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Glass which appears green?

  1. Jul 25, 2011 #1
    When looking at my computer table, I notice that when i look at the glass from above it appears to be clear/transparent to all visible colors, but when I look at the edge of the table, the glass appears to be some kind of green color.

    Why does this happen, and why only this color?
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  3. Jul 25, 2011 #2


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    "The green tint is caused by iron, which is an impurity in the sand used to make the glass. In the glass iron ions absorb in the red (and infra-red) and blue (and ultra-violet) parts of the spectrum, making the glass look green due to the light that is left. As other posters say, you can see this more clearly from the edge because you are looking through a greater thickness of glass. ..."
  4. Jul 25, 2011 #3
    Is this particular behavior of iron due to it being involved in the glass lattice?

    I imagine that iron alone does not have a wide band absorbtion spectrum with just green being reflected/transmitted.
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