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1 Thin Films, Diffraction, and Double slit interference IB – Option A
2 Young's Experiment Construction is reinforcement (adding). Suppose you have two waves with the same phase at point P, and L1 and L2 are the length the waves have traveled.The waves differ by one wavelength:So L1 = 2¼ l and L2 = 3¼ lWhenever L2 - L1 = ml, where m = 1,2,3,…, there is constructive interference.
3 Cont. Destruction is cancellation (subtraction) Suppose you have two waves that are out of phase at point P, and L1 and L2 are the length the waves have traveledThe waves differ by one-half a wavelengthSo L1 = 2¾ l and L2 = 3¼ lSo whenever L2-L1 = (m + ½)l, where m = 0,1,2,3…, there is destructive interference
4 Coherent SourcesTwo sources are coherent if the waves they emit maintain a constant phase relation.This means the wave do not shift relative to one anotherLasers are coherent, incandescent bulbs are non coherent
5 YoungIn 1801, Thomas Young demonstrated the wave nature of light by overlapping light waves and showing interferenceHe was also able to determine the wavelength of lightWhen the path difference is = l, a bright fringe is madeWhen the path difference an odd multiple of ½ l, a dark fringe is made
6 Two Slit Interference For Bright Fringes, For Dark Fringes, M = fringe order 0,1,2,3….l = wavelengthd = slit separationΘ Angle from normal to “fringe.”
7 Diffraction The bending of waves around obstacles Christian Huygens ( ) describes that Every point on a wave front acts as a source of tine wavelet that move forward with the same speed as the wave.The wave front at a later instant is the surface that is tangent to the wavelets.The amount of bending is determined by l/ W, where W is the width of the openingFor dark fringes sinq = ml/W
8 Diffraction GratingConsists of a flat barrier which contains many parallel slits separated by a short distance d.A parallel monochromatic light beam passing through the grating is diffracted by an angle θ similar to two slit interference.However, the intensity of the diffracted light is higher and the peaks are much narrower.
9 ResolutionBecause light bends, it’s sometime hard to distinguish one light source from another.
10 Rayleigh CriterionFor resolution of two object by a circular lens of diameter D the diffraction limit of resolution occurs when the image of the second object is at position of the first minimum of the diffraction pattern of the first object.B = diameter of circular opening
11 Sample QuestionThe camera of a spy satellite orbiting at 200 km has a diameter of 35 cm. What is the smallest distance this camera can resolve on the surface of the earth? (Assume a wavelength of 500 nm)First calculate q.Now calculate s from s = r q.
12 Polarization Electromagnetic radiation i.e. Light Plane, monochromatic waveElectric and magnetic fields areOrthogonalIn phaseTransverse to direction of propagation
13 PolarizationWhen light is polarized, the electric field always points in the same direction.polarized in the vertical direction: The electric field points in the vertical direction.unpolarized: Superposition of many beams, approximately parallel, but each with random polarization. Every atom in the filament of an incandescent bulb radiates a separate wave with random phase and random polarization.
14 Polarization Can also be caused by reflection. When reflected off a non-metallic surface, light becomes partially polarized.The angle of incidence that cause complete polarization in called Brewster's Angle:
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