Refraction

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  • Change of the direction of wave propagation as it crosses a surface interface into a medium of different refractive index where the wave speed is different; governed by the Snell's law.
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Abstract from DBPedia
    Refraction is the change in direction of propagation of a wave due to a change in its transmission medium. The phenomenon is explained by the conservation of energy and the conservation of momentum. Due to the change of medium, the phase velocity of the wave is changed but its frequency remains constant. This is most commonly observed when a wave passes from one medium to another at any angle other than 0° from the normal. Refraction of light is the most commonly observed phenomenon, but any type of wave can refract when it interacts with a medium, for example when sound waves pass from one medium into another or when water waves move into water of a different depth. Refraction is described by Snell's law, which states that, for a given pair of media and a wave with a single frequency, the ratio of the sines of the angle of incidence θ1 and angle of refraction θ2 is equivalent to the ratio of phase velocities (v1 / v2) in the two media, or equivalently, to the opposite ratio of the indices of refraction (n2 / n1): In general, the incident wave is partially refracted and partially reflected; the details of this behavior are described by the Fresnel equations.

    屈折(くっせつ、英: refraction)とは、光や音波などの波(波動)が異なる媒質の境界で進行方向を変えることである。波の進む速度が媒質によって異なるためと説明される。

    (Source: http://dbpedia.org/resource/Refraction)