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Name: Thin Film Interference
ID: m42519
Language: English (en)
  • Discuss the rainbow formation by thin films.
Subject: Science and Technology
Keywords: Reflection, Thin film interference
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: OpenStax College (
Copyright Holders: Rice University (
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Latest version: 1.5 (history)
First publication date: Jan 17, 2012 3:36 pm -0600
Last revision to module: Jun 20, 2012 3:11 pm -0500


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