Questions related to the perception and measurement of light (primarily in the visible range), its mathematical description, the reproduction of colors by different means, color combinations, etc. Please use the tag [electromagnetic-radiation] if you want to refer to the general form of light.

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Why do some sunsets have a green flash?

Some sunsets exhibit a phenomenon called "green flash," where there is a quick flash of green light right as the sun is setting. I have seen this myself several times, and sort of understand it. I am ...
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Modelling radiance profile of a light bulb

For Graphics I need to model the shape and the radiance profile of an existing light bulb in order to use it in a ray-tracing application. I can freely choose the light bulb. The strategy must not be ...
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Confused about length contraction and aberration [duplicate]

Einstein states that a moving object's shape changes due to the length contraction. But people had done such an experiment: Taking photos to a moving object, but they didn't find Lorentz contraction, ...
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Why do particular materials allow particular light waves to pass through them? [duplicate]

To be honest, I really don't understand this at all. If we take cardboard for example, obviously gamma rays can penetrate cardboard because the light has such a high energy, and obviously radio waves ...
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Optical Simulation Tool [duplicate]

I am a student and trying to design an aperture from which a light will pass will project on a sensor. I tried to find some software simulation tool for this purpose where i can draw the aperture ...
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Relationship between diffused light and intensity

I was wondering if the relationship of the intensity of diffused light is a linear correlation to the diffusing material. Basically will the intensity of the diffused light change in a linear fashion ...
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How do we demonstrate that all spectral colors exist in nature?

Spectral emission by elements occurs in discrete wavelengths. There are only about 118 elements. My question is whether there are pure colors either disfavored in nature or even disallowed? The sun ...
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Is TRUE invisibility possible?

First off, this question may seem highly stupid at first, but it arose from past cartoon memories. In the cartoon Tom & Jerry from the 1940s, there was already hypothesizing over cream that, when ...
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Would there be fringe pattern in this arrangement?

Figure shows a standard two slit arrangement with slits S1, S2. P1, P2 are the two minima points on either side of P. At P2 on the screen, there is a hole and behind P2 is a second 2- slit arrangement ...
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Does putting color filters make the sources incoherent?

In Young's double slit experiment a single source is used to illuminate two slits which then acts as two coherent sources to produce interference pattern. But, what if I put color filters on the two ...
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Does any material glow, under appropriate conditions?

Given a high enough temperature, or a high enough electrical field, can we make every material emit visible light?
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Glass that only allows light of specific amplitude to pass through it

Is there a type of glass, mirror or lens that allows only lights of amplitude equal to or greater than a fixed value to pass/reflect through them?
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Why does welding produce UV light?

Looking directly at a welder is dangerous because large amounts of UV light is produced. What makes this light? Is it electrons from the current that excites metal atoms, and these atoms sends out UV ...
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Is it possible to avoid the radiation that caused the American flag turned into white on the Moon? [closed]

While lunar images have proven that the American flags planted during the Apollo missions are still standing on the moon, lunar scientists have now said that they probably no longer hold the iconic ...
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Why are radio waves in the 1.43 - 2.5 Mhz range invisible?

Visible light diapason is 400 - 700 nm which is 1.43 - 2.5 Mhz. If using an antenna I would broadcast steady sinusoidal wave in this range, why the EM emitted by the antenna are not visible? Suppose ...
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What will be the relative speed of a photon in a light ray to another photon of opposite direction light ray?

If two light rays start simultaneously in the space from exactly opposite ends in opposite direction that is separated by a distance of 600000 km in a way they meet at the mid point (300000 km from ...
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What really is reflection? [duplicate]

What really is reflection? Is it just the reemission of EMR? I asked my teacher, he said in quantum sense, it is true. But when I read something about emissivity in Stefan Boltzmann's equation, it ...
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Intuitive understanding of wavelength

Light is described as having wavelength. I can somewhat understand this in connection with for example the double slit experiment, that photons interact spatially in a wave like manner. But can the ...
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Optical Bloch Oscillation

I have a doubt about how the optical Bloch oscillations happen in a 1D photonic crystal. I try to explain: in a photonic crystal with discrete translational symmetry in one direction I superimpose a ...
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Why are reflected objects blurry?

While this may seems like a strange question, I'll try to explain it the best I can. Like 75% of Americans, I wear glasses and contacts to correct my worsening vision. I'm not far sighted so objects ...
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2 torches with the same power - More lumen?

I didn't find an answer for this. A friend and me argued about the brightness-impact of multiple bulbs/torches. I told him, that 2 torches with the same power (the same amount of lumen and ...
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Can you replace the backlight of a thin film transistor (TFT) with a mirror?

I basically know how TFT' displays work. They have on both sides a polarizing foil, in 90 degrees with the crystals in the middle modifying which light particles should pass through or not. The light ...
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Why isn't steam/cloud blue like liquid and solid water?

Most of us here are aware as I think that pure water has a natural quest to absorb visible red colour wavelength slightly due do which liquid water and sometimes even ice appears to have a blue colour ...
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what is the best way to collimate light emitted by a led?

I'm new to this forum. This is half a question, half a challenge. And it's more engineering then physics but I thought I might get good insights from a physics forum. I would like to cure a UV ...
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“backwards” Diffraction Grating with light source at maxima (1st, 2nd, nth order)?

How will a light source with a specific $\lambda$ positioned right at the nth order maximum pointing towards a diffraction grating be affected? Will it come out "directed"?
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'ting' 'ting' sound from a tube-light?

Whenever I light up a tube-light it makes 'ting' 'ting' sound every-time it blinks. I am talking about this tube-light Why is it so? I think its because of sparking(inside glass tube) ...
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Can we see refraction of light in the air with our eyes?

Can we see refraction of light in the air with our eyes? I am asking that because every night I see that the light in the street moving little is that because of change in the air? I do not mean ...
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Can a wave exist on the “face” of a wave?

It would seem that this would be possible with waves in water. What about other waves Clarification: Given a wave starting from a point of impact, in water, at: Time 0:00 and xyz 0,0,0 and the ...
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Is 'color' characteristics of a body or characteristics of light?

In situation when body exposed by light, is 'color' characteristics of a body or characteristics of light? Is there any difference on macro/micro levels? Will exist such term as 'color' in parallel ...
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If photons don't have mass, how can they accelerate objects? [duplicate]

As far as I know photons don't have mass but they do have momentum ($p=mv$). Scientists say that if we put a shiny (reflective) shield of large radius in the vacuum of space, then light from sun will ...
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Speed of different em radiation in a medium

Does all frequency of light travel with the same speed in a particular material like glass? Since by cauchy's relation refractive index change with wavelength which implies the speed also changes. ...
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Why does the Sun turn red near sunset?

At daytime the Sun's light is yellowish if not near white. Why when the Sun starts to go down that it's light turn more red. I don't think the earth's rotation is so rapid to cause a red shift. Why ...
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Why can't single LEDs produce white light directly?

Why does production of white light using a LED require combining a short wavelength LED such as blue or UV, and a yellow phosphor coating? Why can't a single LED produce pure white light?
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Why does mixing every paint colour produce gray instead of white?

I'm trying to reconcile these facts, If I had paints of the primary colours and I mixed them together, I would produce gray. White light contains every colour. My most convincing attempt to ...
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Does fluorescence produce most of the colors we see day-to-day?

I read the following on Wikipedia regarding fluorescence, Fluorescence is the emission of light by a substance that has absorbed light or other electromagnetic radiation... The most striking ...
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Why is a rainbow curved in shape?

Why is a rainbow curved in shape? When dispersion of light takes place, light splits into seven colors, but when rainbow is formed it appear to be bent. Why does this happen even though light travels ...
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Something about things going in black hole?

Don't hit me if the question is too lame but here it goes 1) We all know that to see something light must get reflected from it's surface and then reach our eye's 2) Any thing which goes in black ...
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Are shadows underwater “wet”? [closed]

Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this but it seemed the most appropriate. I read a riddle earlier today that mentioned something about shadows underwater and it got me thinking.. Would a ...
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Why does snow seem to reflect red light best?

I've noticed that snow seems to reflect red light more than any other wavelength at night. It's seen in the sky, as well as the snow itself, both of which take on a reddish tint. Why exactly does it ...
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Sunrise/Sunset on a planet with an A-Class or B-Class Star

I'm a sci-fi writer, and I have a question regarding a hypothetical planet that orbits an A-class or B-class Star. Assuming Rayleigh Scattering occurs roughly the same way on this planet as it does ...
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Clear vs black in terms of light reflection?

I've heard that clear things such as the gaseous components of the atmosphere or water reflect no light, and that is why they are clear. I've also heard that black things such as asphalt are such ...
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Do we have 2 minutes of extra morning?

my physics teacher told me about the refraction and its applications one of them was 2 minutes of early sunrise and after she explained this effect she concluded that days are 2 minutes longer than ...
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Characteristic quantities in Fiber optics

I'm having trouble finding typical quantities in fiber optic communication. In particular, what kind of powers are generally used (or what is the minimum that fiber optics receivers can detect ...
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Does optical fiber preserve the angles of incoming light?

I am reading up on optical fibers and there's one thing I haven't understood yet: Does an optical fiber preserve the angles of incoming light? For example, if we light two LEDs in front of an ...
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Looking for the actual reason of refraction explained precisely without analogies

I'm a high school teacher trying to teach my students (15year olds) about refraction. I've seen a lot of good analogies to explain why the light changes direction, like the marching band analogy, that ...
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Redshifting of light from a moving light source

We know that the expansion of space causes redshifting of light. I even read somewhere that the Doppler effect also happens in light. So imagine I switch on the headlights of my car in front of a ...
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Does firing electrons at an object change its colour?

If one had an electron gun capable of firing electrons with a specific energy at an object, can it change its colour? I think it is possible because the emission spectrum of the material would ...
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photon polarization, uncertainty in Energy

A beam of red light is sent along the $z$ axis through a polaroid filter that passes only $x$ polarized light. The beam is initially polarized at $30$°, and the total energy is $10$ Joules. Estimate ...
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Electromagnetic Waves

We all know that light is an electro magnetic wave. but is electricity a EM wave? If it is then why light does not requires a medium to travel and why on the other side electricity needs a conductor ( ...
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Does the velocity of a light source influence the light

I have only just finished High school physics so my understanding is still fairly simple but I'm having trouble with this question. Imagine you are in space traveling at a relativistic speed with a ...