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The Physics of Light and Color

An in depth guide to light, optics and colour, covering wave particle duality, reflection, refraction, waves, diffraction, polarisation, birefringence, colour temperature, human perception and more.

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Youngs Double Slit Experiment

One of the most important experiments of wave theory is that of Young's double slits. It is a clear example of the diffraction of light conducted with essentially basic scientific equipment.

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Refraction of Light

Refraction is the bending of a wave when it enters a medium where its speed is different.

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Double refraction

A simple and effective, interactive example of the birefringence of Iceland Spar, with a clear explanation of the effect.

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Refraction of Light

Covers the law of refraction including interactive Java tutorials. Links to ideas of fluorescence, diffraction, polarization, reflection, scattering, and Virtual microscopy (Virtual scanning electron ...

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Reflection and refraction of light

A good explanation of reflection and refraction using ray diagrams.

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Refraction of Light

This site aims to further our understanding of light and the rainbow.

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Refraction and the Ray Model of Light

Useful information driven site which provides details on how light is refracted (including total internal reflection).

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Magic Factory

Includes a number of games about light and colour - reflection, spectrum, speed of light, optical illusions and refraction. Teachers notes available.

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Double-Slit Science: How Light Can Be Both a Particle and a Wave

A experiment to demonstrate how light exhibits wave-particle duality. All you need is three pieces of mechanical pencil lead, a laser pointer and a dark room.

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