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Optical constants of Ca (Calcium)
Rodríguez-de Marcos et al. 2015: n,k 0.00123–0.316 µm

Wavelength: µm

Complex refractive index (n+ik)[ i ]

n   k   LogX   LogY   eV

Derived optical constants

Conditions & Spec sheet

n_is_absolute: true
wavelength_is_vacuum: true


Density: 1.55 g/cm3. Film deposited at room temperature.


L. Rodríguez-de Marcos, J. I. Larruquert, M. Vidal-Dasilva, J. A. Aznárez, S. García-Cortés, J. A. Méndez, L. Poletto, F. Frassetto, A. M. Malvezzi, D. Bajoni, A. Giglia, N. Mahne, S. Nannarone. Transmittance and optical constants of Ca films in the 4–1000 eV spectral range, Appl. Opt. 54, 1910-1917 (2015) (Numerical data kindly provided by Juan Larruquert)


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Calcium, Ca

Calcium (Ca) is an alkaline earth metal that is essential in various biological processes but also has various industrial applications. In its pure elemental form, it is a soft, silvery metal that reacts vigorously with water and oxidizes rapidly in air. While elemental calcium is not commonly used in optical applications, its compounds like calcium fluoride (CaF2) and calcium oxide (CaO) are of great interest in optics and photonics. Calcium fluoride is notable for its low refractive index variation with wavelength, making it a choice material for the production of optical components like lenses and windows, especially in the ultraviolet region. Calcium oxide, also known as lime, is used in the production of other materials like various types of glass and ceramics. The ability to dope calcium-containing materials with rare-earth or transition-metal ions makes them useful in laser applications as well. Overall, calcium and its compounds offer a range of desirable properties for optical, structural, and biological applications.

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