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Total Internal Reflection

Total Internal Reflection

C022/1837

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GIPHOTOSTOCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY GIPHOTOSTOCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

When light travels from a more optically dense medium to a less optically dense medium and the angle of incidence exceeds a certain value, called critical angle, all the light is reflected back to the more optically dense medium and no light enters the less dense medium except a very thin layer near the surface (evanescent wave). This effect is called total internal reflection. In this photograph a diode laser beam (635 nm) is totally internally reflected at the interface between a transparent acrylic slab and air. The acrylic slab is specially formulated to scatter some light and make the beam path visible from the side. Digitally manipulated.

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