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Optical constants of Cu (Copper)
Rakić et al. 1998: Brendel-Bormann model; n,k 0.207–12.4 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


Fit of experimental data from several sources to Brendel-Bormann (BB) model


A. D. Rakić, A. B. Djurišic, J. M. Elazar, and M. L. Majewski. Optical properties of metallic films for vertical-cavity optoelectronic devices, Appl. Opt. 37, 5271-5283 (1998)
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Copper, Cu

Copper (Cu) is a highly versatile transition metal with excellent electrical and thermal conductivity. While its primary applications span electrical wiring, plumbing, and various industrial machinery, it also finds specialized uses in optics. Notably, polished, bare copper is often the material of choice for high-power infrared mirrors, including those used in CO2 lasers, due to its high reflectivity in the infrared spectrum and exceptional thermal resilience. The metal's malleability and corrosion resistance further allow it to be shaped into intricate forms, making it invaluable across a range of industries. Whether in general construction or specific niches like high-power optical components, copper's multifaceted properties make it a material of critical importance.

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