Specular reflection

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Reflection, specular


A type of reflection in which the reflection angle of a beam is equal to the incident angle. Specular reflection occurs on highly reflective, flat surfaces, such as a mirror, glass, or water. Specular reflectance is the measured quantity of speculary reflected light.

Synonyms and Related Terms

spiegelnde Reflexion (Deut.); imagen especular (Esp.); réflexion spéculaire (Fr.); specular reflectance; mirror-like reflection;

Resources and Citations

  • Walter C. McCrone, John Gustave Delly, The Particle Atlas, W. McCrone Associates, Chicago, IV, 1972
  • M.Derrick, D.Stulik, J.Landry, Infrared Spectroscopy in Conservation Science, in Scientific Tools for Conservation series, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 1999