1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Relation between refractive index and model equation

  1. Aug 25, 2013 #1
    Fact: The refractive index depends on the medium.
    Also, in general, to study the pulse propagation in a medium, there is a governing model equation (e.g. Non linear Schrodinger equation).

    My question is: Will there be any relation between the model equation and the refractive index? Why?

    Thanks and Regards,
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 26, 2013 #2

    Simon Bridge

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    What does refractive index tell you? i.e. what is it?
    Can you extract that same information from the pulse-propagation study using the governing model equation?
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook