Angle of reflection

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When a ray of light is reflected from a surface, the angle between its path and a line that is perpendicular to the surface it called the angle of reflection. When the angle of reflection is equal to the angle of incidence, the reflection is said to be specular, or mirror-like.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Austrittswinkel (Deut.); angle de réflexion (Fr.);

Resources and Citations

  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Walter C. McCrone, John Gustave Delly, The Particle Atlas, W. McCrone Associates, Chicago, IV, 1972
  • Matte Paint: Its history and technology, analysis, properties and conservation treatment, Eric Hansen, Sue Walston, Mitchell Bishop (ed.), J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, Vol. 30 of AATA, 1993