Why light can't penetrate the prism with 45 degree angle

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1. Feb 13, 2016

Gazi

why light can't penetrate the prism with 45 degree angle?

2. Feb 14, 2016

Svein

3. Feb 14, 2016

blue_leaf77

You have to specify other details, otherwise the question becomes invalid because there are many situations in which a light can pass through a 45 degree prism.

4. Feb 14, 2016

Gazi

Let say, light comes with wide angle like 60 degree of normal of surface and reflect with same angle. there is a formula about that in the web page. why it can't penetrate the prism with wide angle? difference of density between prism and air is a factor, is there another reason for it

5. Feb 14, 2016

blue_leaf77

That still does not add that much to give a unique solution to the original question. Other details that should be given are the incident angle, the direction of the incoming ray (i.e. from above or below the normal line), and prism material.

6. Feb 14, 2016

Gazi

it's not a unique question in fact. it's a general question about the situation of light can't penetrate prism and reflect back. one reason is difference of density...

7. Feb 14, 2016

blue_leaf77

The way you phrase your question makes it as if no matter what other parameters are, so long as the prism apex angle is 45 degree, any incoming light cannot come out of the prism in the other side. I can have a situation with prism apex angle other than 45 degree but the light cannot penetrate the prism.
Density of the material? You mean the refractive indices? Then it should also have been stated in the beginning as a condition, along with other parameters which makes the question unambiguous.

8. Feb 14, 2016

nasu

It sure can "penetrate". Look at this case:

You may have in mind something but definitely did not describe it with enough detail.

9. Feb 14, 2016

phinds

Yep, it sure is. It is, as others have pointed out, SUCH a general question that it does not have an answer, or looked at differently, it has lots of answers. That's why everyone is pressing you to ask a more specific question that perhaps DOES have an answer.

10. Feb 14, 2016

Gazi

Light can penetrate with 0 degree of normal of surface and it is reflected with 45 degree of normal of surface. as it seems in illustration. Density of glass is more than air. I don't ask a specific question about that. my point what is the reason of reflection of light depends on angle of it

11. Feb 14, 2016

DaTario

In fact, what is called total internal reflection is a phenomenon where some light refracts, not being, then, exactly " total" this reflection.
There appears an evanescent wave at the other side of the prism, which is a patern of intensity that falls exponentially with the distance from the walls of the prism.
Nevertheless, I see that there is space for doubts with respect to the physics of this special case in the chapter of "refraction".

Best wishes,

DaTario

12. Feb 14, 2016

SammyS

Staff Emeritus
Snell's Law?

13. Feb 15, 2016

blue_leaf77

"Reflection" is not a physical quantity, so there is no mathematical relations which can associated to it. Nevertheless there are two quantities which may be related to the phenomena of light reflection: reflection coefficient and the angle of reflection. The dependency of both of these quantities on the incident angle can be derived through the Maxwell equations at the boundary of the two media.

14. Feb 15, 2016