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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 ...
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Why do we see the sun's light color different from the moon's light color?

Why do we see the color of the sun's light as red or orange, while we see the moon's light as white, although it's reflected from the sun?
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Evaluating angle of refraction [closed]

Can someone show me how to evaluate the angle of refraction for white light where the angle of incidence is 30 degrees if medium A is air and medium B is water. The answer is 22 degrees. I don't know ...
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Is a Perfect/Lossless Mirror possible?

In traditional mirrors, some of the input light is absorbed by atoms in the mirrors surface and are 'lost' as heat, degrading the quality of the reflected image. Could this loss be compensated by an ...
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size of an image formed by a concave mirror

a short linear object of length b lies along the axis of a concave mirror of focal length f at a distance u from the mirror.what is the size of the image? what i have done so far: since the ...
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Would the inside of a black hole be like a giant mirror?

As any light reflected or emitted from objects inside a black hole (if it is possible to be there) does not leave the event horizon and comes back inside, would it be like seeing yourself? What I ...
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Converging mirrors and the transition between inverted and non-inverted images

I was talking with a friend recently about concave mirrors, which frequently invert the reflected image - I think we were playing with a spoon. I raised the question, if you had a mirror whose shape ...
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Light absorbs and Color [closed]

I'm curious about how the material absorb the light and reflect the light back as colors in a sense of Quantum Mechanics (Quantum Electro Dynamics) Does Hadron related to the absorbs of photon ? or ...
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Anodized aluminium reflectivity at 10.6 um

I wonder how I can model anodized aluminium reflectivity in ray tracing-based optical simulation. I know that the parts my company is using are anodized to get covered with a ~20 um (as specified) ...
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a weird image of sun

Have you ever notice the sunset's image in the sea? It's like long light path to the end of the horizon! I've attached a sample of this: How can we explain this? I know that it can happen even in ...
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Beamsplitter and Dielectric Mirror

Among two optical components. One is a Nd:YAG Laser 50/50 Beamsplitter and the second one is a Dielectric Mirror see pictures. Both of them almost looks like the same. If the specification is not ...
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Layer thickness measurement

I am interested to measure the thickness of the coating on a mirror (e.g. in the picture below). What are the available and best way of measuring it? What will be the solution in case of multiple ...
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What is the effect of total internal reflection on polarized light [closed]

Total Internal Reflection causes phase change of a light beam. I searched for effect on a polarized light beam by Total Internal Reflection but could not find much. I am assuming polarization does not ...
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About photons and mirrors

If a photon hits a 'perfect' mirror (with no environment interference) would the mirror move a bit?
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Difference between the increase in optical path due to refraction and that due to reflection

If we place two glass plates of refractive index n and each having thickness t,on the way of a light ray the increase in optical path becomes (S2P-S1P)=2(n-1)t due to refraction through them,and the ...
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How is the image in a mirror created? Are there infinitely many light rays?

How is the image in a mirror created? Are there infinitely many light rays? My motivation for the question is from image processing. We work with images as discrete 2D functions, as matrices. Spatial ...
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Would you see a rainbow from refraction when the sun is in front of you?

I know how rainbows are formed, and why. Usually it is said that the Sun must be behind the observer, in order for its light to be totally reflected inside the droplet and then reach the observer. ...
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Transmissivity of Liquid Crystals in the near-infrared range

The gist of my query is in the title. I have been searching for papers and studies that could provide transmission curves (in nematic liquid crystals) across the visible to near-IR range (or from ...
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How to demonstrate total internal reflection?

How can we demonstrate total internal reflection practically to explain it clearly?
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Aluminum foil to reflect sunlight from behind a textured glass [closed]

I'd like to keep room(facing east) cool during mornings. The room covered with textured glass on the east. By how much can I reduce heating by sticking the aluminum foil on the inside behind the ...
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We need to find unit vector along the reflected ray [closed]

A ray of light on a plane mirror comes along a vector $i+j-k$ The normal on incidence point is along $i+j$ we need to find unit vector along the reflected ray. I am not able to solve and draw the ...