The tag has no usage guidance.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

15
votes
1answer
949 views

Why is everything not transparent? [duplicate]

There is a related question on this site here: Why glass is transparent? Which explains that glass is transparent because the atoms in glass have very large energy differences between energy levels ...
1
vote
0answers
37 views

Why do different color materal differ temperature in the same sunlight?

I have a blue, red, and green cup and put a thermometer in each. Of the 3 the blue cup had the coldest temperature inside, then green, then red. I understand there may be differences in the ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

Fresnel equations for perpendicular angle of entry [closed]

In many text books one finds for the fresnel coefficients for light perpendicular to the surface: $$r = \dfrac{n_1 - n_2}{n_1 + n_2}\quad\text{and} \quad t = \dfrac{2n_1}{n_1 + n_2}.$$ When I try to ...
2
votes
1answer
41 views

Number of photons through glass [closed]

I am getting mixed information on the total photon count involved with light transmission through glass. I'm not looking for percentages and I don't have equipment to count photons. For simplicity ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

On which factors does reflectance depend?

For my college physics project I'm planning to measure the change in reflectance of an object with respect to a factor (temperature, current going through, etc., not angle of incident, wavelength, ...
1
vote
0answers
32 views

Standing Waves in a String of two Linear Densities

Given a string with sections of two linear densities like this: Does the point where the two linear densities meet have to be a node if a standing wave is produced? Are there alternatives? Could I ...
1
vote
0answers
27 views

How do Hertzian dipoles relate to reflection of EM waves?

We recently performed an experiment where the intensity of microwave radiation reflected off different materials was measured. A comment in the script noted that the mechanism by which reflection of ...
1
vote
0answers
69 views

Please explain this optical phenomenon, as seen from the top of the cup [closed]

So here is a cup, and i poured some water in it. The question is why do i see those multiple reflections? What causes these images?
2
votes
2answers
50 views

Can decoherence occur just by simple reflection?

I create an entangled photon pair. One photon is sent inside a resonant cavity which reflects the photon many number of times. Will there be decoherence between photon in the resonant cavity and its ...
2
votes
2answers
110 views

Why is this laser beam being scattered(and not)?

I was shining a laser beam through a liquid filled test tube(an ester particularly),and I found this phenomenon rather intriguing.Have a look. Now when I passed the laser straight through the ...
5
votes
2answers
210 views

How does light change directions? [duplicate]

To the best of my knowledge, light will always travel at the speed of light. How then does it get reflected and change directions? Wouldn't it have to decelerate, come to a stop, and then accelerate ...
2
votes
0answers
33 views

Why is the moon white? [duplicate]

Why is the Moon white? What is it's geological composition and how does that relate to it's apparent "color"?
120
votes
2answers
9k views

Why does a mirror split my laser beam?

Last night my daughter was asking why a mirror "always does that" (referring to reflecting a spot of light). To help her figure it out, I grabbed my green laser pointer so she could see the light ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

How does the deflection of force on a tire work?

So, considering the example of a car that is turning, is all the force lost that's not along the axis of rotation of a tire, or is there some way to calculate how much of that force gets deflected ...
1
vote
1answer
55 views

Deep confusion with conventions and signs in geometric optics

This is an equation given in my book. The question is why have they used a negative sign on the LHS? Now, if you try to derive the mirror equation with simple geometry, you get 1/v +1/u =1/f . ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

What happens to light when an optical cavity path length doubles instantaneously?

Let's say we have light contained in a cavity (of initial length $L$) and then instantaneously remove the second mirror, thus removing the barrier between the first and a third mirror which is some ...
3
votes
2answers
55 views

Is it possible to save the light?

I am just thinking why can't we save the light (not a bulb). Lights normally get reflect by mirror, when source is off reflection is gone or absorbed or discharged by other object in room. Can't we ...
0
votes
1answer
40 views

Blue hues in Aluminum mirror

[][] When depositing Aluminium sometimes I end up with a bluish hue to my film especially when changing angle of view. I use a very high rate of deposition and low temperature. What would cause this?
1
vote
1answer
49 views

Reflective angles from a CD [closed]

How do I estimate the diffraction angles of laser light which illuminates a CD? Does the storage capacity have an impact? Theories I have considered are: refraction diffraction $\sin(\theta)=\frac ...
1
vote
0answers
42 views

What happened to the perfect mirror?

Back in 1998 an article was published in Science by JPL's Jon Dowling claiming a method for making a perfect dielectric mirror: "Mirror on the Wall: You're Omnidirectional After All?" Jonathan P. ...
0
votes
2answers
76 views

Shape of a mirror that focuses non-parallel light

If I am not mistaken, a parabola is the shape that a mirror has to be to focus ideal, parallel light rays to a single point. Real light sources are usually not actually parallel though, but are more ...
1
vote
0answers
98 views

Light absorption, reflection and transmission [closed]

I was bothered by some explanations in the internet about light. Can someone correct me or answer my questions regarding on how electrons react when hit by a photon in different situations: ...
1
vote
1answer
59 views

Concentrating the Sun with mirrors facing each other

What will happen if the sun is concentrated by directing sunlight to mirrors that are facing each other? i know that mirrors absorb light and dont reflect 100% but will the efficiency increase due to ...
1
vote
3answers
117 views

Where do the energy and momentum come from when light is perfectly reflected on a surface?

If you send a light beam to a surface which reflects the light perfectly I would say that on the surface is put a force of the light so the surface moves backwards. But where does that energy comes ...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

Why is sound reflected and not transmitted through a wall?

We know that speed of sound is higher in a denser medium. So when a sound wave strikes a wall, why does it echo instead of passing through it with a speed faster than the speed of sound in air?
0
votes
1answer
39 views

Polka dot beamsplitter. Is it good for gaussian beams

I am doing pump probe and I am looking for beam-splitter which will not affect beam polarization too much, as I intend to measure polarization dependencies. I have heard of polka-dot beam-splitters ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

Can electrons within a positive ion absorb and reflect light?

I understand that in a crystalline metallic structure, such as one making up a bar of gold, there are one, or more, valance electrons of each atom that have left their outer shell (became free ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

How to solve this problem : A glass sphere of radius 1 m and refractive index 1.5 is silvered…? [closed]

Problem: A glass sphere of radius 1 m and refractive index 1.5 is silvered at its back. A point object is kept at a distance of 1 m from the front face, as shown in the figure. Find the position of ...
9
votes
2answers
95 views

Why is reflected light polarised?

Why is reflected light polarised? I have learnt about Brewster's angle, and how at a particular angle all light reflected is polarised, but do not understand why. Is this something that could be ...
2
votes
1answer
49 views

Sound insulation, absorption and diffusion. Can they be part of the same process? [closed]

I understand that insulation, absorption and diffusion in acoustics are different concepts. Notwithstanding, would it be correct to assume they may be part of the same process when all are used to ...
1
vote
0answers
46 views

Polarisation effect due to reflection [closed]

By Malus' law we know that when an unpolarised light falls on a thin glass sheet, the light that gets reflected is polarised light as only the s-component (only 15%) is present with very low intensity ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

Will I see the light?

There is a perfectly smooth wall. We have a slit parallel to it. Through that a laser beam passes. As the slit is parallel to wall the laser beam will hit it normally. So now if I see obliquely I ...
1
vote
0answers
22 views

Why a wave, travelling in a lighter medium, inverts upon reflection from an interface of a denser medium? [duplicate]

As exactly the title says: Why a wave, traveling in a lighter medium, inverts upon reflection from an interface of a denser medium ? What are the things that go on at the interface ?
0
votes
1answer
272 views

How to calculate a straight edge diffraction pattern

A straight edge diffraction pattern is not the same as a slit or multiple slit diffraction pattern. The spacing between fringes is not equal but gradually gets smaller the farther out you go as in the ...
2
votes
2answers
64 views

Total internal reflection in a simple pane of glass - why can we see through?

Consider looking through a glass window pane at high angles of incidence. At the front face of the pane, there is no total internal reflection since the light is traversing an air to glass interface. ...
1
vote
1answer
107 views

Can sound reflect from itself?

If it is possible, what kind of conditions would be necessary? The case with electromagnetic waves could also be interesting, but I don't think that is possible.
0
votes
2answers
60 views

Same amount of light, spread across larger surface area = more reflection?

I've noticed an odd phenomenon with an adjustable-focus LED flashlight that I've bought. If I shine it at the ceiling of my room at the widest possible angle, the walls get noticeably brighter than ...
0
votes
0answers
38 views

Remote sensing reflectance

I am not getting something simple for reflectance for a lambertian surface when dealing with remote sensing applications. I am trying to derive the equation from http://landsathandbook.gsfc.nasa.gov/...
0
votes
0answers
84 views

Derivation of the formula related to number of images?

I have read in my book that if two mirrors are inclined at an angle $\theta$, if 360/$\theta$ is even , the number of images is given by (360/$\theta$) -1 What is the derivation of this formula? I ...
0
votes
2answers
87 views

Can light be rotated using lenses or prisms?

I was wondering if it was possible, by using only lenses, mirrors, or prisms, to rotate a ray of light coming from a certain direction. For example, if I have two lasers beams side by side, is it ...
1
vote
0answers
31 views

Light reflecting off a sphere

Suppose light of momentum $-P\hat{\textbf{k}}$ is shone on a sphere. What is the momentum transferred onto the sphere? I think the transferred momentum upon reflection is given by $(2P\hat{\textbf{k}...
1
vote
0answers
53 views

Pair of Mirrors Facing Each Other [duplicate]

If you have two mirrors facing each other and you introduce a light source into the reflections and you take the light source away, would it immediately go away for all reflections in the "tunnel" of ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

Reflection of light on semi-infinite solid

The following statement is often made concerning reflection on glass: "When light is normally incident on a glass surface, about 4% gets reflected and the rest is transmitted. The reflected wave is ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

Why is a rainbow in the sky always an arch? [duplicate]

It's been raining a lot lately in the bay area of California (thankfully! keep it coming rain gods!) which puts me and my dad in a contemplative mood. The rain has given us something to contemplate: ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

Is white a single color? [duplicate]

We have seen the Newton disc, when it is rotated it produces white color. So I want to know whether white exists as a single color or is that a combination of multiple colors?
1
vote
0answers
77 views

Which Method for finding velocity of an object in the mirror is correct? [closed]

My Professor asked a question, "A person is seen jogging in a rear view mirror of focal length $1$m. He is at a distance $39$m from the mirror. His jogging speed is given to be $5 \frac{m}{s}$. ...
1
vote
0answers
35 views

What are both way dielectric polarized mirror

I'm looking for a material that would reflect lights on one side but would allow with as little as possible filtering luminous light coming from behind. Normal both way mirror seems to filter too ...
0
votes
1answer
76 views

What will happen in this LASER setup?

If I have 3 rectangular mirrors, say of dimensions length of 1 meter and width of 0.5 meter and I arrange them in the form of an equilateral triangle, which is of side 0.5 meter.(The mirrors are ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

The property of transparent lens [closed]

My question is this : what is the property of transparent material that is used for lens?. I think that it allows the light to pass through ( absorption property) and does not bend the light ( ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

Why does vertical polarizer absorb the vertically polarized waves?

They explain that vertical wires serve as the secondary transmitter: the waves induce since oscillations of electrons in the wire effectively absorbing the wave. Ok, let's believe that wave is ...