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Optical References

Calculators & Interactive Graphs

Ellipsometry Calculator
Calculates necessary thickness of layer to create a waveguide.

ARROW Waveguide Layer Thickness Calculator
Calculates necessary thickness of layer to create a waveguide.

Anti-Reflection Coating Thickness Calculator
Uses Interactive calculator and graph to find the optimal AR Parameters.

Diffraction Grating Calculator
Input wavelength of incident light, grating spacing, angle of incident light, and the distance from the grating to the screen, then the calculator will output the various modes where constructive interference will cause a light band to appear.

Power Reflection Calculator
Calculator and Graph showing Percentage of power reflected given certain parameters.

Fiber Parameter Calculator
Calculates essential fiber parameters such as: Numerical Aperature, V-number, Mode Field Diameter and more.Includes chart depicting gaussian power distribution inside the core of the fiber.

Grating Calculator
Calculates the necessary grating period to get a predetermined wavelength reflected back.

Lloyd Angle Calculator
Calculates angle of Lloyd mirror setup for specified FBG periods.

Thin Lens Equations & Calculators
Calculates lens focal length given different materials and geometries.

Look up Tables

Complex Index of Refraction Look-up Utility
Returns the effective index of a certain material at a specified wavelength.

Tabulated Optical Constants
Lists and graphs the effective index and extinction coefficient of a materials on a range of wavelengths


Color Chart
Determines the visible color for silicion dioxide and nitride films given the film thickness and viewing angle.

Frequency to Wavelength Conversion Chart
Nomograph shows relation between frequency and wavelength.

General Information

ABCD Matrices Tutorial
Tutorial on ABCD matrix analysis (also known as Ray transfer matrix analysis).

Describes holographic process for developing FBGs.

Optical Fiber Information
Includes images and information on optical fiber and connectors

Fiber Optic Standards
Includes PDF files of several fiber optic standards

Thin Lens Tutorial
Tutorial on Lens where thickness is negligible compared to its focal length

For more information please visit the BYU Photonics Home-Page.