does refractive index also depends upon the temperature of the medium?

Asked by Rishabh goswami | 14th Apr, 2013, 05:31: PM

Expert Answer:

As per definition, refractive index of a medium is the ratio of speed of light in vaccum to that of in that medium itself. Refractive index is always a relative quantity. It depends on the electrical primitivity, magnetic permeability, molecular polarizability. Besides these factors, it also depend upon size of molecules of the material , configuration or average distance between the successive atoms can be change with variation of temperature so in this way refractive index has a kind of indirect dependence on temperature.

Answered by  | 15th Apr, 2013, 12:02: PM

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