There have been a number of papers dealing quantitatively with light refraction.1,2 Yet the conceptualization of the phenomenon that sets the foundation for a more rigorous math analysis is minimized. The purpose of this paper is to fill that gap.

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The appendix can be found online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.4775535.1.

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