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Why light rays gets scattered when it enters a translucent window pane?

Consider the light source is the light post, outside the window of my house (Pic 1). When the rays from the light post enters through the window pane which is translucent gets scattered and forms a ...
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Infinite total internal reflection

Suppose that I have a block of some transparent material, glass, for instance, with a certain index of refraction. Suppose that the transparent material is placed in air or in any other transparent ...
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Why can't you flip a mirror upside down? [duplicate]

I want to know this out of curiosity
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Is a focal point anywhere within a plane mirror?

I know that an image on a plane mirror is always upright and the same size, but is there any focal point? Could there actually be no focal point because of that?
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Loaded Quality Factor

I came up with an expression for the reflected power of a resonator: $$\left| \Gamma \right|^2 = 1 - \frac{1-\left(\frac{\kappa - 1}{\kappa + 1}\right)^2}{1 + 4 \left( \frac{Q_U}{(\kappa + 1)} \frac{\...
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Is reflection actually due to very low critical angle?

When we take an example of a plane mirror, does the reflection occur because the critical angle for the silvered surface is very small? Are all the good reflectors good at reflecting because their ...
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Why does the mirror pick up the image of the TV when the TV is not facing the mirror?

Here is a picture of the problem: Why is the mirror reflecting the TV screen when the TV screen is not facing the mirror?
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Why does light reflect?

Can anyone please explain why light reflects at the boundary between two regions with different impedances? This sounds very simple but I got confused when I tried to think of how light and atoms ...
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Thermal Imaging reflection?

I was viewing a youtube video that was about thermal imaging and saw something that caused me to ponder but I couldn't figure out an answer and the one assumption I have I don't know if it's correct. ...
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Doppler shift from a transversely moving plane mirror

Below is the diagram of the question I have on the Doppler shift of a light emitted from a stationary light source $S$ at an angle $\theta_1$ toward a transversely moving plane mirror $O$ having ...
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Reflection during refraction

I have observed in a book that a light ray reflects during refraction, which is a partial reflection, but when does that occur? Is it related to the propagation of light from a greater to lesser ...
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Refraction, diffraction or reflection of human voice

Why is possible to hear in an open space someone's voice even if he's not facing me? Is it because of refraction, diffraction or reflection of the sound wave?
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x-ray diffraction of crystals

In explaining x-ray diffraction of crystals, usually the approach is to consider the atoms absorb radiation and scatter it, at some angles constructive interference occur and bright spots can be ...
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Effect of the refractive index of a transparent layer coating a particle?

I am modelling a cell as a particle coated by a layer of a material whose refraction index might change. This layer is to resemble the membrane. The purpose of the model is to simulate what happens ...
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Reflection of EM waves

In reflection of e m waves at the boundary, to show the reflected magnetic fields we put negative sign in the unit vector, example, if the B is along z direction we put (-k) in he reflected wave, ...
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Why are gold mirrors yellow?

Why are golden mirrors yellow? Do they add a yellow component to the spectrum or absorb non-yellow components? If they absorb, then why are they used in telescopes being imperfect? If they add a ...
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What range of light wavelengths can a typical mirror reflect?

A typical mirror is capable of reflecting the full spectrum of visible light. Can it also reflect other wavelengths both longer and shorter? What is the range?
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Why is rainbow always circular?

From the article that I read on physics classroom website on rainbow, rainbow is formed with red on the top and violet on the bottom because violet refracts more, and has a smaller angle of deviation ...
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What are the properties of center of curvature of a parabolic mirror?

What is so special about the center of curvature of a parabola (since a parabola can't actually have a center) ? I mean, it must be something unique for it to be defined. Why is it twice the focal ...
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Polarized light from any suface?

From a textbook I read something like this: "When sunlight is reflected from a horizontal surface, the plane of incidence is vertical, and the reflected light contains a preponderance of light that is ...
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Does light accelerate when it meets a surface? [duplicate]

Does light accelerate when it meets a surface like mirror, we know that light changes path when it meets a surface like mirror.If light changes path,even if travelling at c,this means light has ...
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Reflection of an Electron

When a mechanical wave goes from one material to an other, some fraction of it returns back. Same thing with light (massless), but what happens with an electron? When the "wave function" changes ...
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Question about intensity of EM waves

For electromagnetic wave if it's reflected from a perfect conductor standing wave can be form. I wonder why Poynting vector can be used to describe the intensity of standing EM wave. (see p.19 of http:...
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Inside a spherical mirror

imagine standing inside a sphere composed entirely of mirror surface; what does this look like? inside is lit by an invisible light source if each point encounters a reflection of itself, what is ...
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What's the need of a polished surface in a plane mirror?

In a plane mirror, my textbook tells me that in a plane mirror one surface is polished and the other is silvered. If light gets reflected from the silvered surface, why does the polished surface have ...
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Can QED explain this or do I have revert to the classical model of light?

I want to know can QED can explain this image,like why there are someplaces with low light (shadows) like behind the chair, and why there are some places that are bright(rest of the floor). I know ...
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Why doesn't the sun reflect off Earth's oceans from space like a billiard ball?

According to Phil Plait, Earth is proportionally smoother than a billiard ball (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2008/09/08/ten-things-you-dont-know-about-the-earth). The water surface ...
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Why is the surface of the Moon white?

Why is the surface of the Moon white? Rather, what makes the surface white?
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How is it that light is reflected in this way in these photos?

I took 2 photos, in one there's a shutter and in the other there's the light that is reflected from the shutter to the ceiling. As you know and as you see from the first image, the shutter has ...
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Why is ice more reflective than liquid water?

Why is ice more reflective (has higher albedo) than liquid water? They're both the same substance (water). Is something quantum mechanical involved?
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What is Retracing in context of this Question?

My textbook Question is Two Mirrors are inclined at an acute angle theta.Light ray is incident parallel to one of the mirrors. Light will start retracing its path after third reflection if angle ...
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Why does roughened silver look gray while paper white?

Looking at reflectance spectrum of silver, given e.g. here, we can say that more than about $95\%$ of light is reflected by silver. Similarly for white notebook paper, the spectrum is given here, and ...
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Do parallel rays reflecting at a mirror not intersect at one point? [closed]

Let's take a concave mirror with $CP$ as its principal axis. Let's assume that a parallel ray $p$ to $CP$ reflects at $A$ to pass through the focal point $F$. Then, $\angle CAF=\angle ACF$, which ...
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Conserved quantity corresponding to reflection symmetry

I know about Noether's theorem, but I don't actually know how to use it myself. Suppose our universe were symmetric with respect to reflections about planes. What conserved quantity would then exist ...
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How to achieve transmission only at normal incidence?

Is there any material that only transmits normally incident radiation and reflects it when it's incident at any other angle? Or any way to achieve such an effect? For example, a mirror that if you ...
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Does radiation force depend on group velocity or on phase velocity?

What is the radiation force $F$ due to a beam of photons of power $P$ undergoing perfect reflection? Is it $$a) F = 2 P / c$$ or $$b) F = 2 P / v_g$$ where $v_g$ is the group velocity ? Note that ...
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Geometry confusion with incident E field

My geometry is very rusty and I'm having trouble understanding why for the incident E field the X component is multiplied by cos and the -Z component is multiplied by sin instead of the other way ...
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3D glasses and reflection/polarisation [duplicate]

Hi all, Tonight I'm going to see a 3D film so I thought I'd check whether I had any old 3D glasses around the house. Found a pair of "RealD" glasses. Anyhow, I assume that the glasses use some kind ...
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Why mirrors form image and others don't?

In the case of mirror, I understand how a image is formed, If I replace plane mirror by wood or some other opaque material in the above image and position of object(bottle) and eye remain the same , ...
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reflection of light and the uncertainty principle

I've heard that light reflects the same angle that it falls and so if we know the position of photon (the spot where it hits the surface) and the direction of where it shall go - that's violation of ...
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What about a surface determines its color?

Light falls on a surface. Some wavelengths get absorbed. The other are reflected. The reflected ones are the colors that we perceive to be of the surface. What is the property that determines, what ...
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About the property of the mirror [duplicate]

It is actually said that left appears to be right and right appears to be left in a mirror. But when I stood in front of the mirror and raised my right hand, then according to this property my mirror ...
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statistical property of light reflected from a coarse mirror

This is a problem comes up in my study in correlation reflectometry. I'm wondering if there is a straight-forward way to interpret the phase and amplitude of the reflected light from a perturbed ...
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combination of mirror and lens [closed]

a convex lens forms a real image of a point object at a distance of 50 cm from convex lens. a concave lens is placed 10 cm behind convex lens on image side. on placing a plane mirror on the image side ...
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Optical path difference

I have question about calculating optical path difference. $$\Delta L = \mathrm{(BC+CD)}\cdot n_2 - \textrm{BF}\cdot n_1$$ - why calculating path difference here we are subtracting $\mathrm{BF}$ ...
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Violation of conservation of energy?

Imagine a perfectly spherical mirror with 100% reflection. Imagine a point source of light in the center. The point source keeps radiating light. Will the light undergo destructive interference ...
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Why does a circle of light form around a wire when a laser is pointed at it? [duplicate]

Referencing this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q_4SNbpBfo Why does a circle of light form? I've seen previous Phys.SE posts on this topic relating the answer to reflection, but I have ...
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Long, blurry reflections in wet road [duplicate]

When driving on a wet highway at night, any surface emitting or reflecting light will have a reflection right under it that is blurry and seems to stretch to infinity. This is not exactly what I am ...
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Does a well-lit mirror weigh more than an unlit mirror?

If you weighed a mirror in a room with no light, and then weighed a mirror in a well lit room so that the mirror reflects light, would the weight be different?
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Polarization and Reflection [duplicate]

The polarization is a property of waves that can oscillate with more than one orientation. Given this, when the light is reflected from a surface, does the reflection change the property/orientation ...