# Geometrical Optics & angle of minimum deviation in Prism

If refractive index, $$μ$$, is property of the material of the prism and not of the prism itself, then why do deviation the prism angle, α, and minimum deviation Dm, both of which are characteristic properties. of the prism, enter into the equation for the refractive index?All I want to know is, that is there any way by which I can proof that μ is independent of α & Dm through rigorous math?

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– Ed V
Commented Aug 25, 2023 at 15:46

If you agree to that then now imagine that you symmetrically and gradually increase the prism angle $$\alpha$$. For each angle the symmetry is maintained, thus, the deviation angle is still a minimum for that particular $$\alpha$$. But the deviation angle while still a minimum must also increase, otherwise the prism could not refract at all as $$\alpha \to \pi - \epsilon$$ for some arbitrarily small $$\epsilon>0$$.