Waves/Light

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Light[edit]

Light moves in a vacuum at a speed of . In transparent materials it moves at a speed less than by a factor which is called the refractive index of the material:

Often the refractive index takes the form

where is the wavenumber and and are constants characteristic of the material. The angular frequency of light in a transparent medium is thus

so the frequency increases slightly with increasing k. Typically, when k is near kR, the material becomes opaque.

Ultimately, this is due to resonance between the light and the atoms of the materials.


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