Neon lights reflected in a puddle of water

Neon lights reflected in a puddle of water

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Caption: Reflected neon lights. Neon lights reflected in a puddle of water on a city pavement. Reflections occur because water has a higher refractive index than air for light. This means that any incoming light is bent so that it travels in a shallower angle. If the incoming light is in a very shallow angle already, the light does not enter the water at all but is reflected back up into the air (total internal reflection). Neon lights consist of glass tubes containing neon gas at a low pressure and two metal electrodes at either end. When a voltage is applied, the gas becomes ionised and glows as it transmits a current between the electrodes.

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Keywords: light, lights, neon, neon light, neon light reflection, optics, physics, puddle, reflected, reflection, total internal reflection, water reflecting light

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