Definition of total internal reflection in English:

total internal reflection

Line breaks: total in|tern¦al re|flec¦tion

noun

[mass noun] Physics
  • The complete reflection of a light ray reaching an interface with a less dense medium when the angle of incidence exceeds the critical angle.
    More example sentences
    • The technique uses the unique polarizations of evanescent waves generated by total internal reflection to excite the dipole moment of individual fluorophores.
    • The end of each fiber was polished at 40 deg to its longitudinal axis to produce total internal reflection of excitation light and collected fluorescence at this face.
    • We used two optical techniques developed recently to shed light on the process taking place after the fusion event: the laser trapping of a small bead and the evanescent wave illumination with total internal reflection.

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