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Reflexion from Paper

Naturevolume 149page613 (1942) | Download Citation



I THINK the effect Mr. Burke describes is due to selective specular reflexion from the paper. Many near-white papers are slightly more glossy in red light than they are in blue ; that is, the specularly reflected light contains relatively more red and less blue than does the incident light. If the incident light comes over the left shoulder, the right eye will be rather nearer the angle of specular reflexion than the left, consequently the light reaching the right eye will be a little richer in red.

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  1. Printing and Allied Trades Research Association, 101 Princes Gardens, Acton, W.3

    • V. G. W. HARRISON


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