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Crystal diffraction for waves vs particles

I thought that I understand the "Bragg's Law" understanding of crystal diffraction, but recently I read something that made me confused. I understand that if the planes in the crystal have ...
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Is there an atomic level explanation for diffraction of light around opaque aperture?

It has always been a hard time understanding the phenomenon of diffraction of light around opaque objects. Hoe does it happen? Why does transparent objects do not diffract light? What quantum ...
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Optical Spectra and the Diffraction Grating

I'm doing a lab where we are identifying different gases by their diffraction spectra. This what my lab book says: Verify and calibrate your spectrometer, by measuring Hg and Ne. Measure ...
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Diffraction, wave length

I read that when we want to study the structure of a crystal we have to use an electromagnetic wave which has a wave length of approximately the distance between two consecutive atoms in the crystal. ...
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How does light bend around my finger tip?

When I close one eye and put the tip of my finger near my open eye, it seems as if the light from the background image bends around my finger slightly, warping the image near the edges of my blurry ...
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Why is a flower shaped diffraction occluder the best solution for controlling diffraction?

According to this TED talk by Jeremy Kasdin, Nasa is planning to spend $1bn on a "Starshade" project, where a giant flower shaped metal eclipser 20 meters wide is placed 50k kilometers in front of a ...
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Why are there interference patterns inside a diffraction envelope?

When double-slit diffraction occurs, there are interference patterns inside, say, the central diffraction maxima (or envelope). I am trying to understand how these interference fringes are created. ...
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Fraunhofer Diffraction using lenses [duplicate]

I've come across a question that I don't know how to tackle: An alternative way of observing Fraunhofer diffraction uses lenses to provide appropriate conditions. Sketch an optical configuration ...
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Calculating the distance between Detector and Double Slit

I have a little problem that is kind of confusing me at the moment. The following task: Light of the wavelength $\lambda = 500nm$ hits a double slit whose distance is $a = 30\mu m$. Each is $a = ...
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Why does diffraction depend on wavelength? [closed]

We've all heard of the diffraction of radio waves over a mountain and the diffraction of water waves through a gap, but why does this effect depend on wavelength? I'm looking for as simple answer as ...
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Fraunhofer Diffraction [closed]

A 1-dimensional aperture is illuminated by a parallel beam of light of wavelength $\lambda$ and the diffraction pattern is viewed on a distance screen. Show that the amplitude of the diffraction ...
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Huygen's principle in EM waves

In trying to understand diffraction, I keep coming across Huygen's principle as the why behind diffraction, and I think I understand the principle itself all right. However, I was hoping to find an ...
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Help in understanding the derivation for Fresnel Distance?

An Aperture of size $a$ illuminated by a parallel beam sends diffracted beam (the central maxima) in angular width approximately $λ/a$. Travelling a distance $z$, it aquires the width $zλ/a$ due to ...
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“backwards” Diffraction Grating with light source at maxima (1st, 2nd, nth order)?

How will a light source with a specific $\lambda$ positioned right at the nth order maximum pointing towards a diffraction grating be affected? Will it come out "directed"?
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Diffraction problem - How do I interpret

Here is a problem on diffraction - Diffraction pattern of single slit of width 0.5 cm is formed by a lens of focal length of 40 cm. calculate the distance between first dark and next bright fringe ...
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Distance between interference and diffraction fringes

In problems related to Interference and Diffraction fringes - I often have encountered phrases like "bright fringes 1.5 mm apart" or "distance between first bright fringe and 4th dark fringe". Fringe ...
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What physical phenomena underly the shape of this graph of diurnal UV index?

When I dig up a graphs of UV index versus time-of-day, most graphs are characteristically shaped like one of the plots shown here: That graph is from this site. What physical phenomena underly ...
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Can we observe diffraction even if the slit size is tending to zero?

According to Huygens principle, if we consider any point of the primary wave fronts, each point is the source of secondary disturbance. If the point size we consider tends to zero, the number of ...
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Relationship between slit size and wavelength in diffraction

Almost in every book on physics we can find a statement like "diffraction gets stronger when the size of the slit is comparable to the wavelength". Let's say we have a wall in a bathtub with a slit in ...
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White light diffraction

I have a hard time understanding why light waves of different wavelengths diffract in a different manner. According to Huygens' principle, every point on the wavefront is a source of a secondary wave. ...
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Why is the Fraunhoffer Pattern the Fourier transform of the slit?

Why is it that the fourier tranform of the slit (with value 1 where it's open?) gives the fraunhoffer diffraction pattern? Why are these two paired?
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What is Diffraction?

Diffraction is just light interacting with small objects, and bending, but this seems like a very imprecise definition to me. What is diffraction, actually? I was confused because there are at least ...
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Very strange shadow phenomenon

I was laying on my bed, reading a book when the sun shone through the windows on my left. I happened to look at the wall on my right and noticed this very strange effect. The shadow of my elbow, when ...
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Why do waves diffract?

There have already been a lot of questions on this site on diffraction but I still believe this one might be slightly different. In electromagnetic waves, diffraction and any other phenomenon of wave ...
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Diffraction from interatomic spacing

In diffraction from a single slit, we learn that the angular width of the central maxima, is given by $2\sin^{-1}\frac \lambda d$. For $d\approx \lambda$, the incoming wavefront should be spread to ...
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Diffraction of sound

The sound waves, by the virtue of it being a wave, shows diffraction and interference. But in diffraction, I learnt that if the wave is allowed to enter through a small aperture, there is a central ...
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Spreading UV light? Fresnel lenses?

I'm making a little UV exposure box and I'm looking for a way to evenly spread out the UV light. I've used Fresnel lenses to do just this in the past, but that was for visible light. But from what ...
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Why don't fogbows appear on clouds?

As far as I know clouds are lot of small droplets condensed in air. If droplets are large enough we see a rainbow. If they are small we see a fogbow. Although the size of the droplets are big enough ...
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Diffraction by a lens

The fraunhoffer treatment of circular apertures yields a diffraction pattern of circles, with the first minimum (dark ring) at an angular radius of $\theta$ where $\sin(\theta)=1.22\lambda/b$, where ...
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Diffraction/Bragg's law : how does $2\theta$ come about?

I'm trying to get my head around a problem (I should have checked whether I had the answer in class, the exams are coming up now and I don't know if I'll get a lecturer response over the holidays) I ...
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Fresnel distance and Geometrical limit

I read about the geometrical limit of wave theory. The source from where I read had a slightly different explanation to provide than here(The more rigorous answer is too complicated for me to ...
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Diffracton at the edges of an opaque object?

To understand the phenomenon of diffraction as an interference effects of several dipole oscillators (like in case of several symmetrical, not sawtooth, scratches in a diffraction grating), we ...
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How to be sure that a He-Ne laser light is monochromatic

How can I be sure that the emission of a He-Ne laser contains only one single mode of laser cavity? The only thing that I know is that if I use a diffraction grating and the light isn't ...
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Is Huygen's Principle Axiomatic?

Is Huygens Principle just a fundamental way to understand light? It always seemed to me that it was somehow "derived" or that it should be-but is it simply a well-founded theory?
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Diffraction at apertures with arbitrary angle to wavefront

Every physics book I know explains diffraction (e.g. at slits, gratings and circular apertures) in a way which assumes that the light wave impinges perpendicularly on the aperture. Would there be any ...
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Matter Waves Interference

When an EM wave diffracts, I can imagine that its EM field interacts with the charges in a certain obstacle thus inducing a wave behaviour on the charges of the matter that will interact with the EM ...
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Diffraction Grating Spectrometry Question [closed]

Yes, this is a homework question, but I've already failed to solve it enough times that the online system hosting it isn't going to give me any marks, so I figure it's a good time to stop hitting the ...
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Close to diffraction grating

Being interested in the diffraction of a coherent laser close to the diffraction grating, I find nowhere what the pattern looks like relatively to the distance between a diffraction grating and the ...
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Why do I get different colours in scratched holograms?

I was making a scratched holograms and in result got different colours instead of white hologram
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What happens to the physical properties of electrons after diffraction?

Particle Wave duality shows us that waves and particles are the same thing. Therefore electrons can be viewed as both particles and waves. The wave properties of electrons can be seen in the double ...
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Proof of diffraction equations

If light incident on a grating makes an angle φ with respect to the normal to the grating, show that dsin(θ)=mλ becomes d[sin(θ-φ)+sin(φ)]=mλ. I began by showing: d[sin(θ-φ)+sin(φ)]=mλ, θi=φ=θ at ...
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Diffraction Grating in spectrophotometer

In terms of spectrophotometer, we need to make the light monochromatic before passing it to sample. For that, we use diffraction grating. From the research, I found out that the grating reflects light ...
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Amateur moon laser ranging

Questions first, then my rough estimations: 1) Is it possible to perform moon laser ranging with amateur motorized 114mm telescope? My calculations suggest that for 1mJ laser it should receive ~2 ...
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Why does a CD work as a diffraction grating even with light from a light bulb?

I have a really hard time solving the following problem I accidentally came across today. Looking at the back of a usual CD one sees coloured bands. This is explained by the fact that the surface ...
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Why can't we perfectly focus light-abberations aside

I don't understand why there is necessarily a diffraction limitation on optical systems. Where does this limitation in focusing light come from?
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Law of refraction from Scalar Diffraction Theory

I am trying to figure out if Snell's Law for refraction can be derived from Scalar Diffraction Theory. The setup is this: light (plane wave, with wave vector $\vec k_i = (k_x, k_y, k_z)$ ) falls on ...
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Why is it difficult to differentiate between interference and diffraction?

Why is it difficult to differentiate between interference and diffraction? Is it because we don't clearly understand how both of these phenomenon takes place? My thoughts: From an answer to one of ...
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Do atoms and molecules affect light rays

Molecules of air are all around us all the time. If so, during daylight do rays from the sun diffract as it passes through molecules in the air? and if so is this diffraction negligible to be noticed? ...
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Diffraction pattern when wavelength tends to zero

While studying about Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, I came across a statement which says that the fringes disappears and the image would take on the limiting shape of the aperture when wavelength ...
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Does diffraction occur before interference?

In the double slit experiment, light passes through two slits and the waves interfere and form an interference pattern. A single slit is required for diffraction. So, I was thinking about whether ...