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B 10% energy loss glass special structure ?

  1. Mar 5, 2016 #1
    What about the structure of glass allows light to pass through, lose 10% of its energy then keep on going when all other object seem to absorb light. what makes clear objects structures so special.

    When the lights goes through the (regular) glass and loses energy is it losing energy in the form of heat? isn't glass an insulator and could probably not be absorbing 10% of the light waves energy that is hitting it.
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  3. Mar 5, 2016 #2


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    The energy loss is due to the partial reflection at the surfaces and absorption by material, the latter leads to the material heating.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2016
  4. Mar 5, 2016 #3
    There are many "over objects" transparent for visible light. Diamond and table salt are just two well known examples. Many other crystals have similar behaviour.
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