6A40.40 Variable Index of Refraction Tank


Refractive index gradient, Fermat's principle, law of refraction


Light bends when travelling through a concentration gradient of sugar in water. The top layer of liquid is pure water while the bottom layer is concentrated sugar water. In these layers, there is no change in refractive index and no bending of light. In the middle, a gradient forms.


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* variableindex.mp4
Demo video download.