Published in 87th Optical Society of America Annual Meeting Proceedings: Tucson, AZ, October 1, 2003.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Glen Gillen was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The output signal of a modified Michelson interferometer with a flat-parallel sample, whose normal is oriented at an arbitrary angle with respect to the laser path, placed in one arm is analyzed. The interferometric pattern as a function of angle is calculated, and used to determine the absolute refractive index.