The temperature dependence of the refractive indices of 4H-SiC, GaN, and AlN were investigated in a wavelength range from the near band edge (392 nm for SiC, 367 nm for GaN, and 217 nm for AlN) to infrared (1700 nm) and a temperature range from room temperature to 512°C. Optical interference measurements with vertical incident configuration were employed to precisely evaluate ordinary refractive indices. In visible region, the thermo-optic coefficient of GaN has the largest value in these materials. Optical simulation of GaN-based tunable band-pass filter with AlGaN/GaN distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) was also carried out by using the obtained thermo-optic coefficients. It revealed that 9 nm red-shift can be obtained from room temperature to 500°C.© (2011) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.