Change in the direction of propagation of a wave when its transmitting medium changes.

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What is the physical explanation of Fresnel's equation?

When EM radiation is travelling between the media of different refractive indices, parts of it are reflected and transmitted according to Fresnel's equations. The amount of reflectivity and ...
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Angle of minimum deviation

A prism of angle $60^\circ$ deviates a ray of light through $40^\circ$ for two angles of incidence which differ by $11^\circ$. What is the refractive index of the glass of the prism? If we are ...
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Why does light bend?

I have just read about dispersion of light by a prism and the thing which i donnot understand is that WHY does the light bend at all? Through prisms and slabs? I came to know that red light has the ...
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Proof of reflected and refracted waves being in the same plane as that of the incident wave and its projection on a planar interface

Please give a proof of reflected and refracted waves being in the same plane as that of the incident wave and its projection on an ideal planar interface between two linear, homogeneous, isotropic, ...
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Path of a light ray in a medium of varying refractive index [closed]

How do we get the equation for the path of a light ray in a medium of varying refractive index. I can draw a rough sketch, but don't know how do we get the exact curve. I encountered this while ...
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Refraction of light rays+ Energy

Does the amplitude of the light ray decrease when it moves from a rarer to a denser medium? I think that since Amplitude depends upon the Energy of the Light Ray, it should decrease. This is because ...
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Differences in speed of light calculations in glass

I wanted to determine the speed of light in glass by using both of the following formulas : $$v = \frac{1}{\sqrt{\mu \epsilon}} \simeq \frac{1}{\sqrt{\mu_0 \epsilon_r \epsilon_0}} \;\;\; \text{and} ...
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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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Is there any material which has same refractive index as the air?

If there is then what would happen if light passes through it?
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A material with very high refractive index

Suppose we have a material which has a very, very high refractive index, say 30-50. The critical angle for this material would be very small (1.5-2 degrees). Will the said object be even visible at ...
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Alongside a light ray (in another medium)

It is a said fact that the speed of light is insurmountable. But can the validity of this fact be questioned in another medium? If I pass a beam of light in, say water (here the light speed is ...
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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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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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Absorption Magnification

I'm working on an optical project about the absorption of glass sheet and I need to measure the intensity of laser beam that has passed the glass sheet and compare that with the intensity of laser ...
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How to calculate the Refractive index of a glass sheet

My question is how to find the $n$ of a glass sheet with just aiming a laser beam to that. I've got lot of ways that let me find the $n$ ( Refractive index ) but I need the whole part of the ...
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Way of measuring thickness of a glass [closed]

Imagine you have a laser pointer and a glass. You don't know the refractive index of the glass and you just have Wavelength of laser! How can you measure the thickness of glass? (I have some idea but ...
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If a lens focuses all incoming light to a point, how do we get 2D images?

How do lenses produce 2-dimensional images, if a lens bends all incoming rays of light to intersect at the focal point? Shouldn't this produce a single dot of light on a screen placed at the focal ...
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Difference in Light's speed in various mediums [duplicate]

Light, despite not needing a medium and traveling due to oscillations of the electric and magnetic fields, slows down in mediums such as glass. I used to think it intuitively made sense, as we ...
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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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Refraction of white light through a glass slab: what does it actually look like?

When a collimated beam of white light enters a rectangular prism, it develops slightly coloured edges due to the dispersive refraction of the glass: each ray in the beam is displaced differently ...
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Does the order in which light comes into a rectangular prism affect its dispersion?

I read about how when light comes out of a rectangular prism, there are violet and red fringes on either side of the light spectrum. The website didn't give the specifics in this subject, so I am not ...
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How light splits up into different colours when passed through prism using QED?

I want to know how light gets splits up into different colours when it is passed through prism? How light interacts with atoms and electrons of the prism? Can someone explain this to me using Quantum ...
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Why is the index of refraction different for different wavelengths? [duplicate]

The index of refraction can be written as $$n=\frac{\lambda_v}{\lambda_m}$$ where $\lambda_v$ is the wavelength in a vacuum and $\lambda_m$ is the wavelength in the medium. I’ve been told that since ...
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Can we measure the height of clouds using the sunset?

I was watching the sun set in San Francisco. As the Earth turns away from the Sun the tallest buildings remain lit longest. Light bending in the atmosphere allows this to last a bit longer. So, what ...
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Do neutrinos refract?

The most benign of interactions is refraction. While neutrinos rarely interact with matter in a sense like the photoelectric effect, does that mean that they don't refract either?
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How is light slowing down in a medium thought of in the photon picture? [duplicate]

The speed of light in any medium besides vacuum is smaller than $c$. In a classical way, I just look at that as a wave that propagates less fast, the change in EM-field is passed on slower. How should ...
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Why do we use the index of refraction for yellow light?

When we do problems with optics and refraction, we’re usually given a set of indices of refraction to work with; for example, the index of refraction in air is about 1.00, the index of refraction in ...
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How to actually determine the Index of Refraction of an object in different colors of light?

I would like some guidance as to how the IOR of an object is determined in different colored lights. Taking for example diamond, I know that the base IOR is 2.417, and the respective wavelengths of ...
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False sunset and false sunrise time estimation

False sunset and false sunrise are described . Here is a sample day rise and set time according to AccuWheather site and calculated value of sunrise and sunset in my country. Could you please help ...
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Is there a formula to calculate the deviated angle of a ray passing through a prism?

I'm assuming the angle of incidence to be the number of degrees from a perpendicular line on the side of a prism the ray starts passing through... I'm trying to figure out the angle the ray would be ...
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Using a transfer matrix to calculate beam width of off-axis Gaussian beam?

I have been reading a lot about ABCD matrices that are used for ray tracing. I can calculate the output offset $r_{o}$ (with respect to the optical axis) and the angle $\theta$ of the ray by $$ ...
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The speed of light/EM waves in vacuum; as if there was another one in non-vacuum?

Q1: is there a speed of a photon other than in "vacuum"? Q2: isn't "speed of light in vacuum" misleading? If I understand, that light moves with speed of light until there is "something in between" ...
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What are the physical optical limitations photonic metamaterials can offer?

Modern technology has introduced new photonic metamaterials that can extend optical properties beyond what standard materials can offer. For example a negative index of refraction is now possible ...
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Conditions for having refractive index less than unity?

Is it possible to have an index of refraction, $n < 1$, giving the "illusion" of a speed greater than $c$. As far as I understand it, is only the phase-velocity (which does not carry any ...
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Why does pencil appear bent in water?

I know why: refraction. But I can't find a detailed explanation anywhere online. So I just asked. This is the most detailed image I can find, on physics classroom. But don't we see thing only when ...
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Is there a name for the squared refractive index?

In studying wave propagation through multilayers, the squared refractive index $n^2$ is a more pertinent parameter than $n$ itself. Is there a received name for $n^2$? Of course, as long as there is ...
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Why don't p-type seismic waves propagate along straight lines in the lower mantle?

Can you tell me why seismic waves (p-type shock wave) passing through the earth's lower mantle don't propagate along straight lines in particular?
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Why we don't observe spherical rainbow?

We have seen or heard of rainBOW and circular rainbow but not any other shape probably due to the shape of water droplets. My question is why can't we see a spherical rainbow?
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Why does a panel of glass appear translucent when viewed from the edge?

Why does this happen? From the 'front' of the panel, the glass appears transparent. But viewed from the 'edges', it appears translucent...
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Do rainbows have ultraviolet bands and infrared bands?

We have seen that rainbows looks so colorful as we are only able to see only the visible light. But Do they also have ultraviolet bands and infra-red bands, that we are unable to see? I know someone ...
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Odd order of colour fringes around cloud

The other day I took this photograph of a thundercloud that moved between myself and the sun. Around the edge of the cloud there were some coloured fringes that I first took to be a variant on a ...
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Position dependent refractive index [duplicate]

How to determine the angle of refraction when the medium has position dependent refraction index? Lets say that the angle of incidence on the glassy slab is $\theta_1$ and the ray goes through the ...
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Do the mediums decrease or increase the speed of light? (source to target) [duplicate]

If sun is the source of light then is it possible that the speed of light might increase depending on the mediums its going through or its not possible.
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Is true black possible?

Black is the absence of light because it absorbs light, but when we create black paint or black objects, light is always reflected, either in all directions in matte or smoothly in shiny black ...
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Could time dilation bend the path of a photon? Does time dilation have a refractive index?

The main question I am getting at is, does time dilation have a refractive index? What I mean is, if I were to shoot a laser past a black hole, would the laser's path "bend" strictly from time ...
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optical homogeneity of organic thin films

Prior to further analysis (like variable angle ellipsometric spectroscopy) I check thin films of organic materials vacuum deposited on glass substrates for their optical homogeneity under lineraly ...
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Rainbows at other wavelengths

I'm curious as to whether or not it is possible to have a rainbow at wavelengths other than visible light. I'm familiar with Snell's refraction law and why it is that they occur, but now what about ...
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Is refraction of light a thermodynamic process?

Is refraction of light a thermodynamic process? Can it be explained by conservation of energy? If so, does temperature has an effect on refraction of light?
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Light follows the shortest path, but to where?

I'm a high school student and I'm trying to understand why waves bend when they refract. I read a few answers on the site, and the explanation that they follow the shortest path makes sense enough to ...
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Is it true that all particles that have a speed less than the speed of light must also have mass?

I've previously learned that massive particles cannot achieve the speed of light. But recently I read that, concerning the gels that refract and bounce light within around enough that it can travel ...