Optical Constants of Water in the 200-nm to 200-microm Wavelength Region

Appl Opt. 1973 Mar 1;12(3):555-63. doi: 10.1364/AO.12.000555.


Extinction coefficients k(lambda) for water at 25 degrees C were determined through a broad spectral region by manually smoothing a point by point graph of k(lambda) vs wavelength lambda that was plotted for data obtained from a review of the scientific literature on the optical constants of water. Absorption bands representing k(lambda) were postulated where data were not available in the vacuum uv and soft x-ray regions. A subtractive Kramers-Kronig analysis of the combined postulated and smoothed portions of the k(lambda) spectrum provided the index of refraction n(lambda) for the spectral region 200 nm </= lambda </= 200 microm.