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How can laser interferomerty 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 do I hear beats through headphones only at low frequencies?

I was recently playing with this Wolfram Demonstrations applet, which demonstrates beats. At first I thought the app didn't work because I couldn't hear any beats. Then I realized that the applet ...
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Why don't two musical instruments sometimes generate destructive interference?

I'm an electrical engineer, and I understand wave propagation, interference patterns, and so on. But I'm missing something basic, so perhaps my understanding isn't as good as I believe. I'll show my ...
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Alternate young double slit experiment

What will happen in young's double slit experiment, when instead of screen I put a black screen with a hole and a second screen behind the black one. Will it still form interference pattern albeit a ...
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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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How to check whether Schrödinger's cat was in superposition of states?

Suppose we can make an arbitrarily precise preparation of a Schrödinger's cat (and isolate it arbitrarily well so that decoherence is not a problem). If we prepare lots of cats in this state, what ...
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What is the fringe separation in Young's double slit experiment?

In the double slit experiment, a pattern of dark and bright bands appears on the screen. Is the fringe separation the distance between two bright bands? Question: In a double slit experiment ...
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Interference on curved film

Let's say I have a curved film in the XY plane, delimited by $y=0$, $y=\sqrt{x}$, $x=L$. Now I light the thin film from the top and I try to see the interference pattern by transmision. I'm stuck ...
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Explanation of Michelson Interferometer Fringe Shift

I have been working on an experiment where 2 glass microscope slides are pinched together at one end (so that there is a "wedge" of air between them) and placed in the path of a laser in one leg of a ...
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How is a particle observed in the double slit experiment?

I'm having some trouble understanding what is causing so much confusion what this experiment is concerned. As I understand it it is thought that the wave interferes with itself when it's observed, ...
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Why light comes out in spherical form after passing through a slit (diffraction)?

I want to know why light comes out in spherical form when it passes through the slit? I know this is due to diffraction but how? And my second question, if there is no difference between ...
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Wheeler's delayed choice experiment

In Wheeler's delayed choice experiment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheeler%27s_delayed_choice_experiment) When the experimental apparatus does not contain a final interfering mirror, the photon is ...
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Difference between thin film interference and Bragg diffraction of electron

Thin film interference is given by: $2dsin\theta=n\frac{\lambda}{n_i}$, where $d$ is the thickness of film, $\theta$ is the angle between incident light and tangent to the surface, $n$ is an integer, ...
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Michelson-Morley experiment

I have to do an experiment about light. I preferred to measure the speed of light by the experiment of Michelson and Morley. When you do the experiment, it will result in an interference pattern by ...
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Post mortem measurement of particle-wave duality

I was wondering what the outcome of this experiment would be: You shoot single photons at a double slit. On their way there you preform a measurement in $x$ so you get the time ($t_0$) the particle ...
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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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Derive phase shift equation for two diffirent optical paths differences

If we have two optical paths differences, call them $\phi_1, \phi_2$, and $\phi_1 > \phi_2$ then phase shift with respect to optical path difference $\phi_2$ is $PhSh = \frac{2\pi}{\lambda}(\phi_1 ...
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Limits on the information obtained through optical measurements

Consider a Gedankenexperiment shown in the figure below. There are two lasers $S1$ and $S2$ with exactly the same specifications on paper. In practice, they are of course somewhat different but ...
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PM-IRRAS Equidistant Fringes in Spectrum

What is the cause, and best method to prevent / minimize, fringes in one's FTIR (PM-IRRAS) spectrum on samples deposited on a thin metal film? The fringes look as though they are spaced out by a ...
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Is that a result of thin-film interference?

Several years ago, I was laying on my bed and had a CD shaped transparent plastic disk (which was covering a 100 CD stack), basically a transparent CD. I don't know why but I took my phone and took a ...
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Difference Between Fraunhofer and Fresnel Diffraction

What is the difference between Fraunhofer diffraction and Fresnel diffraction? I mean diffraction is just bending of light waves or waves in general around a point. So how can there be two types of ...
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Violation of conservation of energy?

Imagine a perfectly spherical mirror with 100% reflection. Imagine a point source of light in the center. The point source keeps radiating light. Will the light undergo destructive interference ...
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Modified double-slit experiment - two electron sources instead of two slits

In the famous double-slit experiment, if I inserted two identical sources (i.e electron guns) at the locations of the slits, would I still see an interference pattern on the screen? I would allow ...
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Why does a double-slit experiment with sound waves never result in complete destructive interference?

Today, I find a question that if the speakers are set in parallel towards the wall. It has no complete destructive interference due to difference in distance from the point to each speakers, which ...
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How does light know which path is fastest?

We know from Fermat's principle of least time that light follows the fastest path. But how does light know which path is the fastest?
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Fastest path of light [duplicate]

Fermat's principle of least time says that light always takes the fastest path to any point. So how can light know which is the fastest path without taking all the paths first?
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Are we working in the double slit argumentation with destructive interference arguments?

Stimulating water with two long straight bars one could produce linear waves. Having the right distance between the bars and the correct frequency of the steady system we get in the middle between the ...
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Double slit experiment alternating holes

If we perform the double slit experiment by shoting photons covering one hole at a time, would we see equally the double slit interference?. That is, the same set up of double slit but fire photons ...
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Rayleigh's Criterion

I was just wondering, when two different objects have have light coming from them to our eyes, do the intensities of each diffraction interfere? For example, in the picture below: Do the ...
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Wave superposition, is my textbook wrong?

Here's the question: Two coherent electromagnetic waves are incident simultaneously at some point in space. The intensity of each independent wave is $I_0$. What is the intensity of the superposition ...
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Disparity between two texts on intensity and phase interference - which is right?

So, I'm learning phase interference. Imagine we have two waves. $$ E_1 = A_0sin(wt) $$ and $$ E_2 = A_0sin(wt+\phi) $$ With $$ \phi = \frac{2\pi}{\lambda}dsin(\theta) $$ Which is the path ...
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How to derive path difference ($\Delta l=d\sin \theta$) for double-slit interference?

The Wikipedia page for the double-slit wave interference experiment states that the path difference between waves diffracting from the two slits is equal to: $$ \Delta l=d\sin \theta $$ where $d$ is ...
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How to interpret single photon interference when the two possible paths are different in length?

Here is my question. I struggle with the definition of single photon interference. Let’s assume we have a Michelson interferometer and the interference pattern we observe is a single photon result, ...
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Fabry-Perot Spectroscopy

Suppose you have a source of variable wavelength, and you are sweeping the wavelength while monitoring transmission through a Fabry-Perot cavity at normal incidence? What (qualitatively) could you ...
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How does energy get transfered from destructive interference point to constructive one?

If there are two pressure waves (like sound waves) that travel in opposite directions and have the same amplitude then destructive interference occurs: one wave will compress the air particle (here ...
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Interference and windows

The other day i was learning about interference patterns with the effect of a bubble making a rainbow on the surface. I learned that the reflections from both sides of the soap can interfere ...
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How does Huygens Principle explain interference?

How exactly does Huygens theory about the propagation of wavefronts account for interference?
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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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A level 9702/11/o/n/14 question 26 (about interference of sound wave) [closed]

The speakers are identical and they are connected it's series with power, so I thought there would be complete destructive interference. Therefore, at some point the amplitude would be zero and also ...
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Interference of waves

Every thing has a dual nature. So if we take waves(consider light interference) as particles, exactly what happens during interference (both constructive and destructive)? Can you explain in easy ...
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Are double-slit patterns really due to wave-like interference?

According to various sources on the web, it seems like the general concensus is that there isn't actually any wave-particle duality with quantum particles. For example, this article implies that ...
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Spherical waves superposition [closed]

If two spherical waves are produced by two sources $S_1$ and $S_2$ as described in the picture From the superposition principle, we know that : $$\Psi(M,t) = \Psi_1(M,t) + \Psi_2(M,t) = ...
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multiverse fabric of reality

Source-"fabric of reality"- author d. deutsch - his contention, as I understand it, is that quantum interference is caused by "almost, but not identical quite quantum entities" , e.g. electrons, from ...
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Michelson interferometer interference pattern [duplicate]

My friend and I recently did an experiment on Lasers where we shot a laser beam through a Michelson interferometer and observed the interference pattern on the wall. Here is the basic setup: One ...
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Can gravitational waves resonate?

Can gravitational waves resonate? - Perhaps by creating standing wave interference in a cavity? Could that feasibly happen either in nature or by engineering?
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Coherence length interference pattern

I recently watched this video that illustrates a laser's coherence length: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LixwAXsN8vg I've learned in class that coherence length of a laser with several wavelengths ...
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Newton's Ring Experiment

In Newton's ring experiment, it is said that the Newton's ring experiment is used to explain this phenomena as depicted in the image. Now, the interference pattern here is forming on the surface of ...
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Paradox of wave energy

Imagine that a wave with energy $E$ is given. as we know $E$ is relevant to the $A^2$($A$ is amplitude) now consider another wave (as same as the first one) and these two wave having a constructive ...
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Energy conservation and interference

I have a problem with energy conservation in case of interfering waves. Imagine two harmonic waves with amplitudes $A$. They both carry energy that is proportional to $A^2$, so the total energy is ...