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refractive index, n  important material parameter; unitless; defined as a ratio of speed of light in free space over speed of light in the medium; describes optical characteristics of a medium (e.g. of a given solid); e.g. for Si n=3.42, GaAs n=3.3 and SiO2 n=1.46.
dispersive medium  medium(material)refractive index of which depends on the wavelength of incident light; semiconductor materials are dispersive.
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