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E. Wave Nature of Light

 

2 Competing Theories:

 

 

 1. particle

2. wave

 

 


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Behavior of Light Supporting Wave Theory

 

1. Diffraction – light spreads out into the region behind an obstacle

Laser Diffraction and Interference

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2. Interference – Young’s Double Slit - Late 1800's

 

Pattern created by a single light wave
 passing through 2 small slits!

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Prof Dr. Claus Jönsson

 

Which letters show constructive interference?

destructive interference?

 

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λ/d = x/L



 

Monochromatic Coherent
Light Source was used


 

Which light source is coherent?

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Double Slit - Wavelength Difference-
Michael Fowler Flashlets

 

 

 

Name that interference / Wavelength shift?

 


 

Constructive

Whole Wavelength Shift

 

 

 

Name that interference / Wavelength shift?

 

 


 

Destructive

1/2 λ difference 

 

 

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If you draw a line from each slit to the 1st order bright line, you will notice that one line is longer than the other.

 

 

The difference between these two lines is 1λ.


 

 

Destructive Interference
 
1/2, 1 1/2, 2 1/2 ...
Wavelength difference

 

 

 


Constructive Interference

causes ...


  

 Bright Lines


  

Destructive Interference


causes...





    

Dark Lines

 

 

AP B Physics

Finding 2nd, 3rd, 4th
 .... order bright lines

 

sinq = ml/d

q = angle between slits and line

d = distance between slits

m = 0, 1, 2, .... order bright lines

m = 1/2, 1 1/2, 2 1/2 dark lines

q =  angle to bright line

x/L = ml/d

x = distance from central maxima

 

 


Polarization

AP Physics

Ex) Calculate the distance between two slits in a Double Slit Experiment if the wavelength of the light used is is 5 x 10-7 m and the distance between the central maximum and the first order bright line is 2 x 10-2 m. The distance from the slits to the screen is 4 meters.

 

λ/d = x/L


(5 x 10-7 m)/d = (2 x 10-2 m)/4 m


Answer d = 1 x 10-4 m
 

Question: If they give you d, L and x and asked you to find the COLOR of the light used, What would you do? Where would you go to find the color?

 

Answer:

1. Solve for λ use Young's Equation

2. Use 3 x 108 m/s = fλ to find the colors frequency

3. Look up the color on page 2 Ref.

 

 

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