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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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Fiber Optics

Light source can be moved into an optic fibre. The angle of the beam can be altered. Passage of light through the fibre is displayed, illustrating Snell's law.

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Autobiography of Ernst Ruska

Ernst Ruska (1906 - 1988) received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1986 for his fundamental work in electron optics, and for the design of the first electron microscope.

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Optics Applet

This applet allows users to simulate standard optic elements (lens, mirror, dielectrics, sources, apertures) and observe the ways that light rays propagate through these elements.

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Science, optics and you

A huge collection of tutorials about all aspects of light, optics and microscopy.

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Electron Affinity

The ionization energy or ionization potential is the energy necessary to remove an electron from the neutral atom. It is a minimum for the alkali metals which have a single electron outside a closed ...

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This website aims to promote and advance science, technology and business opportunities for the optics and photonics community. Has a good selection of technical resources.




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advanced demonstrations on various aspects of optics.

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Optics for Kids

With a series of questions and answers the site takes the user from basic light principles to lenses in glasses and telescopes, and lasers. There are useful links and an optics glossary.

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Center for X-ray optics

A data bank relating to energy levels, x-ray properties of elements, synchrotron radiation, optics and detectors, with miscellaneous data.

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