Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Specular reflection

  1. May 19, 2010 #1
    What is the QED explanation for specular reflection of light ?

    I mean, if photons interact with electrons, and a photon is re-emitted, I assume it can be emitted in any direction whatsoever. So this might work great for diffuse reflections. But what about specular reflections? How are they accounted for ?

    Also, what makes material different in terms of how well they do speculary reflect light ? For example why Hg makes such a great specular reflector ?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 19, 2010 #2

    mathman

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    Feynman's book "QED" will supply answers to your questions.
     
  4. May 19, 2010 #3
    Guess then Ill wait till I finish the the book to satisfy my curiosity =)
     
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook