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# why does the graph of minimum deviation not touch the axes

10 years ago

The minimum deviation is the angle between the incident and emerging light rays after transmission through an object such as a prism or a water drop. The angle is also referred to as "the angle of minimum deviation". The direction of the incident beam and the orientation of the object can be varied. The value of D can be larger than 90 degrees. One of the factors that rainbow can be observed is due to bunching of light rays at the minimum deviation that is close to the Rainbow angle (page does not exist).

The angle of minimum deviation depends upon:-

Wavelength of the light ray (λ):-The angle of minimum deviation is smaller for shorter wavelengths and larger for longer wavelengths, so the "red" end of the spectrum deviates less than the "violet" end.

Material of the prism (μ):-The larger the refractive index of the material, the larger the angle of minimum deviation.

Angle of prism(A):-The larger the angle of prism, the larger the angle of minimum deviation.

Angle of incidence(A):-The angle of deviation is dependant on the angle of incidence in the form of a U shaped curve

If a line is drawn parallel to the angle of incidence axis (X-axis), it cuts the graph at two points, showing that there are two values of angle of incidence for an angle of deviation. However, at the point of angle of minimum deviation, the line will be tangent to the curve showing that for minimum angle of deviation there is only one angle of incidence.