Optical Refraction of Light at an Air-Glass Boundary


by BugBear
Tags: airglass, boundary, light, optical, refraction
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Mar5-12, 07:12 PM
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Hello, My question is simple, please look at the attached images and explain why the geometrical interpretation for the refraction of a light wavefront is wrong, and if so, why. And how else can you explain refraction from a physical perspective?

I would greatly appreciate any constructive feedback.
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