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Reflection and Total Internal Reflection

  1. Sep 9, 2009 #1
    What is the difference between them. Even in total internal reflection not everything is reflected. I don't get it what is the big deal?
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 9, 2009 #2
    Hmm..., under normal circumstances I'm pretty sure there is indeed total reflection when total internal reflection occurs... the only case whereby there is loss of energy would be via frustrated total internal reflection when a third medium of higher refractive index is placed nearby.
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