Optics is the study of light, and its interaction with matter. It includes topics such as imaging systems, fiber optics, lasers, quantum optics, and more.

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Understanding the mathematical formulation of the Faraday effect

The Faraday Effect is a magneto-optical effect which results in the polarisation of light being rotated I would really want to understand the theory of this, but I only have a basic EM knowledge, ...
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How to block coupling between adjacent waveguides?

I have a number of nonlinear waveguides, say six. I don't want coupling between specific two waveguides. Other than keeping them large distance away, what are the other possibilities to ensure no ...
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What will be the effect of placing a light source very close to a photodiode?

What will be the effect of placing a photodiode really close to a laser source and what should be the appropriate distance between a light source and photodiode to get maximum output current?
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Car headlights glass - why such uneven shape/texture?

Why does the glass on my car's headlights have such a strange shape/texture? Are there physics-based explanations or insights for these features? Wouldn't it be better if it was just transparent and ...
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What could be the use cases of optics in a computer algebra system? [on hold]

I am working on optics module in sympy. As of now I've only implemented Transverse wave, Medium and some functions for ...
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Can light be trapped theoretically?

My question is a little silly I know, but I'm curious to know if a particle of light can be theoretically trapped between two reflective screens. For example once the particle of light has left it's ...
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Has the photon both gravitational and inertial mass?

The theory of relativity shows that the inertial mass of a body increases with the energy it contains; if the increase of energy amounts to $E$, the increase in inertial mass is equal to $E/c^2$, ...
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Total internal reflection and waveguides

I'm looking at a model of a planar dielectric waveguide along the lines of this picture: For the wave inside the $n_1$ dielectric slab to totally internally reflect $\theta_M$ needs to be smaller ...
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Can you explain Fermat's Principle to me?

The textbook(F.A.Jenkins and H.E.White Fundamentals of Optics) states that the Fermat's principle is that the path taken by a light ray in going from one point to another through any set of media ...
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Frequency of a photon as related to the change of its frequency

I think that bob maybe already, at least partially, has answered my following question: "Is it true or false that the frequency of a photon is not related to the change of its frequency caused by ...
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Which Optics textbooks are good? [duplicate]

After September,I will be a sophomore.During the vocation, I am learning optics by myself. And I learn it by reading Ajoy Ghatak's ...
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what is the reflective index of given liquid? [closed]

In this question the refractive index of a liquid is to be calculated considering the given two cases.
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In an optical system with a single convex lens, where should the image area be placed in order to take pictures at infinite focus?

I'm trying to learn how camera lenses work, and have gotten stuck. Say that we have an optical system consisting of a single lens with focal length f, and we want to take pictures of objects which are ...
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How is the theory of partial coherent light related to quantum-mechanics?

Background Let me start this question by a long introduction, because I assume that only few readers will be familiar with the theory of partial coherent light and concepts like a mutual coherence ...
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Anomalous Total Transmittance

I am measuring with a Spectrometer UV-Vis-NIR Lambda 900 the total transmittance of a sample made by a sheet of Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) between two glasses of 3 mm thickness. I am obtaining an ...
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Optically thick media

What does "optically thick media" mean? Does this property depend on the length of an enclosure? Why is the diffusion approximation for the radiative transfer equation applied to optically thick ...
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Variance of daylight over short periods of time?

I've searched various publication archives but I'm a signal processing engineer and not an applied physicist, so I might not be using the right terms. While I can find various average values for the ...
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Why does a single mode fibre have a cutoff wavelength?

I earlier had a doubt based on ray theory that light must reflect and so all wavelengths should propagate through SMF. This Q/A Single-mode fibers and ray-theory of light does specify that we have to ...
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Difference between single mode and multi mode optical fibres?

What is the difference between single mode and multi mode optical fibres? First off, I guess that by modes we mean the spatial modes of the electric (or magnetic?) field right? Now: what makes a ...
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Is a lens with a focal point that doesn't shift as sun shines from different angles possible? [closed]

My question: Is it possible to manufacture a lens whose focal point doesn't shift in any direction during the day when the sun shines from different angles? It is understood that the focused energy ...
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Expectation value for the time of a photon reflection

A photon is reflected by matter (by an electron in empty space). How long does the reflection take? (i.e. is there any infinitesimal time elapsing during the reflection process?), or more precisely, ...
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How does the color of fine dispersed metal particles change between silver and black?

Small dispersed particles of metals are often black, while a solid object of the same material would be some shade of silver. The most notable example is the use of metallic silver as the black color ...
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How is the imaginary part of angular frequency omega related to the imaginary part of the refractive index?

I'm trying to find the attenuation constant (leak rate) $\alpha$ from the imaginary part of the refractive index of a lossy material. I have the eigen frequency $\omega$ for my structure which has an ...
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Why do i see bright red hand when i place flashlight behind my hand?

When I place a working flashlight behind my hand, I see my hand bright red because of the light. So my question is, why do I only see red light after transmission even if incoming light from the ...
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Reducing the distortion of transmitted light through a prismatic array

I'm wondering if there is a way to reduce the distortion of light transmitted through a prismatic array (without touching the surface of the prisms). The obvious thing to try is a corresponding ...
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Light Focus Guider [closed]

How can I easily guide a focused light source to a different location without losing focused light intensity? If there is an item, where can I buy this? I heard about fiber cable, but I do not know ...
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Anti-reflective coating effect on total internal reflection?

If the surface of prism is coated with an anti-reflective coating, (specifically an index matching, refractive index gradient, or moth-eye structure), and light impinges at a greater than critical ...
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Experimentally measuring coherence length of laser

So I am trying to figure out the coherence length of my laser source. I am using a mach zehnder interferomter (image attached). I have theoretically calculated $L_c$ to be somewhere between 800-1200 ...
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How to calculate transmission of photonic band gap fiber?

How to calculate transmission of hollow core photonic fibers (multilayer fiber and 2D band gap fiber)? Which books/article you can recommend ? I see that comsol can do it, but is there a model that ...
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Book/article with details for finding fiber modes numerically?

What is good book/article that describes in detail the basics in finding fiber modes numerically? I am interested in photonics fibers and multilayer fibers, but would like to start with hollow fiber. ...
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Seeing one's back on the event horizon

If we would hypothetically be exactly on the event horizon, we should see our own back, because of the circular motion of photons on the event horizon, right? But what would be the image size, or $-$ ...
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Absorption Spectrum

I just learnt what absorption and emission spectrum are. And our teacher introduced us to what Quantum Dots are. And showed us their absorption and emission spectra. And they look something like this ...
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Image formation (lenses) [closed]

I have a question regarding image formation by lenses. It is the following: A lense with a focal length of $-48.0cm$ forms an image $17.0cm$ to the right of the lense. Where is the object positioned? ...
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Usage of the terms Raman, Stokes and anti-Stokes scattering

I am confused over the correct usage of the terminology for "Raman scattering", "Stokes scattering", "anti-Stokes scattering", or even "Stokes-Raman scattering" and "anti-Stokes-Raman scattering". Is ...
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An optical system with image from a convex lens forming behind a concave lens

I am having a problem drawing optical ray lines for optical systems. Namely, one which have a formation of image of the first lens beyond the second lens. Take the picture below as an example: In ...
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Can a point source be located more accurately out-of-focus or in-focus?

Let's say I am taking a picture, and I know a priori that the image is of a single ideal point source of light at infinity. With a perfect imaging system in focus, the image shows an Airy disk. I ...
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What is the difference between surface plasmon and surface plasmon polariton?

I'm trying to understand this reading article linked below and I still don't know how to explain this simply, without need to derive everything mathematically. Can someone just write here how do SP's ...
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Determinant of ray transfer matrix

Quick question on the wikipedia entry for the ray transfer matrix, which is defined : where $x$ is the distance of a point from the optical axis and $\theta$ the angle that the beam profile at that ...
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Why does a mirror reverse polarization of circularly polarised light?

A glass mirror (with metal backing layer) will reverse the polarisation of circularly polarised light upon reflection. A polished piece of metal will also reverse the polarisation of circularly ...
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Can horizontally and vertically polarized light combine to become circularly/elliptically polarized light?

Well, we know that circularly/elliptically polarized light is made up from orthogonal components. So is it possible then to create circularly/elliptically polarized light by combining horizontally and ...
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Is single photon perfectly monochromatic?

Now, we do have equipment to generate single photon at a time, and LASERs are nearly monochromatic. While typing the question, am realizing that successive photons in case of single photon ...
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Cut angle for BBO type I SPDC

I am using an old BBO crystal, which is not designed for spontaneous parametric down conversion, to see whether I can generate converted photons of 800nm from 400nm. I used a photon avalanche detector ...
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The physics behind Google Glass' “prism”

In writing a bachelor's thesis about applicable use cases for Google Glass in retail I also strive to explain the physics behind Glass' optics. So far I've come to the following conclusions: Glass ...
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Calculate minimum intensity of a point source visible to a camera

I have two cameras and know the specified minimum faceplate sensitivity for both: Camera 1: Minimum faceplate sensitivity 4 x 10-6 Lux Camera 2: Minimum faceplate sensitivity 2 x 10-7 lux I also ...
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light color and refraction

I'm a bit confused on the topic of refraction, some starting premises: 1) When light refracts from exiting a medium with a low n and entering a medium with high n the light bends. 2) The index of ...
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Problem with plane mirror focal length thoery: Is the focal length actually infinite?

We all learned that the focal length of plane mirrors is considered to be infinite, as the radius of curvature is infinite. However, imagine this scenario: You have a perfectly flat (no one get mad, ...
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Young's Double slit Experiment [closed]

In a Young’s double slit experiment 10 fringes are observed in a given segment of the screen when light of wavelength 500.0 nm is used. When the experiment is performed in a medium of refractive index ...
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optical diffusion (scattering) versus refraction

When an electromagnetic wave meets an interface a part of it is reflected and part of it is refracted (and from the refractive index I can calculate the angles of propagation and the intensities using ...
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Why does light travel in a straight line through a liquid?

So I was reading a document that stated that when traveling through a material (I'll use a liquid here, maybe water), a photon actually always traveled at 300,000 km/s, it was just that it ...