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Monochromatic light effect

  1. Aug 11, 2011 #1
    in monochromatic red light a blue book will appear?

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  3. Aug 11, 2011 #2
    black. the blue book absorbs all the red, leaving nothing to be reflected to the eyes.
  4. Aug 11, 2011 #3


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    In the ideal circumstance, Bloodthunder is right. But of course, there are infinite shades of blue. Many blues contain a lot of red.
  5. Aug 12, 2011 #4

    Claude Bile

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    Technically, it would only appear black if the reflection coefficient at said wavelength is precisely zero.

    The apparent spectrum (as visible to an observer) is the incident light times the reflection spectrum.

    P.S. Sounds like a homework question.

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