Dispersion (optical)

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A general term for the separation of electromagnetic radiation into discreet components. Dispersion occurs when radiation passes from one refractive index medium to another. An example is when white light passes through a prism and is separated into a rainbow of colors.

Resources and Citations

  • Walter C. McCrone, John Gustave Delly, The Particle Atlas, W. McCrone Associates, Chicago, IV, 1972