This page contains a short explanation and Java simulation of the physics behind rainbows. It covers the reflection and refraction effects of light inside a water droplet as well as polarization. A discussion forum regarding this material is also provided. The page even includes an applet to explain why we just see an arc and some nice rainbow images.
This is part of the Virtual Physics Laboratory at the National Taiwan Normal University. The applet and HTML files are available for download to registered users.
%0 Electronic Source %A Hwang, Fu-Kwun %D January 28, 2004 %T NTNU Java: Physics of Rainbow %V 2021 %N 16 September 2021 %8 January 28, 2004 %9 application/java %U http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=44.0
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