Colored Shadows

Three colored spotlights - red, green and blue - illuminate a white screen. A hand is placed between the screen and the lights, thus casting overlapping shadows on the screen. From left to right, you will observe a yellow, magneta and cyan shadow. The colors red and blue are produced where the shadows overlap.

 

More info about this demonstration is available at The Physics Classroom:

www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/light/u12l2e.cfm.

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Taken on March 1, 2010