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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi

When we have a complex index of refraction, the real part determines the phase-change of the incoming wave and the complex part attenuates the wave. When we e.g. want to find the phase velocity using v = c/n, when should we use the real part of

Best,

Niles.

When we have a complex index of refraction, the real part determines the phase-change of the incoming wave and the complex part attenuates the wave. When we e.g. want to find the phase velocity using v = c/n, when should we use the real part of

*n*or the modulus of*n*?Best,

Niles.