Abstract

By using the Fraunhofer diffraction on a fine slit and the statistic models of the least-squares error plus the normal error distribution, the refractive indices and the angles of prisms can be determined simultaneously with a simple experimental setup. The accuracy is of the order of 10−4 for refractive indices and of the order of minutes for angles. The computer algorithms to apply the statistical models are explained.

© 1974 Optical Society of America

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