Snell’s Law Calculator
Snell’s Law(Law of Refraction): gives us a way of predicting the amount of bend. It involves the angles that the incident ray and the refracted ray make with the normal to the surface at the point of refraction
Refraction depends on the media through which the light rays are travelling which is represented by the refractive index, numbers which are constant for given media
Ref. Index1 * Sin(θincidence) = Ref. Index2 * Sin(θrefraction)
Ref. Index1 : Refractive Index of 1st medium
Ref. Index2 : Refractive Index of 2nd medium
θincidence : Angle of Incidence of 1st medium i.e. angle between incident ray and normal.
θrefraction : Angle of Refraction of 2nd medium i.e. angle between refracted ray and normal.
Suppose,Ray of light of wavelength 600 nm travels from water into air, so that it makes a 15° angle with the normal of the boundary. Suppose we wish to find the angle of refraction (x), where refractive index of water is 1.33 and refractive index of air is 1.00029. Then, Snell’s Law gives
1.33 * sin 15° = 1.00029 * sin x
x = 20.12°
Units: Refractive Index of various mediums