Refractive index database

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Optical constants of Pt (Platinum)
Rakić et al. 1998: Lorentz-Drude model; n,k 0.248–12.4 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 Lorentz-Drude (LD) 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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Platinum, Pt

Platinum (Pt) is a dense, malleable, and highly unreactive metal with a characteristic silvery-white appearance. It is one of the least reactive metals, showing significant resistance to corrosion, even at high temperatures. This makes it particularly valuable in industrial applications. Optically, platinum mirrors can be used in specialized optical instruments due to their durability and resistance to oxidation. Additionally, because of its inertness and ability to withstand high temperatures, platinum is commonly used as a substrate or material for thin-film deposition in various optical and electronic applications. In the broader industry, it's heavily used in catalytic converters for automobiles, in laboratory equipment, and in making jewelry due to its attractive appearance and resistance to tarnish.

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