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Why don't the colors in an oil slick change as I walk past?

After it rains, I often see bands of color on the asphalt roads. This is usually explained as an thin film interference. Wikipedia has a picture of it which looks by inspection to be the same ...
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Single particle diffraction: how is this possible?

The intensity distribution of diffraction patterns are typically explained by looking at points of constructive and destructive interference of the diffracted waves on the detector. These diffracted ...
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Time-coherency of “incoherent” light

Even "incoherent" light as the one of a light bulb has some coherency, and would interfer in the double-slit experiment (even if more blurry because the different wavelengths don't trigger the same ...
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Is this true about low-light/one photon at-a-time double-slit interference?

I've consistently noticed in pictures of double-slit interference when very low-light or one photon at-a-time is used, that there's lots of "stray" photons detected in the areas of destructive ...
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Backing out of interactions: Does physics account for such a thing?

Does physics account for interactions between light and matter ever being "not completed" or backed out of? Here's what led me to the question. In learning about interference in light, I ended up ...
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Interference Pattern and dark lines

Two very narrow slits are spaced apart and are placed 35.0 cm from a screen. What is the distance between the first and second dark lines of the interference pattern when the slits are illuminated ...
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Find the ratio of maximum intensity to minimum intensity [closed]

Question: Two coherent sources of intensity $10Wm^{-2}$ and $25Wm^{-2}$ inference to form fringes. Find the ratio of maximum intensityb to minimum intensity. Progress: ...
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Does constructive interference imply that an atom interacts with >1 photon simultaneously?

If we're conducting a double-slit experiment using coherent monochrome light, we know that, wherever two light-waves fall on the same point, whether they destructively or constructively interfere with ...
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How does an increase in temperature change the width of the central bright for Fraunhofer's single slit experiment?

When coherent light shines onto a metal sheet with a thin slit. There will be an interference pattern with a central bright fringe. If the temperature of the metal is increased, this causes linear ...
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Period of double slit experiment

What is the period of the pattern from the double slit experiment? It varies along the pattern right? Namely I'm confused because when considering two point sources (See: Period of Interference ...
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What double slit separation distance is necessary for natural light to display no interference pattern?

I know that natural light has a temporal range over which it's coherent, and an associated coherence length. If the path length difference of the light from each slit is greater than this coherence ...
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Do bosons and fermions produce the same interference pattern in a double slit experiment?

I have read that when bosons interfere they do so by adding the probability amplitudes, then I read that when fermions interfere they do so by subtracting the probability amplitudes. The usual double ...
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Interference of light waves question

We were recently asked to solve a question in class which goes as follows: In a modified Young's double slit experiment, a monochromatic uniform and parallel light beam of wavelength $6000$ ...
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Probability and double slit

if a beam of identical particles at random distances from each other (or exactly 1/2 lambda between each other) travelling with the same v towards a double sllit do not interfere with each others wave ...
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Do two waves of different frequencies create a resultant wave of lower frequency?

In my results for testing background noise, i found that while strumming a guitar in: a noisy area, the frequency picked up by the mic was 352 Hz while in a quiet area, the frequency picked up by ...
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Michelson interferometer finding $\frac{\Delta \nu}{\bar \nu}$?

Let us say we send light with wavenumber $\bar \nu \pm \frac{\Delta \bar \nu}{2}$ through a Michelson Interferometer. Using the intensity at the center of the interference pattern $I(x)$ (where $x$ is ...
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can different force fields interfere (create interference patterns)

Edit: I have rewritten the question for clarity. I know waves of photons can interfere eachother. What about if you mixed waves of photos with w and z bosons? What about gravitons (if they exist) ...
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What happens to the velocity distribution during constructive interference?

Two pulses(one inverted & having velocity in the opposite direction) moving towards each other with same wavelength & amplitude after undergoing destructive interference do re-appear. Why? ...
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How can 2 EM waves null each other at a point but continue to propagate?

how can 2 EM waves (travelling in opposite directions) null each other at a point in space but continue to propagate beyond the point in space where they interact to null each other?
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Standing wave confusion

To form a standing wave, two coherent waves must travel in opposite direction. But is it it necessary for them to have the same amplitude and no phase angle difference?
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Double-Slit Experiment /w Switch

So if you perform the double-slit experiment without detection, you'll see an interference pattern. If you interfere with a photon at the slit, you'll see the wave-form collapse. So if you turn the ...
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What was Newton's own explanation of Newton's rings?

What was Newton's own explanation of Newton's rings? Newton advocated a corpuscular theory of light, but his rings would most conveniently be explained by a wave theory. How did he explain his own ...
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Diffraction pattern from laser shone on coffe-filter plastered on glass pane

I make an ordinary coffe filter wet and plaster it on a glass pane. I then shine a laser onto the filter (on the side of the pane with the coffe filter). When I do this, I see what I assume is an ...
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How do large interferometers work?

In very large Michelson interferometer a such as LIGO, how can we keep the two light paths at the exact same distance in order to avoid any unwanted and noisy fringes shift? When I used to make ...
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Is coherent light required for interference in Young's double slit experiment?

In this Veritasium video, a home experiment is presented which appears to produce a very good double-slit interference pattern with normal sunlight. The experiment is an empty cardboard box with a ...
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Fringe Width and Spacing and Number of Slits in Diffraction Experiments

In a single slit experiment, the fringes are not equally spaced and aren’t of equal widths—the central maximum is the widest, the secondary maxima grow narrower and narrower outward, and the minima ...
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Why do electrons/photons create an interference pattern in the double slit experiment? [duplicate]

So...if electrons and photons are both particles and they pass the two slits, why do they create an interference pattern as if they were waves? Now from what I've read, it's because of the ...
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How can the central maximum in a double slit experiment have greater intensity than the original beam?

I have read in more than one place that the maximum intensity in a double slit experiment can be defined as the sum of the amplitudes of the light in each slit. For example, if the intensity of a ...
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Does Increasing the Width of the Slit Increase the Intensity of the Light Passing Through it Considering the Slit as a Source

I did an experiment in which I tried to show that the visibility of the interference fringes is related to the relative slit width in a double slit interferometer. In other words if one slit had a ...
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Why does a wave actually diffract?

I know that waves diffract around a slit and this is due to the Huygens-Fresnel principle. But I never understand this in an intuitive wave that why does a wave become a spherical wave front at the ...
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Will decorrelating an audio signal help reduce interference patterns at low frequencies?

In live sound it is common to have a left/right sub-speaker configuration, which will produce an strong interference pattern in the audience area based on listener/sub-speaker locations. If the ...
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Explanation of Interference of Electromagnetic Waves

There is a question on a test which goes like this: "Given two electromagnetic waves, one of wavelength 6.0 X 10-7 m and the other of wavelength 7.0 X 10-7 m, travelling in space. When the two ...
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Does Laser Intensity Depend on the Size of the Beam

I have always understood intensity to be defined as power divided by area. However, I have read (in the Wikipedia article on intensity) that intensity in optics can mean something slightly different. ...
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Is double slit interference due to EM/de Broglie waves? And how does this relate to quantum mechanical waves?

I'm really confused about the fact that there seems to be two types of waves at play: the EM wave, which I understand to be an actual fluctuation of EM fields in space, and this other type of bulk ...
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If I observe an interference pattern, will I able to know the source?

The condition to get an interference pattern we must need coherent sources. After superposition, they produce interference. If we select a random photon in the superposition states, can I know the ...
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Intensity for Single-Slit Interference Pattern

In the derivation for the equation for the relative intensity of a single-slit interference pattern in my textbook, there is an assumption that I find a bit fishy. I know this equation works, so it ...
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How can laser interferometry be used to measure path difference smaller than wavelength of laser light?

The currently proposed Gravitational wave detection apparatus consists of Michelson Interferometer which is supposed to measure distances of the order of $10^{-22}$m. But the wavelength of the light ...
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Why are fringes displaced when a thin film is introduced (Michelson interferometer)?

I'm reading everywhere that when you place a thin film in one arm of an interferometer, fringes are displaced. No-one seems to explicitly say why; maybe because it's meant to be obvious. I know ...
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How does light behave after experiencing fully destructive interference, as in an interferometer?

I'm thinking about a laser interferometer like the one used in LIGO. Here's the basic layout (from Wikipedia - Interferometry): My understanding is that the half of the light that is reflected by ...
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Gibbs isotherm and calculating interfacial tension change from first principles

Question: Is it possible for a solid particle to change the surface tension between two phases? (or: Does a solid particle have a chemical potential?) This question stems from the more ...
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Loss of interference in single-photon Mach–Zehnder interferometer with detector in only one arm

I have read that if you have a Mach–Zehnder interferometer (doing a single-photon experiment) and put a non-destructive detector in only one of the two arms (connected to the first beam splitter), you ...
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Michelson Morley experiment - why is there an interference pattern in the first place?

In descriptions of the experiment, the two arms of the interferometer have the same length. There's an interference pattern which was expected to be shifted when the system was rotated 90 degrees. But ...
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Can we obtain interference pattern with single electron/photon in Young's double slit experiment? [duplicate]

Can we obtain interference pattern by using single electron/photon in Young's Double slit experiment? If yes, then how ...and if no, then why?
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Relationship between the material properties of an edge and the fringes behind this edge

The double-slit experiment shows fringes on a screen. Closing one of the slits there is still an interference pattern on the screen behind the slit. Making the slit wider we still see fringes between ...
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Resultant Intensity due to three Light sources [closed]

How to calculate resultant intensity at a point due to three light sources...?
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Are coherent tunneling and incoherent hopping belong to quantum interference?

What the accurate definition of quantum interference in molecule or molecules? In some case, there is coherent tunneling in a molecule junction while sometime it is incoherent hopping, or even the ...
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What happens if two possible paths interfere with each other but are different in their length?

Can you explain what happens if two possible photon paths interfere with each other but are different in their length? When does the interference pattern appear? I suggest it happens after the time ...
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Single Slit/Double Slit path differences

When diffracting light through a double slit, I understand that the two sources must arrive on the screen m(wavelengths) out of phase [where m is any whole number], in order for a bright fringe to ...
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Double slit with observer?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmq_FJd1oUQ Apologize if this is a dumb question, I'm just a kid trying to make sense of something that I'm new to. It shows the wave interference when you send a ...