Sunlight hit my cd and a rainbow was produced

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sunlight hit my cd and a rainbow was produced. can anyone tell me why ?
 
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newton1
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refraction happen when the cd reflect the light
 
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chroot
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It is not refraction which causes the rainbow, it is diffraction. The CD is a spiral of tiny pits which encode the digital information. The spiral forms a set of roughly concentric closely-spaced lines on the disc's metallic inner layer. These lines act as a diffraction grating, and spread the light out into its constituent colors.

You can google "CD diffraction" and find all the info you'd ever want. :)

- Warren
 

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