 n (Sellmeier equation)

 
The Sellmeier equation uses the KramersKronig relationship between optical absorption and refractive index to calculate the wavelengthdependant refractive index based on constants relating to key absorbances.
 
Fill in the Sellmeier coefficients for a given substance in the blue boxes, along with a wavelength of interest, and the refractive index will be given in the orange box. The sellmeier "B" coefficients are the oscillator strengths of transitions, and the "C" coefficients are the squares of the respective transition energies (as photon wavelengths). Thus, knowing the experimental or calculated absorption spectrum of a substance, it is possible to predict the refractive index.  