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Optical constants of KCl (Potassium chloride)
Querry 1987: n,k 0.22–167 µm

Wavelength: µm

Complex refractive index (n+ik)[ i ]

n   k   LogX   LogY   eV

Derived optical constants


M. R. Querry. Optical constants of minerals and other materials from the millimeter to the ultraviolet, Contractor Report CRDEC-CR-88009 (1987)


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Potassium chloride, KCl

Potassium chloride (KCl) is a salt that finds use in various optical applications due to its wide spectral transmission range. Like its bromide counterpart, potassium chloride is hygroscopic, requiring cautious handling and storage conditions to preserve its optical qualities. It is commonly used as a prismatic or plane-parallel component in infrared spectroscopy, particularly because of its low cost and good transmission in the mid and far-infrared regions. Additionally, it serves as a substrate for specialized optical coatings. Due to its moisture sensitivity, it's less suitable for applications exposed to high humidity or varying environmental conditions. Nonetheless, KCl remains an important material in the toolkit of optical engineers and scientists.

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