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How can a wave interfere with itself?

We know that waves can interfere with themselves to form interference patterns for example photons and electrons. How is this possible? I know it does happen but is there a proper representation or a ...
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Do interference rings disappear in an interferometer if the path lengths are identical?

Consider a standard Michelson Interferometer (I took the picture from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interferometer) The incident beam is split into two parts, where the two parts travel on different ...
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Interference, photon's phase, and the Hilbert space

Dirac said that a photon can only interfere with itself. This is consistent with the tensor product of two photon spaces representation. On the other hand, it is known that there is interference ...
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What's inside the slit in double slit experiment?

If double slit experiment is done in a environment with air, then slits could also contain air made up of (approx. 80% nitrogen, 20% oxygen), then there is not empty space inside the slit. How can it ...
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about superposition of two sinusoidal waves

I am reading a material on introduction of interference and superposition. To go deeper, I want to know how the math works in superposition, from wiki ...
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Shooting a single photon through a double slit

Consider the image below. It shows a double slit experiment but with a single photon at a time. My question is as follows: Why is it that the photons always take a different path when shot at the ...
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Intereference rings by light transmission?

Recently I recorded UV-Vis spectra of liquids with a two-beam spectrometer (Perkin Elmer 900). Lack of proper racks for cells of 0.5 cm optical path length let me use a stack consisting of a 0.2 cm ...
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Light interference maximum and minimum intensity points

This is a very basic question, but I just forgot how to solve this. It's classical physics question. Suppose that there are two light sources. And some place away exists a screen. How do I find ...
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What will happen if two photons collide perpendicularly? [closed]

Suppose there is an object placed at (-1,0) on x-axis. A light ray coming from it is observed by an observer somewhere on positive x-axis. In addition, a second object is placed somewhere on y-axis. ...
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Intuitive explanation of the waves superposition

When the two waves collide, why do they pass right through each other? Mathematically it's due to the principle of superposition: the sum of the two solutions of a wave equation is also a solution. ...
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Can the motion of a cracking whip be described as the interference of two waves?

I was watching a whip crack in slow motion and I noticed that the motion of the whip could be described using two different circular descriptions. 1) the user circles the whip around over his head, ...
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Rotation speed measurment

Could anyone please explain with simply how we can measure the rotation speed of an object using the Sagnac Interferometer ?
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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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Pattern in the Michelson Interferometer

I have a question about the Michelson Interferometer with spherical waves: I know that the pattern produced by this kind of waves is a pattern of concentric circles. But what I'm not sure is how the ...
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Holographic Image

In a holography set-up, as shown in the figure below, Illumination beam and reference beam both are in phase. The interference pattern generated at the detector contains the whole information about ...
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Period of Interference Pattern on a Substrate

Can anybody explain to me where this equation came from? It's for two point sources at the two listed points, and it's calculating the period of the wave on the substrate. It seems to be ...
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Kiessig fringes

I have come across many papers but still couldn't find the relationship between index of refraction or atomic scattering factors, and reflectivity. My flow of thought goes as follows: Get the ...
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How Light or Water Intensity is equal to square modulus of wave function of Light or Water Waves $I=|\psi|^2 \,$?

I've seen the Wave Function as a psi $\Psi$ $\psi$. And always heard that the wave function is the Complex Number as Imaginary and real number. But I've never seen it I've never seen components of ...
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Double-slit experiment with alternating on-off switch

Suppose we perform a double-slit experiment with a detector placed at a position of minimum intensity (maximum destructive interference), off-center where the path lengths differ by half a wavelength. ...
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How can an interference pattern encode both the angle of incidence and relative phase in a hologram?

For example - there are two "object" beams, both 180-degrees out of phase with the reference beam, which hit the recording plate at angles of incidence of 30-degrees and 90-degrees respectively. ...
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Why Does Thin-Film Interference Manifest Visibly Only on Thin Films? [duplicate]

We know that thin-film interference creates colors by constructive and destructive interference of different wavelengths. One of the better images I refer to is this: Though the example only traces ...
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How can colors from heat tinting depend on temperature only?

Colors caused by heat tinting of a material can be listed by temperature. For example, for carbon steel: ...
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Can the diffraction/interference pattern behind the slit (double slit) be calculated with Feynman path integrals (QED)?

I often see Feynman path integrals explained by a graphic which shows the slit and then the electron goes all possible ways behind the slit. Ok that is nice to understand the Feynman path integral, ...
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What is this light pattern caused by LED matrix street light?

At our office, they have installed new downlights in the parking lot (street lights) based on a rectangular matrix of very bright LEDs, which are not diffused. They look something like this one: ...
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Intensity of Brightest Fringe of a multi-slit Diffraction

Let's say we have a multi-slit experiment with N slits.Since the central fringe has the most intensity, is there an equation to calculate the intensity of central fringe in terms of the intensity of ...
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Can various wavelengths participate in C/D Interference?

My question is can multiple wavelengths or at least two different wavelengths interfere with one another? I know that they usually have to be the 'same' wavelength, but you'd think they can vary a bit ...
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Fabry Perot Etalon - changing wavelength and plate distance

Given reflectivity $R = 0.75$, an etalon is used as an interference filter, transmitting light of wavelength $4.3\mu m$ at normal incidence. The full width half maximum is about $\Delta \lambda = 0.2 ...
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Do eigenvalues in a cylindrical symmetric problem tell us anything about the Fourier spectrum?

During a lecture we were solving the Helmholtz equation for particular boundary conditions, corresponding to different shapes of an oscillating drum, as in the famous Mark Kac's problem ...
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Resultant wave in the Michelson-Morley experiment

I was wondering when the two waves in the experiment, don't they lead to constructive interference? Consider the first case in the image. The two combining waves should lead to constructive ...
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Young double slit experiment without first slit

What if I take a laser pen and direct it towards the middle of two wide slits? Will I get interference pattern or just two lines? Do I need to scatter photons before they hit the slits to observe ...
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If only one slit is observed in the Double Slit experiment, will the unobserved slit produce an interference pattern?

I am having a difficult time solving this. Say that electrons are emitted from a source S at a very slow rate. If both slits S1 and S2 are observed, we would have roughly 50% probability of detecting ...
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Questions about Michelson interferometer

I have been doing experiment on Michelson experiment, but I don't quite understand why white light results in an interferogram with very few fringes, and why are they necessarily Gaussian? I know that ...
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Why do 3D holograms need curved lines?

I'm making a scratched hologram and I'm interested in we have to make curved lines to get a 3D image.
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Solving for the phase shift of a neutron due to precession in magnetic field

In the famous experiment that was used to prove the sign change of the wave function due to a rotation of 2$\pi$ by Werner et al. It is stated directly that the phase shift of the neutron beam is ...
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Is there spatial data loss in light passing through transparent crystal?

There is perfect parallelepipedal bar made of transparent crystal with cubic lattice floating in vacuum. Faces of parallelepiped are parallel to lattice axis. There is image, forming checkerboard ...
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Salisbury Screens and Energy Conservation

From Wikipedia on how a Salisbury Screen works: 1. When the radar wave strikes the front surface of the dielectric, it is split into two waves. 2. One wave is reflected from the glossy ...
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Is glass considered as a linear optical medium?

My research, which is mainly related to communication, involves the use of optical sources (mainly lasers). However, my background in photonics and optics is not yet solid, so my question might be a ...
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Coherent sources for interference

Regular interference pattern can be observed if the two wave sources are coherent. Two sources are coherent if they have the same frequency and constant phase difference. Could someone please ...
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Distance between Newton's Rings fringes is does not seem linear

On the outer edges of Newton Ring patterns, the fringes are really close together, and much more uneven. Also, the spacing does not seem to decrease linearly at all as you move from the center. Why is ...
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Light behaves as a particle or wave in this thought experiment?

Consider a metal plate, on which a light of appropriate wavelength is incident such that it creates an interference pattern. The wavelength is chosen such that it can cause detectable photo-electric ...
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Sound Wave interference Experiment

I was wondering, can we use two sound sources so as to create a destructive interference at the position of a recorder at home? If possible, what is the easiest way?
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Query regarding interference

In Young's Double Slit experiment, why is it that two waves vibrating perpendicular to each other doesn't show interference? I know that for interference to happen, the waves must be coherent ( i.e., ...
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How do I determine where I can no longer hear sound?

A teacher stands well back from an outside doorway that is 95 cm wide and blows a frequency of 600 Hz. The door faces north. Assume the speed of sound is 340 m/s and that there are no reflections. At ...
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Electron interference and light interference

In the double slit experiment I see that shooting electrons one by one after long time create a pattern that resembles that of light interference, but before these long time I see electrons at ...
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Diffraction to be explained without Huygens principle

Can we explain diffraction without using Huygens principle?
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How to generate Red light from a Blue-Dominated Spectrum [closed]

I have a white LED light source, the spectrum of which looks as follows --- I want to filter out red light from this white LED source. But as you can see the spectrum dwindles in the red zone. And ...
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Single slit diffraction pattern in 2D

I was looking at previous exams and I saw a question with single slit diffraction. Please look at picture on the website: http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=4807732#post4807732 So, this ...
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If outside a cylindrical solenoid exist an electrical field what does that mean to the Aharonov-Bohm Effect?

To the question "What is the electric field outside a cylindrical solenoid when inside is turned on a magnetic field" the answer is that outside exists a electric field. Does that mean that the ...
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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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Newton's Ring: interference problem [closed]

Newton's ring apparatus consists of a Plano-spherical glass which rests on its vertex on top if a horizontal surface. Reflection-interference occurs along the air wedge, and is seen as a series of ...