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Atomic, solid state, comp

  1. Aug 24, 2014 #1


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    When light passes in glass, water etc then velocity is reduced and direction changes HOW?
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  3. Aug 25, 2014 #2
    The change of direction is due to refraction, which is due to the change in the velocity, which is due to the index of refraction.


    The index of refraction is basically due to the electrons of the medium. The electric field of the wave excites oscillations of the electrons, which in turn emit electromagnetic waves that overlap with the incident wave. The net effect is (a) a change in the velocity and (b) absorption. Both together can be described by a complex index of refraction

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