Abstract

An algorithm based on use of a reflected refractometer to measure the real part of the refractive index (RI) for an absorbing liquid is presented. The absorption of liquid will blur the division between bright and dark regions on a Fresnel reflective curve. However, the reflective ratio at some incident angles that are less than the critical angle have little sensitivity to absorbability. Unlike common methods that extract RI from reflectivity in critical angle vicinity, the presented method acquires the real RI from reflective ratio at a subcritical angle. Supported by the theoretical analysis and experimental results on a reflected refractometer, we have achieved accuracy better than 3×104 RIU on ink samples with absorption coefficient around 300cm1. Additional tests on Alizarin yellow GG solutions prove that the subcritical algorithm is feasible and of high accuracy.

© 2015 Optical Society of America

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