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Optical Reflection: Difference Between a Mirror and a White Surface?

by Islam Hassan
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Islam Hassan
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Mar16-12, 05:24 AM
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If a surface is perceived as being white because it reflects all wavelenghts of visible electromagnetic radiation, how does this differ from a mirror surface which also reflects all impinging light?

How is a mirror different from a white surface i) optically and ii) at the level of condensed matter physics?

Can a mirror be said to have a colour? What would this be, if any?


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Mar16-12, 06:05 AM
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Look up diffuse reflection versus specular reflection.


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