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

  1. Mar 16, 2012 #1
    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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  3. Mar 16, 2012 #2

    jtbell

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    Look up diffuse reflection versus specular reflection.
     
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