# Homework Help: Gaussian Beam Width and Refractive Index

1. Sep 30, 2012

### johnroberts

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
I know that in free space, the width of a Gaussian beam can be written as $W=W_0\sqrt{1+(\frac{z}{z_0})^{2}}$. However, I was wondering if it was possible to express this width as a function of refractive index instead (since I don't believe a Gaussian beam originating in say, glass, will diverge in the same manner as one in air). Anyone have any ideas?

2. Relevant equations
$W=W_0\sqrt{1+(\frac{z}{z_0})^{2}}$