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Why do roads appear wet on hot days? I do not understand [duplicate]

Why do roads appear wet on hot days? I don't understand the bending of light rays in relation to the density fluctuations. How are they related? Why do we see mirror images of cars on road in hot ...
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Why are speakers louder in a corner?

You can test this very easily using an iPhone's speaker pointed towards a wall. When the speaker is more than an inch or two away, it is normal volume. However, when the speaker is nearly touching the ...
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Specular or Diffuse Reflection - Overhead Projection

Question: What type of reflection is exhibited as light waves from an overhead projector reflect off a white projection screen and are scattered throughout a room? I said specular reflection, ...
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Phase shift in back-reflection generated at the mating point of two fibers

If you have light traveling from glass to air at normal incidence, e.g., in an optical fiber with the endface open, the Fresnel reflection coefficient would roughly be $R = |(1.5-1)/(1.5+1)|^2 = 0.04$ ...
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Why Can You Only See Direct Light In Water From a Lighthouse

Whilst observing a lighthouse, I noticed that I could only see the cone of light reflected in the water when the lighthouse light was directly pointed at me. At all other points, I could just about ...
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Estimating the effect of radiant barrier on the radiant and conductive heat transfer through a metal roof

The basic question is -- Will a radiant reflective coating be more effective applied to the upper surface or the lower surface of a metal? Case 1: Imagine a metal roof subject to solar heating. The ...
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Light-Matter Interaction and Object's Appearance

I am taking a course in Computer Graphics, and the teacher said we could put materials in there main categories: mirror like glossy or specular diffuse He suggested that the law of reflection is ...
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A mirror in the sky to look at past Earth

Earth reflects light from Sun into Space; are there any "mirror like" objects which reflect back to Earth this light? Has anyone been able to use this method to recover some information on how was the ...
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Can we multiply an electromagnetic field?

can we multiply light by a sequence of reflections in a closed vessel? also, is light a part of EM wave? can we multiply the radio wave or EM wave from a transformer?
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Microscopic understanding of Brewster angle

The textbook explanation is that, at Brewster's angle, the electric dipoles excited by the incident light can't reradiate to the reflection direction since it's aligned with the dipole moments. Is ...
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Does a reflection still transfer momentum to an mirror?

I have been recently wondering, if I take a powerful enough energy source (photon) and I have an perfect mirror exactly in front of it and assume an "emitter" shot the light towards the mirror. As ...
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QED Laser Reflection Mirror Expirment

Feynman in his famous lectures in NZ, talked about an experiment with a reflection of a light from a "back" mirror with stripes on it I tried to find a video of such an experiment, but with no ...
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does the positon of the virtual image change when I change position?

I placed a box in front of a plane mirror I looked at the image and smudged a bit of Vaseline on the mirror as a mark to indicate where I thought where the virtual image was. After that, I ...
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Increase contrast on the image taken by CCD camera

I project a pattern on a reflecting object and I capture the reflected pattern (reflected via the object) using a CCD camera. However, the reflected pattern has a very low contrast (due to volume ...
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Drawing Ray diagrams

When drawing ray diagrams for concave mirrors, I was advised to : draw a ray that is parallel to the principle axis, the reflected ray will pass through the focus Draw a ray through the center (C), ...
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Is it possible to 3D print a mirror to create a high quality telescope?

Is it possible to 3D print a mirror with todays available materials? If so, would there be a reduction in image quality?
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Reflection from multiple thin films: accounting for lost light due to small surface area

I have a problem similar to reflection of multiple thin films. I have light coming in from medium 1 and I want to find the total reflected intensity after being reflected inside 2 layers. However, I ...
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Double rainbows

In my garden, when I'm watering the plants I sometimes see a rainbow or two. How did two rainbows appear? Why can't I see three rainbows then, or how can I see three rainbows?
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Is there a substance that doesn't reflect OR absorb light from the visible light spectrum?

Is there a substance that doesn't reflect or absorb visible light but may reflect light from another spectrum? Is there a theoretical substance that would have these properties? EDIT: Sorry I wasn't ...
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How would an X-ray mirror work?

I was wondering if light can be reflected how can someone reflect X-ray of what material does it need to be made of and is its design completely different to that of our original mirrors? Does this ...
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What reflects/scatters sunlight most?

The difference between a white object and a mirror is mainly scattering versus reflection. If we neglect this difference and define the reflectivity by input energy minus transmitted energy minus ...
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Can light be trapped theoretically?

My question is a little silly I know, but I'm curious to know if a particle of light can be theoretically trapped between two reflective screens. For example once the particle of light has left it's ...
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Why are most accurate reflective surfaces not white?

Since white is our perception of reflection of light, why are mirrors and other metallic objects that are more grey or silvery capable more reflective than a white object? This is somewhat related: ...
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Total internal reflection and waveguides

I'm looking at a model of a planar dielectric waveguide along the lines of this picture: For the wave inside the $n_1$ dielectric slab to totally internally reflect $\theta_M$ needs to be smaller ...
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Anti-reflective coating effect on total internal reflection?

If the surface of prism is coated with an anti-reflective coating, (specifically an index matching, refractive index gradient, or moth-eye structure), and light impinges at a greater than critical ...
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The physics behind Google Glass' “prism”

In writing a bachelor's thesis about applicable use cases for Google Glass in retail I also strive to explain the physics behind Glass' optics. So far I've come to the following conclusions: Glass ...
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Compute impulse response of a cavity for sound waves

Given a (closed or not) surface and a point emitting a spherical sound wave, how can I calculate the wave amplitude in any point of space, considering reflections on this surface ? The idea is to ...
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Bragg diffraction and lattice planes

Crystalline substances show, for certain sharply defined wavelength and incident directions, very sharp peaks of scattered X-ray radiation. From the illustration below we see that we get constructive ...
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Does sign convention in geometric optics fail to explain the cases of image formation by virtual objects?

Here is an example of Cassegrain telescope: Parallel rays from a distant object get reflected by the concave mirror forming an image at its focus behind the convex mirror. This image acts as a virtual ...
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QM: why is reflection of a photon not a measurement?

Many experiments with entangled photons are sending them through different glass fiber cables (e.g. in opposite directions for spatial separation). The photons will inevitably be reflected many times ...
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Surfaces that refract, but do not reflect

I know there exists surfaces that only reflect light (mirrors), but are there surfaces that only refract light? If so, how does that happen?
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Image formation at surface of water

Consider a lake full of water which has an object immersed in it. Now, if an observer was at the surface at a sufficient distance so that the light ray from the object is internally reflected, should ...
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reflection at intersection of 2 mirrors

Consider 2 mirrors which intersect at an angle. If we draw a light ray intersecting the mirrors at their point of intersection, how will it reflect? What will be the normal at that point?
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Transmission of waves

How do you know if a wave will transmit when it hits a media boundary? Will a portion of the wave always be transmitted when a wave hits a media boundary? My textbook says part of the wave will be ...
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Differences between absorption, transparency, reflection, and emission

Can someone help me conceptualize the differences between a photon's involvement with absorption, transparency, reflection, and emission? To be more specific, my current understanding of the matter ...
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How can opaque black object occur?

I know the fact that a material appeared as black when all wavelength photons were absorbed. I also know that opaque object is the result of reflection and scattering of light wave. Is it right? ...
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Make air reflect light

Is there any way in which air can be made to reflect light? By making air denser or by any other way? The task is to project images in air...
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Why does silver have such a strong UV resonance compared to other metals?

Related: Why did high quality mirrors use aluminum coatings instead of silver? After reading Chris White’s and LDC3’s comments in the above related link, it got me wondering about silver’s atomic ...
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Why did high quality mirrors use aluminum coatings instead of silver?

I have two questions on mirrors. I’ve read that in the past quality mirrors were coated with silver but that today vacuum evaporated coatings of aluminum are the accepted standard. When I look at ...
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What's best shape for linear concentrated solar panel? [closed]

I found 3 shapes which are suitable for concentrated solar panel. 1. Semicircle - first thing that comes to ones mind. It's a simple shape, the position of the focal point is obvious. 2. Parabolic ...
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Electromagnetic wave in a medium with $\sigma \ne 0$ [closed]

I want to prove that the reflectancy of an Electromagnetic wave in a medium with $\sigma$ $\ne$ 0 is: \begin{align*} R_{\|}=R_{\perp}=\frac{(n-1)^2+k^2}{(n+1)^2+k^2} \end{align*} any advice, please? ...
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Reflection vs indices of refraction [closed]

A magician during a show makes a glass lens with refractive index 1.47 disappear in a trough of liquid. What is the refractive index of the liquid? Could anyone please demonstrate with a ray diagram?
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Reflection Probability for Different Potentials - Quantum Mechanics

My question is above. Firstly, I don't actually know whether it is true or not (!). Secondly, if I were to try to prove it, then I have very little idea how to. The potential steps that I have ...
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How does porous anti-reflection coating work?

We know ideally that if we stick a coating of thickness $d = \frac{\lambda}{4}$ with refractive index $n_{coat} = \sqrt{n_{air}n_{glass}} \approx 1.2$ there would be no reflected wave. But it's hard ...
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Reflections in a double-glazed window

Recently I observed reflections in a double-glazed window. I wondered that the double reflections were not the same if I changed my point of view. For example the two images of a candle would overlap ...
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Why do solar panels not have focusing mirrors?

Most of the solar panels that I have seen do not have any mirrors, etc., but usually solar cookers have mirrors. What is the reason for solar panels not having focusing mirrors?
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Sharpest camera shoot within a mirror [closed]

In order to take the sharpest camera shoot from the reflected object image in the mirror, the camera should be placed $x\,m$ farther from the reflected image object. How can I determine $x$ ?
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Wind bouncing off surfaces

What are the physics of wind (or any gas flow really) bouncing off surfaces? If a wind hits a wall directly (in a 90 degree angle) does any of it bounce back? Are there any similarities with, say, ...
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Given two surfaces, one that absorbs light and the other that reflects it, will there be a signficant temperature difference?

My likely wrong understanding of light is this: By some way the molecules are structured, a photon hits an atom or a structure, is absorbed, then re-emitted and it's that photon wavelength that I see ...