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Optical constants of SF10

Wavelength: µm

Complex refractive index (n+ik)[ i ]

n   k   LogX   LogY   eV

Derived optical constants

Dispersion formula


Conditions & Spec sheet

n_is_absolute: false
wavelength_is_vacuum: false
temperature: 20.0 °C
  - type: "Schott formula"
    coefficients: -3.45505e-07 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
nd: 1.72825
Vd: 28.32
glass_code: 728283
density: 3.07 g/cm3
  - temperature_range: -30 70 °C
    coefficient: 9e-06 K-1
  - temperature_range: 20 300 °C
    coefficient: 1.09e-05 K-1
dPgF: 0.0085
climatic_resistance: 1.0
stain_resistance: 1.0
acid_resistance: 1.0


General glass Type


HOYA Zemax catalog 2017-04-01 (obtained from


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HOYA Corporation

HOYA Corporation is a global technology company based in Japan, known for its diverse range of products in the fields of healthcare and optics. In the optical industry, HOYA is particularly recognized for its high-quality optical glass and lens technologies. The company produces a wide array of optical products, from eyeglass lenses with advanced coatings to specialized glass materials used in cameras, telescopes, and other precision optical instruments. HOYA's expertise extends to various types of optical glass, including low-dispersion and high-refractive-index materials, which find applications in situations requiring exceptional optical clarity and performance. Beyond its contributions to optics, HOYA has also ventured into medical technologies, making it a multi-faceted company with a broad impact. With a commitment to innovation and quality, HOYA has earned a reputation as a leader in its field, consistently delivering products that set industry standards for performance and reliability. Their expansive portfolio and technological prowess make them a go-to provider for both consumer and industrial optical solutions.

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SF10 optical glass

SF10 is a specialized type of optical glass known for its high refractive index and relatively high dispersion, as indicated by its low Abbe number. This combination of properties allows for significant bending and focusing of light, making it particularly useful in applications requiring compact optical assemblies. However, the high dispersion means that SF10 has a tendency to separate different wavelengths of light more than other glasses, potentially leading to chromatic aberration. To mitigate this, optical designers often pair SF10 with low-dispersion materials in complex lens systems, striving for optimal chromatic correction. SF10 is commonly used in high-quality photographic lenses, telescopic systems, and other high-performance optical applications where its unique attributes can be leveraged to enhance image quality. Though more costly than more commonly used optical glasses like BK7, SF10's particular optical characteristics make it an essential choice for demanding optical systems requiring exceptional performance.

SF10 and similar glasses produced by different makers

Maker Glass
Schott N-SF10
Hikari E-SF10
Sumita K-SFLD10


Glass is a versatile, amorphous material that has been an essential component in optical technologies for centuries. Comprising mainly of silica along with various additives like soda, lime, or boron, glass can be engineered to exhibit a wide range of optical properties, such as refractive indices and dispersion characteristics. In the optical industry, specialized types of glass like crown, flint, and extra-low dispersion (ED) glasses are used for manufacturing lenses, prisms, and other optical elements. These glasses are precisely formulated to offer specific properties, such as low chromatic aberration or high light transmittance across different spectral ranges. Glass can also be coated with thin layers of materials like anti-reflective coatings to enhance its optical performance. More recently, advances in photonics and nanotechnology have led to the development of innovative glass types, such as photonic crystal and metamaterial glasses, which exhibit unique light-manipulating properties. It is crucial to note that the optical properties of glass, including its refractive index, can vary depending on its composition and temperature, making it important to consult specific data for particular applications. Overall, glass remains a foundational material in optics, its wide applicability owed to its tunable properties and general robustness.

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