Optical constants of CO2 (Carbon dioxide)
Old et al. 1971: n 0.480–1.82 µm
Complex refractive index (n+ik)
n k LogX LogY eV
Derived optical constants
Conditions & Spec sheet
n_is_absolute: true wavelength_is_vacuum: true temperature: 0 °C pressure: 101325 Pa
Standard conditions: 0 °C, 760 torr (101.325 kPa).
J. G. Old, K. L. Gentili, and E. R. Peck. Dispersion of Carbon Dioxide, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 61, 89-90 (1971)
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