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written by Michael Davidson and Matthew J. Parry-Hill
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is an interactive Java tutorial for introductory physics students relating to refraction of light.  Optical wedges are circular prisms having plane surfaces positioned at slight angles with respect to each other and which deflect light by refraction rather than reflection. Wedges can be manipulated to split incident light beams.  This interactive tutorial explores how two wedge prisms operate together produce "beam steering".  

This item is part of a larger collection of materials on optics and microscopy developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University.  See Related Materials on this page for a link to the full tutorial by the same authors on Refraction of Light.

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Optics
- Geometrical Optics
= Optical Instruments
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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Simulations, beam splitting, beam steering, optical wedges, optics, refraction, tutorial, wedge prisms
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M. Davidson and M. Parry-Hill, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2003), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/prismsandbeamsplitters/wedgeprisms/).
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M. Davidson and M. Parry-Hill, Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Beam Steering by Wedge Prisms, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2003), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/prismsandbeamsplitters/wedgeprisms/>.
APA Format
Davidson, M., & Parry-Hill, M. (2003, June 15). Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Beam Steering by Wedge Prisms. Retrieved November 26, 2014, from Olympus America, Inc.: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/prismsandbeamsplitters/wedgeprisms/
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Davidson, Michael, and Matthew J. Parry-Hill. Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Beam Steering by Wedge Prisms. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., June 15, 2003. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/prismsandbeamsplitters/wedgeprisms/ (accessed 26 November 2014).
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Davidson, Michael, and Matthew J. Parry-Hill. Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Beam Steering by Wedge Prisms. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 2003. 15 June 2003. 26 Nov. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/prismsandbeamsplitters/wedgeprisms/>.
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@misc{ Author = "Michael Davidson and Matthew J. Parry-Hill", Title = {Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Beam Steering by Wedge Prisms}, Publisher = {Olympus America, Inc.}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {26 November 2014}, Month = {June 15, 2003}, Year = {2003} }
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Is Part Of Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Refraction of Light

This is the full tutorial by the same authors on Refraction of Light.  It includes an introduction to basic concepts, such as refractive index, dispersion, and applications of Snell's equation.  Also included are links to six interactive Java simulations relating to refraction.

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