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Terms to describe these patterns

  1. Jul 26, 2010 #1
    Or provide any additional information or resources about them?

    I'm thinking about how light would react when passing through certain substance/or geometric medium

    3 concepts come to mind when considering the idea

    1 the light (beam, frequency notwithstanding) enters a prism and is reflected and separated into several different angles within the translucent object but does not continue outward from it

    2 the light enters spectroscope as single beam and is refracted and redirected throughout and continues traveling as a single beam afterwards

    3 the light enters disperser and propagates as with other concepts but produces an outcome of several to many beams all going in separate directions
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  3. Jul 26, 2010 #2
    Isaac Newton did some studies on this topic. You might find some information on Google if you look up the term 'refraction of light'
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