Some guirks of total internal retlection

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In this column, Masud Mansuripur describes, in simple and direct form, the details of a well known optical phenomenon. The purpose is to provide some of the subtle characteristics of the physics behind the effect, without a lot of extraneous mathematics. This article, and similar ones to be published in the future, will help those working in applied optics to gain a better appreciation of the details and physics behind various well known phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationOptics and Photonics News
StatePublished - Feb 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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