 ± 0.006. It is argued that an acceptable estimate for the refractive index of the inhomogeneous surroundings of fly

  7. Quantum radiation from superluminal refractive-index perturbations.

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    Belgiorno, F; Cacciatori, S L; Ortenzi, G; Sala, V G; Faccio, D

    2010-04-09

    We analyze in detail photon production induced by a superluminal refractive-index perturbation in realistic experimental operating conditions. The interaction between the refractive-index perturbation and the quantum vacuum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field leads to the production of photon pairs.

  8. Modification of Low Refractive Index Polycarbonate for High Refractive Index Applications

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    Gunjan Suri

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Polycarbonates and polythiourethanes are the most popular materials in use today, for optical applications. Polycarbonates are of two types which fall in the category of low refractive index and medium refractive index. The present paper describes the conversion of low refractive index polycarbonates into high refractive index material by the use of a high refractive index monomer, polythiol, as an additive. Novel polycarbonates, where the properties of refractive index and Abbe number can be tailor made, have been obtained. Thermal studies and refractive index determination indicate the formation of a new polymer with improved properties and suitable for optical applications.

  9. Refractive index measurement based on confocal method

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    An, Zhe; Xu, XiPing; Yang, JinHua; Qiao, Yang; Liu, Yang

    2017-10-01

    The development of transparent materials is closed to optoelectronic technology. It plays an increasingly important role in various fields. It is not only widely used in optical lens, optical element, optical fiber grating, optoelectronics, but also widely used in the building material, pharmaceutical industry with vessel, aircraft windshield and daily wear glasses.Regard of solving the problem of refractive index measurement in optical transparent materials. We proposed that using the polychromatic confocal method to measuring the refractive index of transparent materials. In this article, we describes the principle of polychromatic confocal method for measuring the refractive index of glass,and sketched the optical system and its optimization. Then we establish the measurement model of the refractive index, and set up the experimental system. In this way, the refractive index of the glass has been calibrated for refractive index experiment. Due to the error in the experimental process, we manipulated the experiment data to compensate the refractive index measurement formula. The experiment taking the quartz glass for instance. The measurement accuracy of the refractive index of the glass is +/-1.8×10-5. This method is more practical and accurate, especially suitable for non-contact measurement occasions, which environmental requirements is not high. Environmental requirements are not high, the ordinary glass production line up to the ambient temperature can be fully adapted. There is no need for the color of the measured object that you can measure the white and a variety of colored glass.

  10. Measurements of photoinduced refractive index changes in ...

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    We report the pump-probe measurements of nonlinear refractive index changes in photochromic bacteriorhodopsin films. The photoinduced absorption is caused by pump beam at 532 nm and the accompanying refractive index changes are studied using a probe beam at 633 nm. The proposed technique is based on a ...

  11. Microstructured optical fiber refractive index sensor

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    Town, Graham E.; McCosker, Ravi; Yuan, Scott Wu

    2010-01-01

    We describe a dual-core microstructured optical fiber designed for refractive index sensing of fluids. We show that by using the exponential dependence of intercore coupling on analyte refractive index, both large range and high sensitivity can be achieved in the one device. We also show...

  12. Refractive Index Measurement at TV Tower Prague

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    V. Kvicera

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Propagation related parameters are used for design and frequencyplanning of microwave networks. Atmospheric refractive index is theimportant parameter that influences the propagation of electromagneticwaves during so-called "clear sky" conditions. The refractive indexmeasurement, which was launched in TESTCOM, is presented in this paper.Some statistical characteristics and their utilization are introduced.

  13. The refractive index of relic gravitons

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    Giovannini, Massimo

    2016-01-01

    The dynamical evolution of the refractive index of the tensor modes of the geometry produces a specific class of power spectra characterized by a blue (i.e. slightly increasing) slope which is directly determined by the competition of the slow-roll parameter and of the rate of variation of the refractive index. Throughout the conventional stages of the inflationary and post-inflationary evolution, the microwave background anisotropies measurements, the pulsar timing limits and the big-bang nucleosythesis constraints set stringent bounds on the refractive index and on its rate of variation. Within the physically allowed region of the parameter space the cosmic background of relic gravitons leads to a potentially large signal for the ground based detectors (in their advanced version) and for the proposed space-borne interferometers. Conversely, the lack of direct detection of the signal will set a qualitatively new bound on the dynamical variation of the refractive index.

  14. Variation of corneal refractive index with hydration

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    Kim, Young L; Walsh, Joseph T Jr.; Goldstick, Thomas K; Glucksberg, Matthew R [Biomedical Engineering Department, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States)

    2004-03-07

    We report the effect of changes in the corneal hydration on the refractive index of the cornea. Using optical coherence tomography (OCT), the geometrical thickness and the group refractive index of the bovine cornea were derived simultaneously as the corneal hydration was varied. The corneal hydration was then calculated from the corneal thickness. The group refractive index of the cornea increased non-linearly as the cornea dehydrated. In addition, a simple mathematical model was developed, based on the assumption that changes in corneal hydration occur only in the interfibrilar space with constant water content within the collagen fibrils. Good agreement between the experimental results and the mathematical model supports the assumption. The results also demonstrate that the measurement of refractive index is a quantitative indicator of corneal hydration.

  15. Refractive index contrast in porous silicon multilayers

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    Nava, R.; Mora, M.B. de la; Tagueena-Martinez, J. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Rio, J.A. del [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Centro Morelense de Innovacion y Transferencia Tecnologica, Consejo de Ciencia y Tecnologia del Estado de Morelos (Mexico)

    2009-07-15

    Two of the most important properties of a porous silicon multilayer for photonic applications are flat interfaces and a relative large refractive index contrast between layers in the optical wavelength range. In this work, we studied the effect of the current density and HF electrolyte concentration on the refractive index of porous silicon. With the purpose of increasing the refractive index contrast in a multilayer, the refractive index of porous silicon produced at low current was studied in detail. The current density applied to produce the low porosity layers was limited in order to keep the electrolyte flow through the multilayer structure and to avoid deformation of layer interfaces. We found that an electrolyte composed of hydrofluoric acid, ethanol and glycerin in a ratio of 3:7:1 gives a refractive index contrast around 1.3/2.8 at 600 nm. Several multilayer structures with this refractive index contrast were fabricated, such as dielectric Bragg mirrors and microcavities. Reflectance spectra of the structures show the photonic quality of porous silicon multilayers produced under these electrochemical conditions. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  16. 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.

  17. The Index of Refraction of Seawater

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    1976-01-01

    performed their uiesuremerts or presented their results in a manner which, at least superficially , was incompatible with those provided iy others. A...index of refraction of seawater as a function of temperatura and chlorinity was Undertaken by Utterback, Thompson, and Thomas (1934) wh: conducted

  18. Characterising refractive index dispersion in chalcogenide glasses

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    Fang, Y.; Sojka, L.; Jayasuriya, D.

    2016-01-01

    Much effort has been devoted to the study of glasses that contain the chalcogen elements (sulfur, selenium and tellurium) for photonics' applications out to MIR wavelengths. In this paper we describe some techniques for determining the refractive index dispersion characteristics of these glasses...

  19. Measurements of photoinduced refractive index changes in ...

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    Measurements of photoinduced refractive index changes in bacteriorhodopsin films. RAVINDER KUMAR BANYAL and B RAGHAVENDRA PRASAD. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Sarjapur Road, Koramangala, Bangalore 560 034, India. E-mail: brp@iiap.res.in. MS received 12 December 2005; revised 6 November 2006; ...

  20. Refractive index of the fly rhabdomere

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    Beersma, D.G.M.; Hoenders, B.J.; Huiser, A.M.J.; Toorn, P. van

    1982-01-01

    The refractive index and the diameter of the fly rhabdomere were determined by comparing the experimental results derived from interference microscopy with the results of a theoretical study on the scattering of plane waves by a homogeneous, isotropic cylindrical dielectric rod. It was found that

  1. Characterising refractive index dispersion in chalcogenide glasses

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    Fang, Y.; Sojka, L.; Jayasuriya, D.

    2016-01-01

    Much effort has been devoted to the study of glasses that contain the chalcogen elements (sulfur, selenium and tellurium) for photonics' applications out to MIR wavelengths. In this paper we describe some techniques for determining the refractive index dispersion characteristics of these glasses....... Knowledge of material dispersion is critical in delivering step-index fibres including with high numerical aperture for mid-infrared supercontinuum generation....

  2. Temporally resolved refractive index structure parameter measurement

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    Henriksson, Markus; Forsling, Robin

    2017-09-01

    The refractive index structure parameter is the most common measure of optical turbulence. It is defined as a statistical quantity for the Kolmogorov spectrum energy cascade of turbulent eddies of different sizes. As such it is formally assumed to be constant in time and space. However, the large scale variation with the diurnal cycle, with altitude or with terrain characteristics is well known. The ensemble average in the definition of the refractive index structure parameter is thus assumed to be applied over a restricted region in space and time. The question of how large volume is needed to determine the refractive index structure parameter and on how short temporal scales it can vary has not received significant attention. To study the temporal variation we have used two independent measurement systems to measure the path-averaged refractive index structure parameter over a 171 m path at 1 m above ground with higher than 1 Hz temporal resolution. One measurement system uses the differential angle-of-arrival of an array of LEDs. The other system measures the scintillation of a single path laser beam using a photon counting system, with time correlation of picosecond pulses for simultaneous measurement of signal and background and with temporal autocorrelation-based variance determination to separate turbulence related scintillations from shot noise. The data shows excellent agreement between the two measurement systems on second level temporal variation, giving confidence in that the measured values show true variation of the refractive index structure parameter. Large scale variation of up to two orders of magnitude can be coupled to solar insolation on this partly cloudy day. High frequency variations that are consistent between the systems used show factor two changes at time scales below one second.

  3. Effective spectral dispersion of refractive index modulation

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    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.

  4. Effective spectral dispersion of refractive index modulation

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    Vojtíšek, Petr; Květoň, M.; Richter, I.

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 19, č. 4 (2017), č. článku 045603. ISSN 2040-8978 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LO1206 Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : volume gratings * holography * dispersion * refractive index modulation Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers Impact factor: 1.741, year: 2016 http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/2040-8986/aa6092/meta

  5. Refractive Index of Black and Green Liquors

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    E. A. Avramenko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Lack of reliable data on the optical properties of black and green liquors complicates control of their composition in technological process of sulphate cellulose production. In this regard the paper presents measurement results of refraction index of black liquors n (k,t at concentration in solutions of bone-dry solids up to k = 70% and at temperatures t = 10-90 °C, as well as in green liquors n(C,t at the total alkalinity of C = 0-250 g/l and in the same temperature range. All samples of solutions of black and green liquors were provided by Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill and certified in factory laboratory. Measurements were taken by means of the laboratory Abbe refractometer (URL-1, digital refractometer "Expert pro", goniometer spectrometer GS-5, and ultra-violet spectrophotometer as well. The work also presents optical D density spectra in the ultra-violet region of the wavelengths for the samples of a green liquor and main mineral component to form it, i.e. Na2S (sodium sulphide. To calculate dispersion of n (λ in the visible spectral range, here a Lorentz single-oscillator model was used. The paper discusses study results of dispersive dependence of refraction index in green liquors with various concentration and chemical components of n (λ, C forming them at t = 20°C. Computing and experimental dependences of n (λ had not only good qualitative, but also quite satisfactory quantitative compliance. The work also describes main mineral components defining optical properties in these liquors. Given here data on concentration and temperature dependences of a refraction index in black n(k,t and green n(C,t liquors have been never published before. These data are of essential interest to control soda recovery technologies in manufacturing sulphate cellulose. The received results can be also used to tune and calibrate modern domestic and foreign industrial refractometers.

  6. 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.

  7. Empirical formula for the refractive index of freezing brine

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    Frisvad, Jeppe Revall

    2009-01-01

    The refractive index of freezing brine is important for example in order to estimate oceanic scattering as sea ice develops. Previously, no simple continuous expression was available for estimating the refractive index of brine at subzero temperatures. I show that extrapolation of the empirical...... formula for the refractive index of seawater by Quan and Fry [Appl. Opt. 34(18), 3477-3480 (1995)] provides a good fit to the refractive index of freezing brine for temperatures above -24 degrees celsius and salinities below 180 parts per thousand....

  8. Ultrasensitive twin-core photonic bandgap fiber refractive index sensor

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    Yuan, Scott Wu; Town, Graham; Bang, Ole

    2009-01-01

    We propose a microfluidic refractive index sensor based on new polymer twin-core photonic bandgap fiber (PBGF). The sensor can achieve ultrahigh detection limit, i.e. >1.4times10-7RIU refractive index unit (RIU), by measuring the coupling wavelength shift.......We propose a microfluidic refractive index sensor based on new polymer twin-core photonic bandgap fiber (PBGF). The sensor can achieve ultrahigh detection limit, i.e. >1.4times10-7RIU refractive index unit (RIU), by measuring the coupling wavelength shift....

  9. Experimental Determination of Refractive Index of Gas Hydrates

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    Bylov, Martin; Rasmussen, Peter

    1997-01-01

    The refractive indexes of methane hydrate and natural gas hydrate have been experimentally determined. The refractive indexes were determined in an indirect manner making use of the fact that two non-absorbing materials will have the same refractive index if they cannot be distinguished visually....... For methane hydrate (structure I) the refractive index was found to be 1.346 and for natural gas hydrate (structure II) it was found to be 1.350. The measurements further suggest that the gas hydrate growth rate increases if the water has formed hydrates before. The induction time, on the other hand, seems...

  10. DISTRIBUTION OF REFRACTIVE INDEX AND CHROMATIC DISPERSION OF THE CORNEA

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    渡邉, 千博

    1999-01-01

    Many refractive surgeries of the cornea (radial keratotomy RK, photore- fractive keratectomy PRK, laser in situ keratomileusis LASIK) are done routinely in an increasing number of patients in many countries. However, few analyses of the cornea related to the corneal configuration change and refractive index distribution, which affect the postoperative visual outcomes, have been reported. We have analyzed the refractive index and chromatic dispersion of the cornea as a function of the temperat...

  11. Comment on "Negative refractive index in artificial metamaterials".

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    Kildishev, Alexander V; Drachev, Vladimir P; Chettiar, Uday K; Shalaev, Vladimir M; Werner, Douglas H; Kwon, Do-Hoon

    2007-06-01

    We dispute Grigorenko's statement [Opt. Lett. 31, 2483 (2006)] that measuring only the reflection intensity spectrum is sufficient for determining the effective refractive index. In addition, our simulations do not confirm his conclusions regarding the negative refractive index and the negative permeability of the nanopillar sample in the visible range.

  12. Negative Refractive Index Metasurfaces for Enhanced Biosensing

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    Dragan Tanasković

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available 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. Ultraviolet light induced refractive index structures in germanosilica

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    Svalgaard, Mikael

    1997-01-01

    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...... 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...

  14. Refractive index as materials property. Der Brechungsindex als Stoffeigenschaft

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    Zilian, U. (Ciba-Geigy AG, Basel (Switzerland))

    1991-10-01

    The investigation of the relationship between refractive index (n) and molecular structure of a series of gases, liquids, and solids led to the conclusion that the refractive index of a substance is an independent molecular property. Light is refracted by two types of electron pairs. a) Bonding Electron Pairs (BEP) and b) Response Electron Pairs (REP). - Paraffins exhibit only BEPs which can easily be counted. REP is a new term we introduce to quantify the effects of several nonbonding electrons. The inert gases, for example, refract solely with REPs. They can be determined, and the most important ones are herein tabulated or delineated in the text. For compounds with known formular weight (M) and density (d), the refractive index can be simply calculated using the following formula. (orig.).

  15. Novel methacrylated diamondoid to produce high-refractive index polymer

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    Takano, Tadashi; Lin, Yuan-Chang; Shi, Frank G.; Carlson, Bob; Sciamanna, Steven

    2010-03-01

    A novel, high-refractive index, methacrylic monomer was produced by incorporating 1-diamantane-carboxylic acid (1-D2-CA) and glycidyl methacrylate (GMA). The resulting monomer was gently polymerized with organic peroxide, and was formed transparent polymer thin film. Physicochemical and optical properties were compared with isobornyl methacrylate (IBoMA) homo-polymer film. 1-D2-CA/GMA homo-polymer reveals that the refractive index is 1.56, and the softening temperature is 107.8 °C. High thermal stability and high-refractive index of 1-D2-CA/GMA homo-polymer indicate the potential use in optical applications.

  16. 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.

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

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    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.

  18. Absorption and refractive index dynamics in waveguide semiconductor electroabsorbers

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    Romstad, Francis Pascal

    2002-01-01

    with 9.6 dB of extinction ratio can be realized. Teh sign of the refractive index change, induced by optical generation of carriers in the active region, is seen to depend both on the optical power and on the reverse bias applied to the saturable absorber. The trends of the observed refractive index...... with 10 shallow quantum wells and a component with 5 deep quantum wells shows that the shallow 10 quantum wells component is preferable with respect to chirp, extinction ratio and potentially also the insertion loss. Calculations of the refractive indes change confirms the measurements and show...

  19. Matching-index-of-refraction of transparent 3D printing models for flow visualization

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    Song, Min Seop; Choi, Hae Yoon; Seong, Jee Hyun; Kim, Eung Soo, E-mail: kes7741@snu.ac.kr

    2015-04-01

    Matching-index-of-refraction (MIR) has been used for obtaining high-quality flow visualization data for the fundamental nuclear thermal-hydraulic researches. By this method, distortions of the optical measurements such as PIV and LDV have been successfully minimized using various combinations of the model materials and the working fluids. This study investigated a novel 3D printing technology for manufacturing models and an oil-based working fluid for matching the refractive indices. Transparent test samples were fabricated by various rapid prototyping methods including selective layer sintering (SLS), stereolithography (SLA), and vacuum casting. As a result, the SLA direct 3D printing was evaluated to be the most suitable for flow visualization considering manufacturability, transparency, and refractive index. In order to match the refractive indices of the 3D printing models, a working fluid was developed based on the mixture of herb essential oils, which exhibit high refractive index, high transparency, high density, low viscosity, low toxicity, and low price. The refractive index and viscosity of the working fluid range 1.453–1.555 and 2.37–6.94 cP, respectively. In order to validate the MIR method, a simple test using a twisted prism made by the SLA technique and the oil mixture (anise and light mineral oil) was conducted. The experimental results show that the MIR can be successfully achieved at the refractive index of 1.51, and the proposed MIR method is expected to be widely used for flow visualization studies and CFD validation for the nuclear thermal-hydraulic researches.

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

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    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.

  1. Ultrafast refractive index control of a terahertz graphene metamaterial

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    Seung Hoon Lee; Jeongmook Choi; Hyeon-Don Kim; Hyunyong Choi; Bumki Min

    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 ext...

  2. Integrated Microfibre Device for Refractive Index and Temperature Sensing

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    Sulaiman W. Harun

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available A microfibre device integrating a microfibre knot resonator in a Sagnac loop reflector is proposed for refractive index and temperature sensing. The reflective configuration of this optical structure offers the advantages of simple fabrication and ease of sensing. To achieve a balance between responsiveness and robustness, the entire microfibre structure is embedded in low index Teflon, except for the 0.5–2 mm diameter microfibre knot resonator sensing region. The proposed sensor has exhibited a linear spectral response with temperature and refractive index. A small change in free spectral range is observed when the microfibre device experiences a large refractive index change in the surrounding medium. The change is found to be in agreement with calculated results based on dispersion relationships.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  5. Refractive index sensitivity in etched FBG in the visible range

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    Kuhne, Jean F.; Nadas, Rafael B.; Inácio, Patricia L.; Chiamenti, Ismael; Kamicawachi, Ricardo C.; Kalinowski, Hypolito José

    2017-08-01

    A visible fiber Bragg grating (Vis-FBG) with wavelength peak centered at 673.07 nm was inscribed in a multimode fiber designed for infrared (IR) operation using a femtosecond (fs) laser emitting at 248 nm. The fiber cladding is removed by chemical etching in hydrofluoric acid solution (40%). The sensor refractive index response is determined by dipping the sensor into diluted glycerin solution at different concentrations with refractive index range from 1.3328 to 1.4607. The Vis-FBG performance is compared with an IR etched FBG (EFBG) with similar diameter. The sensitivity found for the Vis-FBG sensor is 15.71nm/RIU with a 6.34 x 10-3 RIU resolution for a refractive index of 1.4607.

  6. Refractive Index Sensor Using a Two-Hole Fiber

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    Lopez-Cortes, D; Sanchez-Mondragon, J J [Photonics and Optical Physics Laboratory, Optics Department, INAOE Apdo. Postal 51 and 216, Tonantzintla, Puebla 72000 (Mexico); Margulis, W [Department Fiber Photonics, ACREO, Electrum 236, 16440 Stockholm (Sweden); Dominguez-Cruz, R; May-Arrioja, D A, E-mail: darrioja@uat.edu.mx [Depto. de Ingenieria Electronica, UAM Reynosa Rodhe, Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, Carr. Reynosa-San Fernando S/N, Reynosa, Tamaulipas 88779 (Mexico)

    2011-01-01

    We propose to use a twin-hole fiber to measure refractive index of liquids. The key idea is to have a single mode fiber (SMF) having two large air-holes running along the fiber length, the holes do not interact with the core. However, using wet chemical etching we can have access to the hole around the fiber, and further etching increases the holes diameter. The diameter is increased until the fiber exhibits a specific birefringence. Since the holes are open, by immersing the fiber in different liquids (n=1.33 to n=1.42) the value of the birefringence is modified and the refractive index of the liquid can be estimated from the change on the beat length. This process provides a very simple and highly sensitive mechanism for sensing refractive index in liquids, and can also be used for other applications.

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

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    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.

  8. Refractive index of carcinogen-induced rat mammary tumours

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    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.

  9. 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

  10. Creating Materials with Negative Refraction Index using Topology Optimization

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    Christiansen, Rasmus Ellebæk; Sigmund, Ole

    We apply topology optimization along with full modeling of the electromagnetic (acoustic) field to create metamaterials with negative refraction index. We believe that our approach can be used in the design of metamaterials with specific effective permittivity and permeability e.g. by adapting...... is on the order of the wavelength. We seek a distribution of solid and air in the design cell yielding a prescribed negative refraction index for the slab. Our objective is to minimize the difference in amplitude between the solution to the model problemand a prescribed modulated plane wave behind the slab....... The direction of propagation for the prescribed wave is chosen to match the angle of incidence of the incoming plane wave and its position isused to select the refraction index for the slab. We introducing a continuous design field and apply The Method of Moving Asymptotes to perform the optimization. A filter...

  11. Refractive-Index Sensing with Ultrathin Plasmonic Nanotubes

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    Raza, Søren; Toscano, Giuseppe; Jauho, Antti-Pekka

    2013-01-01

    We study the refractive-index sensing properties of plasmonic nanotubes with a dielectric core and ultrathin metal shell. The few nanometer thin metal shell is described by both the usual Drude model and the nonlocal hydrodynamic model to investigate the effects of nonlocality. We derive an analy......We study the refractive-index sensing properties of plasmonic nanotubes with a dielectric core and ultrathin metal shell. The few nanometer thin metal shell is described by both the usual Drude model and the nonlocal hydrodynamic model to investigate the effects of nonlocality. We derive...... an analytical expression for the extinction cross section and show how sensing of the refractive index of the surrounding medium and the figure of merit are affected by the shape and size of the nanotubes. Comparison with other localized surface plasmon resonance sensors reveals that the nanotube exhibits...

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

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    Yahya, M; Saghir, M Z

    2016-02-21

    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.

  13. Designing High-Refractive Index Polymers Using Materials Informatics

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    Vishwesh Venkatraman

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available A machine learning strategy is presented for the rapid discovery of new polymeric materials satisfying multiple desirable properties. Of particular interest is the design of high refractive index polymers. Our in silico approach employs a series of quantitative structure–property relationship models that facilitate rapid virtual screening of polymers based on relevant properties such as the refractive index, glass transition and thermal decomposition temperatures, and solubility in standard solvents. Exploration of the chemical space is carried out using an evolutionary algorithm that assembles synthetically tractable monomers from a database of existing fragments. Selected monomer structures that were further evaluated using density functional theory calculations agree well with model predictions.

  14. Dual interferometer system for measuring index of refraction

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    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. Slow-light enhanced subwavelength plasmonic waveguide refractive index sensors.

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    Huang, Yin; Min, Changjun; Dastmalchi, Pouya; Veronis, Georgios

    2015-06-01

    We introduce slow-light enhanced subwavelength scale refractive index sensors which consist of a plasmonic metal-dielectric-metal (MDM) waveguide based slow-light system sandwiched between two conventional MDM waveguides. We first consider a MDM waveguide with small width structrue for comparison, and then consider two MDM waveguide based slow light systems: a MDM waveguide side-coupled to arrays of stub resonators system and a MDM waveguide side-coupled to arrays of double-stub resonators system. We find that, as the group velocity decreases, the sensitivity of the effective index of the waveguide mode to variations of the refractive index of the fluid filling the sensors as well as the sensitivities of the reflection and transmission coefficients of the waveguide mode increase. The sensing characteristics of the slow-light waveguide based sensor structures are systematically analyzed. We show that the slow-light enhanced sensors lead to not only 3.9 and 3.5 times enhancements in the refractive index sensitivity, and therefore in the minimum detectable refractive index change, but also to 2 and 3 times reductions in the required sensing length, respectively, compared to a sensor using a MDM waveguide with small width structure.

  16. Superluminal light attenuated by strong dispersion of complex refractive index

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    Abdurahman, Ahmed Yonis; Vadim Nickolaevich, Mal'nev; Belayneh Mesfin, Ali

    2016-02-01

    The propagation of narrow packets of electromagnetic waves (EMWs) in frequency dispersive medium with the consideration of the complex refractive index is studied. It is shown that counting in the dispersion of the complex refractive index within the context of the conventional expression of the group velocity of narrow wave packets of EMWs propagating in a dispersive medium results in the appearance of additional constraints on the group velocity, which dictates that the physically acceptable group velocity can only be realized in the case of a negligible imaginary part of the group index. In this paper, the conditions that allow one to realize the physically acceptable group velocity are formulated and analyzed numerically for the relevant model of the refractive index of a system of two-level atoms in the optical frequency range. It is shown that in the frequency band where superluminal light propagation is expected, there is a strong dispersion of the refractive index that is accompanied with strong absorption, resulting in a strongly attenuated superluminal light.

  17. Uncertainty in length conversion due to change of sensitivity coefficients of refractive index

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    Wei, Dong; Aketagawa, Masato

    2015-06-01

    A value of length measured in air should be converted to the value in vacuum for the purpose of comparison. The typical values of the sensitivity coefficients for a particular wavelength (e.g. 632.99 nm) under standard environmental conditions are widely available. Because all measurements are not performed under standard environmental conditions and the sensitivity coefficient is affected by atmospheric pressure, temperature, and humidity, one question arises naturally: how does a measurement change with environmental conditions? This study investigates the uncertainty in length conversion due to the change of sensitivity coefficients of refractive index. We also clarify that there is no significant difference in conversion uncertainties via sensitivity coefficients of phase and group refractive indexes.

  18. Measurement of refractive index of photopolymer for holographic gratings

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    Watanabe, Eriko; Mizuno, Jun; Fujikawa, Chiemi; Kodate, Kashiko

    2007-02-01

    We have made attempts to measure directly the small-scale variation of optical path lengths in photopolymer samples. For those with uniform thickness, the measured quantity is supposed to be proportional to the refractive index of the photopolymer. The system is based on a Mach-Zehnder interferometer using phase-locking technique and measures the change in optical path length during the sample is scanned across the optical axis. The spatial resolution is estimated to be 2μm, which is limited by the sample thickness. The path length resolution is estimated to be 6nm, which corresponds to the change in refractive index less than 10 -3 for the sample of 10μm thick. The measurement results showed clearly that the refractive index of photopolymer is not simply proportional to the exposure energy, contrary to the conventional photosensitive materials such as silver halide emulsion and dichromated gelatine. They also revealed the refractive index fluctuation in uniformly exposed photopolymer sample, which explains the milky appearance that sometimes observed in thick samples.

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    mixtures of glycerol + water, and glycerol + methanol at 298.15 K and 303.15 K. Excess molar volumes (VE) have been calculated ... KEY WORDS: Excess molar, Density, Refractive index, Glycerol, Water, Methanol ... Biodiesel, defined as “a substitute for, or a additive to diesel fuel that is derived from the oils and fats of ...

  20. 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

    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. 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. Statistical analysis demonstrated no difference between the two cohorts regarding PD, general visual function, and overall visual satisfaction. The study suggests that with the two IOLs assessed, increasing the refractive index does not increase incidence of PD or decrease overall visual satisfaction.

  1. Silicon photonic crystal nanostructures for refractive index sensing

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    Dorfner, Dominic; Hürlimann, T.; Zabel, T.

    2008-01-01

    The authors present the fabrication and optical investigation of Silicon on Insulator photonic crystal drop-filters for use as refractive index sensors. Two types of defect nanocavities (L3 and H1-r) are embedded between two W1 photonic crystal waveguides to evanescently route light at the cavity...

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    Excess molar volumes (VE) viscosities and refractive index have been evaluated for binary mixtures of glycerol + water, and glycerol + methanol at 298.15 K and 303.15 K. Excess molar volumes (VE) have been calculated from density. The excess molar volume (VE) results were fitted to the Redlich and Kister type ...

  3. A surface refractive index scanning system and method

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    2015-01-01

    The invention relates to a surface refractive index scanning system for characterization of a sample. The system comprises a grating device for holding or receiving the sample, the device comprising at least a first grating region having a first grating width along a transverse direction...

  4. Demystifying back scatter interferometry: a sensitive refractive index detector

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    Jepsen, Søren Terpager; Jørgensen, Thomas Martini; Trydal, Torleif

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Back Scatter Interferometry (BSI) is a sensitive method for detecting changes of the refractive index (RI) in small capillaries. The method was originally developed as an off-axial column detector for use in Liquid Chromatography or Capillary Electrophoresis systems, but it has been...

  5. Waveguide Modes and Refractive Index in Photoreceptors of Invertebrates

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    Stavenga, D.G.

    1975-01-01

    The refractive index of visual photoreceptors, if estimated by utilizing waveguide propagation, has to be corrected by a factor depending on the occurring mode. The correction factor is presented graphically for a number of relevant modes. Applied to the honeybee rhabdoms, it is shown that the

  6. The Painful Derivation of the Refractive Index from Microscopical Considerations

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    Hoenders, Bernhard J.; Tata, Darrell B.; Waynant, Ronald W.

    2008-01-01

    The derivation of the refractive index from the microscopical structure of matter is analysed in detail. In particular the many various assumptions leading to the basic Clausius-Mosotti (Lorentz-Lorenz) equation are carefully stated. The most general formulation of the second order correlation

  7. Cuvette and method for measuring refractive index in a spectrophotometer

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    2017-01-01

    Embodiments of the present invention include a cuvette (100) for use in determining a refractive index of a sample matter in a spectrophotometer (600), the cuvette comprising a container (102) for holding the sample matter, the container (102) having an entry window (121) that allows input...

  8. Equivalent refractive index of the human lens upon accommodative response

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    Hermans, E.A.; Dubbelman, M.; van der Heijde, R.G.L.; Heethaar, R.M.

    2008-01-01

    PURPOSE.: To experimentally verify the suggestion of Gullstrand (1909), i.e., that the equivalent refractive index of the human lens increases with accommodation. METHODS.: The left eye of five subjects was focused on different accommodation stimuli, while the right eye was imaged with Scheimpflug

  9. Refractive index and its impact on pseudophakic dysphotopsia

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Bryce R Radmall,1 Anne Floyd,2 Zack Oakey,3 Randall J Olson4 1Department of Ophthalmology, Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, 3Department of Ophthalmology, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California, Irvine, CA, 4Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA 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

  10. An updated equation for the refractive index of air

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    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.

  11. Optical forces through the effective refractive index

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    Rodrigues, Janderson R.; Almeida, Vilson R.

    2017-11-01

    The energy-based methods as the Dispersion Relation (DR) and Response Theory of Optical Forces (RTOF) have been largely applied to obtain the optical forces in the nano-optomechanical devices, in contrast to the Maxwell Stress Tensor (MST). In this work, we apply first principles to show explicitly why these methods must agree with the MST formalism in linear lossless systems. We apply the RTOF multi-port, to show that the optical force expression on these devices can be extended to analyze multiple light sources, broadband sources, and multimode devices, with multiple degrees of freedom. We also show that the DR method, when expressed as a function of the derivative of the effective index performed at a fixed wave vector, may be misinterpreted and lead to overestimated results.

  12. 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.

  13. Modelling refractive index changes due to molecular interactions

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    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.

  14. An empirical method to estimate bulk particulate refractive index for ocean satellite applications

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    Suresh, T.; Desa, E.; Mascarenhas, A.A.M.Q.; Matondkar, S.G.P.; Naik, P.; Nayak, S.R.

    An empirical method is presented here to estimates bulk particulate refractive index using the measured inherent and apparent optical properties from the various waters types of the Arabian Sea. The empirical model, where the bulk refractive index...

  15. Perfect conformal invisible device with feasible refractive indexes

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    Xu, Lin; Chen, Huanyang; Tyc, Tomáš; Xie, Yangbo; Cummer, Steven A.

    2016-01-01

    Optical conformal mapping has been used to construct several isotropic devices with novel functionalities. In particular, a conformal cloak could confer omnidirectional invisibility. However, the maximum values of the refractive indexes needed for current designs are too large to implement, even in microwave experiments. Furthermore, most devices designed so far have had imperfect impedance matching and therefore incomplete invisibility functionalities. Here we describe a perfect conformal invisible device with full impedance matching everywhere. The maximum value of refractive index required by our device is just about five, which is feasible for microwave and terahertz experiments using current metamaterial techniques. To construct the device, we use a logarithmic conformal mapping and a Mikaelian lens. Our results should enable a conformal invisible device with almost perfect invisibility to be made soon.

  16. Transition of refractive index contrast in course of grating growth.

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    Sabel, Tina; Zschocher, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Studies on the dynamics of holographic pattern formation in photosensitive polymers, gaining deeper insight into the specific material transformations, are essential for improvements in holographic recording as well as in integrated optics. Here we investigate the kinetics of volume hologram formation in an organic cationic ring-opening polymerization system. The time evolution of the grating strength and the grating phase is presented. We found two steps of growth, separated by a depletion of the light diffraction. Capable to explore this growing behavior, a transition-theory of the refractive index contrast is established. Accordingly the growth curves appear to be ruled by the interplay of polymerization and diffusion. Hence the grating formation mechanisms can be qualified as competing effects regarding the contribution to the refractive index change. We investigate the influence of the preparation and exposure procedure on the transition and consider the usability for integrated wave guide functions.

  17. Refractive Index Compensation in Over-Determined Interferometric Systems

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    Zdeněk Buchta

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available 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. Optofluidic refractive index sensor based on partial reflection

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    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.

  19. Forces and Refractive Index of Molecularly Confined Cyclohexane

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    Zäch, Michael; Heuberger, Manfred P.; Spencer, Nicholas D.

    2001-03-01

    The density profiles and interaction potentials in confined liquids are thought to oscillate with distance. These short-range interactions manifest as distance modulations in surface forces apparatus (SFA) measurements. They are commonly referred to as solvation forces or structural forces. Unfortunately, the SFA exhibits mechanical instabilities, as any other spring apparatus. Thus, the force-versus-distance profile is not entirely accessible experimentally. Novel measurements performed on the extended surface forces apparatus (eSFA) will be presented. We have measured simultaneously the force-versus-distance profile as well as the refractive index of confined cyclohexane at unprecedented range and resolution. The force curves show previously unreported fine structure. Fluid density variations are inferred from the refractive index data. Our results appear to necessitate modifications to the common picture. They can be interpreted in terms of phase separation, density fluctuations and plastic behaviour which is not compatible with any oscillatory potential.

  20. Temperature Coefficients of the Refractive Index for Complex Hydrocarbon Mixtures

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    Wen, Qing; Shen, Jun; Gieleciak, Rafal; Michaelian, Kirk H.; Rohling, Jurandir H.; Astrath, Nelson G. C.; Baesso, Mauro L.

    2014-05-01

    Temperature coefficients of the refractive index () in the to temperature interval for hydrocarbon mixtures containing as many as 14 compounds were investigated in this work. The measured of the mixtures were compared with calculations based on the values for each compound and their concentrations. Differences of about 1 % between measured and calculated values were observed for all mixtures. The additivity of for these hydrocarbons enables preparation of surrogate fuels that are formulated to have properties like those of specific diesel fuels.

  1. Directly patternable high refractive index ferroelectric sol–gel resist

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    Garoli, D., E-mail: denis.garoli@iit.it [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 16, 16136 Genova (Italy); Della Giustina, G. [Industrial Engineering Department, University of Padova and INSTM, Via Marzolo 9, 35131 Padova (Italy)

    2015-08-15

    The development of a ferroelectric negative tone sol–gel resist for Ultraviolet (UV) and Electron Beam (EB) lithography is presented. A new system based on Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT, with formula PbZr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3}) was synthesized by sol–gel method. The lithographic performances were investigated and several structures spanning from the micron range down to less than 50 nm have been achieved by UV and EB lithography. The system interaction with UV light and Electron beam was thoroughly characterized by FT-IT spectroscopy. The exposed PZT was annealed at high temperatures in order to study the crystalline phase evolution, the optical constants values and stability of patterned structures. After exposure and annealing, the refractive index of the material can vary from 1.68 up to 2.33 (@400 nm), while the ferroelectric behaviour seems to be maintained after high temperature annealing. These results suggest a possible application of PZT resist not only as ferroelectric but also as nanopatternable high refractive index material. Moreover, direct nanopatterning by means of Focused Ion Beam (FIB) lithography was verified and the potentiality for the preparation of high aspect ratio hollow nanostructures will be presented. - Highlights: • A new formula directly patternable PZT high refractive index resist is presented. • The gel is sensitive to both UV and electron beam exposure. • The refractive index can vary from 1.68 up to 2.33 (@400 nm). • Direct nanopatterning by means of Focused Ion Beam (FIB) lithography was verified. • High aspect ratio hollow nanostructures will be presented.

  2. A RICH with aerogel: a study of refractive index uniformity

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    Alemi, M; Calvi, M; Matteuzzi, C; Musy, M; Perego, D L; Easo, S

    2004-01-01

    The use of aerogel as a radiator in the RICH detectors of LHCb is a challenge due to the hot environment of the hadron collider LHC. Large size tiles of silica aerogel were recently produced with unprecedented optical quality for such dimensions. Results of laboratory measurements and beam tests are briefly reported. A description of a method to measure the uniformity of the index of refraction within the tile is given.

  3. A new iterative algorithm to reconstruct the refractive index.

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    Liu, Y J; Zhu, P P; Chen, B; Wang, J Y; Yuan, Q X; Huang, W X; Shu, H; Li, E R; Liu, X S; Zhang, K; Ming, H; Wu, Z Y

    2007-06-21

    The latest developments in x-ray imaging are associated with techniques based on the phase contrast. However, the image reconstruction procedures demand significant improvements of the traditional methods, and/or new algorithms have to be introduced to take advantage of the high contrast and sensitivity of the new experimental techniques. In this letter, an improved iterative reconstruction algorithm based on the maximum likelihood expectation maximization technique is presented and discussed in order to reconstruct the distribution of the refractive index from data collected by an analyzer-based imaging setup. The technique considered probes the partial derivative of the refractive index with respect to an axis lying in the meridional plane and perpendicular to the propagation direction. Computer simulations confirm the reliability of the proposed algorithm. In addition, the comparison between an analytical reconstruction algorithm and the iterative method has been also discussed together with the convergent characteristic of this latter algorithm. Finally, we will show how the proposed algorithm may be applied to reconstruct the distribution of the refractive index of an epoxy cylinder containing small air bubbles of about 300 micro of diameter.

  4. 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.

  5. Refractive index of glass and its dispersion for visible light

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    Smith, D. Y.; Karstens, W.

    2010-11-01

    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 ~12.4 eV, while flint glasses are their "narrow-gap" counterpart.

  6. Interference Imaging of Refractive Index Distribution in Thin Samples

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    Ivan Turek

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available There are three versions of interference imaging of refractive index distribution in thin samples suggested in this contribution. These are based on imaging of interference field created by waves reflected from the front and the back sample surface or imaging of interference field of Michelson or Mach-Zehnder interferometer with the sample put in one of the interferometers arm. The work discusses the advantages and disadvantages of these techniques and presents the results of imaging of refrective index distribution in photorefractive record of a quasi-harmonic optical field in thin LiNbO3 crystal sample.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Electromagnetic wave chaos in gradient refractive index optical cavities.

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    Wilkinson, P B; Fromhold, T M; Taylor, R P; Micolich, A P

    2001-06-11

    Electromagnetic wave chaos is investigated using two-dimensional optical cavities formed in a cylindrical gradient refractive index lens with reflective surfaces. When the planar ends of the lens are cut at an angle to its axis, the geometrical ray paths are chaotic. In this regime, the electromagnetic mode spectrum of the cavity is modulated by both real and ghost periodic ray paths, which also "scar" the electric field intensity distributions of many modes. When the cavity is coupled to waveguides, the eigenmodes generate complex series of resonant peaks in the electromagnetic transmission spectrum.

  10. Preparation of planar graded refractive index nanocomposites using microfluidics

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    Baah, David; Tigner, Julaunica [Materials Science and Engineering Program, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL (United States); Bean, Kala [Chemical Engineering Department, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL (United States); Britton, Bernard [Chemistry Department, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL (United States); Walker, Nicole; Henderson, Gwynetta [Chemical Engineering Department, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL (United States); Floyd-Smith, Tamara, E-mail: tfloyd@mytu.tuskegee.edu [Chemical Engineering Department, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL (United States)

    2011-07-25

    Highlights: > Preparation of planar graded refractive index nanocomposites using microfluidics > Microfluidic channels dispersed nanoparticles achieving high fidelity profiles. > A dispersion of rutile TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles created optically functional materials. > A {Delta}n of 0.1 and an optically transparent material were achieved. - Abstract: In this paper, a microfluidics-based approach for preparing graded refractive index polymer composites is described. These graded refractive index polymers have potential for optical applications due to the fidelity and variety of the profiles that can be achieved using microfluidics technology. In this study, microfluidic devices, fabricated in poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), dispersed TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles in a prepolymer solution consisting of low molecular weight poly(ethylene glycol diacrylate) (PEGDA). Following dispersion of the particles to produce a controlled gradient profile in the liquid pre-polymer solution, UV light polymerized the solution to produce graded refractive index nanocomposites. Initially, as a means of understanding the flow parameters and straightforward elucidation of the gradient profiles, fluorescent polystyrene nanoparticles were dispersed. After a general method for dispersing nanoparticles was developed, anatase TiO{sub 2} was synthesized and dispersed to produce nanocomposites. However, transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis and optical microscopy revealed that the particles were agglomerated and, consequently, the amount of TiO{sub 2} that would remain in the pre-polymer solution was severely limited. To address the problem of particle settling, rutile TiO{sub 2} was synthesized using a different precursor and dispersed. Rutile TiO{sub 2} was chosen because the synthesis scheme was expected to yield a well-dispersed solution. Also, rutile TiO{sub 2} is less likely to cause interference with the light used both for the polymerization and for demonstrating the material for

  11. 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.

  12. Refractive index sensing using Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)

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    Jones, Carolyn; Suhling, Klaus [Department of Physics, King' s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS (United Kingdom)

    2006-07-15

    The fluorescence lifetime is a function of the refractive index of the fluorophore's environment, for example in the case of the biologically important green fluorescent protein (GFP). In order to address the question whether this effect can be exploited to image the local environment of specific proteins in cell biology, we need to determine the distance over which the fluorophore's lifetime is sensitive to the refractive index. To this end, we employ Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) of fluorescein in NaOH buffer at an interface. This approach allows us to map the fluorescence lifetime as a function of distance from a buffer/air and buffer/oil interface. Preliminary data show that the fluorescence lifetime of fluorescein increases near a buffer/air interface and decreases near a buffer/oil interface. The range over which this fluorescence lifetime change occurs is found to be of the order several {mu}m which is consistent with a theoretical model based on the full width at half maximum of the emission spectrum proposed by Toptygin.

  13. Denaturation process of laccase in various media by refractive index measurements.

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    Saoudi, O; Ghaouar, N; Ben Salah, S; Othman, T

    2017-09-01

    In this work, we are interested in the denaturation process of a laccase from Tramates versicolor via the determination of the refractive index, the refractive index increment and the specific volume in various media. The measurements were carried out using an Abbe refractometer. We have shown that the refractive index increment values obtained from the slope of the variation of the refractive index vs. Concentration are outside the range refractive index increments of proteins. To correct the results, we have followed the theoretical predictions based on the knowledge of the protein refractive index from its amino acids composition. The denaturation process was studied by calculating the specific volume variation where its determination was related to the Gladstone-Dale and the Lorentz-Lorentz models.

  14. An alternative method to determine the refractive index of AlxGa1-xN

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    Engelbrecht, J. A. A.; Sephton, B.; Minnaar, E.; Wagener, M. C.

    2016-01-01

    Certain characterizations of AlxGa1-xN epilayers require knowledge of the refractive index. Four theoretical models are reviewed, and a simple method to obtain the refractive index n of AlxGa1-xN is proposed. Values of the refractive index obtained at various wavelengths and Al concentrations are compared to the theoretical models, as well as to previously obtained experimental results. Acceptable agreement with both theoretical and experimental values are obtained.

  15. Refractive-index profile measurement of highly multimode planar waveguides by guided-beam tracking.

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    Ctyroký, J; Janta, J; Schröfel, J

    1982-11-01

    A novel method of measuring the refractive-index profile of deep multimode planar waveguides is described. Unlike in mode spectroscopy, several modes are excited simultaneously by a prism coupler. Superposition of the modes forms a guided beam that refracts continuously inside the graded-index waveguide and reflects periodically from the waveguide surface. Measurement of the periodicity as a function of the excitation angle enables one to calculate the refractive-index profile of the waveguide.

  16. Research on environment correction algorithm in the minimum deviation angle method for refractive index measuring

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    Sun, Chuan; Wang, Shanshan; Zhou, Siyu; Zhu, Qiudong

    2017-02-01

    This paper studies environment correction algorithm in the minimum deviation angle method for refractive index measuring. The principle equation of minimum deviation angle method, based on the refractive index of air and the absolute refractive index of glass specimens is derived. The environmental factors are analyzed which may affect the measurement results in the process of actual measurement. According to thermal characteristics equations of glass, absolute index of refraction of glass for certain material is related to temperature. According to the Edlén equation, refractive index of air is related to temperature, pressure, humidity and so on. Sometimes, the environmental factors are uncontrollable, refractive index will change over the environmental factors, including temperature, pressure and humidity. The correction algorithm of refractive index which modified the measurement results from the non-standard environmental conditions to standard conditions is perfected. It improves the correction accuracy. Taking H-ZK9B for example, the impact of environmental factors on the refractive index is analyzed adopting controlling variable method. The need for environmental factors correction in different accuracy requirements is given. To verify the correction method, two sets of measured refractive index data of the same glass are corrected which measured under different environmental factors. The difference between the two sets of data is less than 1×10-6 with the correction.

  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. Loop-mirror-based slot waveguide refractive index sensor

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    Jun-long Kou

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  19. Textile inspired flexible metamaterial with negative refractive index

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    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°.

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

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    Torben Karrock

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  1. Near-Zero-Refractive-Index Structure at Optical Frequencies

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    Hassan S. Ashour

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We have used a new class of left-handed materials, which uses 3D nanospheres distributed in loops in the dielectric host material. These 3D nanospheres loops give rise to negative effective permeability and permeability at Terahertz (optical frequencies. The modal dispersion relation for Terahertz TE surface waves has been derived for a slab waveguide constructed from a dielectric material slab sandwiched between two thick layers of Terahertz left-handed material (LHM. The modal dispersion relation and the power flow were numerically solved for a given set of parameters: dielectric slab thickness, the operating frequency, mode order, and the power flow and extinction in the structure. The real part of the effective refractive index exhibits near-zero values, with small extinction coefficient values. Besides that, the power flow in the dielectric core increased with slab thickness increase and the power attenuation decreased with thickness increase.

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

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    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.

  3. 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 (Prefractive 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.

  4. Nonlinear Refractive Index Measurement in Semiconductor-Doped Glasses

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    M. t. Tavassoli

    1997-04-01

    Full Text Available   There are several techniques in use for non-linear refractive index measurement, namely, interferometric techniques, in which conventional inter-ferometers are used, degenerate for wave mixing (DFWM, and z-scan, Each of these techniques suffers from some shortcmings. For example conventional interferometers like Fabry-Perot and Twyman-Green need high quality optical components, unwanted reflections on these components produce noise, and the device limits the probe-pump anglc, or in z-scan technique one needs very sensitive detectors and since the intensity is monitored by the nonlinear absorption, which is usually present, reduces the measurement accuracy.   In the techniqucs introduced here, in principle, only a plate of the sample is required, and even parallelism of the plate surfaces is not curcial. Experiments can be carried out successfully if the angle between the plate surface is less than few minutes. In the first technique, the probe beam strikes the surface at an arbitray angle of incidence. The reflected beam from the two surfaces of the sample interfere on a photo-sensitive screen like CCD, and more or less linear interference fringes are produced. When the pump beam is switched on, the interference pattern deforms. The amount and the direction of the deformation give the value and the sign of the non-linear refractive index. In this technique the probe-pump angle can be varied from 00 to 1900.  In the second technique, interference between the reflected probe beam from the sample and the diffracted pump beam from the grating induced by the interference of the probe and the pump beams, leads to a series of circular fringes. When the non-linear sample is replaced by a linear material like fuse silica glass, the above mentioned circular fringes are formed, but the number of fringes in a specified angular interval remains fixed as the pump beam intensity increases. But, in the case of a non-linear sample the number changes due to

  5. 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.

  6. 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,…

  7. Decoupling of geometric thickness and refractive index in quantitative phase microscopy.

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    Cardenas, Nelson; Mohanty, Samarendra

    2013-03-15

    In quantitative phase imaging, a priori knowledge of either refractive index or physical thickness is used to estimate the change in one of these parameters. Here, we report a method for decoupling geometric thickness from refractive index in quantitative phase microscopy.

  8. Refractive Index Measurement within a Photonic Crystal Fibre Based on Short Wavelength Diffraction

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    Martelli, Cicero; Canning, John; Kristensen, Martin; Groothoff, Nathaniel

    2007-01-01

    A new class of refractive index sensors using solid core photonic crystal fibres is demonstrated. Coherent scattering at the cladding lattice is used to optically characterize materials inserted into the fibre holes. The liquid to solid phase transition of water upon freezing to ice 1h is characterized by determining the refractive index. PMID:28903240

  9. Refractive index and dispersion of butterfly chitin and bird keratin measured by polarizing interference microscopy

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    Leertouwer, Hein L.; Wilts, Bodo D.; Stavenga, Doekele G.

    2011-01-01

    Using Jamin-Lebedeff interference microscopy, we measured the wavelength dependence of the refractive index of butterfly wing scales and bird feathers. The refractive index values of the glass scales of the butterfly Graphium sarpedon are, at wavelengths 400, 500 and 600 nm, 1.572, 1.552 and 1.541,

  10. Mazama and Glacier Peak Pumice Glass: Uniformity of Refractive Index after Weathering.

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    Steen, V C; Fryxell, R

    1965-11-12

    Weathering has had little differential effect on modal values of the index of refraction of pumice glasses from the eruptions of Mount Mazama and Glacier Peak thousands of years ago. Confidence is thus increased that the ranges of values for the index of refraction are reliable characteristics by which the two glasses may be distinguished from one another.

  11. X-ray tomography using the full complex index of refraction

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    Nielsen, Mikkel Schou; Lauridsen, Torsten; Thomsen, M.

    2012-01-01

    We report on x-ray tomography using the full complex index of refraction recorded with a grating-based x-ray phase-contrast setup. Combining simultaneous absorption and phase-contrast information, the distribution of the full complex index of refraction is determined and depicted in a bivariate...

  12. Design and fabrication activity towards 3D negative refraction index materials in the IR region

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    Malureanu, Radu; Andryieuski, Andrei; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we present a new 3D isotropic structure that allows obtaining negative refraction index in the telecom wavelength as well as first fabrication efforts towards obtaining such structures.......In this paper we present a new 3D isotropic structure that allows obtaining negative refraction index in the telecom wavelength as well as first fabrication efforts towards obtaining such structures....

  13. Refractive index sensor based on a 1D photonic crystal in a microfluidic channel

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    Rodrigues de Sousa Nunes, Pedro André; Mortensen, Asger; Kutter, Jörg Peter

    2010-01-01

    A refractive index sensor has been fabricated in silicon oxynitride by standard UV lithography and dry etching processes. The refractive index sensor consists of a 1D photonic crystal (PhC) embedded in a microfluidic channel addressed by fiber-terminated planar waveguides. Experimental...

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

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    Caffrey, D.; Norton, E.; Coileain, C.O.; Smith, C.M.; Bulfin, B.; Farrell, L.; Shvets, I.V.; Fleischer, K.

    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

  15. Refractive Index Measurement within a Photonic Crystal Fibre Based on Short Wavelength Diffraction

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    Nathaniel Groothoff

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available A new class of refractive index sensors using solid core photonic crystal fibres isdemonstrated. Coherent scattering at the cladding lattice is used to optically characterizematerials inserted into the fibre holes. The liquid to solid phase transition of water uponfreezing to ice 1h is characterized by determining the refractive index.

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

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    Haiyang Wang

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. The refractive index of zinc oxide microwire single crystals

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    Czekalla, Christian; Kuehne, Philipp; Sturm, Chris; Schmidt-Grund, Ruediger; Grundmann, Marius [Universitaet Leipzig (Germany). Fakultaet fuer Physik und Geowissenschaften, Institut fuer Experimentelle Physik II

    2010-07-01

    Among a large number of applications, zinc oxide (ZnO) single crystals (bulk and micro- and nanowires) are expected to form important building blocks for future optoelectronic devices like light emitting and laser diodes. Optical resonances from ZnO structures have been observed by a number of groups in the past years. In most of the publications, modeling of the mode structure, especially in the near bandgap spectral region, is difficult because the energy dependent refractive index n(E) is typically not known. Additionally, in case of the self assembled micro- and nanowires, the structures are too small to perform spectroscopic ellipsometry to determine n(E). We compare n(E) obtained from (a) spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements of ZnO bulk single crystals and (b) spatially resolved photoluminescence measurements of ZnO microwires employing a plane wave whispering gallery mode model for the observed resonances. We discuss the differences between the results obtained from the two methods and their mutual impact, leading to a highly precise determination of n(E) in an energy range between 1.80 eV and 3.25 eV and for temperatures between 10 K and 295 K.

  1. Silica Bottle Resonator Sensor for Refractive Index and Temperature Measurements

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    Galina Nemova

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We propose and theoretically demonstrate a bottle resonator sensor with a nanoscale altitude and with alength several of hundreds of microns made on the top of the fiber with a radius of tens microns for refractive index and temperature sensor applications. The whispering gallery modes (WGMs in the resonators can be excited with a taper fiber placed on the top of the resonator. These sensors can be considered as an alternative to fiber Bragg grating (FBG sensors.The sensitivity of TM-polarized modes is higher than the sensitivity of the TE-polarized modes, but these values are comparable and both polarizations are suitable for sensor applications. The sensitivity ~150 (nm/RIU can be reached with abottle resonator on the fiber with the radius 10 μm. It can be improved with theuse of a fiber with a smaller radius. The temperature sensitivity is found to be ~10 pm/K. The temperature sensitivity can decrease ~10% for a fiber with a radius rco = 10 μm instead of a fiber with a radius rco = 100 μm. These sensors have sensitivities comparable to FBG sensors. A bottle resonator sensor with a nanoscale altitude made on the top of the fiber can be easily integrated in any fiber scheme.

  2. Double high refractive-index contrast grating VCSEL

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    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.

  3. 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…

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

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    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).

  5. Two-dimensional interferometric characterization of laser-induced refractive index profiles in bulk Topas polymer

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    Hessler, Steffen; Rosenberger, Manuel; Schmauss, Bernhard; Hellmann, Ralf

    2018-01-01

    In this paper we precisely determine laser-induced refractive index profiles created in cyclic olefin copolymer Topas 6017 employing a sophisticated phase shifting Mach-Zehnder interferometry approach. Beyond the usual one-dimensional modification depth measurement we highlight that for straight waveguide structures also a two-dimensional refractive index distribution can be directly obtained providing full information of a waveguide's exact cross section and its gradient refractive index contrast. Deployed as direct data input in optical waveguide simulation, the evaluated 2D refractive index profiles permit a detailed calculation of the waveguides' actual mode profiles. Furthermore, conventional one-dimensional interferometric measurements for refractive index depth profiles with varying total imposed laser fluence of a 248 nm KrF excimer laser are included to investigate the effect on refractive index modification depth. Maximum surface refractive index increase turns out to attain up to 1.86 ·10-3 enabling laser-written optical waveguide channels. Additionally, a comprehensive optical material characterization in terms of dispersion, thermo-optic coefficient and absorption measurement of unmodified and UV-modified Topas 6017 is carried out.

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

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    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Variation of nonlinear refractive index in dye-doped liquid crystals by local and nonlocal mechanisms

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    Rodríguez-Rosales, Antonio A.; Morales-Saavedra, Omar G.; Román-Moreno, Carlos J.; Ortega-Martínez, Roberto

    2008-10-01

    We report in this work on the simultaneous presence of both positive and negative nonlinear optical (NLO) refractive indexes measured in methyl-red dye doped 5CB liquid crystal (LC). Characterization of these materials was performed according to the Z-Scan technique under cw He-Ne laser irradiation, taking into account the polarization and temperature dependence of the NLO-refractive index, and how these parameters are related to local and nonlocal mechanisms. The experimental conditions and a possible explanation for the simultaneous presence of positive and negative nonlinear refractive indexes are carefully discussed.

  11. Pump-induced refractive index modulation and dispersions in Er3+-doped fibers

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    Thirstrup, Carsten; Shi, Yuan

    1996-01-01

    A novel measurement system provides determination of pump induced phase shifts in erbium doped fibers with an accuracy of ~π/20. Using this system, a systematical analysis of the pump induced modulation of the refractive index and dispersions for a signal at 1550 nm and a pump at 980 nm is reported....... The analysis contains measurements of pump induced refractive index changes as function of wavelength, pump power, and doping concentration. A model taking account of the contribution to the refractive index changes from optical transitions between 4 I15/2 states and 4I13/2 states in Er3+ yields good agreement...

  12. THz-induced ultrafast modulation of NIR refractive index of silicon

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    Tarekegne, Abebe Tilahun; Hirori, Hideki; Iwaszczuk, Krzysztof

    2016-01-01

    We measure THz-induced change in refractive index of ∼5×10−3 in high resistivity silicon at 800 nm which indicates generation of high density of free carriers. The change in refractive index increases by more than 30 times with high initial carrier density set by optical excitation compared...... to optically unexcited sample showing strong dependence of carrier generation on initial carrier density. The high change in refractive index of silicon shows that THz excitation has a potential to be an alternative mechanism for optical modulation based on carrier induced dispersion for future ultrafast...

  13. Refractive index dispersion sensing using an array of photonic crystal resonant reflectors

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    Hermannsson, Pétur Gordon; Vannahme, Christoph; Smith, Cameron

    2015-01-01

    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...

  14. Interferometer for Measuring Fast Changes of Refractive Index and Temperature in Transparent Liquids

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    Miller, Arne; Hussmann, E. K.; McLaughlin, W. L.

    1975-01-01

    A double‐beam interferometer has been designed for detecting changes of refractive index in transparent liquids associated with the absorption of ionizing radiation energy, due to short electron beam pulses from an accelerator. The response time of the interferometer is less than 0.2 μsec......, and refractive index changes of the order of 10−7 can be measured, corresponding to a temperature change of ∼10−3  °C and an absorbed dose in water of ∼350 rad. The interferometer can be used as either a real‐time or integrating radiation dosimeter, if the temperature coefficient of the refractive index (dn...

  15. 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.

  16. Gradient polymer network liquid crystal with a large refractive index change.

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    Ren, Hongwen; Xu, Su; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2012-11-19

    A simple approach for preparing gradient polymer network liquid crystal (PNLC) with a large refractive index change is demonstrated. To control the effective refractive index at a given cell position, we applied a voltage to a homogeneous cell containing LC/diacrylate monomer mixture to generate the desired tilt angle and then stabilize the LC orientation with UV-induced polymer network. By varying the applied voltage along with the cells' movement, a PNLC with a gradient refractive index distribution is obtained. In comparison with conventional approaches using patterned photomask or electrode, our method offers following advantages: large refractive index change, freedom to design specific index profile, and large panel capability. Potential applications include tunable-focus lenses, prism gratings, phase modulators, and other adaptive photonic devices.

  17. Invertebrate superposition eyes-structures that behave like metamaterial with negative refractive index

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    Stavenga, D. G.

    2006-01-01

    The superposition eyes of moths and lobsters are described with the geometrical optics for a refractive surface between two media, where the refractive index of the image space is negative. Consequently, the eye power and the object focal length are negative, whereas the image focal length is

  18. 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)

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

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    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.

  20. Ionization effect on arc plasma's optical diagnosis by the measurement of the refractive index.

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    Chen, Yun-yun; Zhang, Cheng-yi; Gu, Fang; Wang, Qing-hua; Li, Zhen-hua

    2012-06-01

    The effect of arc plasma ionization on its temperature diagnosis by the measurement of the refractive index is discussed. The refractive index of arc plasma in two conditions is compared: 1) only the first ionization is considered and 2) both the first and second ionizations are considered. In order to facilitate plasma temperature reconstruction, two corresponding refractive index models are deduced. For the sake of making this study universal, both the monatomic and dual-atomic molecule arc plasmas are chosen as typical examples for theoretical deduction and analysis. A condition, which can be adopted to estimate whether the second ionization should be considered in temperature reconstruction, is proposed. Finally, an argon arc plasma is chosen as an example for experiment, and the experimental results match well with the theoretical analysis. This study is crucial to arc plasma's optical diagnosis, which is based on the measurement of the refractive index.

  1. Liquid Gradient Refractive Index Microlens for Dynamically Adjusting the Beam Focusing

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    Le, Zichun; Sun, Yunli; Du, Ying

    2015-01-01

    .... The influences of the diffusion coefficient, mass fraction of ethylene glycol and flow rate of liquids on the refractive index profile of L-GRIN microlens are analyzed, and the finite element method...

  2. Study of the refractive index of gasoline+alcohol pseudo-binary mixtures

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    Nita Irina

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The properties of gasoline change as a result of blending with a bioalcohol, affecting the behavior of the pseudo-binary system. The aim of this paper is to present experimental data of the refractive index for pseudobinary mixtures of a reformate gasoline with ethanol, isopropanol and n-butanol over the entire composition range and for temperature ranging from 293.15 K to 313.15 K. The accuracy of different equations to predict the refractive index of the mixtures was tested. The best prediction accuracy (the lower AAD corresponded to Eykman and Lorentz-Lorenz mixing rules. A logarithmic equation proposed to correlate the refractive index with composition and temperature of gasoline+alcohol mixtures showed a good accuracy (the absolute average deviation AAD < 0.052%. The deviations in refractive index for investigated systems are negative over the entire composition range and at all investigated temperatures.

  3. Fabrication of the durable low refractive index thin film with chitin-nanofiber by LBL method

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    Tanaka C.

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Durable low refractive index thin films with anti-reflection properties were successfully fabricated using chitin nanofibers (CHINF obtained from crab shell. The low refractive index film was achieved by forming porous thin films; the porosity was produced by increasing the number of airspaces inside the membrane. The layer-by-layer (LBL method was used to achieve the effective stacking of the CHINF. The influence of surface structure and refractive index under changes in the solution pH was investigated using scanning electron microscopy and ellipsometry. Transmittance of the fabricated film is 4.1 % higher than that of a glass substrate and refractive index film of that is 1.29. The films had abrasion resistance and antifogging properties because of the high mechanical strength and hydrophilicity of chitin. We believe this LBL film using CHINF is a promising candidate material to overcome the durability problems associated with optical thin films.

  4. Counter-Propagating Optical Trapping System for Size and Refractive Index Measurement of Microparticles

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    Flynn, Richard A; Shao, Bing; Chachisvilis, Mirianas; Ozkan, Mihrimah; Esener, Sadik C

    2005-01-01

    We propose and demonstrate a novel approach to measure the size and refractive index of microparticles based on two beam optical trapping, where forward scattered light is detected to give information about the particle...

  5. The iterative self-consistent reaction-field method: The refractive index of pure water

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    Sylvester-Hvid, Kristian O.; Mikkelsen, K. V.; Ratner, M.A.

    2011-01-01

    We present different microscopic models for describing electromagnetic properties of condensed phases and the models involve iterative self-consistent procedures for calculating the properties. We report calculations of the frequency-dependent refractive index of pure water. We investigate...

  6. Refractive Index and Wavenumber Properties for Cyclotron Resonant Quasilinear Diffusion by Cold Plasma Waves

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    Albert, J. M

    2007-01-01

    ...), which are all believed to play major roles. To perform these calculations efficiently, techniques have been developed that use properties of the refractive index of these modes to identify ranges of wave-normal angle that are compatible...

  7. 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

  8. Application of the transport of intensity equation in determination of nonlinear refractive index.

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    Yazdani, Roghayeh; Hajimahmoodzadeh, Morteza; Fallah, Hamid R

    2014-12-10

    We investigate the determination of nonlinear refractive index n(2), based on solving the transport of intensity equation (TIE) in conjunction with a pump-probe technique. As the pump and probe beams propagate through a sample, the pump-induced refractive index variations in the sample change the phase distribution of the probe beam. Using two recorded probe intensities in TIE, this phase change is derived, and so the nonlinear refractive index n(2) is obtained. The influence of some characteristics of the pump beam and noise on the accuracy of determining n(2) is also investigated. The simulation results show that the proposed method has a good capability for determining the nonlinear refractive index of materials.

  9. Average value of the shape and direction factor in the equation of refractive index

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    Zhang, Tao

    2017-10-01

    The theoretical calculation of the refractive indices is of great significance for the developments of new optical materials. The calculation method of refractive index, which was deduced from the electron-cloud-conductor model, contains the shape and direction factor 〈g〉. 〈g〉 affects the electromagnetic-induction energy absorbed by the electron clouds, thereby influencing the refractive indices. It is not yet known how to calculate 〈g〉 value of non-spherical electron clouds. In this paper, 〈g〉 value is derived by imaginatively dividing the electron cloud into numerous little volume elements and then regrouping them. This paper proves that 〈g〉 = 2/3 when molecules’ spatial orientations distribute randomly. The calculations of the refractive indices of several substances validate this equation. This result will help to promote the application of the calculation method of refractive index.

  10. 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. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Mach-Zehnder Interferometer Refractive Index Sensor Based on a Plasmonic Channel Waveguide.

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    Lee, Da Eun; Lee, Young Jin; Shin, Eunso; Kwon, Soon-Hong

    2017-11-09

    A Mach-Zehnder interferometer based on a plasmonic channel waveguide is proposed for refractive index sensing. The structure, with a small physical footprint of 20 × 120 μm², achieved a high figure of merit of 294. The cut-off frequency behaviour in the plasmonic channel waveguide resulted in a flat dispersion curve, which induces a 1.8 times larger change of the propagation constant for the given refractive index change compared with previously reported results.

  12. Periodic refractive index modifications inscribed in polymer optical fibre by focussed IR femtosecond pulses

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    Stecher, Matthias; Williams, Robert J.; Bang, Ole

    Focussed femtosecond laser pulses were used to inscribe a periodic array of modifications in the core of a polymer optical fibre. Structural and refractive-index modifications have been observed at different pulse energies using DIC microscopy.......Focussed femtosecond laser pulses were used to inscribe a periodic array of modifications in the core of a polymer optical fibre. Structural and refractive-index modifications have been observed at different pulse energies using DIC microscopy....

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

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    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.

  14. Highly Sensitive Refractive Index Sensor Based on Adiabatically Tapered Microfiber Long Period Gratings

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    Choong Leng Ng

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate a refractive index sensor based on a long period grating (LPG inscribed in a special photosensitive microfiber with double-clad profile. The fiber is tapered gradually enough to ensure the adiabaticity of the fiber taper. In other words, the resulting insertion loss is sufficiently small. The boron and germanium co-doped inner cladding makes it suitable for inscribing gratings into its tapered form. The manner of wavelength shift for refractive indices (RIs differs from conventional LPG, and the refractive index detection limit is 1.67 × 10−5.

  15. 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.

  16. Application of refractive index mixing rules in binary systems of ...

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    industrially also for common substances which include oils, waxes, sugar syrups etc. An exhaustive literature survey reveals that there is no such data on these systems, the components of which have wide applicability in chemical analyses and industry. The most widely used theoretical rules for predicting refractivity of ...

  17. 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

    2017-03-01

    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.

  18. 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

  19. Experimental and predicted refractive index properties in ternary mixtures of associated liquids

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    Sechenyh, Vitaliy V.; Legros, Jean-Claude [MRC - Microgravity Research Centre, Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), CP165/62, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50, B-1050 Brussels (Belgium); Shevtsova, Valentina, E-mail: vshev@ulb.ac.be [MRC - Microgravity Research Centre, Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), CP165/62, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50, B-1050 Brussels (Belgium)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: > Measurements of refractive indices of 200 different aqueous ternary mixtures have been performed for two wave lengths. > Refractive indices of the associated ternary mixtures can be modeled with a relative error of about 0.9. > Difference between experimental and calculated derivatives of refractive index with concentration is unsatisfactory large. - Abstract: Refractive indices of ternary mixtures formed by (water + ethanol + k-ethylene glycol) (when k is mono, di or tri) and (water + t-butanol + dimethyl sulfoxide) are presented over a wide range of mixture compositions. All measurements have been conducted at 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure using two light sources: one in the visible ({lambda} = 670 nm) and the other in the infrared ({lambda} = 925 nm) spectrum. The performance of several mixing rules that are commonly used in modeling optical constants are examined. We demonstrate that the refractive indices of the associated ternary mixtures can be modeled with a relative error of about 0.9% by using the thermodynamical properties of the pure components. The concentration derivatives of the refractive index are an important parameter, as they are required for different experimental techniques. These derivatives have been determined from the experimental data on refractive indices. However, applying mixing rules for calculation of the derivatives of the refractive indices with respect to concentrations does not provide satisfactory results in the case of ternary mixtures of associated liquids.

  20. The Raman Contribution to the Intensity Dependent Refractive Index in Optical Fibers

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    Pedersen, Martin Erland Vestergaard; Pálsson, Tómas; Jespersen, Kim G.

    2011-01-01

    We report on the Raman contribution to the intensity dependent refractive index in step-index fibers with germanium doped silica core. The fR value is found to be 0.157 ± 0.07 for a field weighted germanium concentration between 5 and 25 mol %.......We report on the Raman contribution to the intensity dependent refractive index in step-index fibers with germanium doped silica core. The fR value is found to be 0.157 ± 0.07 for a field weighted germanium concentration between 5 and 25 mol %....

  1. Nonintrusive measurement of the liquid refractive index by using properties of the cuvette wall.

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    Xu, Ming; Ren, Junpeng; Miao, Runcai; Zhang, Zongquan

    2016-10-01

    We present a method of nonintrusive measurement of the refractive index of a liquid in a glass cuvette, which uses some optical properties of the cuvette wall and the principle of total internal reflection. By coating a transmission-scattering paint layer on the outer surface of the cuvette, we transform an incident laser beam into a transmitted scattered light. When the transmitted scattered light reaches the interface between the container wall and the liquid inside, the light beams satisfying the condition of total internal reflection are reflected to the coating layer, automatically forming a circular dark pattern that is related to the refractive index of the liquid. Based on an analytic relation between the diameter of the circular dark pattern and the refractive index of the liquid, we devised a method of in situ nonintrusive refractive index measurement. We tested the effect of several parameters on the measuring accuracy and found that the optimal thickness of the transmission-scattering layer is in the range of 50-70 μm, and the aperture of the diaphragm should be in the range of 0.7-1.0 mm. We measured the refractive indices of ethanol, Coca Cola, and red wine, and achieved an accuracy of ±3×10-4  RIU (refractive index unit).

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

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    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.

  3. Far Ultraviolet Refractive Index of Optical Materials for Solar Blind Channel (SBC) Filters for HST Advanced Camera for Surveys

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    Leviton, Douglas B.; Madison, Timothy J.; Petrone, Peter

    1998-01-01

    Refractive index measurements using the minimum deviation method have been carried out for prisms of a variety of far ultraviolet optical materials used in the manufacture of Solar Blind Channel (SBC) filters for the HST Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). Some of the materials measured are gaining popularity in a variety of high technology applications including high power excimer lasers and advanced microlithography optics operating in a wavelength region where high quality knowledge of optical material properties is sparse. Our measurements are of unusually high accuracy and precision for this wavelength region owing to advanced instrumentation in the large vacuum chamber of the Diffraction Grating Evaluation Facility (DGEF) at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Index values for CaF2, BaF2, LiF, and far ultraviolet grades of synthetic sapphire and synthetic fused silica are reported and compared with values from the literature.

  4. Novel optical devices based on the tunable refractive index of magnetic fluid and their characteristics

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    Zhao Yong, E-mail: zhaoyong@ise.neu.edu.cn [College of Information Science and Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Zhang Yuyan [College of Information Science and Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Shenyang Institute of Engineering, Shenyang 110136 (China); Lv Riqing; Wang Qi [College of Information Science and Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China)

    2011-12-15

    As a new type of functional material, magnetic fluid (MF) is a stable colloid of magnetic nanoparticles, dressed with surfactant and dispersed in the carrier liquid uniformly. The MF has many unique optical properties, and the most important one is its tunable refractive index property. This paper summarizes the properties of the MF refractive index and the related optical devices. The refractive index can be easily controlled by external magnetic field, temperature, and so on. But the tunable refractive index of MF has a relaxation effect. As a result, the response time is more than milliseconds and the MF is only suitable for low speed environment. Compared with the traditional optical devices, the magnetic fluid based optical devices have the tuning ability. Compared with the tunable optical devices (the electro-optic devices (LiNbO{sub 3}) of more than 10 GHz modulation speed, acoustic-optic devices (Ge) of more than 20 MHz modulation speed), the speed of the magnetic fluid based optical devices is low. Now there are many applications of magnetic fluid based on the refractive index in the field of optical information communication and sensing technology, such as tunable beam splitter, optical-fiber modulator, tunable optical gratings, tunable optical filter, optical logic device, tunable interferometer, and electromagnetic sensor. With the development of the research and application of magnetic fluid,a new method, structure and material to improve the response time can be found, which will play an important role in the fields of optical information communication and sensing technology. - Highlights: > Magnetic fluid is a new type of functional material, which has many unique optical properties. > We summarize the tunable refractive index property and the related optical devices. > Refractive index can be easily controlled by external magnetic field, temperature and so on. > There are many applications in the field of optical communication and sensing technology

  5. Liquid Gradient Refractive Index Microlens for Dynamically Adjusting the Beam Focusing

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    Zichun Le; Yunli Sun; Ying Du

    2015-01-01

    An in-plane liquid gradient index (L-GRIN) microlens is designed for dynamically adjusting the beam focusing. The ethylene glycol solution (core liquid) withde-ionized (DI) water (cladding liquid) is co-injected into the lens chamber to form a gradient refractive index profile. The influences of the diffusion coefficient, mass fraction of ethylene glycol and flow rate of liquids on the refractive index profile of L-GRIN microlens are analyzed, and the finite element method and ray tracing met...

  6. Ultrasensitive refractive index sensor based on twin-core photonic bandgap fibers

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    Yuan, Scott Wu; Town, Graham E.; Bang, Ole

    We have theoretically investigated twin-core all-solid photonic bandgap fibers (PBGFs) for evanescent wave sensing of refractive index within one single microfluidic analyte channel centered between the two cores. The sensor can achieve ultrahigh sensitivity by detecting the change in transmission....... We find novel features in the sensing characteristics: the sensitivity is higher at the short wavelength edge of a bandgap than at the long wavelength edge, the effective index of the odd supermode (nodd) is more sensitive to ambient refractive index change compared with that of the even supermode...

  7. Volumetric properties, viscosity and refractive index of the protic ionic liquid, pyrrolidinium octanoate, in molecular solvents

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    Anouti, M.; Vigeant, A.; Jacquemin, Johan; Brigouleix, C.; Lemordant, D.

    2010-01-01

    Densities ([rho]) and viscosities ([eta]) of binary mixtures containing the Protic Ionic Liquid (PIL), pyrrolidinium octanoate with five molecular solvents: water, methanol, ethanol, n-butanol, and acetonitrile are determined at the atmospheric pressure as a function of the temperature and within the whole composition range. The refractive index of all mixtures (nD) is measured at 298.15†K. The excess molar volumes VE and deviation from additivity rules of viscosities [eta]E and refractive in...

  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. Simultaneous refractive index and thickness measurement with the transmission interferometric adsorption sensor

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    Sannomiya, Takumi; Voeroes, Janos [Laboratory of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, ETH Zurich, 8092, Zurich (Switzerland); Balmer, Tobias E [Materials Research Center, ETH Zurich, 8093, Zurich (Switzerland); Heuberger, Manfred, E-mail: sannomiya@biomed.ee.ethz.c, E-mail: tobias.balmer@mat.ethz.c, E-mail: manfred.heuberger@empa.c, E-mail: janos.voros@biomed.ee.ethz.c [Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology, Department of Materials, ETH Zurich, 8093, Zurich (Switzerland)

    2010-10-13

    Refractive index and thickness of the adlayer are determined simultaneously using the transmission interferometric adsorption sensor (TInAS). Optical biosensors, where both refractive index and thickness of a homogeneous adlayer (thus the adsorbed mass) are determined simultaneously, so-called model-free biosensors, are important tools to investigate the adsorbed mass of biomolecules with unknown conformation. Our proposed calculation method enables model-free biosensing from a single spectrum acquired by a simple TInAS setup, namely using information of peak/dip positions as well as peak/dip intensities. The feasibility of this method was experimentally tested by adsorbing polyelectrolyte multilayer as well as biomolecules. To validate the new method also for the more intricate heterogeneous adlayer, the apparent refractive index and thickness were assessed theoretically by simulating a selection of different adsorbate configurations with the multiple multipole program (MMP). We found that a lateral inhomogeneity of the adsorbate (e.g. islands or adsorbed colloids) results in correct thickness and in reduced refractive index averaged in proportion to their density while vertically inhomogeneous density caused more complex responses. However, the apparent mass was always correct. Measurement errors can lead to significant errors in the apparent refractive index, particularly when the adlayer is very thin (<5 nm). This model-free TInAS technique would be useful not only for the measurement of adsorbed mass but also for the conformational analysis of the adsorbed molecules.

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

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    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.

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

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    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%.

  12. Using a laser source to measure the refractive index of glass beads and Debye theory analysis.

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    Li, Shui-Yan; Qin, Shuang; Li, Da-Hai; Wang, Qiong-Hua

    2015-11-20

    Using a monochromatic laser beam to illuminate a homogeneous glass bead, some rainbows will appear around it. This paper concentrates on the study of the scattering intensity distribution and the method of measuring the refractive index for glass beads based on the Debye theory. It is found that the first rainbow due to the scattering superposition of backward light of the low-refractive-index glass beads can be explained approximately with the diffraction, the external reflection plus the one internal reflection, while the second rainbow of high-refractive-index glass beads is due to the contribution from the diffraction, the external reflection, the direct transmission, and the two internal reflections. The scattering intensity distribution is affected by the refractive index, the radius of the glass bead, and the incident beam width. The effects of the refractive index and the glass bead size on the first and second minimum deviation angle position are analyzed in this paper. The results of the measurements agree very well with the specifications.

  13. Femtosecond Z-scan measurements of the nonlinear refractive index of fused silica

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

    2018-01-01

    Z-scan technology is a popular experimental technique for determining the nonlinear refractive index of the material. However, it encounters a great difficulty in measuring the weak nonlinear material like fused silica which is about two orders of magnitude below the nonlinear refractive index of most of the materials studied with the nanosecond and picosecond Z-scan methods. In this case, the change of refractive index introduced by accumulation of thermal effects cannot be neglected. In order to have a reliable measurement of the nonlinear refractive index, a metrology bench based on the femtosecond Z-scan technology is developed. The intensity modulation component and the differential measurement system are applied to guarantee the accuracy of the measuring system. Based on the femtosecond Z-scan theory, the femtosecond laser Z-scan technique is performed on fused silica, and the nonlinear refractive index of Fused silica is determined to be 9.2039×10-14esu for 800nm, 37fs pulse duration at I0=50GW/cm2 with a good repeatability of 6.7%.

  14. Engineering of refractive index in sulfide chalcogenide glass by direct laser writing

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    Zhang, Yaping

    2010-01-01

    Arsenic trisulfide (As2S3) glass is an interesting material for photonic integrated circuits (PICs) as infrared (IR) or nonlinear optical components. In this paper, direct laser writing was applied to engineer the refractive index of As2S3 thin film. Film samples were exposed to focused above bandgap light with wavelength at 405 nm using different fluence adjusted by laser power and exposure time. The index of refraction before and after laser irradiation was calculated by fitting the experimental data obtained from Spectroscopic Ellipsometer (SE) measurement to Tauc-Lorenz dispersion formula. A positive change in refractive index (Δn = 0.19 at 1.55 μm) as well as an enhancement in anisotropy was achieved in As2S3 film by using 10 mW, 0.3 μs laser irradiation. With further increasing the fluence, refractive index increased while anisotropic property weakened. Due to the rapid and large photo-induced modification of refractive index obtainable with high spatial resolution, this process is promising for integrated optic device fabrication.

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

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    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. The refractive index in electron microscopy and the errors of its approximations

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    Lentzen, M.

    2017-05-15

    In numerical calculations for electron diffraction often a simplified form of the electron-optical refractive index, linear in the electric potential, is used. In recent years improved calculation schemes have been proposed, aiming at higher accuracy by including higher-order terms of the electric potential. These schemes start from the relativistically corrected Schrödinger equation, and use a second simplified form, now for the refractive index squared, being linear in the electric potential. The second and higher-order corrections thus determined have, however, a large error, compared to those derived from the relativistically correct refractive index. The impact of the two simplifications on electron diffraction calculations is assessed through numerical comparison of the refractive index at high-angle Coulomb scattering and of cross-sections for a wide range of scattering angles, kinetic energies, and atomic numbers. - Highlights: • The standard model for the refractive index in electron microscopy is investigated. • The error of the standard model is proportional to the electric potential squared. • Relativistically correct error terms are derived from the energy-momentum relation. • The errors are assessed for Coulomb scattering varying energy and atomic number. • Errors of scattering cross-sections are pronounced at large angles and attain 10%.

  17. Refractive index measurements of films with biaxial symmetry. 2. Determination of film thickness and refractive indices using polarized transmission spectra in the transparent wavelength range.

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    Diao, Jie; Hess, Dennis W

    2005-07-07

    A technique is formulated to determine both thickness and refractive indices of free-standing films with biaxial symmetry from polarized transmission spectra. The films must be transparent and show little dispersion in refractive indices in the wavelength range where the transmission spectra are collected. Methods are proposed to correct the errors caused by imperfect polarization of incident radiation and thickness variation across the sampling area. Anisotropic refractive indices and thickness of poly(biphenyl dianhydride-p-phenylenediamine) films which exhibit uniaxial optical anisotropy are determined from polarized transmission spectra. The refractive index and thickness values compare well to those obtained from waveguide prism coupler and profilometer measurements.

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

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    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.

  19. Photonic bandgap structure with plasmonic inclusions for refractive index sensing in optofluidics at terahertz frequencies.

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    Jose, Jolly

    2017-02-01

    We propose a refractive index sensor in the terahertz domain for optofluidics comprising a one-dimensional photonic bandgap structure with plasmonic inclusions. The central defect layer of the photonic bandgap structure is the fluid channel and acts as the sensing region wherein the embedded plasmonic inclusions provide the enhanced fields. The simultaneous excitation of the plasmonic resonances within the photonic bandgap defect mode results in an enhanced fluid-field interaction. The effective medium parameters of this composite sensing region become extremely sensitive to refractive index variations of the fluid within the channel and lead to significant spectral shifts. The sensitivity of this sensor increases with the volume fraction of the plasmonic inclusions and also provides self-referenced spectral measurement. This is an improved alternative to conventional refractive index sensors, which are based exclusively on either photonic or plasmonic effects.

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

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    Zdeněk Buchta

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available 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.

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

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    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.

  2. Determination of the refractive index of single crystal bulk samples and micro-structures

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    Schmidt-Grund, R., E-mail: Schmidt-Grund@physik.uni-leipzig.de; Kuehne, P.; Czekalla, C.; Schumacher, D.; Sturm, C.; Grundmann, M.

    2011-02-28

    We present comparative studies for the exact determination of the refractive index of single crystals using spectroscopic ellipsometry and photonic-mode-structure investigations by means of spatially resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy, especially in the near band-gap spectral range. By applying such complementary methods we can overcome the uncertainties in the determination of the bulk refractive index introduced by surface properties. The physical effects used are the electromagnetic field reflection used by spectroscopic ellipsometry at large scale planar single crystals and the whispering-gallery-mode formation by total internal reflection in confined micro-structures. We demonstrate the applicability of such studies using the example of uniaxial ZnO bulk samples and micro-wires. By assuming a surface near region with electronic properties different from the bulk material, the method presented here gives the refractive index dispersion for both types of samples in an energy range from 1 to 3.4 eV.

  3. 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.

    2013-07-01

    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.

  4. Method of determining dispersion dependence of refractive index of nanospheres building opals

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    Kępińska, Mirosława; Starczewska, Anna; Duka, Piotr

    2017-11-01

    The method of determining dispersion dependence of refractive index of nanospheres building opals is presented. In this method basing on angular dependences of the spectral positions of Bragg diffraction minima on transmission spectra for opal series of known spheres diameter, the spectrum of effective refractive index for opals and then refractive index for material building opal's spheres is determined. The described procedure is used for determination of neff(λ) for opals and nsph(λ) for material which spheres building investigated opals are made of. The obtained results are compared with literature data of nSiO2(λ) considered in the analysis and interpretation of extremes related to the light diffraction at (hkl) SiO2 opal planes.

  5. Refractive index sensor based on plastic optical fiber with tapered structure.

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    De-Jun, Feng; Guan-Xiu, Liu; Xi-Lu, Liu; Ming-Shun, Jiang; Qing-Mei, Sui

    2014-04-01

    This work reports a refractive index sensor made of plastic optical fiber (POF) with tapered structure. Transmission loss is measured when the external environment's refractive index changes from 1.33 to 1.41. Three wavelengths (532, 633, and 780 nm) are used to evaluate the sensitivity of the sensor, and results indicate that 633 nm is the best sensing wavelength due to the increased levels of sensitivity achieved at this wavelength. A biconical sensing structure is designed to enhance the sensitivity of the sensor. A sensitivity of 950 μW/RIU at 633 nm is obtained for a biconical sensing structure when launched power is 1 mW. Due to its sensitivity to the refractive index and simple construction, POF with tapered structure has potential applications in the biosensing field.

  6. D-shaped photonic crystal fiber refractive index sensor based on surface plasmon resonance.

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    An, Guowen; Hao, Xiaopeng; Li, Shuguang; Yan, Xin; Zhang, Xuenan

    2017-08-20

    A type of D-shaped photonic crystal fiber sensor based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) is proposed for refractive index sensing and analyzed by the finite element method. The SPR effect between surface plasmon polariton modes and fiber core modes of the designed D-shaped photonic crystal fiber is used to measure the refractive index of the analyte. Numerical results show that the sensor can detect a range of refractive index ranging from 1.33 to 1.38. When the thickness of metal film is t=20  nm, the maximum sensitivity of 10,493  nm/RIU is obtained with a very high resolution of 9.53×10(-6)  RIU. The good sensing performance makes the proposed sensor a competitive candidate for environmental, biological, and biochemical sensing applications.

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

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    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.

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

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    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 .

  9. Intersubband Optical Absorption Coefficients and Refractive Index Changes in a Gaussian Spherical Quantum Dot

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    Ehsanfard, Najmeh; Kazerani Vahdani, Mohammad Reza

    2015-07-01

    The effects of smooth confining potential on the linear and nonlinear optical properties are investigated with Gaussian confining potential in Quantum Dots (GQDs). To this end the effective mass approximation, the compact density matrix approach, and iterative method are used to calculate linear and nonlinear Absorption Coefficient (AC) and Refractive Index (RI) change of an electron confined in GQD. The effects of confining potential and radius of GQD and also incident optical intensity have been investigated. The results show that increasing confining potential decreases the refractive index magnitude and shifts the peak values to the higher energy regions. It is also shown that the peak values of absorption coefficient increase by increasing confining potential. Both absorption coefficient and refractive index experience red shift by increasing the size of quantum dot. It is also shown that transition from step potential to Gaussian potential makes AC and RI to experience a blue shift.

  10. 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.

  11. A Naked Eye Refractive Index Sensor with a Visible Multiple Peak Metamaterial Absorber

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    Heli Ma

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  12. Design and use of guided mode resonance filters for refractive index sensing

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    Hermannsson, Pétur Gordon

    This Ph.D. thesis is concerned with the design and use of guided mode resonance filters (GMRF) for applications in refractive index sensing. GMRFs are optical nanostructures capable of efficiently and resonantly reflecting a narrow wavelength interval of incident broad band light. They combine...... to changes in refractive index that occur within the region overlapped by the quasi guided mode, and GMRFs are thus well suited for optical sensing and tunable filter applications. They produce a polarization dependent response and can be optically characterized in both reflection and transmission....... The structures investigated in this thesis were fabricated in a process based on nanoreplication, in which the surface of a polymer was patterned with a structured master, cured with ultra-violet light and coated with a high refractive index material. The masters were defined using electron beam lithography...

  13. Method of and system for identification or estimation of a refractive index of a liquid

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    2015-01-01

    This invention relates to a method of and a system (100) for identification or estimation of a refractive index of a liquid (120) comprising a light receiving part (111) adapted to receive polarised or non-polarised light (125; 135), a light emitting part (112) adapted, during use, to transmit...... light (130), an optical structure (110) being adapted to receive, during use, polarised light (125) via or from the light receiving part (111), and being adapted to receive, during use, a liquid (120) having a predetermined refractive index to be identified or estimated, and a first polariser (115......); is adapted, during use, to pass the received light (135) through the optical path so that a narrow wavelength range of the transmitted light (130) is influenced by the predetermined refractive index of the received liquid (120) and that the influenced narrow wavelength range, when observed by a user and...

  14. 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, E-mail: anders.kristensen@nanotech.dtu.dk [Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, Ørsteds Plads, Building 345E, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark)

    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.

  15. Measurement of thermally induced changes in the refractive index of glass caused by laser processing.

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    Sullivan, James; Zhao, Jian; Bennett, Ted D

    2005-11-20

    The effects of CO2 laser heating of pure fused silica are investigated. Studies show that the laser heating process causes a small volume of glass to be left in an altered microstructural state. To measure the refractive index of this altered region, a process was developed to create a thin film of altered glass. Samples were measured with a prism coupler, and a theoretical model was developed to predict the intensity values collected during the measurement. A least-squares routine was used to determine the refractive index that results in the best fit between the experimental and predicted intensity data. The refractive index in the altered glass was found to increase by approximately 0.07%.

  16. Optical waveguides with compound multiperiodic grating nanostructures for refractive index sensing

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    Neustock, Lars Thorben; Jahns, Sabrina; Adam, Jost

    2016-01-01

    The spectral characteristics and refractive index sensitivity of compound multiperiodic grating waveguides are investigated in theory and experiment. Compound gratings are formed by superposition of two or more monoperiodic gratings. Compared to monoperiodic photonic crystal waveguides, compound...... grating waveguides offer more degrees of design freedom by choice of component grating periods and duty cycles. Refractive index sensing is achieved by evaluating the wavelength or intensity of guided-mode resonances in the reflection spectrum. We designed, fabricated and characterized 24 different...... compound multiperiodic nanostructured waveguides for refractive index sensing. Simulations are carried out with the Rigorous Coupled Wave Algorithm (RCWA). The resulting spectra, resonance sensitivities and quality factors are compared to monoperiodic as well as to three selected aperiodic nanostructures...

  17. Determination of femtosecond-laser-induced refractive-index changes in an optical fiber from far-field measurements

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    Savolainen, Juha-Matti; Grüner-Nielsen, Lars; Kristensen, Poul

    2014-01-01

    A new method for direct writing of localized, circularly symmetric refractive-index changes in optical fibers with a femtosecond laser is demonstrated. The refractive-index changes are characterized using a novel approach employing comparison of numerical simulations to the measured far......-field profiles of unmodified and modified fibers. From the analysis, a negative refractive-index change of −0.015 0.005 within a radius of 0.6 0.1 μm is determined....

  18. Single-ended long period fiber grating refractive index sensor based on metal-coated surface plasma resonance

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    Zhao, Minfu; Zhang, Guiju; Ma, Difeng; Wang, Chinhua

    2008-12-01

    A novel single-ended reflecting long period fiber grating (LPFG) sensor with thin metal film overlay and the sensing system is described. An all-fiber reflection based surface plasma resonance (SPR) LPFG sensor with three-layer structure (core, cladding and metal) is established experimentally and fabricated with a pulsed CO2 laser writing system and vacuum evaporation coating system. Different nm-thick thin metal films are deposited on the reflected LPFG sensor for the excitation of surface plasma waves (SPWs) and the characteristics of the reflection resonance spectra of the LPFG sensor for measuring refractive index of fluids are studied. It is found that different thicknesses of different metal films show different measuring sensitivity. Through the comparison of the resonance wavelength obtained in air, water, alcohol, glycerin and their mixture solution, different sensitivities of the reflected SPR-LPFG sensor have been achieved. The proposed SPR-LPFG sensing scheme offers an efficient platform for achieving high performance fiber sensors for the measurement of ambient refractive index.

  19. Direct characterization of ultraviolet-light-induced refractive index structures by scanning near-field optical microscopy

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    Svalgaard, Mikael; Madsen, S.; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1998-01-01

    We have applied a reflection scanning near-field optical microscope to directly probe ultraviolet (UV)-light-induced refractive index structures in planar glass samples. This technique permits direct comparison between topography and refractive index changes (10(-5)-10(-3)) with submicrometer...... lateral resolution, The proposed method yields detailed information about the topography and index profiles of UV-written waveguides....

  20. Plasmonic Waveguide Coupled Ring Cavity for a Non-Resonant Type Refractive Index Sensor

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    Soon-Hong Kwon

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Sensitive refractive index sensors with small footprints have been studied to allow the integration of a large number of sensors into a tiny chip for bio/chemical applications. In particular, resonant-type index sensors based on various micro/nanocavities, which use a resonant wavelength dependence on the refractive index of the analyte, have been developed. However, the spectral linewidth of the resonance, which becomes the resolution limit, is considerably large in plasmonic cavities due to the large absorption loss of metals. Therefore, there is demand for a new type of plasmonic refractive index sensor that is not limited by the linewidth of the cavity. We propose a new type of plasmonic index sensors consisting of a channel waveguide and a ring cavity. Two emissions from the ring cavity in both directions of the waveguide couple with a reflection phase difference depending on the length of a closed right arm with a reflecting boundary. Therefore, the output power dramatically and sensitively changes as a function of the refractive index of the analyte filling the waveguide.

  1. Optofluidic refractive-index sensors employing bent waveguide structures for low-cost, rapid chemical and biomedical sensing.

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    Liu, I-Chen; Chen, Pin-Chuan; Chau, Lai-Kwan; Chang, Guo-En

    2018-01-08

    We propose and develop an intensity-detection-based refractive-index (RI) sensor for low-cost, rapid RI sensing. The sensor is composed of a polymer bent ridge waveguide (BRWG) structure on a low-cost glass substrate and is integrated with a microfluidic channel. Different-RI solutions flowing through the BRWG sensing region induce output optical power variations caused by optical bend losses, enabling simple and real-time RI detection. Additionally, the sensors are fabricated using rapid and cost-effective vacuum-less processes, attaining the low cost and high throughput required for mass production. A good RI solution of 5.31 10-4 × RIU-1 is achieved from the RI experiments. This study demonstrates mass-producible and compact RI sensors for rapid and sensitive chemical analysis and biomedical sensing.

  2. 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.

  3. Three-dimensional Negative-Refractive-Index Metamaterials Based on All-Dielectric Coated Spheres

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    Fu, Na; Luo, Hailu; Tang, Zhixiang; Zou, Yanhong; Wen, Shuangchun; Fan, Dianyuan

    2010-01-01

    A type of 3-dimensional optical negative-refractive-index metamaterials composed of all dielectric nanospheres is proposed and demonstrated theoretically. The metamaterials are constructeded by pairing together two kinds of dielectric nanospheres as concentric shells embedded in a host medium. Mie-based extended effective theory shows that the dielectric core and the dielectric shell provide the negative permeability and the negative permittivity, respectively, both due to the strong Mie resonances. Within the coupled resonant frequency region, the negative index of refraction can be achieved.

  4. Influence of Urea Concentration on Refractive Index of AdBlue fluid Evaluated by Regression Analysis

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    Adam Polcar; Jiří Čupera; Vojtěch Kumbár; Petr Dostál; Jiří Votava

    2016-01-01

    The article deals with the influence urea concentration in the AdBlue fluid on the refractive index. The AdBlue fluid is an aqueous solution of urea and demineralized water. It is used as a reducing agent for SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system. Due to temperature fluctuation of AdBlue during the measurement of refractive index, the multi-dimensional linear regression had to be used to determine the effect of the two factors – concentration and temperature. This article describes in de...

  5. "Peak-tracking chip" (PTC) for bulk refractive index sensing and bioarray sensing

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    Bougot-Robin, Kristelle

    2013-10-20

    Resonant techniques are of wide interest to detect variation of effective refractive index at a chip surface. Both Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) and dielectric resonant waveguide (RWGs) can be exploited. Through their design, RWGs allow more flexibility (size of the biomolecule to detect, detection angle…). Using specially designed RWG “Peak-tracking chip”, we propose to use spatial information from a simple monochromatic picture as a new label-free bioarray technique. We discuss robustness, sensitivity, multiplex detection, fluidic integration of the technique and illustrate it through bulk refractive index sensing as well as specific recognition of DNA fragment from gyrase A.

  6. Reversing the direction of space and inverse Doppler effect in positive refraction index media

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    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.

  7. Application of Photothermal Digital Interferometry for Nonlinear Refractive Index Measurements within a Kerr Approximation

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    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.

  8. Refractive index sensor using a Fabry-Perot cavity in polymer fiber

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

    2017-04-01

    The possibility of using polymer fiber as a refractive index sensor is presented. The sensor is based on a Fabry-Perot interferometer formed at the tip of the polymer fiber. The interference is granted due to reflections between a fiber Bragg grating and the fiber end-face. The sensor was characterized to refractive index changes at constant temperature using a fast Fourier transform analysis of the interference signal. A sensitivity of -1.94 RIU-1 was achieved with a resolution of 1 × 10-3 RIU and a cross sensitivity to temperature of 1 × 10-4 RIU/°C.

  9. Adiabatic tapered optical fiber Fabry-Perot structure as a refractive index sensor

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    Ranjbar-Naeini, O. R.; Chenari, Z.; Zarafshani, P.; Jafari, F.; Latifi, H.

    2017-04-01

    In this article, an Adiabatic Tapered Optical Fiber - Fabry Perot (ATOF-FP) Sensor is introduced as a simple refractive index sensor. This FP Cavity relies upon reflection from two cleave ends of ATOF sensor's arms. Its spectrum was investigated with Distributed Feedback (DFB) tunable laser and photo detector. With analyzing the change in Optical Transmission Power (OTP) versus refractive index changes, the sensitivity of ATOF was -66.21 dB/RIU. In addition, the visibility of FP was studied. Its RI sensitivity was -0.975 1/RIU. The sensor resolution was 2.3 × 10-5 RIU with consideration of minimum detectable signal of acquisition system.

  10. Mach-Zehnder Interferometer Refractive Index Sensor Based on a Plasmonic Channel Waveguide

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    Da Eun Lee

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available A Mach-Zehnder interferometer based on a plasmonic channel waveguide is proposed for refractive index sensing. The structure, with a small physical footprint of 20 × 120 μm2, achieved a high figure of merit of 294. The cut-off frequency behaviour in the plasmonic channel waveguide resulted in a flat dispersion curve, which induces a 1.8 times larger change of the propagation constant for the given refractive index change compared with previously reported results.

  11. Equivalent lenses of supersonic seeker's outflow refractive index field obtained by simulation and experiment

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    Wei, Qun; Jia, Hongguang; Xuan, Ming

    2008-12-01

    In order to decrease the aerodynamic drag of supersonic image guide missile and design a non-spherical dome, the outflow field of the missile's dome is simulated using FLUENT. Based on the simulated results, the accurate density field of the outflow field at all kinds of flight conditions is obtained, and then the refractive index field of the outflow field is gotten according to the Gladstone-Dale law. The results show that the shock wave induces the heterogeneity of the refractive index field and the turbulent causes distortion. The outflow field is divided into several zones which are taken as equivalent lenses for aberration analysis.

  12. Interferometric measurement of refractive index modification in a single mode microfiber

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    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.

  13. Femtosecond laser fabricated all-optical fiber sensors with ultrahigh refractive index sensitivity: modeling and experiment

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    Jiang, Lan; Zhao, Longjiang; Wang, Sumei; Yang, Jinpeng; Xiao, Hai

    2011-08-01

    All-optical fiber sensors based on ultracompact fiber inline Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) are fabricated by side-ablating a U-shape microcavity in a single-mode optical fiber with the fiber core partially removed using femtosecond (fs) laser pulses, in which the two light paths are accordingly formed in the remaining D-type fiber core and the U-shape microcavity. Beam propagation method (BPM) analysis is utilized to illustrate the dependences of good transmission spectra on parameters including the ablation depth, ablation length and the refractive index of U-shape micocavity, which gives some guidelines to optimize parameters for fs laser micromachining and predicts RI (refractive index) sensitivities within given RI ranges. The modeling results of ultrahigh RI sensitivities for gases and solutions are -3243.75 ± 0.65nm/RIU (refractive index unit) and -10789.29 ± 18.91nm/RIU, respectively. In RI testing experiments, the sensor exhibits ultrahigh RI sensitivities of -3754.79 ± 44.24nm/RIU with refractive indices ranging from 1.0001143 to 1.0002187 by testing different mixture ratios of N2 and He gases, and -12162.01 ± 173.92nm/RIU with refractive indices ranging from 1.3330 to 1.33801 by testing different concentrations of sucrose solutions, which is essentially in agreement with the modeling results.

  14. Ultrahigh refractive index chalcogenide based copolymers for infrared optics (Conference Presentation)

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    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.

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

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    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.

  16. Generation of J_0-Bessel-Gauss beam by a heterogeneous refractive index map

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    San Roman Alerigi, Damian

    2012-07-01

    In this paper, we present the theoretical studies of a refractive index map to implement a Gauss to a J0-Bessel-Gauss convertor. We theoretically demonstrate the viability of a device that could be fabricated on a Si/Si1-yOy/Si1-x-yGexCy platform or by photo-refractive media. The proposed device is 200 ?m in length and 25 ?m 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 J0-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. © 2012 Optical Society of America.

  17. 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.

  18. Internal characteristics of refractive-index matched debris flows

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    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

  19. Tuning of Ag-SPR band position in refractive index controlled ...

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    Inorganic (silica-titania)-organic (polyethylene oxide) hybrid films with variable refractive index (RI) values were synthesized and Ag nanoparticles were generated in situ inside such hybrid films to develop coloured coatings specially on plastic substrates. The hybrid films and the corresponding Agincorporated films were ...

  20. Ultrafast refractive-index dynamics in a multiquantum-well semiconductor optical amplifier

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    Dorren, H.J.S.; Yang, X.X.; Lenstra, D.; de Waardt, H.; Khoe, G.D.; Simoyama, T.; Ishikawa, H.; Kawashima, H.; Hasama, T.

    2003-01-01

    We investigate ultrafast refractive index dynamics in a multiquantum-well InGaAsP-InGaAs semiconductor optical amplifier that is operated in the gain regime by using a pump-and-probe approach. The pump-and-probe pulses are cross-linearly polarized. We observe a phase shift of 200° if the amplifier

  1. Semiempirical modeling of the nocturnal boundary layer Application to the calculation of the refractive index profile

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    Klapisz, C.; Weill, A.

    1985-12-01

    A method for calculating the evolution of the refractive index profile at night is proposed with the purpose of predicting when and how multipath propagation will occur. Data obtained during the PACEM 1 campaign in the summer of 1982 are used in the calculations. The proposed semiempirical model of the nocturnal boundary layer is found to require is less-computing time.

  2. Design of a Michelson Interferometer for Quantitative Refraction Index Profile Measurements

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    Nijholt, J.L.M.

    1998-01-01

    This book describes the theoretical design of a three camera Michelson interferometer set-up for quantitative refractive index measuerments. Although a two camera system is easier to align and less expensive, a three camera interferometer is preferred because the expected measuring accuracy is much

  3. All-optical on-chip sensor for high refractive index sensing

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    Liu, Y.; Salemink, H.W.M.

    2015-01-01

    A highly sensitive sensor design based on two-dimensional photonic crystal cavity is demonstrated. The geometric structure of the cavity is modified to gain a high quality factor, which enables a sensitive refractive index sensing. A group of slots with optimized parameters is created in the cavity.

  4. Integrating Whispering Gallery Mode Refractive Index Sensing with Capillary Electrophoresis Separations Using Phase Sensitive Detection.

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    Kim, Daniel C; Dunn, Robert C

    2016-01-19

    Whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators are small, radially symmetric dielectrics that recirculate light through continuous total internal reflection. High-Q resonances are observed that shift in response to changes in surrounding refractive index, leading to many applications in label-free sensing. Surface binding measurements with WGM resonators have demonstrated competitive analytical detection metrics compared to other sensing schemes. Similar figures of merit for detecting bulk refractive index changes, however, have proven more challenging. This has limited their use in applications such as capillary electrophoresis (CE), where their compact footprint and refractive index sensitivity offers advantages in nondestructive, universal detection. Here we couple WGM detection with CE by introducing a modulation scheme to improve detection limits. Phase sensitive WGM (PS-WGM) detection is developed to monitor real-time shifts in the WGM spectrum due to changes in surrounding refractive index. We directly compare phase sensitive detection with spectral measurements normally used to track WGM shifts. We report an improvement in detection limits by almost 300-fold using the PS-WGM method. The integrated CE with PS-WGM approach is demonstrated by detecting the separation of a three-component mixture of cations (Na(+), Li(+), and K(+)).

  5. Influence of Urea Concentration on Refractive Index of AdBlue fluid Evaluated by Regression Analysis

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    Adam Polcar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the influence urea concentration in the AdBlue fluid on the refractive index. The AdBlue fluid is an aqueous solution of urea and demineralized water. It is used as a reducing agent for SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction system. Due to temperature fluctuation of AdBlue during the measurement of refractive index, the multi-dimensional linear regression had to be used to determine the effect of the two factors – concentration and temperature. This article describes in detail the individual steps of the regression model construction done using the so-called regression triplet. The task of this method was to create a regression model which describes the influence urea concentration and small changes in temperature on refractive index of AdBlue fluid. As the results of the multi-dimensional regression analysis show, the temperature factor is statistically insignificant because of small range of temperature fluctuation during measurement, and thus only the urea concentration in the fluid had the major effect on the refractive index.

  6. Unusual fault detection and loss analysis in optical fiber connections with refractive index matching material

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    Kihara, Mitsuru; Nagano, Ryuichiro; Izumita, Hisashi; Toyonaga, Masanobu

    2012-05-01

    We investigated and analyzed an unusual fault that occurs in optical access fiber networks, which is caused by a defective fiber connection. We developed a fault-detection system to locate such a fault by using both optical power level and optical pulse measurement methods. We investigated a defective mechanical splice in three laboratory tests: outward appearance, non-destructive, and dismantled. As a result, we confirmed that the defective mechanical splice had large gaps of more than 10 μm. We also analyzed the unusual fault that occurs from such a defective mechanical splice in mechanically transferrable (MT) connector experiments. The experimental results revealed that the optical performance of fiber connections with a mixture of refractive index matching material and air-filled gaps was extremely unstable and varied widely. In the worst case, the insertion loss worsened to more than 30 dB. The case of the fault caused by a mixture of refractive index matching material and air-filled gaps between the ends of optical fibers is thought to occur independently of the sorts or structures of optical fiber connectors and could be a characteristic peculiar to optical fiber connections using refractive index matching material. These findings can be applied to optical fiber connections that use refractive index matching material, such as MT connectors in outside underground facilities, mechanical splices, or field assembly connectors at aerial and home sites in optical access networks. These findings also support the practical construction and operation of optical network systems.

  7. Tuning of Ag-SPR band position in refractive index controlled ...

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    Abstract. Inorganic (silica-titania)–organic (polyethylene oxide) hybrid films with variable refractive index (RI) values were synthesized and Ag nanoparticles were generated in situ inside such hybrid films to develop coloured coatings specially on plastic substrates. The hybrid films and the corresponding Ag- incorporated ...

  8. Radial variation of refractive index, plasma frequency and phase velocity in laser induced air plasma

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    Mathuthu, M

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available induced air plasma to study the spatial variation of plasma parameters in the axial direction of the laser beam. In this paper, the authors report investigation on the radial variation of the refractive index, plasma frequency, and phase velocity of a...

  9. Measurement of nonlinear refractive index in open-aperture Z-scan ...

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    We present an experimental study on measurement of nonlinear refractive index (2) of organic liquids when the thermo-optic effects manifest into large nonlinear phase shifts ( 0 ) in an open-aperture -scan configuration. Although we do not obtain the familiar peak–valley normalized transmittance curve as in the ...

  10. 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.

  11. Analytical Modelling of a Refractive Index Sensor Based on an Intrinsic Micro Fabry-Perot Interferometer

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    Everardo Vargas-Rodriguez

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available 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.

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

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    Besseling, T. H.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/35218602X; Jose, J.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/371558158; Blaaderen, A. Van|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/092946488

    2015-01-01

    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,

  13. Simultaneous time-resolved measurement of the reaction rates and the refractive index of photopolymerization processes

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    Bak, Tomasz M; Beusink, J Bianca; Subramaniam, Vinod; Kanger, Johannes S

    2010-01-01

    We explore the use of imaging surface plasmon resonance (iSPR) to simultaneously measure the refractive index and reaction rates of the commercially available Ormocore photosensitive resist during photopolymerization. To this end, we adapted a commercially available iSPR device. We demonstrate good

  14. Sensitivity of photonic crystal fiber grating sensors: biosensing, refractive index, strain, and temperature sensing

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    Rindorf, Lars Henning; Bang, Ole

    2008-01-01

    We study the sensitivity of fiber grating sensors in the applications of strain, temperature, internal label-free biosensing, and internal refractive index sensing. New analytical expressions for the sensitivities, valid for photonic crystal fibers are rigorously derived. These are generally valid...

  15. Experimental determination of the effective refractive index in strongly scattering media

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    Gómez Rivas, J.; Gomez Rivas, J.; Hau, D.H.; Imhof, A.; Sprik, R.; Bret, B.P.J.; Johnson, P.M.; Hijmans, T.W.; Lagendijk, Aart

    2003-01-01

    Measurements of the angular-resolved-optical transmission through strongly scattering samples of porous gallium phosphide are described. Currently porous GaP is the strongest-scattering material for visible light. From these measurements the effective refractive index and the average reflectivity at

  16. Refractive Index Sensing Using a Three-Port Interferometer and Comparison with Ring Resonators

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    Gulik, R.J.J. van; Boer, B.M. de; Harmsma, P.J.

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, we compare ring resonator and three-port Mach-Zehnder Interferometer (MZI) devices fabricated on silicon-on-insulator for the purpose of refractive index sensing. Their respective sensitivities and limits of detection (LOD) were determined with NaCl solutions. A sensitivity of 113.07

  17. Performance of integrated optical microcavities for refractive index and fluorescence sensing

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    Krioukov, E.; Greve, Jan; Otto, Cornelis

    2003-01-01

    The performance of a novel sensor based on an integrated optical (IO) disk microcavity (MC) is theoretically studied. The MC is a resonant waveguide structure in which multiple interference of a guided mode occurs. At resonance, the MC is extremely sensitive to refractive index changes and it

  18. Quantifying the refractive index dispersion of a pigmented biological tissue using Jamin-Lebedeff interference microscopy

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    Stavenga, Doekele G.; Leertouwer, Hein L.; Wilts, Bodo D.

    Jamin-Lebedeff polarizing interference microscopy is a classical method for determining the refractive index and thickness of transparent tissues. Here, we extend the application of this method to pigmented, absorbing biological tissues, based on a theoretical derivation using Jones calculus. This

  19. Spatial refractive index sensor using whispering gallery modes in an optically trapped microsphere

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    Zijlstra, P.; Zijlstra, Peter; van der Molen, K.L.; Mosk, Allard

    2007-01-01

    The authors propose the use of an optically trapped, dye doped polystyrene microsphere for spatial probing of the refractive index at any position in a fluid. Using the dye embedded in the microsphere as an internal broadband excitation source the authors eliminated the need for a tunable excitation

  20. Design of negative refractive index metamaterial with water droplets using 3D-printing

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    Shen, Zhaoyang; Yang, Helin; Huang, Xiaojun; Yu, Zetai

    2017-11-01

    We numerically and experimentally demonstrate a negative refractive index (NRI) behavior in combined water droplets and photosensitive resin materials operating in the microwave regime. The NRI is achieved over a very wide frequency range in 10.27-15 GHz with bandwidth of 4.63 GHz. The simulated results approximately agree with the experimental results. The negative index band can be controlled by water droplet radius. The proposed metamaterial production process is simple and may have potential applications in broadband tunable devices.

  1. Tenfold improved sensitivity using high refractive-index substrates for surface plasmon sensing

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    Micheletto, Ruggero; Hamamoto, Katsumi; Fujii, Takashi; Kawakami, Yoichi

    2008-01-01

    Surface plasmon resonance sensors exploit the high sensitivity to local perturbations of plasma waves in a thin metal layer. These devices have a wide range of applications as biomedical, environmental, industrial, and homeland security. We concentrate on the theoretical aspects of the sensing principle. By calculations at various indexes of refraction we proved that using substrate material of higher index, sensitivity and dynamics range improve conspicuously. Finally, we show experimental d...

  2. Effects of water vapour on the structure parameter of the refractive index for near-infrared radiation

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    Moene, A.F.

    2003-01-01

    The refractive index of air (n) mainly depends on temperature and water vapour content. For near-infrared radiation, temperature is the main determining factor. To determine the structure parameter of temperature (C-T(2)) from the structure parameter of the refractive index (C-n(2)), the influence

  3. The influence of refractive index change and initial bending of cantilevers on the optical lever readout method

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    Dohn, Søren; Greve, Anders; Svendsen, Winnie Edith

    2010-01-01

    lever technique is used to monitor a cantilever with initial bending during changes in the refractive index of the surrounding media. We find that for changes in refractive index as small as 10−4 the detector signal is highly dependent on the initial bending of the cantilever. The findings are validated...

  4. Absorption and refractive index recovery in an InGaAsP MQW electro-absorption modulator

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    Romstad, Francis Pascal; Mørk, Jesper; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2001-01-01

    We show the first measurements of gain and refractive index recovery in an electro-absorber. The measurements show strong dependence of the refractive index dynamics on the reverse bias. The results are discussed in relation to field screening following the optical carrier injection....

  5. Omnidirectional Photonic Band Gap Using Low Refractive Index Contrast Materials and its Application in Optical Waveguides

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    Vidal Faez, Angelo

    2012-07-01

    Researchers have argued for many years that one of the conditions for omnidirectional reflection in a one-dimensional photonic crystal is a strong refractive index contrast between the two constituent dielectric materials. Using numerical simulations and the theory of Anderson localization of light, in this work we demonstrate that an omnidirectional band gap can indeed be created utilizing low refractive index contrast materials when they are arranged in a disordered manner. Moreover, the size of the omnidirectional band gap becomes a controllable parameter, which now depends on the number of layers and not only on the refractive index contrast of the system, as it is widely accepted. This achievement constitutes a major breakthrough in the field since it allows for the development of cheaper and more efficient technologies. Of particular interest is the case of high index contrast one-dimensional photonic crystal fibers, where the propagation losses are mainly due to increased optical scattering from sidewall roughness at the interfaces of high index contrast materials. By using low index contrast materials these losses can be reduced dramatically, while maintaining the confinement capability of the waveguide. This is just one of many applications that could be proven useful for this discovery.

  6. High-refractive-index gratings for spectroscopic and laser applications

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    Zeitner, Uwe D.; Fuchs, Frank; Kley, E.-Bernhard; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2014-02-01

    Fabrication of high performance gratings may significantly benefit from the use of high index materials such as Ta2O5, TiO 2 or Al2O3. However, these materials can typically not be patterned with the required quality by common etching processes. To overcome this limitation we developed novel grating fabrication technologies based on a combination of conventional lithography with Atomic-Layer-Deposition. For that the basic structure of the grating is first realized in a fused-silica substrate or a SiO2-layer. This template is then functionalized by an ALD-coating in a specific pre-defined manner. The new approach opens up a huge variety of new options for the realization of gratings whose fabrication would otherwise not be possible.

  7. Raman spectroscopic investigation on high refractive index glasses prepared from local quartz sand.

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    Dararutana, P; Pongkrapan, S; Sirikulrat, N; Thawornmongkolkij, M; Wathanakul, P

    2009-08-01

    High refractive index (RI) glasses prepared from local quartz sand and compounds of heavy elements, such as, barium carbonate, lead oxide, and bismuth oxide as major ingredients were investigated using Raman spectroscopy. The results showed changes in glass structures of different doping elements, namely, Ba, Pb, and Bi. Refractive indices, densities, and UV-vis-NIR spectra of the glass samples were also measured. The Raman spectroscopy can be used to investigate and/or identify heavy glasses, local ancient glasses as well as glass jewelry.

  8. Controlling Goos-Hänchen shift in a negative-refractive-index quantum-dot nanostructure

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    Jamshidnejad, M.; Jabbari, M.; Ahmadi Sangachin, Elnaz; Solookinejad, Gh

    2017-08-01

    The Goos-Hänchen (GH) shifts due to a negative refractive index in double quantum-dot nanostructures are discussed in reflected and transmitted light beams. It is realized that positive and negative GH shifts can be attained in the negative-refraction medium due to the presence of the indirect incoherent pumping field and electron tunneling. We found that the lateral shift at the fixed incident angle can be enhanced (positive or negative) under suitable conditions on the control field, without changing the structure of the cavity. We hope that our proposed configuration may be helpful for future all-optical sensor devices based on quantum-dot nanostructures.

  9. Refractive index sensing in an all-solid twin-core photonic bandgap fiber

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    Yuan, Scott Wu; Town, Graham E.; Bang, Ole

    2010-01-01

    We describe a highly sensitive refractive index sensor based on a twin-core coupler in an all-solid photonic bandgap guiding optical fiber. A single hole acts as a microfluidic channel for the analyte, which modifies the coupling between the cores, and avoids the need for selective filling....... By operating in the bandgap guiding regime the proposed sensor is capable of measuring refractive indices around that of water, and because the analyte varies the coupling coefficient (i.e., instead of phase matching condition) the device is capable of both high sensitivity and a relatively large dynamic range....

  10. Refractive index measurement of imidazolium based ionic liquids in the Vis-NIR

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    Arosa, Yago; Rodríguez Fernández, Carlos Damián; López Lago, Elena; Amigo, Alfredo; Varela, Luis Miguel; Cabeza, Oscar; de la Fuente, Raúl

    2017-11-01

    In this paper spectrally resolved white light interferometry is applied for measuring the refractive index of different ionic liquids over a wide spectral band from 400 to 1000 nm. The measuring device is compound by a Michelson interferometer whose output is analyzed by means of two spectrometers. The first one is a homemade prism spectrometer which provides the interferogram produced by the sample over a wide continuum spectrum. The second one is a commercial diffraction grating spectrometer used to make high precision measurements of the displacement between the Michelson mirrors by interferometry. Both instruments combined allow the retrieval of the refractive index of the sample over a wide visible-near infrared continuum spectrum with deviations on the fourth decimal. A group of 14 different ionic liquids based on the 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium cation have been studied through this technique. The measured refractive index of the ionic liquids is used to calculate their electronic polarizability. This makes possible to gain insight into the microscopic behavior of the compounds. To give a better picture, the liquids have been classified in four groups and their refractive indices and polarizabilities are compared in order to find correlations between these magnitudes and the structure of the liquids.

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

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    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.

  12. Improving axial resolution in confocal microscopy with new high refractive index mounting media.

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    Full Text Available Resolution, high signal intensity and elevated signal to noise ratio (SNR are key issues for biologists who aim at studying the localisation of biological structures at the cellular and subcellular levels using confocal microscopy. The resolution required to separate sub-cellular biological structures is often near to the resolving power of the microscope. When optimally used, confocal microscopes may reach resolutions of 180 nm laterally and 500 nm axially, however, axial resolution in depth is often impaired by spherical aberration that may occur due to refractive index mismatches. Spherical aberration results in broadening of the point-spread function (PSF, a decrease in peak signal intensity when imaging in depth and a focal shift that leads to the distortion of the image along the z-axis and thus in a scaling error. In this study, we use the novel mounting medium CFM3 (Citifluor Ltd., UK with a refractive index of 1.518 to minimize the effects of spherical aberration. This mounting medium is compatible with most common fluorochromes and fluorescent proteins. We compare its performance with established mounting media, harbouring refractive indices below 1.500, by estimating lateral and axial resolution with sub-resolution fluorescent beads. We show furthermore that the use of the high refractive index media renders the tissue transparent and improves considerably the axial resolution and imaging depth in immuno-labelled or fluorescent protein labelled fixed mouse brain tissue. We thus propose to use those novel high refractive index mounting media, whenever optimal axial resolution is required.

  13. Improving axial resolution in confocal microscopy with new high refractive index mounting media.

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    Fouquet, Coralie; Gilles, Jean-François; Heck, Nicolas; Dos Santos, Marc; Schwartzmann, Richard; Cannaya, Vidjeacoumary; Morel, Marie-Pierre; Davidson, Robert Stephen; Trembleau, Alain; Bolte, Susanne

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    Resolution, high signal intensity and elevated signal to noise ratio (SNR) are key issues for biologists who aim at studying the localisation of biological structures at the cellular and subcellular levels using confocal microscopy. The resolution required to separate sub-cellular biological structures is often near to the resolving power of the microscope. When optimally used, confocal microscopes may reach resolutions of 180 nm laterally and 500 nm axially, however, axial resolution in depth is often impaired by spherical aberration that may occur due to refractive index mismatches. Spherical aberration results in broadening of the point-spread function (PSF), a decrease in peak signal intensity when imaging in depth and a focal shift that leads to the distortion of the image along the z-axis and thus in a scaling error. In this study, we use the novel mounting medium CFM3 (Citifluor Ltd., UK) with a refractive index of 1.518 to minimize the effects of spherical aberration. This mounting medium is compatible with most common fluorochromes and fluorescent proteins. We compare its performance with established mounting media, harbouring refractive indices below 1.500, by estimating lateral and axial resolution with sub-resolution fluorescent beads. We show furthermore that the use of the high refractive index media renders the tissue transparent and improves considerably the axial resolution and imaging depth in immuno-labelled or fluorescent protein labelled fixed mouse brain tissue. We thus propose to use those novel high refractive index mounting media, whenever optimal axial resolution is required.

  14. Refractive-index changes caused by proton radiation in silicate optical glasses

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    Gusarov, Andrei I.; Doyle, Dominic; Hermanne, Alex; Berghmans, Francis; Fruit, Michel; Ulbrich, Gerd; Blondel, Michel

    2002-02-01

    We have studied experimentally, by using a differential interferometric technique, the effect of proton radiation on the refractive index of commercial (Schott) silicate crown glasses, BK7 and LaK9, and their radiation-resistant counterparts. The strongest effect was observed for the radiation-hard lanthanum crown LaK9G15: At a 0.65-Mrad dose the index change was approximately 3 × 10-5. Radiation-hard glasses are used in optical systems operating in radiation environments because they prevent spectral transmission degradation in the visible. However, such glasses are not protected against radiation-induced refractive-index perturbations, and a diffraction-limited optical system based on such glasses may fail owing to radiation-induced aberrations.

  15. Tuning the refractive index of blended polymer films by RIR-MAPLE deposition

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    McCormick, Ryan D.; Cline, Eric D.; Chadha, Arvinder S.; Zhou, Weidong; Stiff-Roberts, Adrienne D.

    2012-02-01

    Graded index polymer films enable novel optics using rigid or flexible substrates, such as waveguides or anti-reflection coatings. Previously, such films have been fabricated by nanoimprint lithography or the decomposition of a single component in polymer blends. Yet, it is desirable to have precise control over the polymer film composition in order to have the most flexibility in designing refractive index profiles. Resonant-infrared matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (RIR-MAPLE) is a polymer thin film deposition technique that enables multi-layer structures on a wide variety of substrate materials, regardless of the solubilities of constituent polymers. In this work, the feasibility of tuning the refractive index of blended polymer films of polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate) deposited by RIR-MAPLE is demonstrated. Different polymer blend film compositions are deposited using RIR-MAPLE by varying the polymer target ratio. Transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy are used to characterize the film morphology.

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

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    Morrison, Benjamin C.; Borrero-Echeverry, Daniel

    2015-11-01

    Index-matching fluids play an important role in many fluid dynamics experiments, particularly those involving particle tracking, as they can be used to minimize errors due to distortion from the refraction of light across interfaces of the apparatus. Common index-matching fluids, such as sodium iodide solutions or mineral oils, often have densities or viscosities very different from those of water. This can make them undesirable for use as a working fluid when using commercially available tracer particles or at high Reynolds numbers. A solution of ammonium thiocyanate (NH4SCN) can be used for index-matching common materials such as borosilicate glass and acrylic, and has material properties similar to those of water (ν ~ 1 . 6 cSt and ρ ~ 1 . 1 g/cc). We present an empirical model for predicting the refractive index of aqueous NH4SCN solutions as a function of temperature and NH4SCN concentration that allows experimenters to develop refractive index matching solutions for various common materials. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (CBET-0853691) and by the James Borders Physics Student Fellowship at Reed College.

  17. Effect of varying pore size of AAO films on refractive index and birefringence measured by prism coupling technique.

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    Gong, Su-Hyun; Stolz, Arnaud; Myeong, Gi-Hwan; Dogheche, Elhadj; Gokarna, Anisha; Ryu, Sang-Wan; Decoster, Didier; Cho, Yong-Hoon

    2011-11-01

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films with different pore sizes were prepared to modulate the effective refractive index and birefringence. To investigate the relationship between the refractive index and the pore size of the AAO film, optical constants were obtained using a prism coupler with various lasers. With experimental results, the dispersion curve of alumina itself without pores was extracted using a theoretical anisotropic model. We demonstrated that AAO films could offer a wide range of refractive index and birefringence values for optical device applications. Furthermore, index profiles as a function of the thickness of the AAO films were obtained by inverse Wentzel-Kramer-Brillouin approximation to examine the optical homogeneity.

  18. Refractive index and equilibrium water content of conventional and silicone hydrogel contact lenses.

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    González-Méijome, José M; Lira, Madalena; López-Alemany, Antonio; Almeida, José B; Parafita, Manuel A; Refojo, Miguel F

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to measure equilibrium water content (EWC) and refractive index of conventional and silicone hydrogel soft contact lenses (SCL) using a hand refractometer and an automated refractometer. Sixteen SCL were used in this study including 12 conventional SCL not containing siloxane moieties (equilibrium water content (EWC) range: 38.6-74%) and the four silicone hydrogel based contact lenses currently available (WC range: 24-47%). Two experienced observers performed the measurements in a randomised order being masked by a third party during the three sessions at which the measurements were collected. The Atago N-2E hand refractometer and the CLR 12-70 digital refractometer were used. Data were analysed separately for conventional and silicone hydrogel materials. Measured EWC and refractive index correlate better when measured with the instruments used in this study (r(2) = 0.979, p lenses are analysed together (r(2) = 0.840) than when conventional hydrogel (r(2) = 0.953) and silicone hydrogel contact lenses (r(2) = 0.967) are analysed separately. Regarding refractive index, the relationship between nominal and measured values when all the lenses are considered together (r(2) = 0.794) becomes weaker when conventional hydrogel are considered separately (r(2) = 0.688), while a stronger relationship is observed for silicone hydrogel lenses (r(2) = 0.939). Hence, hand refractometry overestimates the EWC of silicone hydrogels, while automated refractive index measurements are more accurate in silicone hydrogels than in conventional hydrogels. New relationships are presented that correlate nominal and measured values of EWC and refractive index for the silicone containing hydrogels. The linear relationships derived fit well to the data. Hand refractometry overestimates the EWC of silicone hydrogel materials and this bias is related to the proportion of siloxane moieties in the material. Conversely, refractive index can be obtained more

  19. Bibliography and author index for electrical discharges in vacuum (1897 to 1980)

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    Miller, H.C.

    1982-01-29

    This bibliography covers the field of electrical discharges in vacuum, comprising both electrical breakdown in vacuum and vacuum arcs. A brief review section lists some review papers which would be helpful to the novice in this field. The bulk of the paper consists of bibliographic listings, arranged by year of publication and within each year, alphabetically by first author. An author index refers one to all papers authored or coauthored by a particular person. There are 2450 papers listed through December 1980.

  20. Block copolymer assisted refractive index engineering of metal oxides for applications in optical sensing

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    Poole, Zsolt L.; Ohodnicki, Paul; Buric, Michael; Yan, Aidong; Riyadh, Shaymaa; Lin, Yuankun; Chen, Kevin P.

    2014-09-01

    We demonstrate that the refractive indices of important functional metal oxides (TiO2, SnO2, and ZnO) can be engineered "at will" for applications in photonics engineering. The tailoring of the refractive indices is accomplished by 3D nanostructuring in the sub-wavelength regime (50nm or less) using the method of block-copolymer templating combined with a low cost solution processing approach. Using this method, the index of refraction of the demonstrated metal oxides and their doped variants can be engineered to be as low as 1.25. We will present both numerical simulations and experimental data demonstrating the unrestricted integration of functional metal oxides with a D-shaped optical fiber for applications in chemical and biological sensing. Using the developed refractive index engineering scheme, we introduce a novel hydrogen sensor by integrating a palladium doped TiO2 nanomaterial with D-shaped optical fiber and provide sensor characterization up to 700°C for applications in the energy sector.

  1. Assessment of vacuum casting replication technology for refractive and diffractive micro-optomechanical components

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    Tuteleers, Patrik; Hermanne, Alex; Thienpont, Hugo

    2003-03-01

    In this paper we assess the replication of micro-optical structures through vacuum casting. To that aim we have replicated, besides optical components and structures fabricated with DLP a variety of other optical components: micro-jet lenses, glass gratings, glass lenses and hybrid integrated systems. Shrinkage is always present on the replicated elements and therefore must be compensated in the master element, if one wants to have correct final dimensions. Furthermore it is of great importance that the replica is crystal-clear and without flow lines or other distortions. This can be obtained by tuning the different process parameters and by working with different types and qualities of polyurethane. In this paper we will highlight our findings on the assessment of the vacuum casting technology with respect to shrinkage, replication quality and transmission efficiency.

  2. A complete parameterisation of the relative humidity and wavelength dependence of the refractive index of hygroscopic inorganic aerosol particles

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    Cotterell, Michael I.; Willoughby, Rose E.; Bzdek, Bryan R.; Orr-Ewing, Andrew J.; Reid, Jonathan P.

    2017-08-01

    Calculations of aerosol radiative forcing require knowledge of wavelength-dependent aerosol optical properties, such as single-scattering albedo. These aerosol optical properties can be calculated using Mie theory from knowledge of the key microphysical properties of particle size and refractive index, assuming that atmospheric particles are well-approximated to be spherical and homogeneous. We provide refractive index determinations for aqueous aerosol particles containing the key atmospherically relevant inorganic solutes of NaCl, NaNO3, (NH4)2SO4, NH4HSO4 and Na2SO4, reporting the refractive index variation with both wavelength (400-650 nm) and relative humidity (from 100 % to the efflorescence value of the salt). The accurate and precise retrieval of refractive index is performed using single-particle cavity ring-down spectroscopy. This approach involves probing a single aerosol particle confined in a Bessel laser beam optical trap through a combination of extinction measurements using cavity ring-down spectroscopy and elastic light-scattering measurements. Further, we assess the accuracy of these refractive index measurements, comparing our data with previously reported data sets from different measurement techniques but at a single wavelength. Finally, we provide a Cauchy dispersion model that parameterises refractive index measurements in terms of both wavelength and relative humidity. Our parameterisations should provide useful information to researchers requiring an accurate and comprehensive treatment of the wavelength and relative humidity dependence of refractive index for the inorganic component of atmospheric aerosol.

  3. Study on the effect of carbon nanotube coating on the refractive index sensing sensitivity of fiber modal interferometer

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    Zhang, Ya-nan; Xie, Wen-ge; Wang, Jianzhang; Wang, Pengzhao

    2018-01-01

    Refractive index sensing of liquid is important in the domain of chemistry and biology. Fiber optical sensors provide an excellent way to measure the refractive index due to their feasible integration to other fiber optics components, high sensitivity, small size, and distributed sensing. However, conventional optical sensors have different shortages. To find a practical way to measure the refractive index of liquid, this paper intended to combine Carbon Nanotube (CNT) with non-core fiber (NCF) to prepare a kind of modal interferometer sensor and to explore the effect of CNT coating on refractive index sensing properties of the modal interferometer. Firstly, a structure of single mode non-core single mode (SNS) fiber with a CNT film coating was proposed and simulated. The simulation results showed that the CNT coating could improve the refractive index sensitivity of the interferometer sensor. Then in the experiment part, the CNT solution was fabricated and deposited onto the NCF, and a refractive index sensing system was built to examine the property of the CNT-coated SNS interferometer sensor. During the experiment, the influence factors of sensitivity were summarized by testing the sensing performance under different conditions, and it was demonstrated that the CNT coating could improve the contrast of the interference spectrum, and also had the possibility to increase the refractive index sensitivity of the interferometer sensor.

  4. Refractive Index of ZnS, ZnSe, and ZnTe and Its Wavelength and Temperature Derivatives.

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    1982-05-01

    Derivative of Refractive Index of CYD ZS . . . . . . . ................... 36 6. Reoiended Values on the Wavelength Derivative of Refractive Indez of CD Z at...determine the constants Ea, Aa, and *B’s depending on the type and quality of available data; if reliable temporature-dependent da/dT data are available, eq...the recent data in the overlapped region are within two units in the third decimal place. DeVore [9] measured refractive indices for a clear, water

  5. Refractive index biosensor using sidewall gratings in dual-slot waveguide

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    Sahu, Sourabh; Ali, Jalil; Singh, Ghanshyam

    2017-11-01

    This paper presents an optical biosensor using sidewall grating in dual slot waveguide, modeled on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) platform. By optimizing the geometric parameters of the device, the spectral response is tailored to obtain a sharp resonant peak with high transmissivity that also enhances the limit-of-detection. The device detects the shift in resonant wavelength on a variation of the biomaterial refractive index. The simulation study has performed using the transfer matrix method. The obtained characteristics of the sensors include linear response to a change in refractive index of biomaterial, limit of detection of the order of 10-6 and ease of fabrication. The device performance has also compared with other SOI resonator structures like photonic crystal waveguide, sub-wavelength grating, ring resonator and grating resonator.

  6. Effects of thickness and external refractive index in coated tilted fiber Bragg gratings

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    Paladino, D.; Pilla, P.; Cutolo, A.; Campopiano, S.; Giordano, M.; Cusano, A.; Caucheteur, C.; Mégret, P.

    2007-07-01

    In this work, an experimental analysis on the spectral effects induced by depositing a uniform high refractive index (HRI) thin coating on weakly tilted fiber Bragg gratings (TFBGs) is carried out. First, two weakly TFBGs presenting different tilt angles were fabricated. Successively, by using dip-coating technique, two different coating thicknesses were deposited on each of them. The transmission spectra of the obtained structures were collected as the surrounding refractive index (SRI) changed in the range 1÷1.47. The coated gratings present some differences in their spectral evolution, that can be opportunely exploited. The coated configuration could improve some aspects of previous demodulation techniques exploited in the case of bare TFBGs. Moreover, an important effect of HRI coatings is to enhance the SRI sensitivity of the spectral position of the dips corresponding to cladding modes coupling, leading to a different interrogation method for sensing applications.

  7. Cryogenic Refractive Index and Coefficient of Thermal Expansion for the S-TIH1 Glass

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    Quijada, Manuel A.; Leviton, Douglas; Content, David

    2013-01-01

    Using the CHARMS facility at NASA GSFC, we have measured the cryogenic refractive index of the Ohara S-TIH1 glass from 0.40 to 2.53 micrometers and from 120 to 300 K. We have also examined the spectral dispersion and thermo-optic coefficients (dn/dT). We also derived temperature-dependent Sellmeier models from which refractive index may be calculated for any wavelength and temperature within the stated ranges of each model. The S-TIH1 glass we tested exhibited unusual behavior in the thermo-optic coefficient. We found that for delta glass in order to understand its thermal properties. The CTE showed a monotonic change with a decrease in temperature.

  8. Pressure dependence of the refractive index in wurtzite and rocksalt indium nitride

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    Oliva, R. [Institut Jaume Almera, Consell Superior d' Investigacions Científiques (CSIC), Lluís Solé i Sabarís s.n., 08028 Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain); MALTA-Consolider Team, Departament de Física Aplicada, ICMUV, Universitat de València, c/Dr. Moliner 50, 46100 Burjassot, València (Spain); Segura, A. [MALTA-Consolider Team, Departament de Física Aplicada, ICMUV, Universitat de València, c/Dr. Moliner 50, 46100 Burjassot, València (Spain); Ibáñez, J., E-mail: jibanez@ictja.csic.es; Artús, L. [Institut Jaume Almera, Consell Superior d' Investigacions Científiques (CSIC), Lluís Solé i Sabarís s.n., 08028 Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain); Yamaguchi, T.; Nanishi, Y. [Faculty of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Shiga 525-8577 (Japan)

    2014-12-08

    We have performed high-pressure Fourier transform infrared reflectance measurements on a freestanding InN thin film to determine the refractive index of wurtzite InN and its high-pressure rocksalt phase as a function of hydrostatic pressure. From a fit to the experimental refractive-index curves including the effect of the high-energy optical gaps, phonons, free carriers, and the direct (fundamental) band-gap in the case of wurtzite InN, we obtain pressure coefficients for the low-frequency (electronic) dielectric constant ε{sub ∞}. Negative pressure coefficients of −8.8 × 10{sup −2 }GPa{sup −1} and −14.8 × 10{sup −2 }GPa{sup −1} are obtained for the wurtzite and rocksalt phases, respectively. The results are discussed in terms of the electronic band structure and the compressibility of both phases.

  9. Refractive Index Seen by a Probe Beam Interacting with a Laser-Plasma System

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    Turnbull, D.; Goyon, C.; Kemp, G. E.; Pollock, B. B.; Mariscal, D.; Divol, L.; Ross, J. S.; Patankar, S.; Moody, J. D.; Michel, P.

    2017-01-01

    We report the first complete set of measurements of a laser-plasma optical system's refractive index, as seen by a second probe laser beam, as a function of the relative wavelength shift between the two laser beams. Both the imaginary and real refractive index components are found to be in good agreement with linear theory using plasma parameters measured by optical Thomson scattering and interferometry; the former is in contrast to previous work and has implications for crossed-beam energy transfer in indirect-drive inertial confinement fusion, and the latter is measured for the first time. The data include the first demonstration of a laser-plasma polarizer with 85 %- 87 % extinction for the particular laser and plasma parameters used in this experiment, complementing the existing suite of high-power, tunable, and ultrafast plasma-based photonic devices.

  10. Weak-field H3O+ ion cyclotron resonance alters water refractive index.

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    D'Emilia, E; Ledda, M; Foletti, A; Lisi, A; Giuliani, L; Grimaldi, S; Liboff, A R

    2017-01-01

    Heretofore only observed in living systems, we report that weak-field ion cyclotron resonance (ICR) also occurs in inanimate matter. Weak magnetic field (50 nT) hydronium ICR at the field combination (7.84 Hz, 7.5 µT) markedly changes water structure, as evidenced by finding an altered index of refraction exactly at this combined field. This observation utilizes a novel technique which measures the scattering of a He-Ne laser beam as the sample is exposed to a ramped magnetic field frequency. In addition to the hydronium resonance, we find evidence of ICR coupling to a more massive structure, possibly a tetrahedral combination of three waters and a single hydronium ion. To check our observations, we extended this technique to D2O, successfully predicting the specific ICR charge-to-mass ratio for D3O+ that alters the index of refraction.

  11. Refractive index dispersion in thin ZnGa2O4 films

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    Bordun, O. M.; Kukharskyy, I. Yo.; Bihday, V. G.

    2012-01-01

    We have studied refractive index dispersion in thin ZnGa2O4 films obtained by high-frequency RF ion plasma sputtering. We have established that the spectral dependence of the refractive index in the visible region of the spectrum is mainly determined by transitions from the band including 2p states of the oxygen and 3d states of the zinc, forming the highest occupied level of the valance band, to the bottom of the conduction band formed by the 4s4p states of the zinc. For the studied films, we have determined the parameters of the single-oscillator approximation, the dispersion energy, the chemical bond ionicity, and the coordination number.

  12. Index of refraction, Rayleigh scattering length, and Sellmeier coefficients in solid and liquid argon and xenon

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    Grace, Emily; Butcher, Alistair; Monroe, Jocelyn; Nikkel, James A.

    2017-09-01

    Large liquid argon detectors have become widely used in low rate experiments, including dark matter and neutrino research. However, the optical properties of liquid argon are not well understood at the large scales relevant for current and near-future detectors. The index of refraction of liquid argon at the scintillation wavelength has not been measured, and current Rayleigh scattering length calculations disagree with measurements. Furthermore, the Rayleigh scattering length and index of refraction of solid argon and solid xenon at their scintillation wavelengths have not been previously measured or calculated. We introduce a new calculation using existing data in liquid and solid argon and xenon to extrapolate the optical properties at the scintillation wavelengths using the Sellmeier dispersion relationship.

  13. Plasma-enhanced growth, composition, and refractive index of silicon oxy-nitride films

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    Mattsson, Kent Erik

    1995-01-01

    -product. A model, that combine the chemical net reaction and the stoichiometric rules, is found to agree with measured deposition rates for given material compositions. Effects of annealing in a nitrogen atmosphere has been investigated for the 400 °C– 1100 °C temperature range. It is observed that PECVD oxy....... This relation suggest that the refractive index of oxy-nitride with a low nitrogen concentration is determined by the material density. It is suggested that the relative oxygen concentration in the gas flow is the major deposition characterization parameter, and that water vapor is the predominant reaction by...... nitrogen concentrations between 2 and 10 at. %. A simple atomic valence model is found to describe both the measured atomic concentrations and published material compositions for silicon oxy-nitride produced by PECVD. A relation between the Si–N bond concentration and the refractive index is found...

  14. Refractive Index Sensor Based on a 1D Photonic Crystal in a Microfluidic Channel

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    Klaus B. Mogensen

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available A refractive index sensor has been fabricated in silicon oxynitride by standard UV lithography and dry etching processes. The refractive index sensor consists of a 1D photonic crystal (PhC embedded in a microfluidic channel addressed by fiber-terminated planar waveguides. Experimental demonstrations performed with several ethanol solutions ranging from a purity of 96.00% (n = 1.36356 to 95.04% (n = 1.36377 yielded a sensitivity (Δλ/Δn of 836 nm/RIU and a limit of detection (LOD of 6 x 10-5 RIU, which is, however, still one order of magnitude higher than the theoretical lower limit of the limit of detection 1.3 x 10–6 RIU.

  15. Spatial Frequency Responses of Anisotropic Refractive Index Gratings Formed in Holographic Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystals

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    Yoshiaki Fukuda

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available We report on an experimental investigation of spatial frequency responses of anisotropic transmission refractive index gratings formed in holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystals (HPDLCs. We studied two different types of HPDLC materials employing two different monomer systems: one with acrylate monomer capable of radical mediated chain-growth polymerizations and the other with thiol-ene monomer capable of step-growth polymerizations. It was found that the photopolymerization kinetics of the two HPDLC materials could be well explained by the autocatalytic model. We also measured grating-spacing dependences of anisotropic refractive index gratings at a recording wavelength of 532 nm. It was found that the HPDLC material with the thiol-ene monomer gave higher spatial frequency responses than that with the acrylate monomer. Statistical thermodynamic simulation suggested that such a spatial frequency dependence was attributed primarily to a difference in the size of formed liquid crystal droplets due to different photopolymerization mechanisms.

  16. General theory of wave propagation through graded interfaces between positive- and negative-refractive-index media

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    Dalarsson, Mariana

    2017-10-01

    The introduction of metamaterials and transformation optics has brought the possibilities for manipulating electromagnetic waves to an unprecedented level, suggesting applications like super-resolution imaging, cloaking, subwavelength focusing, and field localization. The refractive index of metamaterial structures in transformation optics typically has to be spatially graded. This paper presents a full analytical method for description of the field propagation through composites with gradient refractive index. The remarkable property of this approach is that it gives explicit general expressions for the field intensity and transmission and reflection coefficients, without reference to any boundary conditions. This opens a possibility for a novel fundamental theory of a number of important electromagnetic phenomena. The method enables calculation of wave propagation parameters within structures with arbitrary losses, arbitrary spectral dispersions, and arbitrary slopes of permittivity and permeability gradients, from mild to abrupt.

  17. Temperature-compensated refractive index sensor based on bent-fiber interference

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    Gong, Zhenfeng; Chen, Ke; Zhou, Xinlei; Yu, Qingxu

    2017-07-01

    In this letter, we present a hybrid single-mode fiber (SMF) structure for refractive index (RI) measurement with the temperature compensation capability. The interferometer has simple structure, consisting of a bare fiber semicircular bending region (SBR) and a fiber Bragg grating (FBG). The section of SBR serves as a refractometer with a temperature compensator using a simple FBG. The sensing mechanism of this device has been investigated and experimentally demonstrated. The FBG structure is insensitive towards the change in the ambient RI but is sensitive towards the changes in the ambient temperature whereas the SBR structure is sensitive towards both of RI and temperature. In the RI range of 1.3288-1.3730, the corresponding RI sensitivity for the bare fiber bending region is 160 nm/RIU (refractive index unit) and the RI resolution is about 8.5 × 10-5 RIU.

  18. Tomographic active optical trapping of arbitrarily shaped objects by exploiting 3D refractive index maps

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    Kim, Kyoohyun; Park, Yongkeun

    2017-05-01

    Optical trapping can manipulate the three-dimensional (3D) motion of spherical particles based on the simple prediction of optical forces and the responding motion of samples. However, controlling the 3D behaviour of non-spherical particles with arbitrary orientations is extremely challenging, due to experimental difficulties and extensive computations. Here, we achieve the real-time optical control of arbitrarily shaped particles by combining the wavefront shaping of a trapping beam and measurements of the 3D refractive index distribution of samples. Engineering the 3D light field distribution of a trapping beam based on the measured 3D refractive index map of samples generates a light mould, which can manipulate colloidal and biological samples with arbitrary orientations and/or shapes. The present method provides stable control of the orientation and assembly of arbitrarily shaped particles without knowing a priori information about the sample geometry. The proposed method can be directly applied in biophotonics and soft matter physics.

  19. Angular scan optical coherence tomography imaging and metrology of spherical gradient refractive index preforms.

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    Yao, Jianing; Meemon, Panomsak; Ponting, Michael; Rolland, Jannick P

    2015-03-09

    The fabrication of high-performance spherical gradient refractive index (S-GRIN) optics requires nondestructive metrology techniques to inspect the samples. We have developed an angular-scan, swept-source-based, Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) system centered at 1318 nm with 5 mm imaging depth capable of 180° polar scan and 360° azimuthal scan to investigate polymeric S-GRIN preforms. We demonstrate a method that enables simultaneous mapping of the group optical thickness, physical thickness, the radially-averaged group refractive index, and the transmitted wavefront of the S-GRIN preforms. The angular scan OCT imaging and metrology enables direct visualization, molding uniformity characterization, and optical property evaluations of the preforms. The results on two generations of S-GRIN preforms are discussed that showcase the evolution of the manufacturing process in response to the OCT metrology feedback.

  20. Variation of index of refraction in cobalt doped ZnO nanostructures

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    Kaphle, Amrit; Hari, Parameswar

    2017-10-01

    One dimensional zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures were fabricated using a low temperature chemical bath deposition technique. The ZnO nanorods were doped with cobalt using cobalt nitrate with cobalt concentration varying from 0% to 9%. The scanning electron microscope images of the nanostructures indicate that the diameter of ZnO nanorods increased with the increase in cobalt doping concentration. The optical characterizations of the doped and undoped samples were performed by investigating the variation in the band gap, the Urbach energy, the index of refraction, and the extinction coefficient with cobalt concentration. The dispersion of index of refraction in cobalt doped ZnO nanostructures was modeled based on the Wemple DiDomenico single oscillator model. The interband oscillator energy and the dispersion energy were estimated for different cobalt doped ZnO nanorod samples based on this model.

  1. Characterization of Chromatic Dispersion and Refractive Index of Polymer Optical Fibers

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    Igor Ayesta

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available The chromatic dispersion and the refractive index of poly(methyl methacrylate polymer optical fibers (POFs have been characterized in this work by using a tunable femtosecond laser and a Streak Camera. The characterization technique is based on the measurement of the time delays of light pulses propagating along POFs at different wavelengths. Polymer fibers of three different lengths made by two manufacturers have been employed for that purpose, and discrepancies lower than 3% have been obtained in all cases.

  2. Design of a Michelson Interferometer for Quantitative Refraction Index Profile Measurements

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    Nijholt, J.L.M.

    1998-01-01

    This book describes the theoretical design of a three camera Michelson interferometer set-up for quantitative refractive index measuerments. Although a two camera system is easier to align and less expensive, a three camera interferometer is preferred because the expected measuring accuracy is much better. Here analytical expressions are found for the calculation of the required alignment accuracy of the interferometer's components: three CCD-cameras (six degrees of freedom each), a quarter w...

  3. Increase in sensitivity of sensor units of environment refraction index change based on superficial plasmon resonance

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    Ushenin Yu. V.

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Results of computer modeling of an angular spectrum superficial plasmon resonance in metal films measurements with device PLAZMON-5 with infra-red radiator are analysed. It is shown that use of an infra-red source of radiation allows to improve sensitivity of sensor device in comparison with source of visible light. On an example of dielectric refraction indexes measurement with PLAZMON-5 device experimental check of theoretical calculations has been carried out.

  4. Increase in sensitivity of sensor units of environment refraction index change based on superficial plasmon resonance

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    Ushenin Yu. V.; Samoylov R. V.; Khristosenko R. V.

    2011-01-01

    Results of computer modeling of an angular spectrum superficial plasmon resonance in metal films measurements with device PLAZMON-5 with infra-red radiator are analysed. It is shown that use of an infra-red source of radiation allows to improve sensitivity of sensor device in comparison with source of visible light. On an example of dielectric refraction indexes measurement with PLAZMON-5 device experimental check of theoretical calculations has been carried out.

  5. A refractive index gradient (RING) diagnostic for transient discharges or expansions of vapor or plasmas

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    Cuneo, M. E.; Lockner, T. R.; Tisone, G. S.; Bieg, K. W.; Stinnett, R. W.; Chavez, J. R.

    The use of lasers to measure plasma properties is well known. Common methods include interferometry (density), Schlieren (gradient of density), and shadowgraphy (derivative of gradient). The diagnostic described uses a fast silicon photodiode quadrant detector with a differential amplifier to temporally detect the refraction of a CW laser by transient discharges or expansions of vapor, gas or plasma. The laser beam is refracted by the gradient of the total index of refraction due to neutral and ionized atoms (positive index) and electrons (negative index) in those discharges. The output of the circuit is a voltage proportional to the deflection angle of the laser beam through the discharge. The method is a time-resolved, quantitative, species discriminating (i.e., atoms or electrons) Schlieren technique. The diagnostic is easy to field, sensitive 1.3 + or - 0.1 to 3.3 + or - 0.1 mv/mrad depending on laser power, divergence, moment arm and circuit gain) and fast (rise time = 11 (+ or -) 1 to 24 (+ or -) 1 ns depending on various circuit parameters). Diagnostic theory, and circuit design and performance is discussed. This Refractive INdex Gradient (RING) diagnostic was applied to measurements on several ion sources under development at Sandia for use on intense applied-B ion diodes in the light ion fusion program. Sources studied include different types of flashboards, a thermal evaporation lithium ion source, and a laser produced ion source. To illustrate the utility of this technique, examples of measurements on LEVIS (Laser EVaporation Ion Source), a laser produced active lithium ion source is given. Measured properties include vapor/plasma production thresholds, expansion velocities, some species information, gradient profiles, and estimates of density profiles.

  6. The role of macromolecular crowding in the evolution of lens crystallins with high molecular refractive index

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    Zhao, Huaying; Magone, M. Teresa; Schuck, Peter

    2011-08-01

    Crystallins are present in the lens at extremely high concentrations in order to provide transparency and generate a high refractive power of the lens. The crystallin families prevalent in the highest density lens tissues are γ-crystallins in vertebrates and S-crystallins in cephalopods. As shown elsewhere, in parallel evolution, both have evolved molecular refractive index increments 5-10% above those of most proteins. Although this is a small increase, it is statistically very significant and can be achieved only by very unusual amino acid compositions. In contrast, such a molecular adaptation to aid in the refractive function of the lens did not occur in crystallins that are preferentially located in lower density lens tissues, such as vertebrate α-crystallin and taxon-specific crystallins. In the current work, we apply a model of non-interacting hard spheres to examine the thermodynamic contributions of volume exclusion at lenticular protein concentrations. We show that the small concentration decrease afforded by the higher molecular refractive index increment of crystallins can amplify nonlinearly to produce order of magnitude differences in chemical activities, and lead to reduced osmotic pressure and the reduced propensity for protein aggregation. Quantitatively, this amplification sets in only at protein concentrations as high as those found in hard lenses or the nucleus of soft lenses, in good correspondence to the observed crystallin properties in different tissues and different species. This suggests that volume exclusion effects provide the evolutionary driving force for the unusual refractive properties and the unusual amino acid compositions of γ-crystallins and S-crystallins.

  7. Refractive Index Sensor Based on Fano Resonances in Metal-Insulator-Metal Waveguides Coupled with Resonators

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    Yue Tang

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available A surface plasmon polariton refractive index sensor based on Fano resonances in metal–insulator–metal (MIM waveguides coupled with rectangular and ring resonators is proposed and numerically investigated using a finite element method. Fano resonances are observed in the transmission spectra, which result from the coupling between the narrow-band spectral response in the ring resonator and the broadband spectral response in the rectangular resonator. Results are analyzed using coupled-mode theory based on transmission line theory. The coupled mode theory is employed to explain the Fano resonance effect, and the analytical result is in good agreement with the simulation result. The results show that with an increase in the refractive index of the fill dielectric material in the slot of the system, the Fano resonance peak exhibits a remarkable red shift, and the highest value of sensitivity (S is 1125 nm/RIU, RIU means refractive index unit. Furthermore, the coupled MIM waveguide structure can be integrated with other photonic devices at the chip scale. The results can provide a guide for future applications of this structure.

  8. Lattice and electronic contributions to the refractive index of CuWO₄

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    Ruiz-Fuertes, J., E-mail: ruiz-fuertes@kristall.uni-frankfurt.de [Geowissenschaften, Goethe-Universität, Altenhöferallee 1, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Malta-Consolider Team, Departamento de Física Aplicada-ICMUV, Universitat de València, Dr. Moliner 50, 46100 Burjassot (Spain); Pellicer-Porres, J.; Segura, A. [Malta-Consolider Team, Departamento de Física Aplicada-ICMUV, Universitat de València, Dr. Moliner 50, 46100 Burjassot (Spain); Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Muñoz, A. [Malta-Consolider Team Departamento de Física Fundamental II, Instituto de Materiales y Nanotecnología, Universidad de La Laguna, La Laguna, 38205 Tenerife (Spain)

    2014-09-14

    We report an investigation of the refractive index dispersion and anisotropy in CuWO₄ by means of interference measurements in two extinction directions from mid infrared to the visible region of the energy spectrum. The analysis of the refractive index dispersion yields ϵ(∞)=4.5(1) for light polarization parallel to the c-axis and ϵ(∞)=5.3(1) with respect to the other extinction axis. In addition, we report reflectance measurements carried out from the far infrared to the near ultraviolet to study the lattice and electronic contributions to the refractive index of CuWO₄. We have determined the wavenumbers of nine infrared active lattice modes and compared them with previous ab initio calculations. The value of the Penn gap, 7eV, as well as the origin of a structure observed at 4.4 eV in the reflectance spectrum, is discussed in the context of the CuWO₄ electronic structure.

  9. Optical method for measuring optical rotation angle and refractive index of chiral solution.

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    Lin, Jiun-You; Chen, Kun-Huang; Chen, Jing-Heng

    2007-11-20

    Based on the phenomena of Brewster's angle and the principles of common-path heterodyne interferometry, we present an optical method for measuring the optical rotation angle and the refractive index of a chiral solution simultaneously in one optical configuration. A heterodyne light beam and a circularly polarized heterodyne light beam are separately guided to project onto the interface of a semicircle glass and a chiral solution. One of the beams is transmitted through the solution, and the other is reflected near Brewster's angle at the interface. Then the two beams pass through polarization components respectively for interference. The phase differences of the two interference signals used to determine the rotation angle and the refractive index become very high with the proper azimuth angles of some polarization components, hence achieving an accurate rotational angle and a refractive index. The feasibility of the measuring method was demonstrated by our experimental results. This method should bear the merits of high accuracy, short sample medium length, and simpler operational endeavor.

  10. Development and characterization of adjustable refractive index scattering epoxy acrylate polymer layers

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

    2017-03-01

    Several polymer films for improved optical properties in optoelectronic devices are presented. In such optical applications, it is sometimes important to have a film with an adjusted refractive index, scattering properties, and a low surface roughness. These diffusing films can be used to increase the efficiency of optoelectronic components, such as organic light-emitting diodes. Three different epoxy acrylate mixtures containing Syntholux 291 EA, bisphenol A glycerolate dimethacrylate, and Sartomer SR 348 L are characterized and optimized with different additives. The adjustable refractive index of the material is achieved by chemical doping using 9-vinylcarbazole. Titanium nanoparticles in the mixtures generate light scattering and increase the refractive index additionally. A high-power stirrer is used to mix and disperse all chemical substances together to a homogenous mixture. The viscosity behavior of the mixtures is an important property for the selection of the production method and, therefore, the viscosity measurement results are presented. After the mixing, the monomer mixture is applied on glass substrates by screen printing. To initiate polymerization, the produced films are irradiated for 10 min with ultraviolet radiation and heat. Transmission measurements of the polymer matrix and roughness measurements complement the characterization.

  11. Zoned near-zero refractive index fishnet lens antenna: Steering millimeter waves

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    Pacheco-Peña, V., E-mail: victor.pacheco@unavarra.es; Orazbayev, B., E-mail: b.orazbayev@unavarra.es; Beaskoetxea, U., E-mail: unai.beaskoetxea@unavarra.es; Beruete, M., E-mail: miguel.beruete@unavarra.es [TERALAB (MmW—THz—IR and Plasmonics Laboratory), Universidad Pública de Navarra, Campus Arrosadía, 31006 Pamplona (Spain); Navarro-Cía, M., E-mail: m.navarro@imperial.ac.uk [Optical and Semiconductor Devices Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2BT (United Kingdom); Centre for Plasmonics and Metamaterials, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Centre for Terahertz Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)

    2014-03-28

    A zoned fishnet metamaterial lens is designed, fabricated, and experimentally demonstrated at millimeter wavelengths to work as a negative near-zero refractive index lens suitable for compact lens antenna configurations. At the design frequency f = 56.7 GHz (λ{sub 0} = 5.29 mm), the zoned fishnet metamaterial lens, designed to have a focal length FL = 9λ{sub 0}, exhibits a refractive index n = −0.25. The focusing performance of the diffractive optical element is briefly compared with that of a non-zoned fishnet metamaterial lens and an isotropic homogeneous zoned lens made of a material with the same refractive index. Experimental and numerically-computed radiation diagrams of the fabricated zoned lens are presented and compared in detail with that of a simulated non-zoned lens. Simulation and experimental results are in good agreement, demonstrating an enhancement generated by the zoned lens of 10.7 dB, corresponding to a gain of 12.26 dB. Moreover, beam steering capability of the structure by shifting the feeder on the xz-plane is demonstrated.

  12. Contrast-enhanced digital holographic imaging of cellular structures by manipulating the intracellular refractive index.

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    Rommel, Christina E; Dierker, Christian; Schmidt, Lisa; Przibilla, Sabine; von Bally, Gert; Kemper, Björn; Schnekenburger, Jürgen

    2010-01-01

    The understanding of biological reactions and evaluation of the significance for living cells strongly depends on the ability to visualize and quantify these processes. Digital holographic microscopy (DHM) enables quantitative phase contrast imaging for high resolution and minimal invasive live cell analysis without the need of labeling or complex sample preparation. However, due to the rather homogeneous intracellular refractive index, the phase contrast of subcellular structures is limited and often low. We analyze the impact of the specific manipulation of the intracellular refractive index by microinjection on the DHM phase contrast. Glycerol is chosen as osmolyte, which combines high solubility in aqueous solutions and biological compatibility. We show that the intracellular injection of glycerol causes a contrast enhancement that can be explained by a decrease of the cytosolic refractive index due to a water influx. The underlying principle is proven by experiments inducing cell shrinkage and with fixated cells. The integrity of the cell membrane is considered as a prerequisite and allows a reversible cell swelling and shrinking within a certain limit. The presented approach to control the intracellular phase contrast demonstrated for the example of DHM opens prospects for applications with other quantitative phase contrast imaging methods.

  13. Standard guide for choosing a method for determining the index of refraction and dispersion of glass

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    2006-01-01

    1.1 This guide identifies and describes seven test methods for measuring the index of refraction of glass, with comments relevant to their uses such that an appropriate choice of method can be made. Four additional methods are mentioned by name, and brief descriptive information is given in Annex A1. The choice of a test method will depend upon the accuracy required, the nature of the test specimen that can be provided, the instrumentation available, and (perhaps) the time required for, or the cost of, the analysis. Refractive index is a function of the wavelength of light; therefore, its measurement is made with narrow-bandwidth light. Dispersion is the physical phenomenon of the variation of refractive index with wavelength. The nature of the test-specimen refers to its size, form, and quality of finish, as described in each of the methods herein. The test methods described are mostly for the visible range of wavelengths (approximately 400 to 780m); however, some methods can be extended to the ultraviolet a...

  14. The influence of protein fractions and electrolyte imbalance on refractive index of serum in patients with multiple myeloma

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    Plotnikova, L.; Polyanichko, A.; Kobeleva, M.; Uspenskaya, M.; Garifullin, A.; Voloshin, S.

    2017-01-01

    Refractometric analysis is very rapid, accurate and simple method of analysis measuring refractive index of biological liquids such as serum, plasma, spinal fluid, urine. This method can be used for definition total protein and solids concentrations in serum. The value of refractive index depends on all substances in serum including proteins, lipids as well as low molecular weight compounds, for example ions of different metals. Refractometric analysis shows strong correlations between protein concentrations in serum of patients with multiple myeloma and its(serum) refractive index which depends on protein concentration and doesn’t depends on electrolyte disbalance.

  15. Physical mechanism of refractive index inhomogeneity of hafnium oxide thin film prepared by ion beam sputtering technique

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    Liu, Huasong; Wang, Lishuan; Li, Shida; Jiang, Yugang; Liu, Dandan; Yang, Xiao; Ji, Yiqin; Zhang, Feng; Chen, Deying

    2018-01-01

    The HfO2 thin films prepared by ion beam sputtering are thinned after heat treatment. The optical constants of the thin films were obtained by inversion of the ellipsometric parameters. The crystal structure of the films was characterized by X-ray diffractometer. The results show that the correlation coefficient between the refractive index and the grain size is more than 90%. The refractive index increases with the increase of the grain size. The physical mechanism of the refractive index inhomogeneity in the film thickness direction is crystallization of thin films.

  16. Refractive index dispersion of chalcogenide glasses for ultra-high numerical-aperture fiber for mid-infrared supercontinuum generation

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    Dantanarayana, Harshana G.; Abdel-Moneim, Nabil; Tang, Zhuoqi

    2014-01-01

    We select a chalcogenide core glass, AsSe, and cladding glass, GeAsSe, for their disparate refractive indices yet sufficient thermal-compatibility for fabricating step index fiber (SIF) for mid-infrared supercontinuum generation (MIR-SCG). The refractive index dispersion of both bulk glasses...... is measured over the 0.4 μm–33 μm wavelength-range, probing the electronic and vibrational behavior of these glasses. We verify that a two-term Sellmeier model is unique and sufficient to describe the refractive index dispersion over the wavelength range for which the experimentally determined extinction...

  17. TiO2 surface functionalization of COC based planar waveguide Bragg gratings for refractive index sensing

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    Rosenberger, M.; Girschikofsky, M.; Förthner, M.; Belle, S.; Rommel, M.; Frey, L.; Schmauss, B.; Hellmann, R.

    2018-01-01

    We demonstrate the applicability of a planar waveguide Bragg grating in cyclo-olefin copolymer (COC) for refractive index sensing. The polymer planar waveguide Bragg grating fabricated using a single writing step technique is coated with a high-index layer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) leading to a distinct birefringence. This in turn results in the splitting of the Bragg reflection into two distinct Bragg wavelengths, which strongly differ regarding their refractive index sensitivities. Where one wavelength is only slightly affected by the ambient refractive index, the second Bragg peak shows a strong sensitivity. Furthermore, we investigate the temperature behaviour of the functionalized sensor and discuss it with respect to applications in refractive index sensing.

  18. Determining thickness and refractive index from free-standing ultra-thin polymer films with spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Hilfiker, James N.; Stadermann, Michael; Sun, Jianing; Tiwald, Tom; Hale, Jeffrey S.; Miller, Philip E.; Aracne-Ruddle, Chantel

    2017-11-01

    It is a well-known challenge to determine refractive index (n) from ultra-thin films where the thickness is less than about 10 nm [1,2]. We discovered an interesting exception to this issue while characterizing spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) data from isotropic, free-standing polymer films. Ellipsometry analysis shows that both thickness and refractive index can be independently determined for free-standing films as thin as 5 nm. Simulations further confirm an orthogonal separation between thickness and index effects on the experimental SE data. Effects of angle of incidence and wavelength on the data and sensitivity are discussed. While others have demonstrated methods to determine refractive index from ultra-thin films [3,4], our analysis provides the first results to demonstrate high-sensitivity to the refractive index from ultra-thin layers.

  19. Hard X-ray index of refraction tomography of a whole rabbit knee joint: A feasibility study.

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    Gasilov, S; Mittone, A; Horng, A; Geith, T; Bravin, A; Baumbach, T; Coan, P

    2016-12-01

    We report results of the computed tomography reconstruction of the index of refraction in a whole rabbit knee joint examined at the photon energy of 51keV. Refraction based images make it possible to delineate the bone, cartilage, and soft tissues without adjusting the contrast window width and level. Density variations, which are related to tissue composition and are not visible in absorption X-ray images, are detected in the obtained refraction based images. We discuss why refraction-based images provide better detectability of low contrast features than absorption images. Copyright © 2016 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Infrared Spectra, Index of Refraction, and Optical Constants of Nitrile Ices Relevant to Titan's Atmosphere

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    Moore, Marla; Ferrante, Robert; Moore, William; Hudson, Reggie

    2010-01-01

    Spectra and optical constants of nitrite ices known or suspected to be in Titan's atmosphere are presented from 2.5 to 200 microns (4000 to 50 per cm ). These results are relevant to the ongoing modeling of Cassini CIRS observations of Titan's winter pole. Ices studied include: HCN, hydrogen cyanide; C2N2, cyanogen; CH3CN, acetonitrile; C 2H5CN, propionitrile; and HC3N, cyanoacetylene. For each of these molecules we report new measurements of the index of refraction, n, determined in both the amorphous- and crystallinephase at 670 nm. Spectra were measured and optical constants were calculated for each nitrite at a variety of temperatures including 20, 35, 50, 75, 95, and 110 K, in the amorphous- and crystalline-phase. This laboratory effort uses a dedicated FTIR spectrometer to record transmission spectra of thin-film ice samples. Laser interference is used to measure film thickness during condensation onto a transparent cold window attached to the tail section of a closed-cycle helium cryostat. Optical constants, real (n) and imaginary (k) refractive indices, are determined using Kramers-Kronig (K-K) analysis. Our calculation reproduces the complete spectrum, including all interference effects. Index of refraction measurements are made in a separate dedicated FTIR spectrometer where interference deposit fringes are measured using two 670 nm lasers at different angles to the ice substrate. A survey of these new measurements will be presented along with a discussion of their validation, errors, and application to Titan data.

  1. Low refractive index porous silicon multilayer with a high reflection band

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    Xifre Perez, E.; Pallares, J.; Ferre-Borrull, J.; Trifonov, T.; Marsal, L.F. [Departament d' Enginyeria Electronica, Electrica i Automatica, ETSE, Campus Sescelades, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Avda. Paisos Catalans 26, 43007 Tarragona (Spain)

    2007-07-01

    We present the fabrication and characterization of a one-dimensional photonic crystal consisting of the periodic repetition of two porous silicon layers with different refractive index. The refractive indices of the single layers have been determined from experimental measurements using two different methods. Both methods lead to the same results: the obtained average refractive index for a current density of J=30 mA/cm{sup 2} is 1.7 and for J=70 mA/cm{sup 2} is 1.3. The reflectivity spectrum of the studied multilayer for different angles of incidence has been measured and a good agreement with the simulation of the structure has been achieved. It has been observed that it presents a high reflectivity band in the NIR. Besides, we show that the projected band structure of the multilayer can be used for the analysis of the reflectivity results. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Retrieval of the complex refractive index of aerosol droplets from optical tweezers measurements.

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    Miles, Rachael E H; Walker, Jim S; Burnham, Daniel R; Reid, Jonathan P

    2012-03-07

    The cavity enhanced Raman scattering spectrum recorded from an aerosol droplet provides a unique fingerprint of droplet radius and refractive index, assuming that the droplet is homogeneous in composition. Aerosol optical tweezers are used in this study to capture a single droplet and a Raman fingerprint is recorded using the trapping laser as the source for the Raman excitation. We report here the retrieval of the real part of the refractive index with an uncertainty of ± 0.0012 (better than ± 0.11%), simultaneously measuring the size of the micrometre sized liquid droplet with a precision of better than 1 nm (droplet is shown to depend on the laser irradiance due to optical absorption, which elevates the droplet temperature above that of the ambient gas phase. Modulation of the illuminating laser power leads to a modulation in droplet size as the temperature elevation is altered. By measuring induced size changes of droplet to be retrieved with high accuracy, with the possibility of making extremely sensitive optical absorption measurements on aerosol samples and the testing of frequently used mixing rules for treating aerosol optical properties. More generally, this method provides an extremely sensitive approach for measuring refractive indices, particularly under solute supersaturation conditions that cannot be accessed by simple bulk-phase measurements.

  3. Zero phase delay in negative-refractive-index photonic crystal superlattices

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    Kocaman, S.; Aras, M. S.; Hsieh, P.; McMillan, J. F.; Biris, C. G.; Panoiu, N. C.; Yu, M. B.; Kwong, D. L.; Stein, A.; Wong, C. W.

    2011-08-01

    We show that optical beams propagating in path-averaged zero-index photonic crystal superlattices can have zero phase delay. The nanofabricated superlattices consist of alternating stacks of negative index photonic crystals and positive index homogeneous dielectric media, where the phase differences corresponding to consecutive primary unit cells are measured with integrated Mach-Zehnder interferometers. These measurements demonstrate that at path-averaged zero-index frequencies the phase accumulation remains constant and equal to zero despite the increase in the physical path length. We further demonstrate experimentally that these superlattice zero- bandgaps remain invariant to geometrical changes of the photonic structure and have a center frequency which is deterministically tunable. The properties of the zero- gap frequencies, optical phase, and effective refractive indices are well described by detailed experimental measurements, rigorous theoretical analysis, and comprehensive numerical simulations.

  4. Zero Phase Delay in Negative-refractive-index Photonic Crystal Superlattices

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    Stein, A.; Kocaman, S.; Aras, M.S.; Hsieh, P.-C. McMillan, J.F.; Biris, C.G.; Panoiu, N.C.; Yu, M.B.; Kwong, D.L.; Wong, C.W.

    2011-08-01

    We show that optical beams propagating in path-averaged zero-index photonic crystal superlattices can have zero phase delay. The nanofabricated superlattices consist of alternating stacks of negative index photonic crystals and positive index homogeneous dielectric media, where the phase differences corresponding to consecutive primary unit cells are measured with integrated Mach-Zehnder interferometers. These measurements demonstrate that at path-averaged zero-index frequencies the phase accumulation remains constant and equal to zero despite the increase in the physical path length. We further demonstrate experimentally that these superlattice zero- bandgaps remain invariant to geometrical changes of the photonic structure and have a center frequency which is deterministically tunable. The properties of the zero- gap frequencies, optical phase, and effective refractive indices are well described by detailed experimental measurements, rigorous theoretical analysis, and comprehensive numerical simulations.

  5. Refractive-index changes in lithium niobate crystals by radiation damages; Brechungsindexaenderungen in Lithiumniobat-Kristallen durch Strahlenschaeden

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    Zamani Meymian, Mohammad Reza

    2007-12-18

    For the study in this thesis {sup 3}He{sup 2+} ions with the energy of about 40 MeV were applied. The results of these studies show a timely very stable anisotrope refractive-index change in the range of some 10{sup -3}. The radiation damages caused by ions cause a decreasement of the ordinary refractive index n{sub o} and an increasement of the extra-ordinary refractive index n{sub e}. While the absolute values for {delta}n{sub o} and {delta}n{sub e} are nearly equal the birefringence of the material (n{sub e}-n{sub o}) smaller. The generated refractive-index change is dose dependent and the curve {delta}n has at increasing dose a strongly nonlinear slope with a characteristic stage at the radiation dose of about 2 x 10{sup 20} ions/m{sup 2}.

  6. The Complex Refractive Index of Yellow Sand Inferred from the Brightness Temperature Difference in the Infrared Split Window

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    Mano, Yuzo

    2006-01-01

    ... (MODIS) aboard Aqua/NASA satellite for a Yellow Sand event on 8 April 2006 reveals that the BTD on this event cannot be explained by the theoretical simulation using the complex refractive index of 'Sahara' or 'Afghan' dust...

  7. Determination of refractive index, thickness, and the optical losses of thin films from prism-film coupling measurements.

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    Cardin, Julien; Leduc, Dominique

    2008-03-01

    We present a method of analysis of prism-film coupler spectroscopy based on the use of transfer matrix and genetic algorithm, which allows the simultaneous determination of refractive index, thickness, and optical losses of the measured layer.

  8. The influence of the atmospheric refractive index on radio Xmax measurements of air showers

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    Corstanje Arthur

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The refractive index of the atmosphere, which is n ≈ 1:0003 at sea level, varies with altitude and with local temperature, pressure and humidity. When performing radio measurements of air showers, natural variations in n will change the radio lateral intensity distribution, by changing the Cherenkov angle. Using CoREAS simulations, we have evaluated the systematic error on measurements of the shower maximum Xmax due to variations in n. It was found that a 10% increase in refractivity (n – 1 leads to an underestimation of Xmax between 8 and 22 g/cm2 for proton-induced showers at zenith angles from 15 to 45 degrees, respectively.

  9. Femtosecond refractive-index tailoring of an optical fiber and phase retrieval from far-field measurements

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    Savolainen, Juha-Matti; Grüner-Nielsen, Lars; Kristensen, Poul

    2013-01-01

    A refractive-index change is written inside an optical fiber close to the end face by femtosecond laser light. The induced phase change is measured by analyzing the far-field intensity profiles before and after the irradiation.......A refractive-index change is written inside an optical fiber close to the end face by femtosecond laser light. The induced phase change is measured by analyzing the far-field intensity profiles before and after the irradiation....

  10. Thermal-Induced Refractive Index Change Effects on Distributed Modal Filtering Properties of Rod-Type Photonic Crystal Fibers

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    Coscelli, E.; Poli, Federica; Jørgensen, Mette Marie

    2012-01-01

    The effects of thermally-induced refractive index change on distributed modal filtering rod-type photonic crystal fibers are numerically investigated. Results have shown a significant blue-shift of the single-mode range for increasing temperature.......The effects of thermally-induced refractive index change on distributed modal filtering rod-type photonic crystal fibers are numerically investigated. Results have shown a significant blue-shift of the single-mode range for increasing temperature....

  11. Fabrication Quality Analysis of a Fiber Optic Refractive Index Sensor Created by CO2 Laser Machining

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    Wei-Te Wu

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates the CO2 laser-stripped partial cladding of silica-based optic fibers with a core diameter of 400 μm, which enables them to sense the refractive index of the surrounding environment. However, inappropriate treatments during the machining process can generate a number of defects in the optic fiber sensors. Therefore, the quality of optic fiber sensors fabricated using CO2 laser machining must be analyzed. The results show that analysis of the fiber core size after machining can provide preliminary defect detection, and qualitative analysis of the optical transmission defects can be used to identify imperfections that are difficult to observe through size analysis. To more precisely and quantitatively detect fabrication defects, we included a tensile test and numerical aperture measurements in this study. After a series of quality inspections, we proposed improvements to the existing CO2 laser machining parameters, namely, a vertical scanning pathway, 4 W of power, and a feed rate of 9.45 cm/s. Using these improved parameters, we created optical fiber sensors with a core diameter of approximately 400 μm, no obvious optical transmission defects, a numerical aperture of 0.52 ± 0.019, a 0.886 Weibull modulus, and a 1.186 Weibull-shaped parameter. Finally, we used the optical fiber sensor fabricated using the improved parameters to measure the refractive indices of various solutions. The results show that a refractive-index resolution of 1.8 × 10−4 RIU (linear fitting R2 = 0.954 was achieved for sucrose solutions with refractive indices ranging between 1.333 and 1.383. We also adopted the particle plasmon resonance sensing scheme using the fabricated optical fibers. The results provided additional information, specifically, a superior sensor resolution of 5.73 × 10−5 RIU, and greater linearity at R2 = 0.999.

  12. Fabrication quality analysis of a fiber optic refractive index sensor created by CO2 laser machining.

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    Chen, Chien-Hsing; Yeh, Bo-Kuan; Tang, Jaw-Luen; Wu, Wei-Te

    2013-03-26

    This study investigates the CO2 laser-stripped partial cladding of silica-based optic fibers with a core diameter of 400 μm, which enables them to sense the refractive index of the surrounding environment. However, inappropriate treatments during the machining process can generate a number of defects in the optic fiber sensors. Therefore, the quality of optic fiber sensors fabricated using CO2 laser machining must be analyzed. The results show that analysis of the fiber core size after machining can provide preliminary defect detection, and qualitative analysis of the optical transmission defects can be used to identify imperfections that are difficult to observe through size analysis. To more precisely and quantitatively detect fabrication defects, we included a tensile test and numerical aperture measurements in this study. After a series of quality inspections, we proposed improvements to the existing CO2 laser machining parameters, namely, a vertical scanning pathway, 4 W of power, and a feed rate of 9.45 cm/s. Using these improved parameters, we created optical fiber sensors with a core diameter of approximately 400 μm, no obvious optical transmission defects, a numerical aperture of 0.52 ± 0.019, a 0.886 Weibull modulus, and a 1.186 Weibull-shaped parameter. Finally, we used the optical fiber sensor fabricated using the improved parameters to measure the refractive indices of various solutions. The results show that a refractive-index resolution of 1.8 × 10(-4) RIU (linear fitting R2 = 0.954) was achieved for sucrose solutions with refractive indices ranging between 1.333 and 1.383. We also adopted the particle plasmon resonance sensing scheme using the fabricated optical fibers. The results provided additional information, specifically, a superior sensor resolution of 5.73 × 10(-5) RIU, and greater linearity at R2 = 0.999.

  13. Measurement of the refractive index of electrically poled soda-lime glass layers using leaky modes.

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    Oven, Robert

    2016-11-10

    Electrically poled layers have been formed in soda-lime glass using graphite electrodes in air. The refractive index and thickness of the poled glass layers have been measured by the analysis of leaky optical modes. These modes are supported by the poled layer and can be determined by analysis of the optical reflectivity measured with a prism coupler arrangement. A relatively constant refractive index of ∼1.486 in the poled glass region is measured, which is ∼0.03 below the substrate index. The reflectivity data shows that the transition between poled and unpoled glass is very sharp and is consistent with ion transport models. The thickness of the poled glass region is consistent with the removal of Na+ and K+ ions from the poled region. The index and depth data are confirmed by interferometric measurements. The tensile stress in the poled glass layer is also estimated from optical birefringence measurements and is estimated to be ∼0.3  GN/m2.

  14. Effect of Refractive Index of Substrate on Fabrication and Optical Properties of Hybrid Au-Ag Triangular Nanoparticle Arrays

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    Jing Liu

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the nanosphere lithography (NSL method was used to fabricate hybrid Au-Ag triangular periodic nanoparticle arrays. The Au-Ag triangular periodic arrays were grown on different substrates, and the effect of the refractive index of substrates on fabrication and optical properties was systematically investigated. At first, the optical spectrum was simulated by the discrete dipole approximation (DDA numerical method as a function of refractive indexes of substrates and mediums. Simulation results showed that as the substrates had the refractive indexes of 1.43 (quartz and 1.68 (SF5 glass, the nanoparticle arrays would have better refractive index sensitivity (RIS and figure of merit (FOM. Simulation results also showed that the peak wavelength of the extinction spectra had a red shift when the medium’s refractive index n increased. The experimental results also demonstrated that when refractive indexes of substrates were 1.43 and 1.68, the nanoparticle arrays and substrate had better adhesive ability. Meanwhile, we found the nanoparticles formed a large-scale monolayer array with the hexagonally close-packed structure. Finally, the hybrid Au-Ag triangular nanoparticle arrays were fabricated on quartz and SF5 glass substrates and their experiment extinction spectra were compared with the simulated results.

  15. Novel high refractive index, thermally conductive additives for high brightness white LEDs

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    Hutchison, Richard Stephen

    In prior works the inclusion of nanoparticle fillers has typically been shown to increase the thermal conductivity or refractive index of polymer nanocomposites separately. High refractive index zirconia nanoparticles have already proved their merit in increasing the optical efficiency of encapsulated light emitting diodes. However, the thermal properties of zirconia-silicone nanocomposites have yet to be investigated. While phosphor-converted light emitting diodes are at the forefront of solid-state lighting technologies for producing white light, they are plagued by efficiency losses due to excessive heating at the semiconductor die and in and around the phosphor particles, as well as photon scattering losses in the phosphor layer. It would then be of great interest if the high refractive index nanoparticles were found to both be capable of increasing the refractive index, thus reducing the optical scattering, and also the thermal conductivity, channeling more heat away from the LED die and phosphors, mitigating efficiency losses from heat. Thermal conductance measurements on unfilled and nanoparticle loaded silicone samples were conducted to quantify the effect of the zirconia nanoparticle loading on silicone nanocomposite thermal conductivity. An increase in thermal conductivity from 0.27 W/mK to 0.49 W/mK from base silicone to silicone with 33.5 wt% zirconia nanoparticles was observed. This trend closely mirrored a basic rule of mixtures prediction, implying a further enhancement in thermal conductivity could be achieved at higher nanoparticle loadings. The optical properties of transparency and light extraction efficiency of these composites were also investigated. While overall the zirconia nanocomposite showed good transparency, there was a slight decrease at the shorter wavelengths with increasing zirconia content. For longer wavelength LEDs, such as green or red, this might not matter, but phosphor-converted white LEDs use a blue LED as the photon source

  16. Measurement of the nonlinear refractive index of tellurite glass fiber by using induced grating autocorrelation technique

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    Traore, Aboubakar

    Nonlinear phenomena in optical fibers have been attracting considerable attention because of the rapid growth of the fiber optics communication industry. The increasing demand in internet use and the expansion of telecommunications in the developing world have triggered the need for high capacity and ultra-fast communication devices and also the need to increase the number of transmission channels in the fibers. Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) systems are capable of transmitting large volumes of data at very high rates into huge numbers of optical transmission channels. This ability is limited by the gain bandwidth of Silica based fiber optics amplifiers already installed in the communication networks. Tellurite based fiber amplifiers offer the necessary bandwidth for amplification of WDM and DWDM channels. To investigate the nonlinear properties of the optical fibers in this research, we used a 10 picoseconds pulse width passively mode-locked Nd:Vanadate ( Nd:YVO4) laser operating at 1342nm with a repetition rate of 76 MHz. We accurately measured the nonlinear refractive index of single mode silica fibers utilizing the Induced Grating Autocorrelation (IGA) technique. IGA technique was extended furthermore to study nonlinear effects in multimode fibers, and for the first time, we successfully measured the nonlinear refractive index (n2) of a multimode silica fiber. Confident of the ability of IGA technique for determining n 2 of multimode silica fibers, we measured the nonlinear refractive index of multimode Tellurite glass fibers with length as short as 0.5 meter. The goal of this work is to provide accurate and reliable information on the nonlinear optical properties of Tellurite glass fibers, novel fibers with promising future for developing ultrafast and high transmission capacity communication devices.

  17. Validation of refractive index structure parameter estimation for certain infrared bands.

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    Sivaslıgil, Mustafa; Erol, Cemil Berin; Polat, Özgür Murat; Sarı, Hüseyin

    2013-05-10

    Variation of the atmospheric refraction index due to turbulent fluctuations is one of the key factors that affect the performance of electro-optical and infrared systems and sensors. Therefore, any prior knowledge about the degree of variation in the refractive index is critical in the success of field studies such as search and rescue missions, military applications, and remote sensing studies where these systems are used frequently. There are many studies in the literature in which the optical turbulence effects are modeled by estimation of the refractive index structure parameter, C(n)(2), from meteorological data for all levels of the atmosphere. This paper presents a modified approach for bulk-method-based C(n)(2) estimation. According to this approach, conventional wind speed, humidity, and temperature values above the surface by at least two levels are used as input data for Monin-Obukhov similarity theory in the estimation of similarity scaling constants with a finite difference approximation and a bulk-method-based C(n)(2) estimation. Compared with the bulk method, this approach provides the potential for using more than two levels of standard meteorological data, application of the scintillation effects of estimated C(n)(2) on the images, and a much simpler solution than traditional ones due to elimination of the roughness parameters, which are difficult to obtain and which increase the complexity, the execution time, and the number of additional input parameters of the algorithm. As a result of these studies, Atmospheric Turbulence Model Software is developed and the results are validated in comparison to the C(n)(2) model presented by Tunick.

  18. Refractive index and temperature sensing in anisotropic silver nanostructures with stable photo-physical properties

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    Biswas, Subrata; Kumbhakar, Pathik

    2018-01-01

    In this report, we have demonstrated the refractive index and temperature-sensing abilities of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-protected silver nanostructures of triangular, connected and plate-like shapes. Interestingly, these nanostructures even after 2 and ½ years of syntheses showed plasmonic-sensing ability of temperature in the temperature range of 283-333 K. Also, refractive index (R.I.) sensing has been demonstrated in the aged samples and obtained the highest R.I. sensitivity of 306 nm/RIU in one of the sample. The synthesized samples have been kept in dark (inside desiccators) intentionally for the extended period of 2 and ½ years after synthesis and monitored intermittently their UV-Vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) emission characteristics to check the functionally of the aged silver nanostructures. It has been found the samples remain well dispersed in different solvents and can forbid agglomeration even in 0.25 M NaCl solution. We have also demonstrated here fabrication of a flexible and transparent thin film of the synthesized samples in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix and investigated its low power continuous-wave (CW) nonlinear optical properties using spatial self-phase modulation (SSPM) technique. The nonlinear refractive index ( n 2) value of the film has been determined to be 5.6 × 10- 6 cm2/W at the He-Ne laser wavelength of 632.8 nm. In this report we have demonstrated temperature and R.I. sensing and also it has been demonstrated that the synthesized samples remain functional even after 2 and ½ years of synthesis. Also, samples may find potential applications in nonlinear optical phase modulation devices.

  19. Development and characterization of adjustable refractive index scattering epoxy acrylate polymer layers

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

    2016-09-01

    This work presents different polymer diffusing films for optical components. In optical applications it is sometimes important to have a film with an adjusted refractive index, scattering properties and a low surface roughness. These diffusing films can be used to increase the efficiency of optical components like organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). In this study three different epoxy acrylate mixtures containing Syntholux 291 EA, bisphenol a glycerolate dimethacrylate, Sartomer SR 348 L are characterized and optimized with different additives. The adjustable refractive index of the material is achieved with a chemical doping by 9-vinylcarbazole. Titanium nanoparticles in the mixtures generate light scattering and increase the refractive index additionally. To prevent sedimentation and agglomeration of these nanoparticles, a stabilization agent [2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy]acetic acid is added to the mixture. Other ingredients are a UV-starter and thermal starter for the radical polymerization. A high power stirrer (ultraturrax) is used to mix and disperse all chemical substances together to a homogenous mixture. The viscosity behavior of the mixtures is an important property for the selection of the production method and gets characterized. After the mixing, the monomer mixture is applied on glass substrates by blade coating or screen printing. To initiate the chain growing (polymerization) the produced films are irradiated for 10 minutes long with UV light (UV LED Spot Hönle, 405 nm). After this step a final post bake from the layers in the oven (150°C, 30 min.) is operated. Light transmission measurements (UV-Vis) of the polymer matrix and roughness measurements complement the characterization.

  20. Thermodynamic study of three pharmacologically significant drugs: Density, viscosity, and refractive index measurements at different temperatures

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    Iqbal, Muhammad Javed [Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan)], E-mail: mjiqauchem@yahoo.com; Chaudhry, Mansoora Ahmed [Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan)

    2009-02-15

    Measurements of density, viscosity, and refractive index of three pharmacologically significant drugs, i.e. diclofenac sodium, cetrizine, and doxycycline have been carried in aqueous medium at T = (293.15 to 313.15) K. An automated vibrating-tube densimeter, viscometer, and refractometer are used in a concentration range from (7.5) . 10{sup -3} to 25 . 10{sup -3}) mol . kg{sup -1}. The precise density results are used to evaluate the apparent molar volume, partial molar volume, thermal expansion coefficient, partial molar expansivity, and the Hepler's constant. Viscosity results are used to calculate the Jones-Dole viscosity B-coefficient, free energy of activation of the solute and solvent, activation enthalpy, and activation entropy. The molar refractive indices of the drug solutions can be employed to calculate molar refraction. It is inferred from these results that the above mentioned drugs act as structure-making compounds due to hydrophobic hydration of the molecules in the drugs.

  1. Broadband Terahertz Refraction Index Dispersion and Loss of Polymeric Dielectric Substrate and Packaging Materials

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    Motaharifar, E.; Pierce, R. G.; Islam, R.; Henderson, R.; Hsu, J. W. P.; Lee, Mark

    2018-01-01

    In the effort to push the high-frequency performance of electronic circuits and signal interconnects from millimeter waves to beyond 1 THz, a quantitative knowledge of complex refraction index values and dispersion in potential dielectric substrate, encapsulation, waveguide, and packaging materials becomes critical. Here we present very broadband measurements of the real and imaginary index spectra of four polymeric dielectric materials considered for use in high-frequency electronics: benzocyclobutene (BCB), polyethylene naphthalate (PEN), the photoresist SU-8, and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Reflectance and transmittance spectra from 3 to 75 THz were made using a Fourier transform spectrometer on freestanding material samples. These data were quantitatively analyzed, taking into account multiple partial reflections from front and back surfaces and molecular bond resonances, where applicable, to generate real and imaginary parts of the refraction index as a function of frequency. All materials showed signatures of infrared active organic molecular bond resonances between 10 and 50 THz. Low-loss transmission windows as well as anti-window bands of high dispersion and loss can be readily identified and incorporated into high-frequency design models.

  2. Liquid Gradient Refractive Index Microlens for Dynamically Adjusting the Beam Focusing

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    Zichun Le

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available An in-plane liquid gradient index (L-GRIN microlens is designed for dynamically adjusting the beam focusing. The ethylene glycol solution (core liquid withde-ionized (DI water (cladding liquid is co-injected into the lens chamber to form a gradient refractive index profile. The influences of the diffusion coefficient, mass fraction of ethylene glycol and flow rate of liquids on the refractive index profile of L-GRIN microlens are analyzed, and the finite element method and ray tracing method are used to simulate the convection-diffusion process and beam focusing process, which is helpful for the prediction of focusing effects and manipulation of the device. It is found that not only the focal length but the focal spot of the output beam can be adjusted by the diffusion coefficient, mass fraction and flow rate of liquids. The focal length of the microlens varies from 942 to 11 μm when the mass fraction of the ethylene glycol solution varies from 0.05 to 0.4, and the focal length changes from 127.1 to 8 μm by varying the flow rate of the core liquid from 0.5 × 103 to 5 × 103 pL/s when there is no slip between the core and cladding inlet. The multiple adjustable microlens with a simple planar microfluidic structure can be used in integrated optics and lab-on-chip systems.

  3. A Refractive Index Sensor Based on a Metal-Insulator-Metal Waveguide-Coupled Ring Resonator

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    Shu-Bin Yan

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available A refractive index sensor composed of two straight metal-insulator-metal waveguides and a ring resonator is presented. One end of each straight waveguide is sealed and the other end acts as port. The transmission spectrum and magnetic field distribution of this sensor structure are simulated using finite-difference time-domain method (FDTD. The results show that an asymmetric line shape is observed in the transmission spectrum, and that the transmission spectrum shows a filter-like behavior. The quality factor and sensitivity are taken to characterize its sensing performance and filter properties. How structural parameters affect the sensing performance and filter properties is also studied.

  4. Negative refractive index material-inspired 90-deg electrically tilted ultra wideband resonator

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    Upadhyaya, Trushit K.; Kosta, Shiv Prasad; Jyoti, Rajeev; Palandoken, Merih

    2014-10-01

    A negative refractive index material loaded patch antenna is proposed for ultra wideband applications. The wideband operation has been achieved by creating a defected ground plane with a CNC shaped split ring resonator. The defected ground plane CNC resonator also exhibits a 90-deg electrical tilt. Two additional slots are engineered in the patch antenna for further bandwidth enhancement. A -10 dB bandwidth with an order of 57.89% has been achieved with a peak gain of 5.37 dBi at a 5.5 GHz resonant frequency. Measured results demonstrate good agreement with simulated results.

  5. Embedded plasmonic nanoparticles in high refractive index TiOx matrix for photovoltaics applications

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    Pastorelli, Francesco

    Resume: More frequently high refractive index dielectric matrix are used in thin film photovoltaics as transporting layers with good optical proprieties. Doping such matrix with plasmonic resonant scatterers is a promising way to further increase energy conversion efficiencies by trapping incoming...... by a chemically controlled 1 nm nanogap. The nanogap antennas are linked at a controlled distance of a few nanometers by Dithiothreitol molecules. The spacing molecules ensure a minimum distance that plays a fundamental role in the formation of intensity hot spots in the nanogap as well as large and redshifted...

  6. Influence of IOL refractive index on straylight level following cataract surgery

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    Yu-Wei Zheng; Jiang-Yue Zhao; Li-Wei Ma; Shuang-Ye Chen; Zi-Yan Yu; Qiu-Han Li; Jing Wang

    2015-01-01

    AIM:To investigate the influence of IOL refractive index(RI)on measurement of straylight following cataract surgery. METHODS:In this case-control study, 77 eyes of 77 age-related cataract patients who underwent cataract phacoemulsification with posterior chamber aspherical arylic IOL implantation surgery in the Eye Hospital of China Medical University from Aug 2013 to Mar 2014, with a best corrected visual acuity(BCVA)of 0.5 or better, were classified into 3 groups randomly using 3 types of I...

  7. Significant correlation between refractive index and activity of mitochondria: single mitochondrion study.

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    Haseda, Keisuke; Kanematsu, Keita; Noguchi, Keiichi; Saito, Hiromu; Umeda, Norihiro; Ohta, Yoshihiro

    2015-03-01

    Measurements of refractive indices (RIs) of intracellular components can provide useful information on the structure and function of cells. The present study reports, for the first time, determination of the RI of an isolated mitochondrion in isotonic solution using retardation-modulated differential interference contrast microscopy. The value was 1.41 ± 0.01, indicating that mitochondria are densely packed with molecules having high RIs. Further, the RIs of each mitochondrion were significantly correlated with the mitochondrial membrane potential, an index of mitochondrial activity. These results will provide useful information on the structures and functions of cells based on the intracellular distribution of RIs.

  8. Determination of soot temperature, volume fraction and refractive index from flame emission spectrometry

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    Ayranci, Isil [Department of Chemical Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey); Centre de Thermique de Lyon (CETHIL CNRS-INSA Lyon-UCBL), INSA de Lyon, 20 av. A. Einstein, 69621 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Vaillon, Rodolphe [Centre de Thermique de Lyon (CETHIL CNRS-INSA Lyon-UCBL), INSA de Lyon, 20 av. A. Einstein, 69621 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Selcuk, Nevin [Department of Chemical Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey)]. E-mail: selcuk@metu.edu.tr; Andre, Frederic [Centre de Thermique de Lyon (CETHIL CNRS-INSA Lyon-UCBL), INSA de Lyon, 20 av. A. Einstein, 69621 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Escudie, Dany [Centre de Thermique de Lyon (CETHIL CNRS-INSA Lyon-UCBL), INSA de Lyon, 20 av. A. Einstein, 69621 Villeurbanne cedex (France)

    2007-03-15

    An inversion scheme based on tomographic reconstruction of flame emission spectra has been developed for nonintrusive characterization of soot temperature and volume fraction fields within an optically thin axisymmetric flame by extracting characteristic information on soot refractive index from spectral gradients of emission spectra. Its performance is assessed by providing input data obtained from intensities simulated by a direct code based on experimental data for a flame available in the literature. Proposed method was found to be especially powerful in the near-infrared range for accurate prediction of flame properties where spectral variation of optical constants is significant.

  9. Periodical rocking long period gratings in PANDA fibers for high temperature and refractive index sensing

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    Jin, Wa; Bi, Wei-hong; Fu, Xing-hu; Fu, Guang-wei

    2017-09-01

    We report periodical rocking long period gratings (PR-LPGs) in PANDA fibers fabricated with CO2 laser. The PR-LPGs achieve very high coupling efficiency of 19 dB with 12 periods and a 3.5° twist angle in just one scanning cycle, which is much more effective than the conventional CO2 laser fabrication technique. This type of LPGs exhibits polarization-selective resonance dips which demonstrate different sensitivities to environmental parameters. The high temperature and external refractive index sensitivities are measured simultaneously, so it can be used as a wavelength-selective polarization filter and sensor.

  10. Determining the refractive index and thickness of thin films from prism coupler measurements

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    Kirsch, S. T.

    1981-01-01

    A simple method of determining thin film parameters from mode indices measured using a prism coupler is described. The problem is reduced to doing two least squares straight line fits through measured mode indices vs effective mode number. The slope and y intercept of the line are simply related to the thickness and refractive index of film, respectively. The approach takes into account the correlation between as well as the uncertainty in the individual measurements from all sources of error to give precise error tolerances on the best fit values. Due to the precision of the tolerances, anisotropic films can be identified and characterized.

  11. Nonlinear totally reflecting prism coupler: thermomechanic effects and intensity-dependent refractive index of thin films.

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    Rigneault, H; Flory, F; Monneret, S

    1995-07-20

    Starting with an accurate linear electromagnetic theory of a totally reflecting prism coupled to a dielectric waveguide, we implement a numerical technique to take into account optogeometric perturbations in stratified media. We calculate both the reflected fields in intensity on the prism base (near field) and in infinity (far field) for an incident Gaussian beam. The study of the variations of the intensity in the reflected beam (near and far fields) versus light power shows thermoinduced dilation of the prism and an intensity-dependent refractive index of thin films composed of tantalium pentoxyde and titanium dioxide.

  12. Rapid assessment of mid-infrared refractive index anisotropy using a prism coupler: chemical vapor deposited ZnS.

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    Qiao, H A; Lipschultz, Kristen A; Anheier, N C; McCloy, J S

    2012-05-01

    A state-of-the-art mid-infrared prism coupler was used to study suspected anisotropy in the refractive index of forward-looking-infrared grade chemical vapor deposited (CVD) zinc sulfide. Samples were prepared with columnar grain structure in and perpendicular to the sample plane, as well as from different depths in the CVD growth body. This study was motivated by the growing industry concern among optical design engineers, as well as developers of mid-infrared systems, over the reliability of historically accepted index data. Prior photoluminescence and x-ray diffraction measurements have suggested that refractive index may vary according to sample orientation with respect to the grain structure. Measurements were conducted to provide optical dispersion and thermal index (dn/dT) data at discrete laser wavelengths between 0.633 and 10.591 μm at two temperature set points (30 °C and 90 °C). Refractive index measurements between samples exhibited an average standard deviation comparable to the uncertainty of the prism coupler measurement (0.0004 refractive index units), suggesting that the variation in refractive index as a function of sample orientation and CVD deposition time is negligible and should have no impact on subsequent optical designs. Measured dispersion data at mid-infrared wavelengths were also found to agree well with prior published measurements.

  13. Rapid assessment of mid-infrared refractive index anisotropy using a prism coupler: chemical vapor deposited ZnS

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    Qiao, Hong (Amy); Lipschultz, Kristen A.; Anheier, Norman C.; McCloy, John S.

    2012-04-01

    A state-of-the-art mid-infrared prism coupler was used to study the refractive index properties of forward-looking-infrared (FLIR) grade zinc sulfide samples prepared with unique planar grain orientations and locations with respect to the CVD growth axis. This study was motivated by prior photoluminescence and x-ray diffraction measurements that suggested refractive index may vary according to grain orientation. Measurements were conducted to provide optical dispersion and thermal index (dn/dT) data at discrete laser wavelengths between 0.633 and 10.591 {mu}m at two temperature set points (30 C and 90 C). Refractive index measurements between samples exhibited an average standard deviation comparable to the uncertainty of the prism coupler measurement (0.0004 refractive index units), suggesting that the variation in refractive index as a function of planar grain orientation and CVD deposition time is negligible, and should have no impact on subsequent optical designs. Measured dispersion data at mid-infrared wavelengths was found to agree well with prior published measurements.

  14. Low-loss planar metamaterials electromagnetically induced transparency for sensitive refractive index sensing

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    Tian, Ying; Hu, Sen; Huang, Xiaojun; Yu, Zetai; Lin, Hai; Yang, Helin

    2017-10-01

    A low-loss and high transmission electromagnetically induced transparency like (EIT- like) structure is experimentally and numerically demonstrated in this paper. The proposed planar structure based on EIT-like metamaterial consists of two separate split-ring resonators, and its resulting transmission level can maximally reach 0.89 with significant suppression of radiation loss. According to the effective medium theory, the imaginary parts of the effective permittivity and permeability of the metamaterial are used as the evidence of low-loss. In the analysis, the simulated surface current, magnetic field distribution and coupled oscillator model reveal the principle of high transmittance EIT-effect. Furthermore, the peak of transparency frequency is highly sensitive to the variation of refractive index in the background medium. The sensor based on the proposed EIT structure can achieve a sensitivity of 1.69 GHz/RIU (refractive index unit) and a figure of merit of 11.66. Such metamaterials have potential perspectives in sensing and chiral slow light devices.

  15. Waveguides and nonlinear index of refraction of borate glass doped with transition metals

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    Almeida, Juliana M. P.; Fonseca, Ruben D.; De Boni, Leonardo; Diniz, Andre Rosa S.; Hernandes, Antonio C.; Ferreira, Paulo H. D.; Mendonca, Cleber R.

    2015-04-01

    The ability to write 3D waveguides by femtosecond laser micromachining and the nonlinear refractive index (n2) spectrum of a new borate glass matrix, containing zinc and lead oxides - (BZP) have been investigated. The transparent matrix was doped with transition metals (CdCl2, Fe2O3, MnO2 and CoO) in order to introduce electronic transitions in visible spectrum, aiming to evaluate their influence on the waveguides and n2 spectrum. We observed that n2 is approximately constant from 600 to 1500 nm, exhibiting an average value of 4.5 × 10-20 m2/W, which is about twice larger than the one for fused silica. The waveguide profile is influenced by the self-focusing effect of the matrix owing to its positive nonlinear index of refraction in the wavelength used for micromachining. A decrease in the waveguide loss of approximately four times was observed for the sample doped with Fe in comparison to the other ones, which may be associated with the change in the optical gap energy.

  16. Tunable high-refractive index hybrid for solution-processed light management devices (Conference Presentation)

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    Bachevillier, Stefan

    2016-10-01

    After the use of highly efficient but expensive inorganic optical materials, solution-processable polymers and hybrids have drawn more and more interest. Our group have recently developed a novel polymer-based hybrid optical material from titanium oxide hydrate exhibiting an outstanding set of optical and material properties. Firstly, their low cost, processability and cross-linked states are particularly attractive for many applications. Moreover, a high refractive index can be repeatedly achieved while optical losses stays considerably low over the entire visible and near-infrared wavelength regime. Indeed, the formation of inorganic nanoparticles, usually present in nanocomposites, is avoided by a specific formulation process. Even more remarkably, the refractive index can be tuned by either changing the inorganic content, using different titanium precursors or via a low-temperature curing process. A part of our work is focused on the reliable optical characterization of these properties, in particular a microscope-based setup allowing in-situ measurement and sample mapping has been developed. Our efforts are also concentrated on various applications of these exceptional properties. This hybrid material is tailored for photonic devices, with a specific emphasis on the production of highly efficient solution processable Distributed Bragg Reflectors (DBR) and anti-reflection coatings. Furthermore, waveguides can be fabricated from thin films along with in-coupling and out-coupling structures. These light managements structures are particularly adapted to organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) and light emitting diodes (OLEDs).

  17. Surface Plasmon Scattering in Exposed Core Optical Fiber for Enhanced Resolution Refractive Index Sensing.

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    Klantsataya, Elizaveta; François, Alexandre; Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Heike; Hoffmann, Peter; Monro, Tanya M

    2015-09-29

    Refractometric sensors based on optical excitation of surface plasmons on the side of an optical fiber is an established sensing architecture that has enabled laboratory demonstrations of cost effective portable devices for biological and chemical applications. Here we report a Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) configuration realized in an Exposed Core Microstructured Optical Fiber (ECF) capable of optimizing both sensitivity and resolution. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of fabrication of a rough metal coating suitable for spectral interrogation of scattered plasmonic wave using chemical electroless plating technique on a 10 μm diameter exposed core of the ECF. Performance of the sensor in terms of its refractive index sensitivity and full width at half maximum (FWHM) of SPR response is compared to that achieved with an unstructured bare core fiber with 140 μm core diameter. The experimental improvement in FWHM, and therefore the detection limit, is found to be a factor of two (75 nm for ECF in comparison to 150 nm for the large core fiber). Refractive index sensitivity of 1800 nm/RIU was achieved for both fibers in the sensing range of aqueous environment (1.33-1.37) suitable for biosensing applications.

  18. Anisotropic power spectrum of refractive-index fluctuation in hypersonic turbulence.

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    Li, Jiangting; Yang, Shaofei; Guo, Lixin; Cheng, Mingjian

    2016-11-10

    An anisotropic power spectrum of the refractive-index fluctuation in hypersonic turbulence was obtained by processing the experimental image of the hypersonic plasma sheath and transforming the generalized anisotropic von Kármán spectrum. The power spectrum suggested here can provide as good a fit to measured spectrum data for hypersonic turbulence as that recorded from the nano-planar laser scattering image. Based on the newfound anisotropic hypersonic turbulence power spectrum, Rytov approximation was employed to establish the wave structure function and the spatial coherence radius model of electromagnetic beam propagation in hypersonic turbulence. Enhancing the anisotropy characteristics of the hypersonic turbulence led to a significant improvement in the propagation performance of electromagnetic beams in hypersonic plasma sheath. The influence of hypersonic turbulence on electromagnetic beams increases with the increase of variance of the refractive-index fluctuation and the decrease of turbulence outer scale and anisotropy parameters. The spatial coherence radius was much smaller than that in atmospheric turbulence. These results are fundamental to understanding electromagnetic wave propagation in hypersonic turbulence.

  19. Geometric mechanics of ray optics as particle dynamics: refraction index with cylindrical symmetry

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    Cortés, Emilio; Ruiz, Melina

    2017-09-01

    Starting from the Fermat principle of geometrical optics, we analyse the ray dynamics in a graded refractive index system device with cylindrical symmetry and a refractive index that decreases parabolically with the radial coordinate. By applying Hamiltonian dynamics to the study of the ray path we obtain the strict equivalence of this optical system with the dynamics of a particle with an equivalent mass moving in a potential function that may exhibit a well, depending on the value of some associated parameters. We analyse the features of this potential function as well as the energy values and the symmetries of the system and see that both the azimuthal and axial components of the optical conjugate momentum are two constants of motion. The phase space relation for the momentum radial component is obtained analytically, and then we can obtain the components of the momentum vector at any point, given the value of the radial coordinate, and from this we have the direction of the ray. We discuss the optical path length as an action functional and we can evaluate this stationary path, with initial and final arbitrary points, as a line integral of the optical momentum, by showing that this momentum is a conservative vector field. We integrate the equations of motion numerically and obtain different ray paths which depend on the initial conditions. We believe that with this work the physics student will appreciate very clearly the close connection between geometrical optics and particle Hamiltonian dynamics.

  20. A novel photonic crystal fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer for enhancing refractive index measurement sensitivity

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    Zhao, Yong; Xia, Feng; Hu, Hai-feng; Chen, Mao-qing

    2017-11-01

    A novel refractive index (RI) sensor based on photonic crystal fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer (PCF-MZI) was proposed. It was realized by cascading a section of PCF with half-taper collapse regions (HTCRs) between two single mode fibers (SMFs). The relationship between RI sensitivity and interference length of the PCF-MZI was firstly investigated. Both simulation and experimental results showed that RI sensitivity increased with the increase of interference length. Afterwards, influence of HTCR parameters on RI sensitivity was experimentally investigated to further improve the sensitivity. With intensification of arc discharge intensity in HTCR fabrication process, HTCR with larger maximum taper diameter and longer collapsed region length was obtained, which enhanced evanescent field of the PCF-MZI and then generated higher RI sensitivity. Consequently, a high RI sensitivity of 181.96 nm/refractive index unit (RIU) was achieved in the RI range of 1.3333-1.3574. Increasing arc discharge intensity in HTCR fabrication process has the capacity to improve RI sensitivity of PCF-MZI and meanwhile provides higher mechanical strength and longer sensor life compared to the traditional method of tapering the fiber, which improves the RI sensitivity at the cost of reducing mechanical strength of the sensor. This PCF-MZI was characterized by high RI sensitivity, ease of fabrication, high mechanical strength, and robustness.

  1. Developing grey-box model to diagnose asphaltene stability in crude oils: Application of refractive index

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    Mahdi Zeinali Hasanvand

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Asphaltene precipitation can cause serious problems in petroleum industry while diagnosing the asphaltene stability conditions in crude oil system is still a challenge and has been subject of many investigations. To monitor and diagnose asphaltene stability, high performance intelligent approaches based bio-inspired science like artificial neural network which have been optimized by various optimization techniques have been carried out. The main purpose of the implemented optimization algorithms is to decide high accurate interconnected weights of proposed neural network model. The proposed intelligent approaches are examined by using extensive experimental data reported in open literature. Moreover, to highlight robustness and precision of the addressed approaches, two different regression models have been developed and results obtained from the aforementioned intelligent models and regression approaches are compared with the corresponding refractive index data measured in laboratory. Based on the results, hybrid of genetic algorithm and particle swarm optimization have high performance and average relative absolute deviation between the model outputs and the relevant experimental data was found to be less than 0.2%. Routs from this work indicate that implication of HGAPSO-ANN in monitoring refractive index can lead to more reliable estimation of addressed issue which can lead to design of more reliable phase behavior simulation and further plans of oil production.

  2. Mid-infrared refractive index sensing using optimized slotted photonic crystal waveguides

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    Kassa-Baghdouche, Lazhar; Cassan, Eric

    2018-02-01

    Slotted photonic crystal waveguides (SPCWs) were designed to act as refractive index sensing devices at mid-infrared (IR) wavelengths around λ = 3.6 μm. In particular, effort was made to engineer the input and output slot waveguide interfaces in order to increase the effective sensitivity through resonant tapering. A slotted PhC waveguide immersed in air and liquid cladding layers was considered. To determine the performance of the sensor, the sensitivity of the device was estimated by calculating the shift in the upper band edge of the output transmission spectrum. The results showed that the sensitivity of a conventionally designed SPCW followed by modifications in the structure parameter yielded a 510 nm shift in the wavelength position of the upper band edge, indicating a sensitivity of more than 1150 nm per refractive index unit (RIU) with an insertion loss level of -0.3 dB. This work demonstrates the viability of photonic crystal waveguide high sensitivity devices in the Mid-IR, following a transposition of the concepts inherited from the telecom band and an optimization of the design, in particular a minimization of photonic device insertion losses.

  3. Surface Plasmon Scattering in Exposed Core Optical Fiber for Enhanced Resolution Refractive Index Sensing

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    Elizaveta Klantsataya

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Refractometric sensors based on optical excitation of surface plasmons on the side of an optical fiber is an established sensing architecture that has enabled laboratory demonstrations of cost effective portable devices for biological and chemical applications. Here we report a Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR configuration realized in an Exposed Core Microstructured Optical Fiber (ECF capable of optimizing both sensitivity and resolution. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of fabrication of a rough metal coating suitable for spectral interrogation of scattered plasmonic wave using chemical electroless plating technique on a 10 μm diameter exposed core of the ECF. Performance of the sensor in terms of its refractive index sensitivity and full width at half maximum (FWHM of SPR response is compared to that achieved with an unstructured bare core fiber with 140 μm core diameter. The experimental improvement in FWHM, and therefore the detection limit, is found to be a factor of two (75 nm for ECF in comparison to 150 nm for the large core fiber. Refractive index sensitivity of 1800 nm/RIU was achieved for both fibers in the sensing range of aqueous environment (1.33–1.37 suitable for biosensing applications.

  4. Differential Refractive index sensor based on Photonic molecules and defect cavities

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    Andueza, Angel; Sevilla, Joaquin

    2016-01-01

    We present a novel differential refractive index sensor based on arrays of photonic molecules (PM) of dielectric cylinders and two structural defect cavities. The transmission spectrum of the photonic proposed structure as sensor shows a wide photonic stop band with two localized states. One of them, the reference state, is bound to a decagonal ring of cylinders and the other, the sensing state, to the defect cavities of the lattice. It is shown that defect mode is very sensitive to the presence of materials with dielectric permittivity different from that of the surrounding cylinders while the state in the PM is not affected by their presence. This behavior allows to design a device for sensing applications. A prototype of the sensor, in the microwave region, was built using a matrix of 3x2 PM arrays made of soda-lime glass cylinders (dielectric permittivity of 4.5). The transmission spectra was measured in the microwave range (8-12 GHz) with samples of different refractive index inserted in the defect cavit...

  5. Refractive index sensor based on lateral-offset of coreless silica interferometer

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    Baharin, Nur Faizzah; Azmi, Asrul Izam; Abdullah, Ahmad Sharmi; Mohd Noor, Muhammad Yusof

    2018-02-01

    A compact, cost-effective and high sensitivity fiber interferometer refractive index (RI) sensor based on symmetrical offset coreless silica fiber (CSF) configuration is proposed, optimized and demonstrated. The sensor is formed by splicing a section of CSF between two CSF sections in an offset manner. Thus, two distinct optical paths are created with large index difference, the first path through the connecting CSF sections and the second path is outside the CSF through the surrounding media. RI sensing is established from direct interaction of light with surrounding media, hence high sensitivity can be achieved with a relatively compact sensor length. In the experimental work, a 1.5 mm sensor demonstrates RI sensitivity of 750 nm/RIU for RI range between 1.33 and 1.345. With the main attributes of high sensitivity and compact size, the proposed sensor can be further developed for related applications including blood diagnosis, water quality control and food industries.

  6. Angular tolerances and trapped internal reflections in wedged high refractive index Brewster's angle plates

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    Rutt, H. N.

    1997-02-01

    It is well known that the angular alignment tolerance for Brewster's angle plates is not generally strict. It is often not appreciated that for high index plates however wedge tolerances are small. It is shown that in Brewster angle plates of high refractive index materials, small wedge angles in the fabricated plate can cause internal s-plane reflections to become 'trapped' by total internal reflection. A wedge angle acceptable in terms of its p-plane loss can cause such trapped reflections. In laser systems the resulting multiply reflected beams can move sideways in the plate and eventually hit o-ring seals or other mounting arrangements, causing component damage and leaks in unexpected locations. Stray light problems of an unexpected nature can occur from this effect in both laser based and conventional optical devices.

  7. Nonlinear refractive index measurements and self-action effects in Roselle-Hibiscus Sabdariffa solutions

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    Henari, F. Z.; Al-Saie, A.

    2006-12-01

    We report the observation of self-action phenomena, such as self-focusing, self-defocusing, self-phase modulation and beam fanning in Roselle-Hibiscus Sabdariffa solutions. This material is found to be a new type of natural nonlinear media, and the nonlinear reflective index coefficient has been determined using a Z-scan technique and by measuring the critical power for the self-trapping effect. Z-scan measurements show that this material has a large negative nonlinear refractive index, n 2 = 1 × 10-4 esu. A comparison between the experimental n 2 values and the calculated thermal value for n 2 suggests that the major contribution to nonlinear response is of thermal origin.

  8. Compression of ultra-short light pulses using the graded refractive index one-dimensional photonic crystals

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    Shiri, R.; Bananej, A.; Safari, E.

    2016-09-01

    The one-dimensional photonic crystals (1D PCs) containing a graded refractive index layer have been theoretically utilized to compress the positively chirped ultra-short pulses of light. Two types of simple and graded index multi-layer structures consisting alternating layers of TiO2 and SiO2 with the same total thicknesses and periodicity have been investigated and compared. For the graded structure, three different refractive index distributions including linear, exponential and parabolic profiles have been considered. The results revealed that replacing one of the homogeneous layers of the unit cells in simple photonic crystal with a graded material having parabolic refractive index profile efficiently improves compression behavior of the structure. The compress factors of as much as 47% and 78% depending on the pulse's initial chirp rate obtained with parabolic profile of such the structures.

  9. High reliability solid refractive index matching materials for field installable connections in FTTH network

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    Saito, Kotaro; Kihara, Mitsuru; Shimizu, Tomoya; Yoneda, Keisuke; Kurashima, Toshio

    2015-06-01

    We performed environmental and accelerated aging tests to ensure the long-term reliability of solid type refractive index matching material at a splice point. Stable optical characteristics were confirmed in environmental tests based on an IEC standard. In an accelerated aging test at 140 °C, which is very much higher than the specification test temperature, the index matching material itself and spliced fibers passing through it had steady optical characteristics. Then we performed an accelerated aging test on an index matching material attached to a built-in fiber before splicing it in the worst condition, which is different from the normal use configuration. As a result, we confirmed that the repeated insertion and removal of fiber for splicing resulted in failure. We consider that the repetition of adhesion between index matching material and fibers causes the splice to degrade. With this result, we used the Arrhenius model to estimate a median lifetime of about 68 years in a high temperature environment of 60 °C. Thus solid type index matching material at a splice point is highly reliable over long periods under normal conditions of use.

  10. Gap solitons in PT -symmetric lattices with a lower refractive-index core

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    Dong, Liangwei; Gu, Linlin; Guo, Dengchu

    2015-05-01

    We address the existence and stability properties of families of gap solitons in a lower refractive-index core, sandwiched between two optical lattices with a parity-time (PT ) symmetry imprinted in a defocusing medium. The scale of flat-topped complex solitons can be controlled arbitrarily by varying the embedded index core. Multipeaked solitons are found to exhibit equal peak values in the region of the index core, and they have no analog in other lattice-modulated or bulk media. We demonstrate that, in sharp contrast to solitons in regular PT lattices, flat-topped and multipeaked solitons are either stable or suffer a negligibly weak instability, even when the gain-loss coefficient approaches the PT -symmetry-breaking point. Our results, thus, build a bridge between the PT defect solitons in a narrow index core and the PT kink pairs in a broad index core. We also suggest an effective way for the observation of "surface solitons" in PT -symmetric lattices.

  11. High refractive index immersion liquid for super-resolution 3D imaging using sapphire-based aNAIL optics

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    Laskar, Junaid M; Herminghaus, Stephan; Daniels, Karen E; Schröter, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    Optically-transparent immersion liquids with refractive index (n ~ 1.77) to match sapphire-based aplanatic numerical aperture increasing lens (aNAIL) are necessary for achieving deep 3D imaging with high spatial resolution. We report that antimony tribromide (SbBr$_{3}$) salt dissolved in liquid diiodomethane (CH$_{2}$I$_{2}$) provides a new high refractive index immersion liquid for optics applications. The refractive index is tunable from n = 1.74 (pure) to n = 1.873 (saturated), by adjusting either salt concentration or temperature; this allows it to match (or even exceed) the refractive index of sapphire. Importantly, the solution gives excellent light transmittance in the ultraviolet to near-infrared range, an improvement over commercially-available immersion liquids. This refractive index matched immersion liquid formulation has enabled us to develop a sapphire-based aNAIL objective that has both high numerical aperture (NA = 1.17) and long working distance (WD = 12 mm). This opens up new possibilities ...

  12. The relationship between the retinal image quality and the refractive index of defects arising in IOL: numerical analysis

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    Geniusz, Malwina

    2017-09-01

    The best treatment for cataract patients, which allows to restore clear vision is implanting an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The image quality of the lens has a significant impact on the quality of patient's vision. After a long exposure the implant to aqueous environment some defects appear in the artificial lenses. The defects generated in the IOL have different refractive indices. For example, glistening phenomenon is based on light scattering on the oval microvacuoles filled with an aqueous humor which refractive index value is about 1.34. Calcium deposits are another example of lens defects and they can be characterized by the refractive index 1.63. In the presented studies it was calculated how the difference between the refractive indices of the defect and the refractive index of the lens material affects the quality of image. The OpticStudio Professional program (from Radiant Zemax, LLC) was used for the construction of the numerical model of the eye with IOL and to calculate the characteristics of the retinal image. Retinal image quality was described in such characteristics as Point Spread Function (PSF) and the Optical Transfer Function with amplitude and phase. The results show a strong correlation between the refractive indices difference and retinal image quality.

  13. Volumetric properties, viscosity and refractive index of the protic ionic liquid, pyrrolidinium octanoate, in molecular solvents

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    Anouti, Meriem, E-mail: meriem.anouti@univ-tours.f [Universite Francois Rabelais de Tours, Laboratoire PCMB (EA 4244), equipe Chimie-physique des Interfaces et des Milieux Electrolytiques (CIME), parc de Grandmont, 37200 Tours (France); Vigeant, Annie; Jacquemin, Johan; Brigouleix, Catherine; Lemordant, Daniel [Universite Francois Rabelais de Tours, Laboratoire PCMB (EA 4244), equipe Chimie-physique des Interfaces et des Milieux Electrolytiques (CIME), parc de Grandmont, 37200 Tours (France)

    2010-07-15

    Densities (rho) and viscosities (eta) of binary mixtures containing the Protic Ionic Liquid (PIL), pyrrolidinium octanoate with five molecular solvents: water, methanol, ethanol, n-butanol, and acetonitrile are determined at the atmospheric pressure as a function of the temperature and within the whole composition range. The refractive index of all mixtures (n{sub D}) is measured at 298.15 K. The excess molar volumes V{sup E} and deviation from additivity rules of viscosities eta{sup E} and refractive index DELTA{sub p}hin, of pyrrolidinium octanoate solutions were then deduced from the experimental results as well as apparent molar volumes Vphi{sub i}, partial molar volumes V-bar{sub m,i} and thermal expansion coefficients alpha{sub p}. The excess molar volumes V{sup E} are negative over the entire mole fraction range for mixture with water, acetonitrile, and methanol indicating strong hydrogen-bonding interaction for the entire mole fraction. In the case of longest carbon chain alcohols (such as ethanol and n-butanol) + pyrrolidinium octanoate solutions, the V{sup E} variation as a function of the composition describes an S shape. The deviation from additivity rules of viscosities is negative over the entire composition range for the acetonitrile, methanol, ethanol, and butanol, and becomes less negative with increasing temperature. Whereas, eta{sup E} of the left brace[Pyrr][C{sub 7}CO{sub 2}] + waterright brace binary mixtures is positive in the whole mole fraction range and decreases with increasing temperature. the excess Gibbs free energies of activation of viscous flow (DELTAG*{sup E}) for these systems were calculated. The deviation from additivity rules of refractive index DELTA{sub p}hin are positive over the whole composition range and approach a maximum of 0.25 in PIL mole fraction for all systems. The magnitude of deviation for DELTA{sub p}hin describes the following order: water > methanol > acetonitrile > ethanol. Results have been discussed in

  14. Modeling the vertical profiles of the index of refraction and (C(sub n))(exp 2) in marine atmosphere

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    Claverie, Jacques; Hurtaud, Yvonick; Defromont, Yannick; Junchat, Alain

    1995-02-01

    The determination of the conditions of propagation, for systems evolving/moving in the CLSO (Boundary layer of Oceanic Surface), requires the knowledge of the vertical profile of index of refraction. From simple weather measurements, the model PIRAM (Profiles of Index of Refraction in Atmosphere Navy) makes it possible to calculate this profile starting from the vertical profiles of temperature and moisture. PIRAM takes again, with the help of some modifications, the step followed in the Bulk-CELAR model conceived initially for the radio frequencies. Calculations from now on were extended to the optical field. PIRAM also allows the modeling of the vertical profile of the structural parameter of the index of refraction of the air (C(sub n))(exp 2). This new modeling will have to be validated by experimental data. Near the coasts, the knowledge of the vertical profiles is however not always sufficient, because in particular of the horizontal inhomogeneousness of the channel of propagation.

  15. Combined microfiber knot resonator and focused ion beam-milled Mach-Zehnder interferometer for refractive index measurement

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    Gomes, André D.; André, Ricardo M.; Warren-Smith, Stephen C.; Dellith, Jan; Becker, Martin; Rothhardt, Manfred; Frazão, Orlando

    2017-04-01

    A Mach-Zehnder interferometer was created from a cavity milled in the taper region next to a microfiber knot resonator. A focused ion beam was used to mill the cavity with 47.8 μm in length. The microfiber knot resonator was created from an 11 μm diameter taper, produced using a filament fusion splicer. After milling the cavity, the microfiber knot resonator spectrum is still visible. The final response of the presented sensor is a microfiber knot resonator spectrum modulated by the Mach-Zehnder interference spectrum. A preliminary result of -8935 ± 108 nm/RIU was obtained for the refractive index sensitivity of the cavity component in a refractive index range of n = 1.333 to 1.341. Simultaneous measurement of refractive index and temperature using this combined structure is a future goal.

  16. Pressure induced optical absorption and refractive index changes of a shallow hydrogenic impurity in a quantum wire

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    Arunachalam, N.; John Peter, A.; Woo Lee, Chang

    2011-10-01

    Pressure induced binding energy of a hydrogenic impurity in an InAs/GaAs quantum wire is investigated. Calculations are performed using Bessel functions as an orthonormal basis within a single band effective mass approximation using variational method. Photoionization cross-section of the hydrogenic impurity in the influence of pressure is studied. The total optical absorption and the refractive index changes as a function of normalized photon energy between the ground and the first excited state in the presence of pressure are analyzed. The optical absorption coefficients and the refractive index changes strongly depend on the incident optical intensity and pressure. The occurred blue shift of the resonant peak due to the pressure gives the information about the variation of two energy levels in the quantum well wire. The optical absorption coefficients and the refractive index changes are strongly dependent on the incident optical intensity and the pressure.

  17. Enhanced vibrational spectroscopy, intracellular refractive indexing for label-free biosensing and bioimaging by multiband plasmonic-antenna array.

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    Chen, Cheng-Kuang; Chang, Ming-Hsuan; Wu, Hsieh-Ting; Lee, Yao-Chang; Yen, Ta-Jen

    2014-10-15

    In this study, we report a multiband plasmonic-antenna array that bridges optical biosensing and intracellular bioimaging without requiring a labeling process or coupler. First, a compact plasmonic-antenna array is designed exhibiting a bandwidth of several octaves for use in both multi-band plasmonic resonance-enhanced vibrational spectroscopy and refractive index probing. Second, a single-element plasmonic antenna can be used as a multifunctional sensing pixel that enables mapping the distribution of targets in thin films and biological specimens by enhancing the signals of vibrational signatures and sensing the refractive index contrast. Finally, using the fabricated plasmonic-antenna array yielded reliable intracellular observation was demonstrated from the vibrational signatures and intracellular refractive index contrast requiring neither labeling nor a coupler. These unique features enable the plasmonic-antenna array to function in a label-free manner, facilitating bio-sensing and imaging development. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Metamaterial Demonstrates Both a High Refractive Index and Extremely Low Reflection in the 0.3-THz Band

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    Ishihara, Koki; Suzuki, Takehito

    2017-09-01

    Communication and imaging in the terahertz waveband have advanced rapidly in offering industrial applications. However, optical elements such as collimated lenses in the terahertz waveband are bulky compared with the wavelength due to the lack of naturally occurring substances with a high refractive index and low loss. It is essential to miniaturize optical elements in the terahertz waveband for industrial application. Metamaterials consisting of subwavelength structures can arbitrarily control permittivity and permeability and provide a range of refractive indices. Here, we demonstrate a metamaterial with both a high refractive index and extremely low reflection consisting of symmetrically aligned paired cut metal wires with 18,800 units on the front and back surfaces of a dielectric substrate. Measurements by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) confirm a high effective refractive index of 6.66 + j0.123, extremely low reflection power of 1.16%, and the unprecedented high figure of merit (FOM = | n real/ n imag|) of above 300 in the 0.3-THz band. Components with such specifications would enable miniature, high-performance optical elements in the terahertz waveband such as ultrathin flat antennas with high directivity. Further, the concept of the metamaterial with both a high refractive index and extremely low reflection potentially offers a wide range of attractive applications such as solid immersion lenses and cloaking devices.

  19. Local Doppler Effect, Index of Refraction through the Earth Crust, PDF and the CNGS Neutrino Anomaly?

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    Assis A. V. D. B.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In this brief paper, we show the neutrino velocity discrepancy obtained in the OPERA experiment may be due to the local Doppler effect between a local clock attached to a given detector at Gran Sasso, say C G , and the respective instantaneous clock crossing C G , say C C , being this latter at rest in the instantaneous inertial frame having got the velocity of rotation of CERN about Earth’s axis in relation to the fixed stars. With this effect, the index of refraction of the Earth crust may accomplish a refractive effect by which the neutrino velocity through the Earth crust turns out to be small in relation to the speed of light in the empty space, leading to an encrusted discrepancy that may have contamined the data obtained from the block of detectors at Gran Sasso, leading to a time interval excess that did not provide an exact match between the shift of the protons PDF (probability distribution function by TOF c and the detection data at Gran Sasso via the maximum likelihood matching.

  20. The permittivity and refractive index measurements of doped barium titanate (BT-BCN)

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    Meeker, Michael A.; Kundu, Souvik; Maurya, Deepam; Kang, Min-Gyu; Sosa, Alejandro; Mudiyanselage, Rathsara R. H. H.; Clavel, Michael; Gollapudi, Sreenivasulu; Hudait, Mantu K.; Priya, Shashank; Khodaparast, Giti A.

    2017-11-01

    While piezoelectric- ferroelectric materials offer great potential for nonvolatile random access memory, most commonly implemented ferroelectrics contain lead which imposes a challenge in meeting environmental regulations. One promising candidate for lead-free, ferroelectric material based memory is (1 - x) BaTiO3 - xBa(Cu1 / 3 Nb2 / 3) O3 (BT-BCN), x = 0.025 . The samples studied here were grown on a Si substrate with an HfO2 buffer layer, thereby preventing the interdiffusion of BT-BTCN into Si. This study provides further insight into the physical behavior of BT-BCN that will strengthen the foundation for developing switching devices. The sample thicknesses ranged from 1.5 to 120 nm, and piezoelectric force microscopy was employed in order to understand the local ferroelectric behaviors. Dielectric constant as a function of frequency demonstrated enhanced frequency dispersion indicating the polar nature of the composition. The relative permittivity was found to change significantly with varying bias voltage and exhibited a tunability of 82%. The difference in the peak position during up and down sweeps is due to the presence of the spontaneous polarization. Furthermore, reflectometry was performed to determine the refractive index of samples with differing thicknesses. Our results demonstrate that refractive indices are similar to that of barium titanate. This is a promising result indicating that improved ferroelectric properties are obtained without compromising the optical properties.

  1. Photonic Crystal Fiber Mach-Zehnder Interferometer for Refractive Index Sensing

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    Jian-Neng Wang

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available We report on a refractive index sensor using a photonic crystal fiber (PCF interferometer which was realized by fusion splicing a short section of PCF (Blaze Photonics, LMA-10 between two standard single mode fibers. The fully collapsed air holes of the PCF at the spice regions allow the coupling of PCF core and cladding modes that makes a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The transmission spectrum exhibits sinusoidal interference pattern which shifts differently when the cladding/core surface of the PCF is immersed with different RI of the surrounding medium. Experimental results using wavelength-shift interrogation for sensing different concentrations of sucrose solution show that a resolution of 1.62 × 10−4–8.88 × 10−4 RIU or 1.02 × 10−4–9.04 × 10−4 RIU (sensing length for 3.50 or 5.00 cm, respectively was achieved for refractive indices in the range of 1.333 to 1.422, suggesting that the PCF interferometer are attractive for chemical, biological, biochemical sensing with aqueous solutions, as well as for civil engineering and environmental monitoring applications.

  2. Photonic crystal fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer for refractive index sensing.

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    Wang, Jian-Neng; Tang, Jaw-Luen

    2012-01-01

    We report on a refractive index sensor using a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) interferometer which was realized by fusion splicing a short section of PCF (Blaze Photonics, LMA-10) between two standard single mode fibers. The fully collapsed air holes of the PCF at the spice regions allow the coupling of PCF core and cladding modes that makes a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The transmission spectrum exhibits sinusoidal interference pattern which shifts differently when the cladding/core surface of the PCF is immersed with different RI of the surrounding medium. Experimental results using wavelength-shift interrogation for sensing different concentrations of sucrose solution show that a resolution of 1.62 × 10(-4)-8.88 × 10(-4) RIU or 1.02 × 10(-4)-9.04 × 10(-4) RIU (sensing length for 3.50 or 5.00 cm, respectively) was achieved for refractive indices in the range of 1.333 to 1.422, suggesting that the PCF interferometer are attractive for chemical, biological, biochemical sensing with aqueous solutions, as well as for civil engineering and environmental monitoring applications.

  3. Effects of film thickness on the linear and nonlinear refractive index of p-type SnO films deposited by e-beam evaporation process

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    El-Gendy, Y. A.

    2017-12-01

    Tin monoxide (SnO) films of different thickness have been deposited onto glass substrates at vacuum pressure of ∼ 8 × 10-6 mbar using an e-beam evaporation system. A hot probe test revealed that the deposited films showed p-type conduction. The structure characterization and phase purity of the deposited films was confirmed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. The optical transmission and reflection spectra of the deposited films recorded in the wavelength range 190-2500 nm were used to calculate the optical constants employing the Murmann's exact equations. The refractive index dispersion was adequately described by the well-known effective-single-oscillator model proposed by Wemple-DiDomenico, whereby the dispersion parameters were calculated. The nonlinear refractive index and nonlinear optical susceptibility of the deposited films were successfully evaluated using the Miller empirical relations. The lattice dielectric constant and the carrier concentration to the effective mass ratio were also calculated as a function of film thickness using the Spitzer and Fan model. The variation of the optical band gap of the deposited films as a function of film thickness was also presented.

  4. TAKE, development of the refractive index measurement technology for industrial needs; TAKE, taitekerroinmittaustekniikan kehittaeminen teollisuuden tarpeisiin - MPKT 12

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    Raety, J. [Oulu Univ. (Finland)

    1998-12-31

    Refractive index is one of the basic physical phenomena of materials. Traditional refractive index measurement has been widely used e.g. In research, in quality inspection of products and raw materials. It is also used for follow up of the different industrial processes. A measuring and research environment, by which it is possible to determine the complex refractive index of liquid samples, was developed in 1996 at the Measuring Instrument laboratory of the University of Oulu. This equipment, based on the reflectance of light measures both the refractive index and absorption factor of liquids simultaneously. While the commercial refractometers are best suitable for research of clear liquids, by the developed equipment it is possible to investigate by the side of clear fluids also dark strongly light absorbing samples. The measuring wave length can be chosen continuously inside the UV-Visual range. The knowing of the wave-length dependence of the complex refractive index gives additional information on the state of the fluid under inspection. The main objective of the task is to solve measuring problems of biotechnology, food industry and forest industry by a new type of refractometric method. This means the simultaneous measurement of refractive index and absorption, and the utilisation of this knowledge in wide spectral region. A refractometer, based on the technology, suitable for applied research of new measuring targets will be designed and constructed in the research. The above mentioned goals also require the survey of the present situation of the refractometry. This one and a half year project will be started in spring 1998. (orig.)

  5. Fabrication and characterization of micro fluidic based fiber optic refractive index sensor

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    I.S.L. Abdul Hamid

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available A refractive index sensor was proposed by using 3 dimension (3D grayscale lithography technique. Optical fiber with taper diameter of 12 μm was embedded in a closed microfluidic channel. Taper area of optical fiber is in floating condition at the center of micro channel. Grayscale variation range used for this sensor was 70%–74% and thickness variation 430 μm–694 μm was achieved. The dimension of the sensor was 7.5 cm in length and 2 cm in width. Fabricated sensor was characterized with air condition and solution concentration from 0.1 M to 1 M. A sensitivity of 1457 nm/RIU is achieved. The measured results show a good repeatability and low temperature cross-sensitivity.

  6. Miniature refractive index fiber sensor based on silica micro-tube and Au micro-sphere

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    Lv, Riqing; Li, Jin; Hu, Haifeng; Yao, Chengbao

    2017-10-01

    We demonstrated the refractive index sensing characteristics of a miniature fiber sensor composited by silica-hollow-tube (SHT) and Au-micro-sphere (AmS). The high sensitivity is obtained due to the evanescent field effect existing in the SHT with the inner diameter of ∼2.3 μm and the surface plasmon resonance effect excited on the surface of AmS with the diameter of ∼2 μm. Experimental results indicate that this sensor can continuously measure the glucose concentration in range of 0-60% with a good linearity. The high detection sensitivity up to 8.33 μmol/L (47.33 mW/RIU) enables its ability in determining the glucose concentration in either blood or body fluids. Furthermore, the tiny structure is promise to be integrated into the microchip or other injectable structures, and monitor the glucose concentration in real-time.

  7. Investigation of a macrobending micro-plastic optical fiber for refractive index sensing.

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    Jing, Ning; Zheng, Jie; Zhao, Xiaowei; Teng, Chuanxin

    2014-12-01

    This paper investigates a refractive index (RI) sensor based on a macrobending micro-plastic optical fiber (m-POF), which is used as a sensitive probe. The m-POFs are fabricated from commercial POFs using a heating and pulling method. The m-POFs have diameters of approximately 20-40 μm and act as multimode fibers at visible wavelengths. The macrobending structure of the m-POFs is simulated and optimized using the ray tracing method. The RI sensitivity and the range of RI measurements are affected by the structure parameter R/ρ, which is the ratio of the radius of curvature of the macrobending fiber to the radius of the fiber itself. A linear RI sensing response is obtained when R/ρ=20 and the sensitivity reaches 500%/RIU. The experimental results coincide well with the simulation results.

  8. Temperature dependence of a refractive index sensor based on a macrobending micro-plastic optical fiber.

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    Jing, Ning; Teng, Chuanxin; Zhao, Xiaowei; Zheng, Jie

    2015-03-10

    We investigate the temperature dependence of a refractive index (RI) sensor based on a macrobending micro-plastic optical fiber (m-POF) both theoretically and experimentally. The performance of the RI sensor at different temperatures (10°C-70°C) is measured and simulated over an RI range from 1.33 to 1.45. It is found that the temperature dependent bending loss and RI measurement deviation monotonically change with temperature, and the RI deviation has a higher gradient with temperature variation for a higher measured RI. Because of the linear trend of temperature dependence of the sensor, it is feasible to correct for changes in ambient temperature.

  9. Detecting small lung tumors in mouse models by refractive-index microradiology

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    Chien, Chia-Chi; Hwu, Y. [Academia Sinica, Institute of Physics, Taipei (China); National Tsing Hua University, Department of Engineering and System Science, Hsinchu (China); Zhang, Guilin; Yue, Weisheng; Li, Yan; Xue, Hongjie [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Shanghai (China); Liu, Ping; Sun, Jianqi; Xu, Lisa X. [Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (China); Wang, Chang Hai; Chen, Nanyow; Lu, Chien Hung; Lee, Ting-Kuo [Academia Sinica, Institute of Physics, Taipei (China); Yang, Yuh-Cheng; Lu, Yen-Ta [Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei City (China); Ching, Yu-Tai [National Chiao Tung University, Department of Computer Science, Hsinchu (China); Shih, T.F.; Yang, P.C. [National Taiwan University, College of Medicine, Taipei (China); Je, J.H. [Pohang University of Science and Technology Pohang, X-ray Imaging Center, Pohang CT, Kyungbuk (Korea, Republic of); Margaritondo, G. [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2011-08-15

    Refractive-index (phase-contrast) radiology was able to detect lung tumors less than 1 mm in live mice. Significant micromorphology differences were observed in the microradiographs between normal, inflamed, and lung cancer tissues. This was made possible by the high phase contrast and by the fast image taking that reduces the motion blur. The detection of cancer and inflammation areas by phase contrast microradiology and microtomography was validated by bioluminescence and histopathological analysis. The smallest tumor detected is less than 1 mm{sup 3} with accuracy better than 1 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 3}. This level of performance is currently suitable for animal studies, while further developments are required for clinical application. (orig.)

  10. Using a plasma physics experiment to expand student understanding of the index of refraction

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    Wise, Joe; Gekelman, Walter; Baker, Robert; Pribyl, Patrick

    2010-02-01

    The Los Angeles Physics Alliance Group (LAPTAG) Plasma Lab has met regularly at UCLA for the past 9 years. High school students have been involved in the construction of probes, amplifiers, antennae, machine shop use, printed circuit construction, experimental design, and scientific programming for the analysis of data. We describe a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in the process of science. Using plasma physics as an educational ``hook,'' students are engaged through a series of experiments, lectures, presentations, and group discussions. The outcome is that students gain a deeper understanding of the scientific method and in this case, the concepts of index of refraction and its effects on wave propagation. For example, students comprehend such advanced topics as dispersion, k-space, plasma properties, and wave group and phase velocities. This engagement supports efforts to improve STEM career choices by exposing high school students to challenging and interesting experiences in preparation for advanced study. )

  11. Power-Interrogated Refractive Index Sensor Using Long Period Grating in Photonic Crystal Fiber

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    X. L. Jiang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We reported a long period grating (LPG written in specially designed photonic crystal fiber (PCF for refractive index (RI sensing by interrogating the transmitted light power. The outermost ring of clad holes of the PCF is enlarged where the analyte is filled. We showed that the leakage loss of the clad mode increases with the RI in the larger holes. By numerically analyzing the complex couple mode equations for the core mode and the first clad mode, we found the depth of attenuation band in the transmitted spectra and the total transmitted power is sensitive to the leakage loss of the clad mode or the RI in the larger holes. We also demonstrated that the transmitted power is sensitive to the RI even less than that of the silica, which just avoids the limitation that the transmitted light power of LPG in conventional fiber is only sensitive to the RI of the external media higher than that of fiber clad.

  12. In-line optofluidic refractive index sensing in a side-channel photonic crystal fiber.

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    Zhang, Nan; Humbert, Georges; Wu, Zhifang; Li, Kaiwei; Shum, Perry Ping; Zhang, Nancy Meng Ying; Cui, Ying; Auguste, Jean-Louis; Dinh, Xuan Quyen; Wei, Lei

    2016-11-28

    An in-line optofluidic refractive index (RI) sensing platform is constructed by splicing a side-channel photonic crystal fiber (SC-PCF) with side-polished single mode fibers. A long-period grating (LPG) combined with an intermodal interference between LP01 and LP11 core modes is used for sensing the RI of the liquid in the side channel. The resonant dip shows a nonlinear wavelength shift with increasing RI over the measured range from 1.3330 to 1.3961. The RI response of this sensing platform for a low RI range of 1.3330-1.3780 is approximately linear, and exhibits a sensitivity of 1145 nm/RIU. Besides, the detection limit of our sensing scheme is improved by around one order of magnitude by introducing the intermodal interference.

  13. PIV Measurement of Pulsatile Flows in 3D Curved Tubes Using Refractive Index Matching Method

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    Hong, Hyeon Ji; Ji, Ho Seong; Kim, Kyung Chun [Pusan Nat’l Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-08-15

    Three-dimensional models of stenosis blood vessels were prepared using a 3D printer. The models included a straight pipe with axisymmetric stenosis and a pipe that was bent 10° from the center of stenosis. A refractive index matching method was utilized to measure accurate velocity fields inside the 3D tubes. Three different pulsatile flows were generated and controlled by changing the rotational speed frequency of the peristaltic pump. Unsteady velocity fields were measured by a time-resolved particle image velocimetry method. Periodic shedding of vortices occurred and moves depended on the maximum velocity region. The sizes and the positions of the vortices and symmetry are influenced by mean Reynolds number and tube geometry. In the case of the bent pipe, a recirculation zone observed at the post-stenosis could explain the possibility of blood clot formation and blood clot adhesion in view of hemodynamics.

  14. Measuring the Nonlinear Refractive Index of Graphene using the Optical Kerr Effect Method

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    Dremetsika, Evdokia; Gorza, Simon-Pierre; Ciret, Charles; Martin, Marie-Blandine; Hofmann, Stephan; Seneor, Pierre; Dolfi, Daniel; Massar, Serge; Emplit, Philippe; Kockaert, Pascal

    2016-01-01

    By means of the ultrafast optical Kerr effect method coupled to optical heterodyne detection (OHD-OKE), we characterize the third order nonlinear response of graphene at telecom wavelength, and compare it to experimental values obtained by the Z-scan method on the same samples. From these measurements, we estimate a negative nonlinear refractive index for monolayer graphene, $n_2 = - 1.1\\times 10^{-13} m^2/W$. This is in contradiction to previously reported values, which leads us to compare our experimental measurements obtained by the OHD-OKE and the Z-scan method with theoretical and experimental values found in the literature, and to discuss the discrepancies, taking into account parameters such as doping.

  15. Refractive index sensor using layered nanoslit array based on Fabry-Pérot resonances

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    Sung, Jangwoon; Kim, Joonsoo; Hong, Jongwoo; Lee, Yohan; Lee, Byoungho

    2017-04-01

    We proposed a refractive index sensor using a phase-compensated cavity whose resonant wavelength can be tuned by the alignment between layers. The structures are composed of double-layered nanoslit array, which has total thickness of 100 nm while the cavity length is 30 nm thick. Using nanoslit array as a reflector has made it possible to design the phase shift carefully so that the subwavelength Fabry-Pérot cavity can be obtained. When the cavity is filled with sensing medium, where the field enhancement is achieved by Fabry-Pérot (FP) resonance, the proposed structure is found to achieve sensitivity ranging from 337 nm/RIU to 1250 nm/RIU at each different alignment. The resonant wavelength ranges from 1100 nm to 2500 nm, which contains biological windows and telecommunication wavelength range, so the structure is expected to be used in various purposes.

  16. Directional Fano Resonances at Light Scattering by a High Refractive Index Dielectric Sphere

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    Tribelsky, Michael I; Litman, Amelie; Eyraud, Christelle; Moreno, Fernando

    2016-01-01

    In this research, we report the experimental evidence of the directional Fano resonances at the scattering of a plane, linearly polarized electromagnetic wave by a homogeneous dielectric sphere with high refractive index and low losses. We observe a typical asymmetric Fano profile for the intensity scattered in, practically, any given direction, while the overall extinction cross section remains Lorentzian. The phenomenon is originated in the interference of the selectively excited electric dipolar and quadrupolar modes. The selectivity of the excitation is achieved by the proper choice of the frequency of the incident wave. Thanks to the scaling invariance of the Maxwell equations, in these experiments we mimic the scattering of the visible and near IR radiation by a nanoparticle made of common superconductor materials (Si, Ge, GaAs, GaP) by the equivalent scattering of a spherical particle of 18 mm in diameter in the microwave range. The theory developed to explain the experiments extends the conventional F...

  17. Color Richness in Cephalopod Chromatophores Originating from High Refractive Index Biomolecules.

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    Dinneen, Sean R; Osgood, Richard M; Greenslade, Margaret E; Deravi, Leila F

    2017-01-05

    Cephalopods are arguably one of the most photonically sophisticated marine animals, as they can rapidly adapt their dermal color and texture to their surroundings using both structural and pigmentary coloration. Their chromatophore organs facilitate this process, but the molecular mechanism potentiating color change is not well understood. We hypothesize that the pigments, which are localized within nanostructured granules in the chromatophore, enhance the scattering of light within the dermal tissue. To test this, we extracted the phenoxazone-based pigments from the chromatophore and extrapolated their complex refractive index (RI) from experimentally determined real and approximated imaginary portions of the RI. Mie theory was used to calculate the absorbance and scattering cross sections (cm 2 /particle) across a broad diameter range at λ = 589 nm. We observed that the pigments were more likely to scatter attenuated light than absorb it and that these characteristics may contribute to the color richness of cephalopods.

  18. High refractive index and lasing without inversion in an open four-level atomic system

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    Hamedi, H. R.; Juzeliūnas, Gediminas; Raheli, A.; Sahrai, M.

    2013-01-01

    In this letter, a novel atomic scheme is proposed to study the transient evolution of the atomic response with applications to lasing with and without population inversion. We introduce an open four-level atomic medium and compare its transient properties with the corresponding closed system. The impact of cavity parameters i.e. the atomic exit rate from cavity and atomic injection rates on transient response of weak probe field of open system are investigated. It is realized that existence of cavity parameters leads to some interesting results such as large amplification, high refractive index without absorption as well as lasing with and without inversion. These results cannot be obtained in corresponding closed system, due to lack of atomic exit and injection rates. This extra controllability and flexibility, makes open four-level system much more practical than its counterpart closed one.

  19. Optimization of VCSELs incorporating monolithic subwavelength high-refractive-index contrast surface grating mirrors

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    Gebski, Marcin; Marciniak, Magdalena; Dems, Maciej; Czyszanowski, Tomasz; Lott, James A.

    2017-02-01

    We present results of computer simulations of vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) using novel, highreflectivity monolithic high refractive-index contrast grating (MHCG) mirrors and their more advanced version, partially covered by a thin metal layer - metallic MHCG (mMHCG) mirrors. The first experimental realization of this new class of mirrors is presented and discussed. We show that the metal layer does not deteriorate the high reflectivity of an mMHCG mirror, but in contrary, is a crucial element which allows high reflectivity and additionally opens a way for a more efficient electrical pumping of a VCSEL. Comparison of results of thermal-electrical-carrier-gain self-consistent simulations of both MHCG- and mMHCG-based VCSELs is presented and discussed. It is shown that using mHCG mirror as a top mirror of a VCSEL improves electrical characteristics and greatly decreases the differential resistance of the device.

  20. Investigation of light scattering characteristics of individual leukocytes using three-dimensional refractive index maps

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    Sung, Kung-Bin; Lin, Yang-Hsien; Lin, Fong-jheng; Hsieh, Chao-Mao; Wu, Shang-Ju

    2017-04-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) refractive-index (RI) microscopy is an emerging technique suitable for live-cell imaging due to its label-free and fast 3D imaging capabilities. We have developed a common-path system to acquire 3D RI microscopic images of cells with excellent speed and stability. After obtaining 3D RI distributions of individual leukocytes, we used a 3D finite-difference time-domain tool to study light scattering properties. Backscattering spectra of lymphocytes, monocytes and neutrophils are different from each other. Backscattering spectra of lymphocytes matched well with those of homogeneous spheres as predicted by Mie theory while backscattering spectra of neutrophils are significantly more intense than those of the other two types. This suggests the possibility of classifying the three types of leukocytes based on backscattering.

  1. Refractive index sensing in the visible/NIR spectrum using silicon nanopillar arrays.

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    Visser, D; Choudhury, B Dev; Krasovska, I; Anand, S

    2017-05-29

    Si nanopillar (NP) arrays are investigated as refractive index sensors in the visible/NIR wavelength range, suitable for Si photodetector responsivity. The NP arrays are fabricated by nanoimprint lithography and dry etching, and coated with thin dielectric layers. The reflectivity peaks obtained by finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations show a linear shift with coating layer thickness. At 730 nm wavelength, sensitivities of ~0.3 and ~0.9 nm/nm of SiO2 and Si3N4, respectively, are obtained; and the optical thicknesses of the deposited surface coatings are determined by comparing the experimental and simulated data. The results show that NP arrays can be used for sensing surface bio-layers. The proposed method could be useful to determine the optical thickness of surface coatings, conformal and non-conformal, in NP-based optical devices.

  2. An ultrasensitive and multispectral refractive index sensor based on quad-supercell metamaterials

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    Xiao, Shuyuan; Liu, Yuebo; Han, Xu; Yan, Xicheng

    2015-01-01

    Plasmonic metamaterials support the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) and the strong field enhancement could be applied to ultrasensitive biochemical sensing. In this work, a novel design of quad-supercell metamaterials of split ring resonators (SRRs) is proposed and simultaneous excitations of odd (N=1 and N=3) and even (N=2) resonance modes are realized due to additional asymmetry from the rotation with respect to the excitation field. The full utilization of these three resonance dips show bright prospects for multispectral application. As a refractive index (RI) sensor, ultrahigh sensitivities ~1000nm/RIU for LC mode (N=1) and ~500nm/RIU for plasmon mode (N=2) are obtained in near infrared (NIR) spectrum.

  3. Refractive index sensor based on θ-shaped microfiber resonator and Vernier effect

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    Xu, Zhilin; Luo, Yiyang; Sun, Qizhen; Shum, Perry Ping; Wu, Zhifang; Shao, Xuguang; Liu, Deming

    2017-04-01

    A compact refractive index (RI) sensing probe with controllable sensitivities based on a θ-shaped microfiber resonator and Vernier effect is reported. By cascading the θ-shaped microfiber resonator with a fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer, Vernier effect is generated to enhance the RI sensitivity. Both theoretical analyses and experimental results demonstrate that the RI sensitivity can be tuned by changing the cavity length of the θ-shaped microfiber resonator. The RI sensitivity is widely tuned from 311.77nm/RIU to 2460.07nm/RIU in the experiment. The θ-shaped microfiber resonator and the proposed method of generating Vernier effect could find important applications in optical fiber sensing field.

  4. Refractive index modulation of Sb70Te30 phase-change thin films by multiple femtosecond laser pulses

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    Lei, Kai; Wang, Yang; Jiang, Minghui; Wu, Yiqun

    2016-05-01

    In this study, the controllable effective refractive index modulation of Sb70Te30 phase-change thin films between amorphous and crystalline states was achieved experimentally by multiple femtosecond laser pulses. The modulation mechanism was analyzed comprehensively by a spectral ellipsometer measurement, surface morphology observation, and two-temperature model calculations. We numerically demonstrate the application of the optically modulated refractive index of the phase-change thin films in a precisely adjustable color display. These results may provide further insights into ultrafast phase-transition mechanics and are useful in the design of programmable photonic and opto-electrical devices based on phase-change memory materials.

  5. Simultaneously measuring the refractive index and thickness of an optical sample by using improved fiber-based optical coherence tomography

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    Yen, Chih-Ta; Huang, Jen-Fa; Wu, Ming-Jia; Lee, Yu-Fan; Huang, Chia-Tsai; Huang, Shu-Fan; Cheng, Hsu-Chih

    2014-04-01

    An improved structure for the optical coherence tomography (OCT) scheme based on a 4×4 fiber coupler for simultaneously measuring the refractive index and thickness of optical samples is presented. The proposed structure incorporates the optical path length difference of interference light and is used to calculate the refractive index and thickness of an unknown sample without any prior knowledge of the sample parameters. Two methods (time-domain and Fourier-domain OCT) of obtaining information about an unknown sample are proposed, and a high-speed high-resolution OCT system was developed.

  6. Light-induced refractive-index modifications in dielectric thin films: experimental determination of relaxation time and amplitude.

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    Monneret, S; Tisserand, S; Flory, F; Rigneault, H

    1996-09-01

    A two-beam setup based on the totally reflecting prism coupler is shown to be a powerful means of characterizing light-induced refractive-index modifications in dielectric thin films. Rise and relaxation times and amplitudes of thin-film refractive-index variations can be measured. Some developments of the electromagnetic theory of prism coupling are presented for Gaussian incident beams. Measurements made on a single Ta(2)O(5) layer deposited on a silica glass are presented. Relaxation times of a few milliseconds reveal the thermal origin of the phenomena. The thermal nonlinear coefficient of this Ta(2)O(5) layer is nearly 10(-15) m(2)/W.

  7. Study of the Composition and Spectral Characteristics of a HDG-Prism Disperse System (GRISM) by Refractive Index Phase Matching

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    Jo, Chon-Gyu; Choe, Chol-Gyu; Im, Song-Jin

    2015-01-01

    The composition and characteristics of a GRISM gained by refractive index matching between a refractive index modulation type HDG and a prism is investigated, the HDG being built by processing silver halide emulsion with halide vapor. The GRISM has been stable under external influences like humidity or ultraviolet light exposure. The mercury atomic spectrum obtained by a GRISM based on a HDG with a spatial frequency of 600mm-1 shows yellow dual lines with the wavelength difference of 2.1nm su...

  8. Highly sensitive and simple method for refractive index sensing of liquids in microstructured optical fibers using four-wave mixing

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    Frosz, Michael Henoch; Stefani, Alessio; Bang, Ole

    2011-01-01

    We present both experimental measurements and simulations for a simple fiber-optical liquid refractive index sensor, made using only commercially available components and without advanced postprocessing of the fiber. Despite the simplicity, we obtain the highest sensitivity experimentally...... demonstrated to date for aqueous solutions (refractive index around 1.33), which is relevant for extensions to biosensing. The sensor is based on measuring the spectral shift of peaks arising from four-wave mixing (FWM), when filling the holes of a microstructured fiber with different liquid samples...

  9. Refractive index modulation based on excitonic effects in GaInAs-InP coupled asymmetric quantum wells

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    Thirstrup, Carsten

    1995-01-01

    The effect of excitons in GaInAs-InP coupled asymmetric quantum wells on the refractive index modulation, is analyzed numerically using a model based on the effective mass approximation. It is shown that two coupled quantum wells brought in resonance by an applied electric field will, due...... to the reduction in the exciton oscillator strengths, have a modulation of the refractive index which is more than one order of magnitude larger than in a similar quantum well structure based on the quantum confined Stark effect, but with no coupling between the quantum wells. Calculations show that combining...

  10. TiO2 nanoparticles for enhancing the refractive index of hydrogels for ophthalmological applications

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    Hampp, Norbert; Dams, Christian; Badur, Thorben; Reinhardt, Hendrik

    2017-02-01

    Intraocular lenses (IOL) are currently the only treatment for cataract dependent vision impairment and blindness [1]. A polymer suitable for IOL manufacture needs to meet a plurality of properties, biocompatibility, excellent transmission in the visible range, a high flexibility for micro invasive surgery, a high refractive index as well as a good ABBE-number, just to mention the most important ones [2]. We present the use of in situ generated TiO2-nanoparticles to enhance the refractive index of poly-HEMA hydrogels - with are suitable polymers for IOL manufacture[3] - from 1.44 to 1.527 at 589.3 nm combined with an excellent ABBE-number of 54. The nanoparticles were prepared using titaniumdiisopropoxide- bis(acetylacetonate) as a precursor. First the titanium salt was diffused into the poly-HEMA matrix and then it was transformed into TiO2 in boiling water. The resulting pHEMA [TiO2] hydrogel was dried for 10 days under ambient conditions. By lathing these polymers were machined into lens precursors, the so-called Saturn-rings. After reswelling in physiological saline solutions flexible polymer lenses with high surface quality, shape memory and superior optical properties were obtained. The crystal structure of the formed TiO2 nanoparticles was identified as anatase via Xray. No release of titanium ions or TiO2 nanoparticles was observe under physiological conditions. Such hybrid materials of TiO2 nanoparticles and poly-HEMA like hydrogels are promising materials for IOL.

  11. Transformation of spectra of refraction index fluctuations in axisymmetric supersonic jet with the increase in the distance from the nozzle

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the results of reconstruction of the radial dependence of refraction index fluctuations spectra in axisymmetric supersonic jet from laser transillumination data are presented. The reconstruction algorithm uses experimental spectra of laser radiation, received behind the jet, and the distribution of time-averaged axial air velocity within the jet. Laser transillumination experiments were performed on the Vertical Jet Unit of ITAM SB RAS (Novosibirsk, Russia. Reconstruction results show the refraction index spectra obey the power-law model, with power index different from that of the Kolmogorov turbulence model (−11/3. Within the first two barrels of the jet the power index is changing from ~−1 near the nozzle to ~−2.7 near the second Mach disk. Also some variations of power index and amplitude coefficient with the distance from the jet axis are found.

  12. Temperature-Dependent Refractive Index Measurements of L-BBH2 Glass for the Subaru CHARIS Integral Field Spectrograph

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

    2015-01-01

    Using the Cryogenic High Accuracy Refraction Measuring System (CHARMS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, we have made the first cryogenic measurements of absolute refractive index for Ohara L-BBH2 glass to enable the design of a prism for the Coronagraphic High Angular Resolution Imaging Spectrograph (CHARIS) at the Subaru telescope. L-BBH2 is employed in CHARIS's prism design for improving the spectrograph's dispersion uniformity. Index measurements were made at temperatures from 110 to 305 K at wavelengths from 0.46 to 3.16 micron. We report absolute refractive index (n), dispersion (dn/d(lambda), and thermo-optic coefficient (dn/dT) for this material along with estimated single measurement uncertainties as a function of wavelength and temperature. We provide temperature-dependent Sellmeier coefficients based on our data to allow accurate interpolation of index to other wavelengths and temperatures within applicable ranges. This paper also speaks of the challenges in measuring index for a material which is not available in sufficient thickness to fabricate a typical prism for measurement in CHARMS, the tailoring of the index prism design that allowed these index measurements to be made, and the remarkable results obtained from that prism for this practical infrared material.

  13. Infrared complex refractive index of astrophysical ices exposed to cosmic rays simulated in the laboratory

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    Rocha, W. R. M.; Pilling, S.; de Barros, A. L. F.; Andrade, D. P. P.; Rothard, H.; Boduch, P.

    2017-01-01

    In the dense and cold regions of the interstellar medium, molecules can be adsorbed on to dust grains to form ice mantles. Once formed, these can be processed by ionizing radiation coming from the stellar or interstellar medium, leading to the formation of several new molecules in the ice. Among the different types of ionizing radiation, cosmic rays play an important role in solid-phase chemistry because of the large amount of energy deposited in the ices. The physicochemical changes induced by the energetic processing of astrophysical ices are recorded in a intrinsic parameter of the matter called the complex refractive index. In this paper, for the first time, we present a catalogue containing 39 complex refractive indices (n, k) in the infrared from 5000 to 600 cm-1 (2.0-16.6 μm) for 13 different water-containing ices processed in the laboratory by cosmic ray analogues. The calculation was performed using the NKABS - an acronym of the determination of N and K from absorbance data - code,which employs the Lambert-Beer and Kramers-Kronig equations to calculate the values of n and k. The results are also available at the following web site: http://www1.univap.br/gaa/nkabs-database/data.htm. As a test case, H2O:NH3:CO2:CH4 ice was employed in a radiative transfer simulation of a protoplanetary disc to show that these data are indispensable to reproduce the spectrum of ices containing young stellar objects.

  14. Attempted and Successful Vacuum-Assisted Vaginal Delivery by Prepregnancy Body Mass Index.

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    Ramos, Sebastian Z; Waring, Molly E; Leung, Katherine; Amir, Nili S; Bannon, Annika L; Moore Simas, Tiffany A

    2017-02-01

    To examine rates of attempted and successful vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery by prepregnancy body mass index (BMI). We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 2,084 women with singleton gestations needing operative delivery assistance and vacuum-eligible (fully dilated, +2 station or greater, 34 weeks of gestation or greater) using 2006-2014 inpatient records. Prepregnancy BMI was categorized as underweight (less than 18.5), normal weight (18.5 to less than 25), overweight (25 to less than 30), or obese (30 or greater). Logistic regression models estimated odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of attempted and successful vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery by prepregnancy BMI adjusted for age, race, marital status, parity, diabetes, labor induction-augmentation, episiotomy, gestational age, and neonatal birth weight. Thirty-nine percent of women requiring delivery assistance and eligible for a vacuum were overweight or obese, 79% had vacuum attempts, and 95.3% of attempted vacuum-assisted vaginal deliveries were successful. Compared with women who were normal weight prepregnancy (82.8%), women who were overweight or obese were less likely to have vacuum attempted (75.8%, OR 0.71, 95% CI 0.53-0.96 and 71.2%, OR 0.53, 95% CI 0.39-0.74, respectively). Among women with attempted vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery, successful delivery did not differ by prepregnancy BMI (92.6%, OR 0.54, 95% CI 0.21-1.37 for underweight; 94.5%, OR 1.07, 95% CI 0.57-2.00 for overweight; 96.3%, OR 1.09, 95% CI 0.51-2.33 for obese compared with 95.6% among normal-weight women). Among women in need of operative delivery assistance, prepregnancy obesity was associated with lower likelihood of attempted vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery but, if attempted, success rates were similar to rates among normal-weight women. With significant morbidity of second-stage cesarean delivery in obese women, research should examine whether vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery may be appropriate for

  15. Pressure Sensing in High-Refractive-Index Liquids Using Long-Period Gratings Nanocoated with Silicon Nitride

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    Jiahua Chen

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a novel pressure sensor based on a silicon nitride (SiNx nanocoated long-period grating (LPG. The high-temperature, radio-frequency plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor-deposited (RF PECVD SiNx nanocoating was applied to tune the sensitivity of the LPG to the external refractive index. The technique allows for deposition of good quality, hard and wear-resistant nanofilms as required for optical sensors. Thanks to the SiNx nanocoating it is possible to overcome a limitation of working in the external-refractive-index range, which for a bare fiber cannot be close to that of the cladding. The nanocoated LPG-based sensing structure we developed is functional in high-refractive-index liquids (nD > 1.46 such as oil or gasoline, with pressure sensitivity as high as when water is used as a working liquid. The nanocoating developed for this experiment not only has the highest refractive index ever achieved in LPGs (n > 2.2 at λ = 1,550 nm, but is also the thinnest (

  16. Study on Effect of Number of Transparent Covers and Refractive Index on Performance of Solar Water Heater

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    B. Kalidasan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Liquid flat plate collector (solar flat plate collector is one of the important applications in solar thermal system. The development in solar photovoltaic is an emerging challenge for the solar thermal system. In the current work an attempt has been made to optimize the number of transparent covers and refractive index to improve the optical efficiency and thermal efficiency for the collector. Performance of the liquid flat plate collector at VIT University Vellore has been simulated numerically for January 21st at an interval of half an hour with different numbers of transparent covers (0–3 and different refractive index values ranging from 1.1 to 1.7. The formulation and solutions are developed with simple software Microsoft Office Excel to result the performance characteristics. The result shows that the efficiency of the flat plate collector increases with an increase in number of covers and decreases after an optimum number of covers. It also decreases with an increase in refractive index. The combination of optimum number (two and lower refractive index (1.1 results improved useful heat.

  17. Determining the refractive index dispersion and thickness of hot-pressed chalcogenide thin films from an improved Swanepoel method

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    Fang, Y. Z.; Jayasuriya, D.; Furniss, David

    2017-01-01

    The well-known method presented by Swanepoel can be used to determine the refractive index dispersion of thin films in the near-infrared region from wavelength values at maxima and minima, only, of the transmission interference fringes. In order to extend this method into the mid-infrared spectral...

  18. Solution of Radiative Transfer Equation with a Continuous and Stochastic Varying Refractive Index by Legendre Transform Method

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    M. Gantri

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The present paper gives a new computational framework within which radiative transfer in a varying refractive index biological tissue can be studied. In our previous works, Legendre transform was used as an innovative view to handle the angular derivative terms in the case of uniform refractive index spherical medium. In biomedical optics, our analysis can be considered as a forward problem solution in a diffuse optical tomography imaging scheme. We consider a rectangular biological tissue-like domain with spatially varying refractive index submitted to a near infrared continuous light source. Interaction of radiation with the biological material into the medium is handled by a radiative transfer model. In the studied situation, the model displays two angular redistribution terms that are treated with Legendre integral transform. The model is used to study a possible detection of abnormalities in a general biological tissue. The effect of the embedded nonhomogeneous objects on the transmitted signal is studied. Particularly, detection of targets of localized heterogeneous inclusions within the tissue is discussed. Results show that models accounting for variation of refractive index can yield useful predictions about the target and the location of abnormal inclusions within the tissue.

  19. One step method to attach gold nanoparticles onto the surface of an optical fiber used for refractive index sensing

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    García, J. A.; Monzón-Hernández, D.; Manríquez, J.; Bustos, E.

    2016-01-01

    Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) has recently emerged as an efficient and powerful tool for bio-photonic applications due to its high sensitivity to refractive index changes. One technique to excite LSP is by the interaction of the evanescent wave of the light guided by an optical fiber with metallic nanoparticles deposited over the surface of the fiber. This paper proposes a novel, simple, and fast method to attach gold nanoparticles to the optical fiber surface, which can be used to construct highly sensitive refractive index sensors based on localized surface plasmon resonance. A hetero-core structured fiber, composed by a small section of single-mode fiber inserted in a multimode fiber, was coated with nanoparticles using the method proposed here. A sensor sensitivity and resolution of 765 nm/RIU and ∼1 × 10-4 RIU, respectively, were estimated over a refractive index range of 1.333-1.365. This coating method is appealing to construct optical fiber refractive index sensors since it is very simple and low cost.

  20. The Theory for the Dielectric Slab Waveguide with Complex Refractive Index Applied to GaAs Lasers

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    Buus, Jens

    1977-01-01

    In this paper we investigate the homogeneous dielectric slab waveguide in the case of complex dielectric constants. A method for calculating the field distribution in a dielectric waveguide with an arbitrary symmetrical variation in the refractive index is developed, and some of the results...

  1. In situ measurement of humidity induced changes in the refractive index and thickness of polyethylene glycol thin films

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    Bilen, Bukem; Skarlatos, Yani; Aktas, Gulen; Inci, M. Naci; Dispinar, Tugba; Kose, M. Merve; Sanyal, Amitav

    2008-11-01

    Humidity induced changes in the refractive index and thickness of polyethylene glycol (PEG) thin films are in situ determined by optical waveguide spectroscopy. PEG brushes are covalently attached to the surface of a thin gold film on a borosilicate crown glass (BK7) using a grafting-from chemical synthesis technique. The measurements are carried out in an attenuated total internal reflection setup. At low humidity levels, both the refractive index and the thickness change gradually due to swelling of the PEG thin films upon water intake. At around 80% relative humidity, a steep decrease in the refractive index and a steep increase in the thickness are observed as a result of a phase change from a semicrystalline state to a physical gel state. The hydrogenation of PEG films causes a less pronounced phase change from a semicrystalline state to a gel state. Due to fewer ether oxygen atoms available for the water molecules to make hydrogen bonding, the polymer has a more stable structure than before and the phase change is observed to shift to higher humidity levels. It is discussed that such a humidity induced change in the index of refraction can be utilized in constructing of a PEG based humidity sensor.

  2. Modeling and design of a spiral-shaped Mach-Zehnder interferometric sensor for refractive index sensing of watery solutions

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    Hoekman, M.; Dijkstra, Marcel; Dijkstra, Mindert; Hoekstra, Hugo

    2006-01-01

    The modeling and design of a spiral-shaped Mach-Zehnder Interferometric sensor (sMZI sensor) for refractive index sensing of watery solutions is presented. The goal of the running project is to realise a multi-sensing array by placing multiple sMZIs in series to form a sensing branch, and to place

  3. Macroscale colloidal noble metal nanocrystal arrays and their refractive index-based sensing characteristics.

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    Shao, Lei; Ruan, Qifeng; Jiang, Ruibin; Wang, Jianfang

    2014-02-26

    Colloidal noble metal nanocrystals are promising for a large number of optical and biotechnological applications. Many practical applications require the formation of large-area, high-density, and uniformly distributed metal nanocrystal arrays on various substrates, to overcome the limitations brought by the instability of colloidal metal nanocrystal solutions and the high cost of single-particle spectroscopy characterizations. A method is developed for directly depositing colloidal metal nanocrystals, including Au nanospheres, Au nanorods, Au nanobipyramids, and (Au core)/(Ag shell) nanorods, from their solutions onto different substrates. The resultant nanocrystal arrays are relatively uniform and dense, with the peak extinction value of a single layer reaching 0.3. Their areas are up to 10 cm by 10 cm and can be further increased if larger-size containers are utilized. The refractive index sensitivities are studied for Au nanorod arrays supported on glass slides, mesoporous silica and titania films, and capped with different molecules. Au nanorods deposited on mesoporous titania films are found to exhibit the highest index sensitivities, comparable to those of the same nanorod sample in solutions. It is expected that this approach will greatly facilitate plasmonic applications that require large-area arrays of noble metal nanocrystals. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Refractive-index and absorption fluctuations in the infrared caused by temperature, humidity, and pressure fluctuations

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    Hill, R. J.; Clifford, S. F.; Lawrence, R. S.

    1980-10-01

    The dependence of fluctuations in atmospheric absorption and refraction upon fluctuations in temperature, humidity, and pressure is found for infrared frequencies. This dependence has contributions from line and continuum absorption and from anomalous refraction by water vapor. The functions that relate these fluctuations are necessary for evaluating degradation of electromagnetic radiation by turbulence. They are computed for a given choice of mean atmospheric conditions and graphed as functions of frequency in the wavelength range 5.7 microns to radio waves. It is found that turbulent fluctuations in total pressure give a negligible contribution to absorption and refraction fluctuations. Humidity fluctuations dominate absorption fluctuations, but contributions by temperature and humidity affect refraction fluctuations. Sufficiently strong humidity fluctuations can dominate the refraction fluctuations for some infrared frequencies but not for visible frequencies. The variance of log amplitude is examined for scintillation of infrared light to determine whether absorption or refraction fluctuations dominate under several conditions.

  5. In vivo measurement of the shape of the tissue-refractive-index correlation function and its application to detection of colorectal field carcinogenesis.

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    Gomes, Andrew J; Ruderman, Sarah; DelaCruz, Mart; Wali, Ramesh K; Roy, Hemant K; Backman, Vadim

    2012-04-01

    Polarization-gated spectroscopy is an established method to depth-selectively interrogate the structural properties of biological tissue. We employ this method in vivo in the azoxymethane (AOM)-treated rat model to monitor the morphological changes that occur in the field of a tumor during early carcinogenesis. The results demonstrate a statistically significant change in the shape of the refractive-index correlation function for AOM-treated rats versus saline-treated controls. Since refractive index is linearly proportional to mass density, these refractive-index changes can be directly linked to alterations in the spatial distribution patterns of macromolecular density. Furthermore, we found that alterations in the shape of the refractive-index correlation function shape were an indicator of both present and future risk of tumor development. These results suggest that noninvasive measurement of the shape of the refractive-index correlation function could be a promising marker of early cancer development.

  6. The effect of lens wear on refractive index of conventional hydrogel and silicone-hydrogel contact lenses: a comparative study.

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    Lira, M; Santos, L; Azeredo, J; Yebra-Pimentel, E; Real Oliveira, M E C D

    2008-04-01

    The purpose of this work was to evaluate the ability of four silicone-hydrogel contact lenses (galyfilcon A, balafilcon A, lotrafilcon A and lotrafilcon B) to retain their equilibrium water content before and after wear, through measurements of refractive index and compare with that of a conventional disposable hydrogel contact lens (etafilcon A). The refractive indices of 115 contact lenses were measured using an automated refractometer (CLR 12-70, Index Instruments, Cambridge, U.K.) before and after a schedule of daily wear by 58 patients for 30 days in the case of silicone-hydrogel lenses and 15 days for the conventional contact lenses. In the silicone-hydrogel contact lenses the changes on the refractive indices were not statistically significant, however after being worn the refractive index of the conventional etalfilcon A hydrogel contact lens increased significantly (psilicone-hydrogel contact lens, show more capacity to retain or to reach their initial equilibrium water content than conventional hydrogel contact lenses. This suggests that the silicone-hydrogel contact lenses are less susceptible to spoilation over time maintaining its biocompatibility and contributing to the clinical success of lens performance.

  7. Experimental and numerical study on refractive index sensors based on fibre Bragg gratings inscribed in multimode fibre

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    Filipe Kuhne, Jean; Rocha, Ana Maria; de Oliveira, Valmir; José Kalinowski, Hypolito; Canute Kamikawachi, Ricardo

    2018-02-01

    In this work is reported the experimental and numerical results of the refractive index response of etched fibre Bragg gratings written in a graded index multimode fibre. The responses of the modes coupled by the grating inscribed in a multimode fibre are compared with the mode coupled by a grating inscribed in single mode fibre. The results of this study show that the refractive index sensitivity and the dynamical range of etched fibre Bragg gratings written in multimode fibres are higher than the ones verified in single-mode fibres. The determination of oil-biodiesel blend concentrations are also compared as an example of practical applications. It is shown that a greater core diameter of the multimode fibre enables the Bragg gratings to exhibit enhanced sensitivity without requiring further fibre diameter reduction.

  8. Density, refractive index and molar refractivity of binary liquid mixture at 293.15, 298.15, 303.15, 308.15 and 313.15 K

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    R.K. Shukla

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Densities and refractive indices were measured for the binary liquid mixtures formed by formamide, N-methylacetamide, di-methylformamide and di-methylacetamide with acetonitrile at T = 293.15, 298.15, 303.15, 308.15 and 313.15 K and atmospheric pressure over the whole concentration range. Lorentz–Lorentz mixing rule, Ramaswamy and Anbananthan model and model devised by Glinski were used to study the refractive index and molar refractivity. These results have been discussed to study the type of mixing behavior between the mixing molecules. The measured data were fitted to the Redlich–Kister polynomial relation to estimate the binary coefficients and standard errors. Furthermore, McAllister multibody interaction model is used to correlate the binary refractive index with the experimental findings. It is observed that molar refractivity, molecular interaction and association constant can be better understood from these models.

  9. A Near-Zero Refractive Index Meta-Surface Structure for Antenna Performance Improvement

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    Ullah, Mohammad Habib; Islam, Mohammad Tariqul; Faruque, Mohammad Rashed Iqbal

    2013-01-01

    A new meta-surface structure (MSS) with a near-zero refractive index (NZRI) is proposed to enhance the performance of a square loop antenna array. The main challenge to improve the antenna performance is increment of the overall antenna volume that is mitigated by assimilating the planar NZRI MSS at the back of the antenna structure. The proposed NZRI MSS-loaded CPW-fed (Co-Planar Waveguide) four-element array antenna is designed on ceramic-bioplastic-ceramic sandwich substrate using high-frequency structure simulator (HFSS), a finite-element-method-based simulation tool. The gain and directivity of the antenna are significantly enhanced by incorporating the NZRI MSS with a 7 × 6 set of elements at the back of the antenna structure. Measurement results show that the maximum gains of the antenna increased from 6.21 dBi to 8.25 dBi, from 6.52 dBi to 9.05 dBi and from 10.54 dBi to 12.15 dBi in the first, second and third bands, respectively. The effect of the slot configuration in the ground plane on the reflection coefficient of the antenna was analyzed and optimized. The overall performance makes the proposed antenna appropriate for UHFFM (Ultra High Frequency Frequency Modulation) telemetry-based space applications as well as mobile satellite, microwave radiometry and radio astronomy applications. PMID:28788376

  10. 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.

  11. A Near Zero Refractive Index Metamaterial for Electromagnetic Invisibility Cloaking Operation

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    Islam, Sikder Sunbeam; Faruque, Mohammad Rashed Iqbal; Islam, Mohammad Tariqul

    2015-01-01

    The paper reveals the design of a unit cell of a metamaterial that shows more than 2 GHz wideband near zero refractive index (NZRI) property in the C-band region of microwave spectra. The two arms of the unit cell were splitted in such a way that forms a near-pi-shape structure on epoxy resin fiber (FR-4) substrate material. The reflection and transmission characteristics of the unit cell were achieved by utilizing finite integration technique based simulation software. Measured results were presented, which complied well with simulated results. The unit cell was then applied to build a single layer rectangular-shaped cloak that operates in the C-band region where a metal cylinder was perfectly hidden electromagnetically by reducing the scattering width below zero. Moreover, the unit cell shows NZRI property there. The experimental result for the cloak operation was presented in terms of S-parameters as well. In addition, the same metamaterial shell was also adopted for designing an eye-shaped and triangular-shaped cloak structure to cloak the same object, and cloaking operation is achieved in the C-band, as well with slightly better cloaking performance. The novel design, NZRI property, and single layer C-band cloaking operation has made the design a promising one in the electromagnetic paradigm. PMID:28793472

  12. Simulation of two-dimensional adjustable liquid gradient refractive index (L-GRIN) microlens

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    Le, Zichun; Wu, Xiang; Sun, Yunli; Du, Ying

    2017-07-01

    In this paper, a two-dimensional liquid gradient refractive index (L-GRIN) microlens is designed which can be used in adjusting focusing direction and focal spot of light beam. Finite element method (FEM) is used to simulate the convection diffusion process happening in core inlet flow and cladding inlet flow. And the ray tracing method shows us the light beam focusing effect including the extrapolation of focal length and output beam spot size. When the flow rates of the core and cladding fluids are held the same between the internal and external, left and right, and upper and lower inlets, the focal length varied from 313 μm to 53.3 μm while the flow rate of liquids ranges from 500 pL/s to 10,000 pL/s. While the core flow rate is bigger than the cladding inlet flow rate, the light beam will focus on a light spot with a tunable size. By adjusting the ratio of cladding inlet flow rate including Qright/Qleft and Qup/Qdown, we get the adjustable two-dimensional focus direction rather than the one-dimensional focusing. In summary, by adjusting the flow rate of core inlet and cladding inlet, the focal length, output beam spot and focusing direction of the input light beam can be manipulated. We suppose this kind of flexible microlens can be used in integrated optics and lab-on-a-chip system.

  13. Measurement of spatial refractive index distributions of fusion spliced optical fibers by digital holographic microtomography

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    Pan, Feng; Deng, Yating; Ma, Xichao; Xiao, Wen

    2017-11-01

    Digital holographic microtomography is improved and applied to the measurements of three-dimensional refractive index distributions of fusion spliced optical fibers. Tomographic images are reconstructed from full-angle phase projection images obtained with a setup-rotation approach, in which the laser source, the optical system and the image sensor are arranged on an optical breadboard and synchronously rotated around the fixed object. For retrieving high-quality tomographic images, a numerical method is proposed to compensate the unwanted movements of the object in the lateral, axial and vertical directions during rotation. The compensation is implemented on the two-dimensional phase images instead of the sinogram. The experimental results exhibit distinctly the internal structures of fusion splices between a single-mode fiber and other fibers, including a multi-mode fiber, a panda polarization maintaining fiber, a bow-tie polarization maintaining fiber and a photonic crystal fiber. In particular, the internal structure distortion in the fusion areas can be intuitively observed, such as the expansion of the stress zones of polarization maintaining fibers, the collapse of the air holes of photonic crystal fibers, etc.

  14. Simultaneous measurement of refractive index and temperature using an epoxy resin-based interferometer.

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    Wang, Jian; Wu, Shengli; Ren, Wenyi

    2014-11-20

    A fiber-optics reflection probe based on fiber Fabry-Perot interference (FFPI) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The sensing structure comprises an epoxy resin (ER)-based cap on the end-face of the single-mode fiber. A well-defined interference spectrum is obtained by the reflective beams of two surfaces of the ER cap. The simultaneous measurements, including fringe contrast-referenced for the surrounding refractive index (SRI) and wavelength-referenced for temperature, have been achieved via selective interference dips monitoring. Experimental results indicate that the proposed FFPI presents an SRI sensitivity of 57.69 dB/RIU in the measurement range of 1.33-1.40 RIU and a temperature sensitivity of 0.98  pm·μm-1·°C-1 with per unit cavity length in the range of 30°C-70°C. The proposed sensor has advantages of being compact and robust, making it an alternative candidate as a smart sensor in chemical and biological applications.

  15. Nanofabrication of planar split ring resonators for negative refractive index metamaterials in the infrared range

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    ZORAN JAKSIC

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Experimental nanofabrication of planar structures for one-dimensional metamaterials designed to achieve a negative effective refractive index in the mid-infrared range (5–10 micrometers was performed. Double split ring and complementary double split ring resonators (SRR and CSRR with square and circular geometries, were chosen to be fabricated since these are the basic building blocks to achieve a negative effective dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability. Scanning probe nanolithography with z-scanner movement was used to fabricate straight-line and curvilinear segments with a line width of 80 – 120 nm. The geometries were delineated in 20 nm thin silver layers sputter-deposited on a positive photoresist substrate spin-coated on polished single crystal silicon wafers, as well as on polycarbonate slabs. The morphology of the structures was characterized by atomic force microscopy. The feature repeatibility was 60 – 150 nm, depending on the process conditions and the feature complexity. The nanolithographic groove depth in different samples ranged from 4 nm to 80 nm.

  16. A Near Zero Refractive Index Metamaterial for Electromagnetic Invisibility Cloaking Operation.

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    Islam, Sikder Sunbeam; Faruque, Mohammad Rashed Iqbal; Islam, Mohammad Tariqul

    2015-07-29

    The paper reveals the design of a unit cell of a metamaterial that shows more than 2 GHz wideband near zero refractive index (NZRI) property in the C-band region of microwave spectra. The two arms of the unit cell were splitted in such a way that forms a near-pi-shape structure on epoxy resin fiber (FR-4) substrate material. The reflection and transmission characteristics of the unit cell were achieved by utilizing finite integration technique based simulation software. Measured results were presented, which complied well with simulated results. The unit cell was then applied to build a single layer rectangular-shaped cloak that operates in the C-band region where a metal cylinder was perfectly hidden electromagnetically by reducing the scattering width below zero. Moreover, the unit cell shows NZRI property there. The experimental result for the cloak operation was presented in terms of S-parameters as well. In addition, the same metamaterial shell was also adopted for designing an eye-shaped and triangular-shaped cloak structure to cloak the same object, and cloaking operation is achieved in the C-band, as well with slightly better cloaking performance. The novel design, NZRI property, and single layer C-band cloaking operation has made the design a promising one in the electromagnetic paradigm.

  17. Simultaneous measurement of refractive index and temperature using SMP in Sagnac loop

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    Xiao, Shiying; Wu, Yue; Dong, Yue; Xiao, Han; Jiang, Youchao; Jin, Wenxing; Li, Haisu; Jian, Shuisheng

    2017-11-01

    A novel sensor is proposed and demonstrated for simultaneous measurement of refractive index (RI) and temperature by splicing a 9.5 mm claddingless fiber to a 20.3 mm polarization-maintaining fiber in a Sagnac loop. Only two extinct dips are observable from 1400 nm to 1700 nm in the transmission spectrum of the sensor. One dip induced by Sagnac interference of the Sagnac loop is located near 1520 nm, while the other one near 1630 nm is the result of multimode interference of the single mode-multimode-polarization maintaining fiber (SMP) structure. Since the dip induced by Sagnac interference is immune to RI, temperature can be solely measured and the RI information can be extracted from the wavelength shift of the other dip with temperature effect compensated. Thanks to the high temperature-sensitivity of Sagnac loop and the high RI sensitivity of the SMP structure, a temperature-sensitivity of 1.929 nm/°C is achieved and an average RI-sensitivity reaches up to 235.3 nm/RIU.

  18. High-Directivity Antenna Array Based on Artificial Electromagnetic Metamaterials with Low Refractive Index

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    Zhigang Xiao

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Planar metamaterials (MTMs with low refractive index are proposed as a cover in a high-gain patch antenna array configuration. This MTMs array antenna has the following features: the number of array elements significantly decreases compared with the conventional array; the elements spacing is larger than a wave length by far; the feeding network is simpler. MTMs are made of two layers of periodic square metallic grids and placed above the feeding array. With the same aperture size, the directivity of MTMs-cover antenna array is higher than the conventional antenna array. The simulation results show that an array of 2 × 2 patch elements integrated with MTMs yields about 26 dB of directivity which is higher than that of conventional 8 × 8 patch array. Furthermore, on the condition of the same aperture size, an array patch with 4 × 4 elements integrated with the MTMs-cover has an equivalent gain compared with the conventional patch array with 16 × 16 array elements. Obviously, the former has a simpler feeding network and higher aperture efficiency. The experimental work has verified that the 2 × 2 array case and the measured results have good agreement with the simulation.

  19. Experimental Methods for Observation of Mixing in Refractive Index Matched Porous Media

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    Roth, E. J.; Mays, D. C.; Crimaldi, J. P.

    2016-12-01

    Contaminant remediation in the subsurface is greatly aided by dispersion. In porous media, dispersion is accelerated by passive spreading (flow focusing largely controlled by media heterogeneity) or active spreading (engineered pumping schemes that encourage plume spreading by creating temporally and spatially varying velocity gradients). Unfortunately, experimentally measuring the dynamics of dispersion is limited by the difficulties associated with gaining optical access within the porous media. By selecting porous media that are refractive index matched (RIM) to the pore fluid, the media becomes transparent. This allows optical imaging techniques like 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 and direct observation of dispersion. The goals of this research are (1) to use an experimental apparatus that employs RIM in conjunction with PLIF imaging to investigate flow dynamics in homogenous and heterogeneous porous media, and (2) to quantify the extent to which dispersion is enhanced by passive and active spreading techniques. Although the RIM porous media and imaging techniques utilized in this research are based on the specifications of a particular experiment, the methods should be of utility to a wide variety of research interests.

  20. Determination of a refractive index and an extinction coefficient of standard production of CVD-graphene.

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    Ochoa-Martínez, Efraín; Gabás, Mercedes; Barrutia, Laura; Pesquera, Amaia; Centeno, Alba; Palanco, Santiago; Zurutuza, Amaia; Algora, Carlos

    2015-01-28

    The refractive index and extinction coefficient of chemical vapour deposition grown graphene are determined by ellipsometry analysis. Graphene films were grown on copper substrates and transferred as both monolayers and bilayers onto SiO2/Si substrates by using standard manufacturing procedures. The chemical nature and thickness of residual debris formed after the transfer process were elucidated using photoelectron spectroscopy. The real layered structure so deduced has been used instead of the nominal one as the input in the ellipsometry analysis of monolayer and bilayer graphene, transferred onto both native and thermal silicon oxide. The effect of these contamination layers on the optical properties of the stacked structure is noticeable both in the visible and the ultraviolet spectral regions, thus masking the graphene optical response. Finally, the use of heat treatment under a nitrogen atmosphere of the graphene-based stacked structures, as a method to reduce the water content of the sample, and its effect on the optical response of both graphene and the residual debris layer are presented. The Lorentz-Drude model proposed for the optical response of graphene fits fairly well the experimental ellipsometric data for all the analysed graphene-based stacked structures.

  1. Influence of IOL refractive index on straylight level following cataract surgery

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    Yu-Wei Zheng

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To investigate the influence of IOL refractive index(RIon measurement of straylight following cataract surgery. METHODS:In this case-control study, 77 eyes of 77 age-related cataract patients who underwent cataract phacoemulsification with posterior chamber aspherical arylic IOL implantation surgery in the Eye Hospital of China Medical University from Aug 2013 to Mar 2014, with a best corrected visual acuity(BCVAof 0.5 or better, were classified into 3 groups randomly using 3 types of IOL: Tecnis ZCB00 Group(RI=1.47, 22 eyes of 22 subjects; Hoya PY60AD Group(RI=1.52, 24 eyes of 24 subjects; Alcon SN60WF or IQ Group(RI=1.55, 31 eyes of 31 subjects. BCVA, pupil size, astigmatism, axial length, intraocular straylight were measured respectively.RESULTS:Age, axial length, BCVA, pupil size, astigmatism of the three groups were not significant difference(P>0.05. The straylight of Tecnis, Hoya, IQ group were 1.04±0.15, 1.19±0.14, 1.14±0.18. Straylight levels had significant differences among three groups(F=5.352, P=0.007r=-0.133, P=0.124>0.05.CONCLUSION:Patients chosen the higher RI IOL may have a higher straylight level after the surgery.

  2. Liquid sinusoidal pressure measurement by laser interferometry based on the refractive index of water.

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    Yang, Jun; Fan, Shangchun; Li, Cheng; Guo, Zhanshe; Li, Bo; Shi, Bo

    2016-12-01

    A new method with laser interferometry is used to enhance the traceability for sinusoidal pressure calibration in water. The laser vibrometer measures the dynamic pressure based on the acousto-optic effect. The relation of the refractive index of water and the optical path length with the pressure's change is built based on the Lorentz-Lorenz equation, and the conversion coefficients are tested by static calibration in situ. A device with a piezoelectric transducer and resonant pressure pipe with water is set up to generate sinusoidal pressure up to 20 kHz. With the conversion coefficients, the reference sinusoidal pressure is measured by the laser interferometer for pressure sensors' dynamic calibration. The experiment results show that under 10 kHz, the measurement results between the laser vibrometer and a piezoelectric sensor are in basic agreement and indicate that this new method and its measurement system are feasible in sinusoidal pressure calibration. Some disturbing components including small amplitude, temperature change, pressure maldistribution, and glass windows' vibration are also analyzed, especially for the dynamic calibrations above 10 kHz.

  3. Small Dielectric Spheres with High Refractive Index as New Multifunctional Elements for Optical Devices

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    Tribelsky, Michael I.; Geffrin, Jean-Michel; Litman, Amelie; Eyraud, Christelle; Moreno, Fernando

    2015-07-01

    The future of ultra-fast optical communication systems is inevitably connected with progress in optical circuits and nanoantennas. One of the key points of this progress is the creation of elementary components of optical devices with scattering diagrams tailored for redirecting the incident light in a desired manner. Here we demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that a small, simple, spatially homogeneous dielectric subwavelength sphere with a high refractive index and low losses (as some semiconductors in the visible or near infrared region) exhibits properties allowing to utilize it as a new multifunctional element for the mentioned devices. This can be achieved by taking advantage of the coherent effects between dipolar and multipolar modes, which produce anomalous scattering effects. The effects open a new way to control the directionality of the scattered light. The directional tuning can be obtained in a practical way just by a change in the frequency of the incident wave, and/or by a well-chosen diameter of the sphere. Dielectric nanoparticles with the required optical properties in the VIS-NIR may be now readily fabricated. These particles could be an efficient alternative to the widely discussed scattering units with a more complicated design.

  4. Exploring optical refractive index change of impurity doped quantum dots driven by white noise

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    Saha, Surajit; Pal, Suvajit; Ganguly, Jayanta; Ghosh, Manas

    2015-12-01

    We make an extensive exploration of total refractive index (RI) change of impurity doped quantum dots (QDs) in presence and absence of noise. The noise invoked in the present study is a Gaussian white noise. The quantum dot is doped with repulsive Gaussian impurity. Noise has been incorporated to the system additively and multiplicatively. A perpendicular magnetic field acts as a source of confinement and a static external electric field has been applied. The total RI change profiles have been studied as a function of incident photon energy when several important parameters such as optical intensity, electric field strength, magnetic field strength, confinement energy, dopant location, relaxation time, Al concentration, dopant potential, and noise strength assume different values. Additionally, the role of mode of application of noise (additive/multiplicative) on the total RI change profiles has also been examined minutely. The total RI change profiles mainly comprise of interesting observations such as shift of total RI change peak position and maximization/minimization of peak intensity. However, presence of noise conspicuously alters the features of total RI change profiles through some interesting manifestations. Moreover, the mode of application of noise (additive/multiplicative) also governs the total RI change profiles in diverse as well as often contrasting manners. The observations indicate possibilities of tailoring the linear and nonlinear optical properties of doped QD systems in presence of noise.

  5. Vertical profiles of urban aerosol complex refractive index in the frame of ESQUIF airborne measurements

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    J.-C. Raut

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available A synergy between lidar, sunphotometer and in situ measurements has been applied to airborne observations performed during the Etude et Simulation de la QUalité de l'air en Ile-de-France (ESQUIF, enabling the retrieval of vertical profiles for the aerosol complex refractive index (ACRI and single-scattering albedo with a vertical resolution of 200 m over Paris area. The averaged value over the entire planetary boundary layer (PBL for the ACRI is close to 1.51(±0.02–i0.017(±0.003 at 532 nm. The single-scattering albedo of the corresponding aerosols is found to be ~0.9 at the same wavelength. A good agreement is found with previous studies for urban aerosols. A comparison of vertical profiles of ACRI with simulations combining in situ measurements and relative humidity (RH profiles has highlighted a modification in aerosol optical properties linked to their history and the origin of the air mass. The determination of ACRI in the atmospheric column enabled to retrieve vertical profiles of extinction coefficient in accordance with lidar profiles measurements.

  6. Measurement of 3D refractive index distribution by optical diffraction tomography

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    Chi, Weining; Wang, Dayong; Wang, Yunxin; Zhao, Jie; Rong, Lu; Yuan, Yuanyuan

    2018-01-01

    Optical Diffraction Tomography (ODT), as a novel 3D imaging technique, can obtain a 3D refractive index (RI) distribution to reveal the important optical properties of transparent samples. According to the theory of ODT, an optical diffraction tomography setup is built based on the Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The propagation direction of object beam is controlled by a 2D translation stage, and 121 holograms based on different illumination angles are recorded by a Charge-coupled Device (CCD). In order to prove the validity and accuracy of the ODT, the 3D RI profile of microsphere with a known RI is firstly measured. An iterative constraint algorithm is employed to improve the imaging accuracy effectively. The 3D morphology and average RI of the microsphere are consistent with that of the actual situation, and the RI error is less than 0.0033. Then, an optical element fabricated by laser with a non-uniform RI is taken as the sample. Its 3D RI profile is obtained by the optical diffraction tomography system.

  7. An acoustic thermometer for air refractive index estimation in long distance interferometric measurements

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    Pisani, Marco; Astrua, Milena; Zucco, Massimo

    2018-02-01

    We present a method to measure the temperature along the path of an optical interferometer based on the propagation of acoustic waves. It exploits the high sensitivity of the speed of sound to air temperature. In particular, it takes advantage of a technique where the generation of acoustic waves is synchronous with the amplitude modulation of a laser source. A photodetector converts the laser light into an electronic signal used as a reference, while the incoming acoustic waves are focused on a microphone and generate the measuring signal. Under this condition, the phase difference between the two signals substantially depends on the temperature of the air volume interposed between the sources and the receivers. A comparison with traditional temperature sensors highlighted the limit of the latter in the case of fast temperature variations and the advantage of a measurement integrated along the optical path instead of a sampling measurement. The capability of the acoustic method to compensate for the interferometric distance measurements due to air temperature variations has been demonstrated to the level of 0.1 °C corresponding to 10‑7 on the refractive index of air. We applied the method indoor for distances up to 27 m, outdoor at 78 m and finally tested the acoustic thermometer over a distance of 182 m.

  8. Electromagnetically induced 2D grating via refractive index enhancement in a far-off resonant system

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    Chen, Yu-Yuan; Liu, Zhuan-Zhuan; Wan, Ren-Gang

    2017-07-01

    We propose a scheme for electromagnetically induced 2D grating in a mixture of two three-level Λ systems driven by two pairs of far-detuned coherent standing-wave fields. The key idea, which has been used to achieve the refractive index enhancement with vanishing absorption, is to induce two Raman resonances for the probe field, and their strength can be tuned via the two-photon detunings and the intensity of coupling field. By manipulating the absorption and gain properties of these two Raman resonances, absorption-phase grating, phase grating and gain-phase grating which effectively diffract a probe field into high-order directions can be formed in the atoms with the help of standing-wave pattern coherent fields. The diffracting power of the presented gratings strongly depends on the two-photon resonance condition and amplitude of coherent fields, hence the gratings can be used as all-optical multi-channel splitters or all-optical router in optical networking and communication.

  9. A Near Zero Refractive Index Metamaterial for Electromagnetic Invisibility Cloaking Operation

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    Sikder Sunbeam Islam

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper reveals the design of a unit cell of a metamaterial that shows more than 2 GHz wideband near zero refractive index (NZRI property in the C-band region of microwave spectra. The two arms of the unit cell were splitted in such a way that forms a near-pi-shape structure on epoxy resin fiber (FR-4 substrate material. The reflection and transmission characteristics of the unit cell were achieved by utilizing finite integration technique based simulation software. Measured results were presented, which complied well with simulated results. The unit cell was then applied to build a single layer rectangular-shaped cloak that operates in the C-band region where a metal cylinder was perfectly hidden electromagnetically by reducing the scattering width below zero. Moreover, the unit cell shows NZRI property there. The experimental result for the cloak operation was presented in terms of S-parameters as well. In addition, the same metamaterial shell was also adopted for designing an eye-shaped and triangular-shaped cloak structure to cloak the same object, and cloaking operation is achieved in the C-band, as well with slightly better cloaking performance. The novel design, NZRI property, and single layer C-band cloaking operation has made the design a promising one in the electromagnetic paradigm.

  10. 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).

  11. An iterative correction approach used to retrieve the refractive index of squid pigment aerosols

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    Dinneen, Sean R.; Deravi, Leila F.; Greenslade, Margaret E.

    2018-03-01

    Pigments localized within cephalopod chromatophores are important for dermal coloration. When isolated and used as materials outside of the animal, the pigments can be processed as aerosols, illustrating a potential application for spray-on-coatings. The optical features of the pigment aerosols are difficult to analyze and require a method to correct for the particle charging and solvent effects accumulated during the aerosolizing process. We describe a method to account for these effects using an innovative iterative approach tied to retrieved refractive index (RI) values. RI retrievals were obtained via the best fit between the corrected, experimentally observed extinction efficiencies compared to those calculated by Mie theory for a specific RI at selected sizes. In addition to these retrievals, the impact of solvent on the particles’ optical properties was also examined via the Maxwell–Garnett mixing rule. Ultimately, we obtained a pigment RI with a real portion (n) of 1.66 (±0.05) representing a lower limit and an imaginary portion (k) of 0.13 (±0.08)i representing an upper limit for the generated aerosols. Combined, this approach advances techniques used to retrieve RI values that benefits both atmospheric chemistry and bio-inspired materials.

  12. A Near-Zero Refractive Index Meta-Surface Structure for Antenna Performance Improvement

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    Mohammad Habib Ullah

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available A new meta-surface structure (MSS with a near-zero refractive index (NZRI is proposed to enhance the performance of a square loop antenna array. The main challenge to improve the antenna performance is increment of the overall antenna volume that is mitigated by assimilating the planar NZRI MSS at the back of the antenna structure. The proposed NZRI MSS-loaded CPW-fed (Co-Planar Waveguide four-element array antenna is designed on ceramic-bioplastic-ceramic sandwich substrate using high-frequency structure simulator (HFSS, a finite-element-method-based simulation tool. The gain and directivity of the antenna are significantly enhanced by incorporating the NZRI MSS with a 7 × 6 set of elements at the back of the antenna structure. Measurement results show that the maximum gains of the antenna increased from 6.21 dBi to 8.25 dBi, from 6.52 dBi to 9.05 dBi and from 10.54 dBi to 12.15 dBi in the first, second and third bands, respectively. The effect of the slot configuration in the ground plane on the reflection coefficient of the antenna was analyzed and optimized. The overall performance makes the proposed antenna appropriate for UHFFM (Ultra High Frequency Frequency Modulation telemetry-based space applications as well as mobile satellite, microwave radiometry and radio astronomy applications.

  13. RADIO REFRACTIVITY RADIO REFRACTIVITY STUDY IN AKURE ...

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    The basic parameters that describe the troposphere region are pressure, temperature and relative humidity. Variations in these conditions within the troposphere cause changes in the refractive index of air and large scale changes of refractive index with height cause radio waves to be refracted and the effect can be quite.

  14. Ultrahigh refractive index sensitivity of TE-polarized electromagnetic waves in graphene at the interface between two dielectric media.

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    Kotov, O V; Kol'chenko, M A; Lozovik, Yu E

    2013-06-03

    The behavior of the TE and TM electromagnetic waves in graphene at the interface between two semi-infinite dielectric media is studied. The dramatic influence on the TE waves propagation even at very small changes in the optical contrast between the two dielectric media is predicted. Frequencies of the TE waves are found to lie only in the window determined by the contrast. We consider this effect in connection with the design of graphene-based optical gas sensor. Near the frequency, where the imaginary part of the conductivity of graphene becomes zero, ultrahigh refractive index sensitivity and very low detection limit are revealed. The considered graphene-based optical gas sensor outperforms characteristics of modern volume refractive index sensors by several orders of magnitude.

  15. Investigation of beam splitter in a zero-refractive-index photonic crystal at the frequency of Dirac-like point.

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    Qiu, Pingping; Qiu, Weibin; Lin, Zhili; Chen, Houbo; Ren, Junbo; Wang, Jia-Xian; Kan, Qiang; Pan, Jiao-Qing

    2017-08-29

    The Dirac-like cone dispersion of the photonic crystal induced by the three-fold accidental degeneracy at the Brillouin center is calculated in this paper. Such photonic crystals can be mapped to zero-refractive-index materials at the vicinity of the Dirac-like point frequency, and utilized to construct beam splitter of high transmission efficiency. The splitting ratio is studied as a function of the position of the input/output waveguides. Furthermore, variant beam splitters with asymmetric structures, bulk defects, and some certain bending angles are numerically simulated. Finally, we show that 1 × 2 to 1 × N beam splitting can be realized with high transmission efficiency in such a zero-refractive-index photonic crystal at the frequency of Dirac-like point. The proposed structure could be a fundamental component of the high density photonic integrated circuit technique.

  16. Differential group refractive index dispersion of glasses of optical fibres measured by a white-light spectral interferometric technique

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    Hlubina, Petr; Chlebus, Radek; Ciprian, Dalibor

    2007-05-01

    We report on a white-light interferometric technique employing a low-resolution spectrometer to measure the differential group refractive index of glasses of optical fibres over a wide wavelength range. The technique utilizes an unbalanced Mach-Zehnder interferometer with a fibre under test of known length inserted in one of the interferometer arms and the other arm with adjustable path length. We record a series of spectral interferograms to measure the equalization wavelength as a function of the path length difference, or equivalently the group dispersion. Subtracting the group dispersion of the optical components present in the interferometer along with the fibre, we measure the wavelength dependence of differential group refractive index for pure silica and SK222 glasses. We confirm that the differential group dispersion measured for pure silica glass agrees well with that described by the dispersion equation.

  17. Applications of Optical Interferometer Techniques for Precision Measurements of Changes in Temperature, Growth and Refractive Index of Materials

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    Rami Reddy Bommareddi

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Optical metrology techniques used to measure changes in thickness; temperature and refractive index are surveyed. Optical heterodyne detection principle and its applications for precision measurements of changes in thickness and temperature are discussed. Theoretical formulations are developed to estimate crystal growth rate, surface roughness and laser cooling/heating of solids. Applications of Michelson and Mach-Zehnder interferometers to measure temperature changes in laser heating of solids are described. A Mach-Zehnder interferometer is used to measure refractive index and concentration variations of solutions in crystal growth experiments. Additionally, fluorescence lifetime sensing and fluorescence ratio method are described for temperature measurement. For all the above techniques, uncertainty calculations are included.

  18. Spectrum online-tunable Mach-Zehnder interferometer based on step-like tapers and its refractive index sensing characteristics

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    Zhao, Yong; Chen, Mao-qing; Xia, Feng; Hu, Hai-feng

    2017-11-01

    A novel refractive index (RI) sensor based on an asymmetrical Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) with two different step-like tapers is proposed. The step-like taper is fabricated by fusion splicing two half tapers with an appropriate offset. By further applying offset and discharging to the last fabricated step-like taper of MZI, influence of taper parameters on interference spectrum is investigated using only one device. This simple technique provides an on-line method to sweep parameters of step-like tapers and speeds up the optimization process of interference spectrum, meanwhile. In RI sensing experiment, the sensor has a high sensitivity of -185.79 nm/RIU (refractive index unit) in the RI range of 1.3333-1.3673.

  19. Design methodology of refractive index engineering by implantation of high-energy particles in electro-optic materials.

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    Gumennik, Alexander; Ilan, Har'el; Fathei, Roei; Israel, Abraham; Agranat, Aharon J; Shachar, Igal; Hass, Michael

    2007-07-01

    Slab waveguides were constructed in K(1-x)Li(x)Ta(1-y)Nb(y)O(3) crystals by the implantation of (12)C(+4) ions at 30 MeV and (16)O(+5) ions at 30 and 40 MeV. The waveguides were characterized by a prism coupler setup. A refractive index drop of 10.9% was observed in a layer formed by the implantation of (16)O(+5) ions at 30 MeV. The carbon-implanted waveguides were found to be thermally stable after annealing at 450 degrees C. A semiempirical formula for predicting the change in the refractive index given the parameters of the implantation process was developed. It is argued that the combination of the basic implantation process with the semiempirical formula can be developed to become a generic method for constructing complex electro-optic circuits with a wave-guided architecture.

  20. Note: Optical fiber milled by focused ion beam and its application for Fabry-Pérot refractive index sensor

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    Yuan, Scott Wu; Wang, Fei; Savenko, Alexey

    2011-01-01

    We introduce a highly compact fiber-optic Fabry-Pérot refractive index sensor integrated with a fluid channel that is fabricated directly near the tip of a 32 μm in diameter single-mode fiber taper. The focused ion beam technique is used to efficiently mill the microcavity from the fiber side...... and finely polish the end facets of the cavity with a high spatial resolution. It is found that a fringe visibility of over 15 dB can be achieved and that the sensor has a sensitivity of ∼1731 nm/RIU (refractive index units) and a detection limit of ∼5.78 × 10−6 RIU. This miniature integrated all...

  1. Studies of Microwave Absorption in Liquids by Optical Heterodyne Detection of Thermally Induced Refractive Index Fluctuations.

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    Swicord, Mays Littleton

    This work describes the development and implementation of an optical detection method for determining the microwave absorption properties of liquids and liquid suspensions. The method employs a Mach-Zehnder interferometer illuminated with a single-frequency laser to detect fluctuations in the index of refraction of a transparent or semi-transparent substance placed in one arm of the interferometer. The fluctuations are induced by pulses of microwave energy which are introduced into the sample by a specially designed waveguide sample holder. The laser beams from the sample and reference arms of the interferometer recombine on a photodetector resulting in a heterodyne signal. This general method is called Phase Fluctuation Optical Heterodyne (PFLOH) spectroscopy. The method is theoretically capable of detecting refractive index changes of two parts in 10('12) in liquids with greater sensitivity for gases; however, experimental performance is somewhat more limited. Although there is an abundance of microwave spectroscopy literature, virtually all of it is devoted to the absorption properties of gases. There are two reasons for the lack of information on nongaseous substances. First, methods most commonly used on gases, such as absorption ratio methods, are not practical for liquids in this frequency range due to the difficulties of making accurate microwave measurements. PFLOH spectroscopy avoids this difficulty. Second, fine structure (or anomalous dispersion) in the microwave absorption spectra of liquids has been considered nonexistant or at best uninteresting. This level of interest is changing, however, due to possible biological effects of microwave radiation. A number of different types of biological responses have recently been observed and reported in animals exposed to microwave radiation. Some of these effects are clearly responses of the organism to increased local or whole body temperature levels. In some cases the response is not so clearly thermal in

  2. Infrared spectra of penetration depth of into water and of water refraction-index

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    Ichikawa, Mahito

    1990-01-01

    above two effects in his analysis and measurement. He first established analytical formulae comprizing multi-reflection effect under condition with no interference, and second rejected to employ measured transmittance data seemingly under interference state, thus has succeeded in giving the exact penetration depth for 0.9 - 25. micro-meter wave with normal-incidence to free water surface at room temperature(25 ± 5°C). Conversely, taking advantage of the mentioned unfavorable interference, he has also succeeded in giving water refraction-index spectrum covering 0.9 - 2.5 micro-meter region. The same spectrum for 2.5 - 25. micro-meter is also given in the text, by using a special reflectance measurement, though the latter being approximate value. The above water refraction-index spectra are, depending on wavelength region, in good or poor agreement with the corresponding table data which was compiled by Messrs. Hale & Querry in early years from those days published date The spectrum data obtained by himself was employed in later calculation to find 0C.

  3. Violation of light beam reversibility principle in optical media with a random quasi-zero refractive index

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    Gadomsky, O. N.; Ushakov, N. M.; Shchukarev, I. A.

    2017-10-01

    We report on experimental and theoretical evidence of the violation of one of the fundamental principles in the Fresnel optics, namely, light beam reversibility, in new nanostructured composite metamaterials with silver nanoparticle in a polymer matrix. It is shown that optical transmittance of (PMMA + Ag)/glass samples in counter directions is not the same. We propose a theoretical explanation of this phenomenon based on the effect of photon localization on the surface of the composite layer with a random quasizero refractive index.

  4. Simultaneous Retrieval of Effective Refractive Index and Density from Size Distribution and Light Scattering Data: Weakly-Absorbing Aerosol

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    Kassianov, Evgueni I.; Barnard, James C.; Pekour, Mikhail S.; Berg, Larry K.; Shilling, John E.; Flynn, Connor J.; Mei, Fan; Jefferson, Anne

    2014-10-01

    We propose here a novel approach for retrieving in parallel the effective density and real refractive index of weakly absorbing aerosol from optical and size distribution measurements. Here we define “weakly absorbing” as aerosol single-scattering albedos that exceed 0.95 at 0.5 um.The required optical measurements are the scattering coefficient and the hemispheric backscatter fraction, obtained in this work from an integrating nephelometer. The required size spectra come from a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer and an Aerodynamic Particle Sizer. The performance of this approach is first evaluated using a sensitivity study with synthetically generated but measurement-related inputs. The sensitivity study reveals that the proposed approach is robust to random noise; additionally the uncertainties of the retrieval are almost linearly proportional to the measurement errors, and these uncertainties are smaller for the real refractive index than for the effective density. Next, actual measurements are used to evaluate our approach. These measurements include the optical, microphysical, and chemical properties of weakly absorbing aerosol which are representative of a variety of coastal summertime conditions observed during the Two-Column Aerosol Project (TCAP; http://campaign.arm.gov/tcap/). The evaluation includes calculating the root mean square error (RMSE) between the aerosol characteristics retrieved by our approach, and the same quantities calculated using the conventional volume mixing rule for chemical constituents. For dry conditions (defined in this work as relative humidity less than 55%) and sub-micron particles, a very good (RMSE~3%) and reasonable (RMSE~28%) agreement is obtained for the retrieved real refractive index (1.49±0.02) and effective density (1.68±0.21), respectively. Our approach permits discrimination between the retrieved aerosol characteristics of sub-micron and sub-10micron particles. The evaluation results also reveal that the

  5. High refractive index silicone gels for simultaneous total internal reflection fluorescence and traction force microscopy of adherent cells.

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    Edgar Gutierrez

    Full Text Available Substrate rigidity profoundly impacts cellular behaviors such as migration, gene expression, and cell fate. Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence (TIRF microscopy enables selective visualization of the dynamics of substrate adhesions, vesicle trafficking, and biochemical signaling at the cell-substrate interface. Here we apply high-refractive-index silicone gels to perform TIRF microscopy on substrates with a wide range of physiological elastic moduli and simultaneously measure traction forces exerted by cells on the substrate.

  6. Measurement of the refractive index of soft contact lenses during wear.

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    Varikooty, Jalaiah; Keir, Nancy; Woods, Craig A; Fonn, Desmond

    2010-01-01

    To determine whether the refractive index (RI) of a soft contact lens can be evaluated using refractometry while the lens remains on the eye and to compare this with more traditional ex vivo RI measurements. A slitlamp apparatus was modified to incorporate a customized Atago hand refractometer. With a double-masked study design, nine adapted symptomatic soft contact lens wearers wore a contact lens in each eye (lotrafilcon B and etafilcon A) in a randomized order. In vivo RI was determined from the relative Brix scale measurements immediately after lens insertion and after 1 and 10 hr of lens wear. Ex vivo refractometry was performed after 10 hr of lens wear for comparison. Means +/- standard errors of the means are reported. In vivo RI values at baseline were 1.422 +/- 0.0004 (lotrafilcon B) and 1.405 +/- 0.0021 (etafilcon A); after 1 hr of lens wear, values were 1.423 +/- 0.0006 and 1.408 +/- 0.0007, respectively; and after 10 hr of lens wear, values were 1.424 +/- 0.0004 and 1.411 +/- 0.0010, respectively. Ex vivo RI values at the end of the 10 hr wearing period were 1.424 +/- 0.0003 (lotrafilcon B) and 1.412 +/- 0.0017 (etafilcon A). The change in in vivo RI across the day was statistically significant for the etafilcon A lens (repeated-measures analysis of variance, P0.05). This novel adaptation of refractometry was able to measure the RI of soft contact lenses during wear (without lens removal). End of day RI measurements using in vivo and ex vivo refractometry were comparable with each other. Future work is required to determine whether this in vivo method can improve our understanding of the relationships between soft contact lens RI, hydration, on-eye lens performance, and symptomology.

  7. Measurement of refractive index by nanoparticle tracking analysis reveals heterogeneity in extracellular vesicles.

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    Gardiner, Chris; Shaw, Michael; Hole, Patrick; Smith, Jonathan; Tannetta, Dionne; Redman, Christopher W; Sargent, Ian L

    2014-01-01

    Optical techniques are routinely used to size and count extracellular vesicles (EV). For comparison of data from different methods and laboratories, suitable calibrators are essential. A suitable calibrator must have a refractive index (RI) as close to that of EV as possible but the RI of EV is currently unknown. To measure EV, RI requires accurate knowledge of size and light scattering. These are difficult to measure as most EVs cannot be resolved by light microscopy and their diameter is smaller than the wavelength of visible light. However, nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) provides both size and relative light scattering intensity (rLSI) values. We therefore sought to determine whether it was possible to use NTA to measure the RI of individual EVs. NTA was used to measure the rLSI and size of polystyrene and silica microspheres of known size and RI (1.470 and 1.633, respectively) and of EV isolated from a wide range of cells. We developed software, based on Mie scattering code, to calculate particle RI from the rLSI data. This modelled theoretical scattering intensities for polystyrene and silica microspheres of known size (100 and 200 nm) and RI. The model was verified using data from the polystyrene and silica microspheres. Size and rLSI data for each vesicle were processed by the software to generate RI values. The following modal RI measurements were obtained: fresh urinary EV 1.374, lyophilised urinary EV 1.367, neuroblastoma EV 1.393, blood EV 1.398, EV from activated platelets 1.390, small placental EV 1.364-1.375 and 1.398-1.414 for large placental EV (>200 nm). Large placental EV had a significantly higher RI than small placental EV (p1.40 were observed for some large (>200 nm) microvesicles. This method for measuring EV RI will be useful for developing appropriate calibrators for EV measurement.

  8. Effect of Scintillometer Height on Structure Parameter of the Refractive Index of Air Measurements

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    Gowda, P. H.; Howell, T. A.; Hartogensis, O.; Basu, S.; Scanlon, B. R.

    2009-12-01

    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 (Cn2). Cn2 represents the turbulent strength of the atmosphere and describes the ability of the atmosphere to transport heat and humidity. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of scintillometer height on Cn2 measurements and on the estimation of latent heat fluxes. The study was conducted during the 2009 summer growing season in the USDA-ARS Conservation and Production Research Laboratory (CPRL) at Bushland [350 11' N, 1020 06' W; 1,170 m elevation MSL], Texas. Field experiment consisted of two steps: (1) cross-calibration of scintillometers and (2) measurement of Cn2 at different heights. In the first step, three large aperture scintillometers (LAS) were deployed across two large lysimeter fields with bare soil surfaces. During the 3-week cross-calibration period, all three scintillometers were installed at a 2-m height with a path length of 420 m. Cn2 was monitored at a 1-min interval and averaged for 15-min periods. Cn2 measurements were synchronized with weather station and weighing lysimeter measurements. After the cross-calibration period, scintillometers were installed at 2-, 2.5- and 3-m heights, and Cn2 measurements were continued for another 3-week period. In addition to the Cn2 measurements, net radiation (Rn) and soil heat fluxes (G) were measured in both lysimeter fields. Cn2 values were corrected for inner scale dependence before cross calibration and estimation of sensible heat fluxes. Measurements of wind speed, air temperature, and relative humidity were used with Cn2 data to derive sensible heat fluxes. Latent heat fluxes were estimated as a residual from the energy balance and compared with lysimeter data. Results of cross calibration and effects of scintillometer height on the estimation of latent heat fluxes were reported and

  9. Guided-Mode-Leaky-Mode-Guided-Mode Fiber Interferometer and Its High Sensitivity Refractive Index Sensing Technology

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    Qi Wang

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available A cascaded symmetrical dual-taper Mach-Zehnder interferometer structure based on guided-mode and leaky-mode interference is proposed in this paper. Firstly, the interference spectrum characteristics of interferometer has been analyzed by the Finite Difference-Beam Propagation Method (FD-BPM. When the diameter of taper waist is 20 μm–30 μm, dual-taper length is 1 mm and taper distance is 4 cm–6 cm, the spectral contrast is higher, which is suitable for sensing. Secondly, experimental research on refractive index sensitivity is carried out. A refractive index sensitivity of 62.78 nm/RIU (refractive index unit can achieved in the RI range of 1.3333–1.3792 (0%~25% NaCl solution, when the sensor structure parameters meet the following conditions: diameter of taper waist is 24 μm, dual-taper length is 837 μm and taper distance is 5.5 cm. The spectrum contrast is 0.8 and measurement resolution is 1.6 × 10−5 RIU. The simulation analysis is highly consistent with experimental results. Research shows that the sensor has promising application in low RI fields where high-precision measurement is required due to its high sensitivity and stability.

  10. A new bottom-up methodology to produce silicon layers with a closed porosity nanostructure and reduced refractive index.

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    Godinho, V; Caballero-Hernández, J; Jamon, D; Rojas, T C; Schierholz, R; García-López, J; Ferrer, F J; Fernández, A

    2013-07-12

    A new approach is presented to produce amorphous porous silicon coatings (a-pSi) with closed porosity by magnetron sputtering of a silicon target. It is shown how the use of He as the process gas at moderated power (50-150 W RF) promotes the formation of closed nanometric pores during the growth of the silicon films. The use of oblique-angle deposition demonstrates the possibility of aligning and orientating the pores in one direction. The control of the deposition power allows the control of the pore size distribution. The films have been characterized by a variety of techniques, including scanning and transmission electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, Rutherford back scattering and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, showing the incorporation of He into the films (most probably inside the closed pores) and limited surface oxidation of the silicon coating. The ellipsometry measurements show a significant decrease in the refractive index of porous coatings (n(500 nm) = 3.75) in comparison to dense coatings (n(500 nm) = 4.75). The capability of the method to prepare coatings with a tailored refractive index is therefore demonstrated. The versatility of the methodology is shown in this paper by preparing intrinsic or doped silicon and also depositing (under DC or RF discharge) a-pSi films on a variety of substrates, including flexible materials, with good chemical and mechanical stability. The fabrication of multilayers of silicon films of controlled refractive index in a simple (one-target chamber) deposition methodology is also presented.

  11. Refractive index sensing and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy using silver–gold layered bimetallic plasmonic crystals

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    Somi Kang

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Herein we describe the fabrication and characterization of Ag and Au bimetallic plasmonic crystals as a system that exhibits improved capabilities for quantitative, bulk refractive index (RI sensing and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS as compared to monometallic plasmonic crystals of similar form. The sensing optics, which are bimetallic plasmonic crystals consisting of sequential nanoscale layers of Ag coated by Au, are chemically stable and useful for quantitative, multispectral, refractive index and spectroscopic chemical sensing. Compared to previously reported homometallic devices, the results presented herein illustrate improvements in performance that stem from the distinctive plasmonic features and strong localized electric fields produced by the Ag and Au layers, which are optimized in terms of metal thickness and geometric features. Finite-difference time-domain (FDTD simulations theoretically verify the nature of the multimode plasmonic resonances generated by the devices and allow for a better understanding of the enhancements in multispectral refractive index and SERS-based sensing. Taken together, these results demonstrate a robust and potentially useful new platform for chemical/spectroscopic sensing.

  12. An alternative method to determine the refractive index of Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N

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    Engelbrecht, J.A.A., E-mail: Japie.Engelbrecht@nmmu.ac.za [Physics Department, NMMU, Port Elizabeth (South Africa); HRTEM Facility, NMMU, Port Elizabeth (South Africa); Sephton, B. [Physics Department, NMMU, Port Elizabeth (South Africa); Minnaar, E. [HRTEM Facility, NMMU, Port Elizabeth (South Africa); Wagener, M.C. [Physics Department, NMMU, Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

    2016-01-01

    Certain characterizations of Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N epilayers require knowledge of the refractive index. Four theoretical models are reviewed, and a simple method to obtain the refractive index n of Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N is proposed. Values of the refractive index obtained at various wavelengths and Al concentrations are compared to the theoretical models, as well as to previously obtained experimental results. Acceptable agreement with both theoretical and experimental values are obtained.

  13. In-fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer for gas refractive index measurements based on a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber.

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    Andrews, Nicholas L P; Ross, Rachel; Munzke, Dorit; van Hoorn, Camiel; Brzezinski, Andrew; Barnes, Jack A; Reich, Oliver; Loock, Hans-Peter

    2016-06-27

    We describe an in-fiber interferometer based on a gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber. Expressions for the sensitivity, figure of merit and refractive index resolution are derived, and values are experimentally measured and theoretically validated using mode field calculations. The refractive indices of nine monoatomic and molecular gases are measured with a resolution of δns -6.

  14. Tailoring the refractive index of ITO thin films by genetic algorithm optimization of the reactive DC-sputtering parameters

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    Afshari Pour, Elnaz; Shafai, Cyrus

    2017-02-01

    The variation of oxygen concentration in the Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) structure highly impacts its electrical and optical characteristics. In this work, we investigated the effect of oxygen partial flow (O2/O2+Ar) and deposition pressure (p) on the refractive index (n) of reactive sputtered ITO thin films. A statistical study with a Genetic Algorithm (GA) optimization was implemented to find optimal deposition conditions for obtaining particular refractive indices. Several samples of ITO thin films with refractive indices ranging from 1.69 - 2.1 were deposited by DC sputtering technique at various oxygen concentrations and deposition pressures, in order to develop the statistical database. A linear polynomial surface was locally fitted to the data of O2/O2+Ar, p, and n of deposited films. This surface was then used as the fitness function of the GA. By defining the desired n as the objective value of the GA, the optimized deposition conditions can be found. Two cases were experimentally demonstrated, with the GA determining the needed process parameters to deposit ITO with n=2.2 and n=1.6. Measured results were very close to desired values, with n=2.25 and n=1.62, demonstrating the effectiveness of this method for predicting needed reactive sputtering conditions to enable arbitrary refractive indices.

  15. Polymers for refractive index change in intraocular lenses: a novel approach for photoinduced tuning of focal length

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    Träger, Jens; Kim, Hee-Cheol; Hampp, Norbert

    2006-02-01

    Before an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted during cataract surgery, biometric data of the patient's eye have to be determined to calculate the thickness and shape of the IOL. In particular the postoperative anterior chamber depth is an important parameter to predict the correct shape of the IOL. This value, however, cannot be measured without significant uncertainities. We present a solution to this problem, describe novel polymers suitable for IOLs which refractive indices can be changed non-invasively in a photo-induced process. The focal length can be modified by about 2 D, which is sufficient to achive ideal acuteness of vision for almost all patients with implanted IOLs. The change in refractive index is accomplished by linking or cleaving bonds between a sufficiently large number of side groups of the polymer main chain in a photoinduced cyloaddition or cycloreversion, respectively. The photochemical reaction can also be triggered by a two-photon process (TPA) using a pulsed laser system, i.e. the energy required for bond breaking is provided by two photons in the visible range. Light in the UV as well as the visible range of the spectrum cannot induce undesired changes of the refractive index owing to the strong UV-absorption of the cornea and photon densities much too low for TPA, respectively. Due to the excellent spatial resolution that can be achieved with two-photon processes not only modification of the refractive index of the entire lens but also selectively in well defined areas is possible enabling the correction for aberrations such as astigmatism.

  16. Basic Aplanatic Spherical Lens with Axial Linear Distribution of Refractive Index

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    T. S. Rovenskaya

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of gradient optical elements (GOE from materials with a given spatial change of the refractive index (RI in optical systems allows us to improve quality, increase reliability, and reduce weight and dimensions of the optical systems in electro-optic and laser devices.The object of research is constructive and aberration properties of the GOE as the positive lens formed by spherical centered surfaces that restrict environment with a linear change of RI: n(z = n0 + n1 * z; the axis OZ coincides with the geometrical optical axis of the lens, n1 is the coefficient.In order to study the axial thickness (d = 10mm and RI of the base n0 at a given focal length (f' = 100 mm, a parametric synthesis of the lens, located in the air, is performed using a developed technique to provide elimination of spherical aberration and coma of the third order for an infinitely remote object. Thus, designs were considered when the RI gradient was introduced at an axial thickness of lenses or at a depth of the pointer of its first surface in the light aperture, defined at a relative aperture of 1:2 and angular field in object space of 30°. The synthesis is performed when you change the RI of the base in the range from 1.5 to 1.9; this corresponds to an optical glass and plastic in the visible and near IR region of the spectrum.The analysis was conducted regarding the form, monochromatic amounts of Seidel, and real aberrations with identification of higher-order aberrations, as well as depth values of the gradient layer t and the maximum change of RI - Δn. Values of t and Δn are related to process parameters determined by the method of manufacturing gradient material. The results characterize the family of basic aplanatic lenses that either can be used as the independent functional units (singleton collimators or enter into the aperture component of a multicomponent optical system as its base lenses (lenses – monochromators, telephoto lenses, optical condensers

  17. Long Period Gratings in Random Hole Optical Fibers for Refractive Index Sensing

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    Gary Pickrell

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We have demonstrated the fabrication of long period gratings in random hole optical fibers. The long period gratings are fabricated by a point-by-point technique using a CO2 laser. The gratings with a periodicity of 450 µm are fabricated and a maximum coupling efficiency of −9.81 dB has been achieved. Sensing of different refractive indices in the surrounding mediums is demonstrated by applying standard liquids with refractive indices from 1.400 to 1.440 to the long period grating.

  18. Volumetric rendering and metrology of spherical gradient refractive index lens imaged by angular scan optical coherence tomography system.

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    Yao, Jianing; Thompson, Kevin P; Ma, Bin; Ponting, Michael; Rolland, Jannick P

    2016-08-22

    In this paper, we develop the methodology, including the refraction correction, geometrical thickness correction, coordinate transformation, and layer segmentation algorithms, for 3D rendering and metrology of a layered spherical gradient refractive index (S-GRIN) lens based on the imaging data collected by an angular scan optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. The 3D mapping and rendering enables direct 3D visualization and internal defect inspection of the lens. The metrology provides assessment of the surface geometry, the lens thickness, the radii of curvature of the internal layer interfaces, and the misalignment of the internal S-GRIN distribution with respect to the lens surface. The OCT metrology results identify the manufacturing defects, and enable targeted process development for optimizing the manufacturing parameters. The newly fabricated S-GRIN lenses show up to a 7x spherical aberration reduction that allows a significantly increased utilizable effective aperture.

  19. In situ measurement method for film thickness using transparency resin sheet with low refractive index under wet condition on chemical mechanical polishing

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    Oniki, Takahiro; Khajornrungruang, Panart; Suzuki, Keisuke

    2017-07-01

    We suggest that a transparency resin sheet with low refractive index can be applied to the measurement of a silicon dioxide (SiO2) film on a silicon wafer under wet condition for a film thickness measurement system on chemical mechanical polishing (CMP). By adjusting the refractive indices of the resin sheet and water, stable measurements of the SiO2 film can be expected, irrespective of slurry film thickness fluctuation because it has robustness against the slurry film. This result indicates that the transparency resin sheet with low refractive index is a useful for monitoring system of CMP.

  20. Optical integrated chips with micro and nanostructures for refractive index and SERS-based optical label-free sensing

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    Liu Liu

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Label-free optical biosensing technologies have superior abilities of quantitative analysis, unmodified targets, and ultrasmall sample volume, compared to conventional fluorescence-label-based sensing techniques, in detecting various biomolecules. In this review article, we introduce our recent results in the field of evanescent-wavebased refractive index sensing and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS-based sensing, both of which are promising platforms for label-free optical biosensors. First, silicon-on-insulator (SOI nanowire waveguide and metallic surface plasmon resonance (SPR-based refractive index sensing are discussed. In order to improve the detection limit, phase interrogation techniques are introduced to these types of sensors based on prism-coupled SPR and SOI microring resonators. A detection limit in the order of 10−6 refractive index unit is achieved. Detection of 16.7 pM anti-IgG is also demonstrated based on the SPR devices. Second, SERS substrates based on various nanometallic structures are discussed. Metallic nanowire arrays and inverted nanopyramids and grooves with a thin metal surface are fabricated based on anisotropic wetetching of silicon substrates. Both structures have demonstrated a Raman signal enhancement on the order of 107. In order to improve the extraction efficiency of the Raman signal at a high wave number, a nano-bowtie array substrate is fabricated, which exhibits double resonances at both the excitation wavelength and the desired Raman scattering wavelength. Experimental results have shown that this double-resonance structure can further enhance the received Raman signal, as compared to conventional SERS substrates with only one resonance at the excitation wavelength.

  1. Optical integrated chips with micro and nanostructures for refractive index and SERS-based optical label-free sensing

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    Liu, Liu; Jin, Mingliang; Shi, Yaocheng; Lin, Jiao; Zhang, Yuan; Jiang, Li; Zhou, Guofu; He, Sailing

    2015-11-01

    Label-free optical biosensing technologies have superior abilities of quantitative analysis, unmodified targets, and ultrasmall sample volume, compared to conventional fluorescence-label-based sensing techniques, in detecting various biomolecules. In this review article, we introduce our recent results in the field of evanescent-wavebased refractive index sensing and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based sensing, both of which are promising platforms for label-free optical biosensors. First, silicon-on-insulator (SOI) nanowire waveguide and metallic surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based refractive index sensing are discussed. In order to improve the detection limit, phase interrogation techniques are introduced to these types of sensors based on prism-coupled SPR and SOI microring resonators. A detection limit in the order of 10-6 refractive index unit is achieved. Detection of 16.7 pM anti-IgG is also demonstrated based on the SPR devices. Second, SERS substrates based on various nanometallic structures are discussed. Metallic nanowire arrays and inverted nanopyramids and grooves with a thin metal surface are fabricated based on anisotropic wetetching of silicon substrates. Both structures have demonstrated a Raman signal enhancement on the order of 107. In order to improve the extraction efficiency of the Raman signal at a high wave number, a nano-bowtie array substrate is fabricated, which exhibits double resonances at both the excitation wavelength and the desired Raman scattering wavelength. Experimental results have shown that this double-resonance structure can further enhance the received Raman signal, as compared to conventional SERS substrates with only one resonance at the excitation wavelength.

  2. Long period gratings coated with hafnium oxide by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition for refractive index measurements.

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    Melo, Luis; Burton, Geoff; Kubik, Philip; Wild, Peter

    2016-04-04

    Long period gratings (LPGs) are coated with hafnium oxide using plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) to increase the sensitivity of these devices to the refractive index of the surrounding medium. PEALD allows deposition at low temperatures which reduces thermal degradation of UV-written LPGs. Depositions targeting three different coating thicknesses are investigated: 30 nm, 50 nm and 70 nm. Coating thickness measurements taken by scanning electron microscopy of the optical fibers confirm deposition of uniform coatings. The performance of the coated LPGs shows that deposition of hafnium oxide on LPGs induces two-step transition behavior of the cladding modes.

  3. Determining the refractive index of human hemoglobin solutions by Kramers-Kronig relations with an improved absorption model.

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    Gienger, Jonas; Groß, Hermann; Neukammer, Jörg; Bär, Markus

    2016-11-01

    The real part of the refractive index of aqueous solutions of human hemoglobin is computed from their absorption spectra in the wavelength range 250-1100 nm using the Kramers-Kronig (KK) relations, and the corresponding uncertainty analysis is provided. The strong ultraviolet (UV) and infrared absorbance of the water outside this spectral range were taken into account in a previous study employing KK relations. We improve these results by including the concentration dependence of the water absorbance as well as by modeling the deep UV absorbance of hemoglobin's peptide backbone. The two free parameters of the model for the deep UV absorbance are fixed by a global fit.

  4. Dependence of atmospheric refractive index structure parameter (Cn2) on the residence time and vertical distribution of aerosols.

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    Anand, N; Satheesh, S K; Krishna Moorthy, K

    2017-07-15

    Effects of absorbing atmospheric aerosols in modulating the tropospheric refractive index structure parameter (Cn2) are estimated using high resolution radiosonde and multi-satellite data along with a radiative transfer model. We report the influence of variations in residence time and vertical distribution of aerosols in modulating Cn2 and why the aerosol induced atmospheric heating needs to be considered while estimating a free space optical communication link budget. The results show that performance of the link is seriously affected if large concentrations of absorbing aerosols reside for a long time in the atmospheric path.

  5. Determination of force constant and refractive index of a semiconducting polymer composite using UV/visible spectroscopy: a new approach

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    Urs, Thejas G.; Gowtham, G. K.; Nandaprakash, M. B.; Mahadevaiah, D.; Sangappa, Y.; Somashekar, R.

    2017-01-01

    A model to determine refractive index and the intermolecular force constant in a polymeric chain is presented in this study. We have used the UV/visible absorption spectrum of a sample to determine afore mentioned parameters. The exponential absorption wavelength points of the spectrum are used to determine these parameters, on which the optical band gap of the material is defined. This study is carried out for various dopant concentration of a composite, so as to get a comparative insight. This study reveals the dependence of these parameters on dopant concentration and the wavelength.

  6. Determination of the structure, morphology and complex refractive index in ZnO-nanopencils/P3HT hybrid structures

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    Motaung, DE

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available , morphology and complex refractive index in ZnO-nanopencils/P3HT hybrid structures David E. Motaung1,*, Gerald F. Malgas1,†, Christopher J. Arendse2, Sipho E. Mavundla3 1DST/CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, National Centre for Nano... The promise of competitively priced solar energy drives the development of organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells [1-6]. The main focus in the organic solar cell research lies on increasing the power conversion efficiency under simulated sunlight [7...

  7. Investigating the backscattering characteristics of individual normal and cancerous cells based on experimentally determined three-dimensional refractive index distributions

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    Hsu, Wei-Chen; Su, Jing-Wei; Chang, Chih-Chiang; Sung, Kung-Bin

    2012-12-01

    The progression of epithelial dysplasia is accompanied by changes of sub-cellular structures which alter light scattering, particularly backscattering, properties of epithelial cells. In this study, we quantified the refractive index (RI) distributions of normal and cancerous epithelial cells of skin and oral cavity using digital holographic microtomography and investigated the backscattering characteristics of the cells using finite-difference time-domain simulations. The results show that cancerous cells present higher average values of nuclear and nucleolar RI and a higher standard deviation of cytoplasmic RI than normal cells. Both the total scattering and backscattering cross-sections of the cancerous cells are significantly higher than those of the normal cells.

  8. Vapor pressure, density, viscosity and refractive index of dimethyl sulfoxide + 1,4-dimethylbenzene system

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the experimental results of isothermal vapor–liquid equilibrium data between 303.15 and 333.15 K, and densities, viscosities, refractive indices from 298.15 to 323.15 K of the dimethyl sulfoxide + 1,4-dimethylbenzene system over the entire range of mixture composition. The obtained PTX data were correlated by the Wilson and NRTL models and estimated by the UNIFAC model. The excess Gibbs energy and activity coefficients were calculated and compared with others excess properties. Excess molar volumes, viscosity deviations and deviations in refractivity were calculated from the experimental data; all the computed quantities were fitted to the Redlich–Kister equation. The resulting excess functions were interpreted in terms of structure and interactions.

  9. Determining the refractive index variation within panes of vehicle windshield glass.

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    Munger, Crystal; Gates, Kris M; Hamburg, Christopher

    2014-09-01

    Refractive indices of seven double-paned vehicle windshields were measured to assess the variation across the pane of glass and to evaluate collection techniques for known glass standards by comparing false negative rates. Measurements were made using a Foster and Freeman GRIM3 instrument, and a minimum of 240 measurements were made per pane. The mean SD of the windshields was 0.00004. It was further determined that collecting a known sample from two different sections of a shattered windshield gave the lowest rate of false negatives when using ± 2 standard deviations to estimate the RI variation of the known glass. Additionally, refractive indices often were highest in the center of the windshield and decreased toward the left and right edges; in approximately half the sample set, the two panes of a single windshield were differentiated by one or more properties. © 2014 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

  10. Refractive index-based detection of gradient elution liquid chromatography using chip-integrated microring resonator arrays.

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    Wade, James H; Bailey, Ryan C

    2014-01-07

    Refractive index-based sensors offer attractive characteristics as nondestructive and universal detectors for liquid chromatographic separations, but a small dynamic range and sensitivity to minor thermal perturbations limit the utility of commercial RI detectors for many potential applications, especially those requiring the use of gradient elutions. As such, RI detectors find use almost exclusively in sample abundant, isocratic separations when interfaced with high-performance liquid chromatography. Silicon photonic microring resonators are refractive index-sensitive optical devices that feature good sensitivity and tremendous dynamic range. The large dynamic range of microring resonators allows the sensors to function across a wide spectrum of refractive indices, such as that encountered when moving from an aqueous to organic mobile phase during a gradient elution, a key analytical advantage not supported in commercial RI detectors. Microrings are easily configured into sensor arrays, and chip-integrated control microrings enable real-time corrections of thermal drift. Thermal controls allow for analyses at any temperature and, in the absence of rigorous temperature control, obviates extended detector equilibration wait times. Herein, proof of concept isocratic and gradient elution separations were performed using well-characterized model analytes (e.g., caffeine, ibuprofen) in both neat buffer and more complex sample matrices. These experiments demonstrate the ability of microring arrays to perform isocratic and gradient elutions under ambient conditions, avoiding two major limitations of commercial RI-based detectors and maintaining comparable bulk RI sensitivity. Further benefit may be realized in the future through selective surface functionalization to impart degrees of postcolumn (bio)molecular specificity at the detection phase of a separation. The chip-based and microscale nature of microring resonators also make it an attractive potential detection

  11. Dual-channel surface plasmon resonance refractive index sensor based on modified hetero-core structure fiber

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    Liu, Zhihai; Liu, Lu; Zhu, Zongda; Zhang, Yu; Wei, Yong; Zhang, Yaxun; Yang, Jun; Yuan, Libo

    2017-11-01

    We propose and demonstrate a novel dual-channel SPR refractive index sensor based on hetero-core structure fiber. For the traditional hetero-core structure fiber SPR sensor, the resonance wavelength range is unchangeable. We solve this issue by polishing the traditional hetero-core structure fiber as circular truncated cone shape. By this method, we can adjust the resonance wavelength range flexible by changing fiber polishing angle. With increasing of fiber polishing angle, the resonance wavelength range will red-shift. When fiber polishing angle is 14°, and refractive index range is from 1.333 to 1.385, the resonance wavelength range is from 754 nm to 965 nm, which is away from that of the traditional hetero-core structure fiber SPR sensor (600 nm to 700 nm). Therefore, we realize dual-channel sensing by wavelength division multiplexing technology. The sensitivity of two channels are 1980.77 nm/RIU and 4057.69 nm/RIU respectively. In addition, the resonance wavelength and sensitivity of the sensor have a well consistency no matter which working way we adopt. The proposed dual-channel SPR sensor has important applications for multiple analytes detection.

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

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    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.

  13. All-silicon monolithic Mach-Zehnder interferometer as a refractive index and bio-chemical sensor.

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    Misiakos, K; Raptis, I; Makarona, E; Botsialas, A; Salapatas, A; Oikonomou, P; Psarouli, A; Petrou, P S; Kakabakos, S E; Tukkiniemi, Kari; Sopanen, M; Jobst, G

    2014-11-03

    A complete Mach-Zehnder interferometer monolithically integrated on silicon is presented and employed as a refractive index and bio-chemical sensor. The device consists of broad-band light sources optically coupled to photodetectors through monomodal waveguides forming arrays of Mach-Zehnder interferometers, all components being monolithically integrated on silicon through mainstream silicon technology. The interferometer is photonically engineered in a way that the phase difference of light travelling through the sensing and reference arms is approximately wavelength independent. Consequently, upon effective medium changes, it becomes feasible even with a broad-band source to induce sinusoidal-type of detector photocurrents similar to the classical monochromatic counterparts. The device is completed with its fluidic and interconnect components so that on chip interferometric measurements can be performed. Examples of refractive index and protein sensing are presented to establish the potential of the proposed device for real-time in situ monitoring applications. This is the only silicon device that has achieved complete on-chip interferometry.

  14. Photonic crystal nanofiber air-mode cavity with high Q-factor and high sensitivity for refractive index sensing

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    Ma, Xiaoxue; Chen, Xin; Nie, Hongrui; Yang, Daquan

    2018-01-01

    Recently, due to its superior characteristics and simple manufacture, such as small size, low loss, high sensitivity and convenience to couple, the optical fiber sensor has become one of the most promising sensors. In order to achieve the most effective realization of light propagation by changing the structure of sensors, FOM(S •Q/λres) ,which is determined by two significant variables Q-factor and sensitivity, as a trade-off parameter should be optimized to a high value. In typical sensors, a high Q can be achieved by confining the optical field in the high refractive index dielectric region to make an interaction between analytes and evanescent field of the resonant mode. However, the ignored sensitivity is relatively low with a high Q achieved, which means that the resonant wavelength shift changes non-obviously when the refractive index increases. Meanwhile, the sensitivity also leads to a less desirable FOM. Therefore, a gradient structure, which can enhance the performance of sensors by achieving high Q and high sensitivity, has been developed by Kim et al. later. Here, by introducing parabolic-tapered structure, the light field localized overlaps strongly and sufficiently with analytes. And based on a one-dimensional photonic-crystal nanofiber air-mode cavity, a creative optical fiber sensor is proposed by combining good stability and transmission characteristics of fiber and strengths of tapered structure, realizing excellent FOM {4.7 x 105 with high Q-factors (Q{106) and high sensitivities (<700 nm/RIU).

  15. Optical fiber micro-displacement sensor using a refractive index modulation window-assisted reflection fiber taper

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    Bao, Weijia; Qiao, Xueguang; Yin, Xunli; Rong, Qiangzhou; Wang, Ruohui; Yang, Hangzhou

    2017-12-01

    We demonstrate a compact fiber-optic quasi-Michelson interferometer (QMI) for micro-displacement measurement. The sensor comprises a micro-structure of a reflection taper tip containing a refractive index modification (RIM) as a coupling window over the interface between core and cladding of the fiber. Femtosecond laser-based direct inscription technique is used to achieve this window inscription and to induce large refractive index change. The RIM acts as a window for the strong coupling and recoupling of core-to-cladding modes. As the core and cladding modes are reflected at the taper tip and coupled back to lead-in fiber, a well-defined interference spectrum is achieved. The spectral intensity exhibits a high micro-bending sensitivity of 4 . 94 dB / μm because of the sensitivity to bending of recoupled intensity of cladding modes. In contrast, the spectral wavelength is insensitive to bending but linearly responds to temperature. The simultaneous measurements, including power-referenced for displacement and wavelength-referenced for temperature, were achieved by selective interference dip monitoring.

  16. Plasma silicon oxide films on garnet substrates: measurement of their thickness and refractive index by the prism coupling technique.

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    Hou, T W; Mogab, C J

    1981-09-15

    The prism coupling technique has been used to measure the refractive index and thickness of plasma silicon oxide films deposited on garnet substrates. The film thickness is also measured with a mechanical stylus (Talystep) for comparison. A linearly polarized He-Ne laser at 632.8-nm wavelength or a He-Cd laser at 441.6-nm wavelength is used as the light source in the prism coupler. The use of the He-Ne laser is demonstrated to result in a fluctuation in the detector output due to light interference in the substrate. The He-Cd laser is shown to be superior because the substrate is sufficiently absorbing that interference is eliminated. It also permits thickness measurements on thinner films. The agreement between thickness measurements by the prism coupler and the mechanical stylus is within +/-0.015 microm for films of 0.4 microm or thicker and +/-0.010 microm for thinner films. The error in thickness measurement caused by an error in refractive index assumed or in determining the coupling angles for films thinner than 0.30 microm is also estimated.

  17. A sensitivity-enhanced refractive index sensor using a single-mode thin-core fiber incorporating an abrupt taper.

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    Shi, Jie; Xiao, Shilin; Yi, Lilin; Bi, Meihua

    2012-01-01

    A sensitivity-enhanced fiber-optic refractive index (RI) sensor based on a tapered single-mode thin-core diameter fiber is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The sensor head is formed by splicing a section of tapered thin-core diameter fiber (TCF) between two sections of single-mode fibers (SMFs). The cladding modes are excited at the first SMF-TCF interface, and then interfere with the core mode at the second interface, thus forming an inter-modal interferometer (IMI). An abrupt taper (tens of micrometers long) made by the electric-arc-heating method is utilized, and plays an important role in improving sensing sensitivity. The whole manufacture process only involves fiber splicing and tapering, and all the fabrication process can be achieved by a commercial fiber fusion splicer. Using glycerol and water mixture solution as an example, the experimental results show that the refractive index sensitivity is measured to be 0.591 nm for 1% change of surrounding RI. The proposed sensor structure features simple structure, low cost, easy fabrication, and high sensitivity.

  18. A Sensitivity-Enhanced Refractive Index Sensor Using a Single-Mode Thin-Core Fiber Incorporating an Abrupt Taper

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    Jie Shi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available A sensitivity-enhanced fiber-optic refractive index (RI sensor based on a tapered single-mode thin-core diameter fiber is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The sensor head is formed by splicing a section of tapered thin-core diameter fiber (TCF between two sections of single-mode fibers (SMFs. The cladding modes are excited at the first SMF-TCF interface, and then interfere with the core mode at the second interface, thus forming an inter-modal interferometer (IMI. An abrupt taper (tens of micrometers long made by the electric-arc-heating method is utilized, and plays an important role in improving sensing sensitivity. The whole manufacture process only involves fiber splicing and tapering, and all the fabrication process can be achieved by a commercial fiber fusion splicer. Using glycerol and water mixture solution as an example, the experimental results show that the refractive index sensitivity is measured to be 0.591 nm for 1% change of surrounding RI. The proposed sensor structure features simple structure, low cost, easy fabrication, and high sensitivity.

  19. Simultaneous measurement of refractive index and thickness of multilayer systems using Fourier domain optical coherence tomography, part 1: theory.

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    Rajai, Payman; Schriemer, Henry; Amjadi, Ahmad; Munger, Rejean

    2017-01-01

    We introduce a theoretical framework for simultaneous refractive index and thickness measurement of multilayer systems using the Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) system without any previous information about the item under investigation. The input data to the new formalism are the FD-OCT measured optical path lengths and properly selected spectral components of the FD-OCT interference spectrum. No additional arrangement, reference reflector, or mechanical scanning is needed in this approach. Simulation results show that the accuracy of the extracted parameters depends on the index contrast of the sample while it is insensitive to the sample’s thickness profile. For transparent biological samples with smooth interfaces, when the object is in an aqueous medium and has indices < 1.55 , this method can extract indices and thicknesses with the absolute error ? 0.001 .

  20. Simultaneous measurement of refractive index and thickness of multilayer systems using Fourier domain optical coherence tomography, part 1: theory

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    Rajai, Payman; Schriemer, Henry; Amjadi, Ahmad; Munger, Rejean

    2017-01-01

    We introduce a theoretical framework for simultaneous refractive index and thickness measurement of multilayer systems using the Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) system without any previous information about the item under investigation. The input data to the new formalism are the FD-OCT measured optical path lengths and properly selected spectral components of the FD-OCT interference spectrum. No additional arrangement, reference reflector, or mechanical scanning is needed in this approach. Simulation results show that the accuracy of the extracted parameters depends on the index contrast of the sample while it is insensitive to the sample's thickness profile. For transparent biological samples with smooth interfaces, when the object is in an aqueous medium and has indices <1.55, this method can extract indices and thicknesses with the absolute error ≤0.001.

  1. The Predictive Power of Electronic Polarizability for Tailoring the Refractivity of High Index Glasses Optical Basicity Versus the Single Oscillator Model

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    McCloy, John S.; Riley, Brian J.; Johnson, Bradley R.; Schweiger, Michael J.; Qiao, Hong (Amy); Carlie, Nathan

    2010-06-01

    Four compositions of high density (~8 g/cm3) heavy metal oxide glasses composed of PbO, Bi2O3, and Ga2O3 were produced and refractivity parameters (refractive index and density) were computed and measured. Optical basicity was computed using three different models – average electronegativity, ionic-covalent parameter, and energy gap – and the basicity results were used to compute oxygen polarizability and subsequently refractive index. Refractive indices were measured in the visible and infrared at 0.633 μm, 1.55 μm, 3.39 μm, 5.35 μm, 9.29 μm, and 10.59 μm using a unique prism coupler setup, and data were fitted to the Sellmeier expression to obtain an equation of the dispersion of refractive index with wavelength. Using this dispersion relation, single oscillator energy, dispersion energy, and lattice energy were determined. Oscillator parameters were also calculated for the various glasses from their oxide values as an additional means of predicting index. Calculated dispersion parameters from oxides underestimate the index by 3 to 4%. Predicted glass index from optical basicity, based on component oxide energy gaps, underpredicts the index at 0.633 μm by only 2%, while other basicity scales are less accurate. The predicted energy gap of the glasses based on this optical basicity overpredicts the Tauc optical gap as determined by transmission measurements by 6 to 10%. These results show that for this system, density, refractive index in the visible, and energy gap can be reasonably predicted using only composition, optical basicity values for the constituent oxides, and partial molar volume coefficients. Calculations such as these are useful for a priori prediction of optical properties of glasses.

  2. Optical Nonlinear Refractive Index of Laser-Ablated Gold Nanoparticles Graphene Oxide Composite

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    Amir Reza Sadrolhosseini

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Gold nanoparticles were prepared in graphene oxide using laser ablation technique. The ablation times were varied from 10 to 40 minutes, and the particle size was decreased from 16.55 nm to 5.18 nm in spherical shape. The nanoparticles were capped with carboxyl and the hydroxyl groups were obtained from Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Furthermore, the UV-visible peak shifted with decreasing of nanoparticles size, appearing from 528 nm to 510 nm. The Z-scan technique was used to measure the nonlinear refractive indices of graphene oxide with different concentrations and a gold nanoparticle graphene oxide nanocomposite. Consequently, the optical nonlinear refractive indices of graphene oxide and gold nanoparticle graphene oxide nanocomposite were shifted from 1.63×10-9 cm2/W to 4.1×10-9 cm2/W and from 1.85×10-9 cm2/W to 5.8×10-9 cm2/W, respectively.

  3. Fabry-Pérot based refractive index optical fiber sensor for measurement of oxygen concentration levels in hypoxic tumors during radiotherapy treatment

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    Viphavakit, Charusluk; Duraibabu, DineshBabu; O'Keeffe, Sinead; Lewis, Elfed

    2017-04-01

    An optical fiber sensor based on Fabry-Pérot interferometer to measure the refractive index changes due to oxygenation level changes in hypoxic tumors for radiotherapy treatments is proposed. The sensors have an outer diameter of 220μm with a 20-30μm length air-cavity and a 30μm thickness end cap located at the tip of the sensor. The sensors are used to measure the phase change in the received optical spectrum when there is a change in refractive index using a Fast Fourier Transform based analysis method. The refractive index change is measured in order to determine the oxygenation level in hypoxic tumors. In this paper, different concentrations of iso-propanol solution are prepared to produce refractive index values between 1.3438 and 1.3655 in order to mimic the refractive index of hemoglobin. The sensors are coated with a 100 nm thick gold layer and a comparison is made with non-coated sensors. The coated sensors have a resolution in order of 10-3 RIU.

  4. Refractive index measurements on bismuth tellurium oxide (Bi 2TeO 5) single crystal

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    Mandula, G.; Kovács, L.; Péter, Á.; Hartmann, E.

    1992-09-01

    The refractive indices of the biaxial Bi 2TeO 5 single crystal have been measured for the first time at seven wavelengths in the range of 457.9-632.8 nm at room temperature with an error of about 0.0003 (at λ=632.8 nm, n1=2.3203, n2=2.3678 and n3=2.4022). The optical plane was found to be the (010) plane and the crystal is shown to be optically negative. The crossing angle of the optical axes was found to be between 79° and 86°. The parameters of Sellmeier's one- and two-term dispersion equations have been determined by the least squares method. Resonance wavelengths λ1=219 nm for the first and λ1=182 nm and λ2=318 nm for the second one were found. The conditions of phase-matched SHG are discussed.

  5. Effects of Refractive Index and Diffuse or Specular Boundaries on a Radiating Isothermal Layer

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    Siegel, R.; Spuckler, C. M.

    1994-01-01

    Equilibrium temperatures of an absorbing-emitting layer were obtained for exposure to incident radiation and with the layer boundaries either specular or diffuse. For high refractive indices the surface condition can influence the radiative heat balance if the layer optical thickness is small. Hence for a spectrally varying absorption coefficient the layer temperature is affected if there is significant radiative energy in the spectral range with a small absorption coefficient. Similar behavior was obtained for transient radiative cooling of a layer where the results are affected by the initial temperature and hence the fraction of energy radiated in the short wavelength region where the absorption coefficient is small. The results are a layer without internal scattering. If internal scattering is significant, the radiation reaching the internal surface of a boundary is diffused and the effect of the two different surface conditions would become small.

  6. Flipping the sign of refractive index changes in ultrafast and temporally shaped laser-irradiated borosilicate crown optical glass at high repetition rates

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    Mermillod-Blondin, A.; Burakov, I. M.; Meshcheryakov, Yu. P.; Bulgakova, N. M.; Audouard, E.; Rosenfeld, A.; Husakou, A.; Hertel, I. V.; Stoian, R.

    2008-03-01

    Ultrafast subpicosecond laser exposure usually induces negative refractive index changes in optical glasses with strong thermal expansion such as borosilicate BK7 due to volume expansion and mechanical rarefaction. We show that temporally shaped laser excitation on picosecond scales and at high repetition rates can invert the regular material response resulting in a significant refractive index increase. Simulations of pulse propagation and evolution of heat and strain waves in BK7 glass exposed to different pulse durations were performed to understand mechanisms of refractive index increase. Narrow spatial distribution of energy for optimized picosecond pulses determines shock-induced plastic deformations accompanied by partial healing of the lateral strain due to preferential heat flow. The matter momentum relaxation produces directional on-axis material compaction.

  7. Enhanced contrast ratio and viewing angle of polymer-stabilized liquid crystal via refractive index matching between liquid crystal and polymer network.

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    Lee, Ji-Hoon; Lee, Jung Jin; Lim, Young Jin; Kundu, Sudarshan; Kang, Shin-Woong; Lee, Seung Hee

    2013-11-04

    Long standing electro-optic problems of a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) such as low contrast ratio and transmittances decrease in oblique viewing angle have been challenged with a mixture of dual frequency liquid crystal (DFLC) and reactive mesogen (RM). The DFLC and RM molecules were vertically aligned and then photo-polymerized using a UV light. At scattering state under 50 kHz electric field, DFLC was switched to planar state, giving greater extraordinary refractive index than the normal PDLC cell. Consequently, the scattering intensity and the contrast ratio were increased compared to the conventional PDLC cell. At transparent state under 1 kHz electric field, the extraordinary refractive index of DFLC was simultaneously matched with the refractive index of vertically aligned RM so that the light scattering in oblique viewing angles was minimized, giving rise to high transmittance in all viewing angles.

  8. In situ visualizing the evolution of the light-induced refractive index change of Mn:KLTN crystal with digital holographic interferometry

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    Jinxin Han

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The light-induced refractive index change in Mn:KLTN crystal, illuminated by focused light sheet, is visualized in situ and quantified by digital holographic interferometry. By numerically retrieving a series of sequential phase maps from recording digital holograms, the spatial distribution of the induced refractive index change can be visualized and estimated readily. This technique enables the observation of the temporal evolution of the refractive index change under different recording situations such as writing laser power, applied voltage, and temperature, and the photoconductivity of Mn:KLTN crystal can be calculated as well, the experimental results are in good agreement with the theory. The research results suggest that the presented method is successful and feasible.

  9. Simultaneous measurement of refractive index and thickness of multilayer systems using Fourier domain optical coherence tomography, part 2: implementation

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    Rajai, Payman; Schriemer, Henry; Amjadi, Ahmad; Munger, Rejean

    2017-01-01

    We introduce a theoretical method for simultaneous measurement of refractive index and thickness of multilayer systems using Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) without any auxiliary arrangement. The input data to the formalism are the FD-OCT measured optical path lengths (OPLs) and properly selected spectral components of FD-OCT interference spectrum. The outputs of the formalism can be affected significantly by uncertainty in measuring the OPLs. An optimization method is introduced to deal with the relatively large amount of uncertainty in measured OPLs and enhance the final results. Simulation result shows that by using the optimization method, indices can be extracted with the absolute error ≤0.001 for transparent biological samples having indices <1.55.

  10. Threshold pump intensity effect on the refractive index changes in InGaN SQD: Internal constitution and size effects

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    El Ghazi, Haddou, E-mail: hadghazi@gmail.com [Special Mathematics, CPGE Rabat (Morocco); LPS, Faculty of Science, Dhar El Mehrez, BP 1796 Fes-Atlas (Morocco); A John Peter [P.G. & Research Department of Physics, Goverment Arts and Science College, Melur 625106, Madurai (India)

    2015-04-01

    In the present paper, internal composition and size-dependent threshold pump intensity effects on on-center impurity-related linear, third-order nonlinear and total refractive index changes are investigated in wurtzite (In,Ga)N/GaN unstrained spherical quantum dot. The calculation is performed within the framework of parabolic band and single band effective-mass approximations using a combination of Quantum Genetic Algorithm (QGA) and Hartree–Fock–Roothaan (HFR) method. According to the results obtained, (i) a significant red-shift (blue shift) is obtained as the dot size (potential barrier) increases and (ii) a threshold optical pump intensity depending strongly on the size and the internal composition is obtained which constitutes the limit between two behaviors.

  11. Determination of the complex refractive index and optical bandgap of CH3NH3PbI3 thin films

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    Guerra, J. A.; Tejada, A.; Korte, L.; Kegelmann, L.; Töfflinger, J. A.; Albrecht, S.; Rech, B.; Weingärtner, R.

    2017-05-01

    We report the complex refractive index of methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite thin films obtained by means of variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry and transmittance/reflectance spectrophotometry in the wavelength range of 190 nm to 2500 nm. The film thickness and roughness layer thickness are determined by minimizing a global unbiased estimator in the region where the spectrophotometry and ellipsometry spectra overlap. We then determine the optical bandgap and Urbach energy from the absorption coefficient, by means of a fundamental absorption model based on band fluctuations in direct semiconductors. This model merges both the Urbach tail and the absorption edge regions in a single equation. In this way, we increase the fitting region and extend the conventional ( α ℏ ω ) 2 -plot method to obtain accurate bandgap values.

  12. Integrated Mach-Zehnder interferometer on the end facet of multicore fiber for refractive index sensing application

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    Qi, Yanwen; Zhang, Siyao; Feng, Shengfei; Wang, Xinke; Sun, Wenfeng; Ye, Jiasheng; Han, Peng; Zhang, Yan

    2018-01-01

    A sensitive, real-time seven core optical fiber based Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) sensor for liquid refractive index detection is proposed, fabricated and characterized. A trapezoid body with an inverted wedge shape groove in the center is used to design the MZI. The two ends of the trapezoid body play the roles of micro-prisms, and the middle parts of the trapezoid body and the groove play the roles of reference and sensing arms. A series of performance tests were carried out by immersing the sensor in different kinds of solutions to verify the universal applicability of the sensor. The MZI sensor is as small as only 43 μm × 8 μm, and at the same time with sensitivity of 1616 nm/RIU. Nominally, we realized a completely integrated optical sensing system. And, this system actually could be the building block of more powerful integrated chemical sensing chip for health, security and industry application.

  13. Erbium-doped fiber ring laser based on few-mode-singlemode-few-mode fiber structure for refractive index measurement

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    Liu, Jingxuan; Wang, Muguang; Liang, Xiao; Dong, Yue; Xiao, Han; Jian, Shuisheng

    2017-08-01

    A novel Erbium-doped fiber ring cavity laser sensor for refractive index (RI) measurement based on a special designed few-mode-singlemode-few-mode structure is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The few-mode fiber is a home-made concentric ring core fiber (CRCF) which can only support two scalar modes. Thus a stable mode interference occurs which functions as a sensing head and band-pass filter to select the lasing wavelength simultaneously. A sensitivity of -45.429 nm/RIU is obtained in the range of 1.333-1.363. High optical signal to noise ratio (OSNR) of ∼45 dB and narrow 3-dB bandwidth of ∼0.1 nm indicate that the fiber ring laser sensing system has a high resolution and accuracy RI measurement.

  14. Tuning refractive index sensing properties of micro-cavity in-line Mach-Zehnder interferometer with plasma etching

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    Janik, Monika; Koba, Marcin; Bock, Wojtek J.; Śmietana, Mateusz

    2017-04-01

    This work presents an application of reactive ion etching (RIE) for an effective tuning of the spectral response and the refractive-index (RI) sensitivity of the micro-cavity in-line Mach-Zehnder interferometer (μIMZI). The μIMZIs were fabricated using femtosecond laser micromachining in a standard single-mode fiber as a form circular holes with a diameter of 54 μm. The application of RIE with SF6 and O2 used as reactive gas allows for an efficient and well controlled etching of the fabricated structure. The process resulted in cleaning the bottom of the micro-cavity and smoothening of its sidewalls. In transmission measurements, the effect of the plasma processing was observed as an increase in both spectral depths of the minima and RI sensitivity of the structure, as well as improved wettability of the micro-cavity surface, which made the measurements faster and easier.

  15. Refractive index sensing using a multimode interference-based fiber sensor in a cavity ring-down system

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    Silva, Susana; Frazão, Orlando

    2017-04-01

    This work presents a multimode interference-based fiber sensor in a cavity ring-down system for sensing temperature-induced refractive index (RI) changes of water. The sensing head is based in multimodal interference (MMI) and it was placed inside the fiber loop cavity of the CRD system. A modulated laser source was used to send pulses down into the fiber loop cavity and an erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) was placed in the fiber ring to provide an observable signal with a reasonable decay time. The behavior of the sensing head to temperature was studied due to its intrinsic sensitivity to said parameter - a sensitivity of -1.6×10-9 μs/°C was attained. This allowed eliminating the temperature component from RI measurement of water and a linear sensitivity of 580 μs/RIU in the RI range of 1.324-1.331 was obtained.

  16. Combined long-period grating and micro-cavity in-line Mach-Zehnder interferometer for refractive index sensing

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    Janik, Monika; Koba, Marcin; Mikulic, Predrag; Bock, Wojtek J.; Śmietana, Mateusz

    2017-04-01

    This work presents combined long-period grating (LPG) and a micro-cavity in-line Mach-Zehnder interferometer (μIMZI), both induced in the same single-mode optical fiber. In order to increase refractive index (RI) sensitivity of the LPG, it has been nanocoated with aluminum oxide (Al2O3). Next, the μIMZI has been fabricated as a cylindrical cavity (d = 60 μm) in the center of the LPG. In transmission measurements for various RI in the cavity and around the LPG we have observed two effects coming from two independently working sensors. There was no significant impact on one or the other in terms of their functional properties. Such a combination of sensorial effects can be applied for cross-reference measurements of the two different parameters at the same time or for discrimination of influence of other parameters on the RI measurements.

  17. Simultaneous measurement of refractive index and temperature using multimode microfiber-based dual Mach-Zehnder interferometer.

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    Luo, Haipeng; Sun, Qizhen; Xu, Zhilin; Liu, Deming; Zhang, Lin

    2014-07-01

    A multimode microfiber (MMMF)-based dual Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) is proposed and demonstrated for simultaneous measurement of refractive index (RI) and temperature. By inserting a section of MMMF supporting a few modes in the sensing arm of the MZI setup, an inline interference between the fundamental mode and the high-order mode of MMMF, as well as the interference between the high-order mode of MMMF and the reference arm, i.e., the dual MZI, is realized. Due to different interference mechanisms, the former interferometer achieves RI sensitivity of 2576.584  nm/RIU and temperature sensitivity of -0.193  nm/°C, while the latter one achieves RI sensitivity of 1001.864  nm/RIU and temperature sensitivity of 0.239  nm/°C, demonstrating the ability to attain highly accurate multiparameter measurements.

  18. Ultrasensitive refractive index sensor based on a Mach-Zehnder interferometer created in twin-core fiber.

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    Li, Zhengyong; Liao, Changrui; Wang, Yiping; Dong, Xiaopeng; Liu, Shen; Yang, Kaiming; Wang, Qiao; Zhou, Jiangtao

    2014-09-01

    We proposed and experimentally demonstrated a twin-core fiber (TCF)-based Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) to develop an ultrasensitive refractive index (RI) sensor. This fiber MZI was constructed by splicing a short section of TCF between two sections of single mode fibers. A microchannel was drilled through one core of the TCF by means of femtosecond laser micromachining to create one arm of the proposed interferometer, and the other core worked as the second arm. Such a fiber interferometer exhibits an ultrahigh RI sensitivity of -10981  nm/RIU and a low temperature cross-sensitivity of 3.96×10(-6)  RIU/°C. Moreover, the ultra-compact device size and all-fiber configuration make it very suitable for highly sensitive RI sensing at precise location.

  19. Optical Microbubble Resonators with High Refractive Index Inner Coating for Bio-Sensing Applications: An Analytical Approach

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    Andrea Barucci

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The design of Whispering Gallery Mode Resonators (WGMRs used as an optical transducer for biosensing represents the first and crucial step towards the optimization of the final device performance in terms of sensitivity and Limit of Detection (LoD. Here, we propose an analytical method for the design of an optical microbubble resonator (OMBR-based biosensor. In order to enhance the OMBR sensing performance, we consider a polymeric layer of high refractive index as an inner coating for the OMBR. The effect of this layer and other optical/geometrical parameters on the mode field distribution, sensitivity and LoD of the OMBR is assessed and discussed, both for transverse electric (TE and transverse magnetic (TM polarization. The obtained results do provide physical insights for the development of OMBR-based biosensor.

  20. Direct measurement of the nonlinear refractive-index coefficient gamma at 355 nm in fused silica and in BK-10 glass

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    White, W. T., III; Smith, W. L.; Milam, D.

    1984-01-01

    The nonlinear refractive-index coefficient gamma has been measured interferometrically at 355 nm in fused silica and in BK-10, a borosilicate crown glass. These measurements are the first reported direct ultraviolet measurements of the nonlinear index of refraction in any transparent glass. The results are gamma = (2.5 + or - 1.2) x 10 to the -16th sq cm/W and gamma = (1.7 + or - 0.8) x 10 to the -16th sq cm/W, respectively, for fused silica and BK-10.