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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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Scattering of light in the atmosphere

Find out how light scattering makes the sky blue and clouds white.

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Scattering Concepts

Index page within Hyperphysics site that leads to all pages on scattering topics including Rutherford Scattering.

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Scattering of light

How light is scattered in the atmosphere, explained simply.

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Rutherford Scattering

Definition of Rutherford scattering: The scattering of alpha particles by a thin sheet of gold foil.

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Northern Lights photos

Presentation of pictures, photographs, articles and links related to the Aurora Borealis, or northern lights.

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Polarization

This page explain what polarisation is, and how light can be polarised using filters, reflection, refraction or scattering.

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The Color of Light

What happens when coloured lights are added. An experiment shows the effects of adding red, green and blue. Main site has hundreds of similar useful links with a good search facility.

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Why the sky is blue

A brief and detailed explanation of why the sky is blue, touching on Rayleigh scattering, the wavelength of light and how our eyes work.

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Rutherford Scattering: Thomson Model of an Atom

A simulation of the Rutherford scattering experiment.

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