1. Why is it that the underside of a CD shows a rainbow? My intuition says that it'd just show the surroundings, or whatever it reflects, but that's obviously wrong. So why does a CD's underside show the rainbow?
My guess would have something to do with the scratches on it.

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3. The angle, if you look at it at a slant the light is passing through more atoms and is being absorbed by electrons and hence losing energy-hence red colour.

4. Originally Posted by svwillmer
The angle, if you look at it at a slant the light is passing through more atoms and is being absorbed by electrons and hence losing energy-hence red colour.
thats not correct the reason is because The mirrored
"grooves" act as a reflection diffraction grating, causing interference
patterns in the reflected light.

heres an article on it

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/question52.htm

5. Not bad to say I theorised that response with the knowledge I had.

I'm still right though. The light being at an angle does factor.

6. Originally Posted by svwillmer
Not bad to say I theorised that response with the knowledge I had.

I'm still right though. The light being at an angle does factor.
theanswers in the question, the fact that thereis a spectrum of colour on acd, negates the "red" comment :wink:

7. Originally Posted by captaincaveman
Originally Posted by svwillmer
Not bad to say I theorised that response with the knowledge I had.

I'm still right though. The light being at an angle does factor.
theanswers in the question, the fact that thereis a spectrum of colour on acd, negates the "red" comment :wink:
Well you know what I meant I wasn't far off.

8. Caveman how does it define the color? Where does the colour come from?

9. Originally Posted by svwillmer
Caveman how does it define the color? Where does the colour come from?
here something for ya,it'll explain it clearer than me :-D

http://www.devx.com/projectcool/Article/19954

10. The white light is refracted by the cd and makes the seperate colors of the light appear

11. The reason that the CD splits the light spectum, is because it slows light down, however does not stop it entirely. It does this in order to isolate red light, which is read by photo sensors.

Since you are looking at a four-dimensional phenomenon (light) on a two dimension surface, the numbr lines you see are actually represent the roots of the angles of the passing light beems on the CDs surface.

For example, if you hole the cd flat directly in front of your eyes, youll see two multicolored lines. This is just the square root of the passing beams angle. Tilt it a little more, youll see three lines, the third root of the angle passing beams, four...n lines, etc.

Basically the n number lines you are seeing is the nth root of the angles of the passing light over the surface, the color represents the direction from which the light is approaching.

The colors are due light being slowed, but not stopped by the CD. The CD IS semi-transparent to isolate red.

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