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The dispersion obtained from a CD (or similar) is due to diffraction. This can be verified by shining light with different spectral makeup on it and looking at the reflected patterns. If one has access to red and/or green laser pointers, one can easily see that a single laser point generates a whole diffraction pattern (multiple bright spots), and that the spacing of the diffraction pattern is different for red (typically 600-700 nm, depending on source) and green (typically 532 nm doubled Nd:YAG). One can also look at the "rainbows" produced from light from an incandescent source (continuous), and from fluorescent or LED lighting (a few narrow bands).