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Types of Reflection

Reflection is a passive process in which light rays strike a material and "bounce" from it without causing a chemical or physical change in the reflecting material. There are three basic types of reflection; diffuse, mirror and retro.

See the difference between these three common types of reflection we see everyday.

Choose a type of reflection below to see a demonstration.

* Click on the title to preview different types of reflection


3M Reflectivity Flyer(United States) (PDF 370 K)