Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch


  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_9874

\rē-frak-ta-mә-tәr\ n [ISV] (ca. 1859) An instrument used to measure the index of refraction of transparent materials, both solid and liquid. Refractive indices are often taken as a guide to the purity of raw materials, such as drying oils. The Abbé design is convenient and is used worldwide. See  Index of Refraction,  Differential Refractometer, and  Abbé Re-Fractometer.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA