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Appl Opt. 2006 Nov 1;45(31):7993-8.

Measuring the refractive indices of liquids with a capillary tube interferometer.

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  • 1Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China.


A theoretical analysis of the fringe pattern produced by a capillary tube interferometer is presented, which is expected to be two-beam interference, and a computer program to simulate the interference fringe pattern is established. By comparing the simulated fringe pattern and the experimental fringe pattern, the refractive index of the liquid can be given when the two fringes coincide best. The results of this method are close to those of the Abbe refractometer.

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