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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What does amplitude in wavelength of light physically mean?What oscilates with time in photon?

Like amplitude in wavelength of water waves signify the displacement of water particles about their mean position.
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How light speeds up after coming out of a glass slab?

As I learned today in School, my teacher told me that when light enters a Glass Slab it slows down due to the change in density and it speeds up as it goes out of the Glass Slab. This causes a lateral ...
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How are different wavelength components collected by the same detector in a spectrometer?

Let's think, we have a detector array (128x1 and each CMOS detector responds 400 to 1000 nm TSL1401CL that way, each detector has 4.6875 nm interval). Then, basically in a spectrometer a prism reflect ...
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Does irregular reflection form images?

In one of my test papers at school, we had a true-false question which said "Irregular reflection can form an image." I marked it true, however I was not given any marks for the question. I asked my ...
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Resolving power of ultra-telescopes

Assuming we could create and orbit optical telescopes of arbitrary size, perhaps starting with (say) inflatables or active membrane of 100m diameter what kind of resolution in imaging extra-solar ...
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Why is responsivity quoted as a figure of merit?

Lately I have been investigating the physics literature on proposed photosensitive electronic devices made of graphene. Often I see responsivity values quoted as if they suppossed to impress, and ...
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Ways to measure the focal length of a convex lens with only natural sun light [on hold]

What are the common ways to measure the focal length of a convex lens with only natural sun light?
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How to propagate a (tilted) gaussian beam through a telecentric f-theta-lens

My questions has two parts: First of all let's assume I have a gaussian beam and I send it through a telecentric f-$\theta$-lens (e.g. http://specialoptics.com/products/scanning_confocal.html) with ...
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Fresnel lens/kinoform: How to model diffraction at the edges of zones?

I would like to find the intensity distribution of light due to the diffraction at the edges of zones on Fresnel lenses or kinoforms. (That is, location of orders, heights of maxima, etc.) I can't ...
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Mirrors and the human eye

Not sure if this is a suitable question for this exchange. Me and a friend are debating what can be seen through a periscope consisting only of two 45 degree mirrors. My friend tells me that the ...
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Prism formula base question [on hold]

An equilateral prism has a refractive index of $\sqrt{3}$. A ray of light is traveling parallel to base of the prism. What is angle of incidence?
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What curved, transparent media exists for full-motion holograms?

Looking to project light either on, or through, but not from, a transparent medium. So I'm thinking of half a hollow sphere with a surface thickness of 1/10th the radius of sphere. A clear curved ...
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How to choose a type of a lens for a particular optical component?

With almost no experience in optics, I am trying to create a system that looks something like that: The idea is to be able to focus the parallel wide beam (shown in broken line between lens 214 and ...
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Is the kinetic energy of an electron always $1.6 \cdot 10^{-19}~\text{J}$?

I was doing the following problem. For $d$. They bizarrely added an extra step. They calculated the momentum of the electron to find the De Broglie wavelength using the kinetic energy relationship. ...
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Fresnel equations of reflection applied to microparticles

I wanted to know if the Fresnel equations of reflection, as described here, can be used to calculate the reflectance on the interface of particles which have a diameter near the size of the wavelength ...
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Photonic slab: 1D or 2D guide?

I have read several books that start talking about photonics wires by describing the slab guide first. Obviously, this kind of structure is a simplification of a 2D waveguide. My question is related ...
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Light intensity units in Beer-Lambert law

I have always found the Beer-Lambert law written in terms of light intensity, but what are the units of that light intensity? When related to light, some people talk about cd, or W/cm/cm... What are ...
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Light Polarizer and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

I have stumped myself with a thought experiment of my own devising. Suppose I take a beam of wholly depolarised, but otherwise plane wave light. Its von Neumann entropy per photon is $\log(2)$ nats ...
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Proving susceptibility in Lorentz Model satisy Kramers-Kronig relations [closed]

My instructor asked me to prove that the real and imaginary parts of the electric susceptibility derived from Lorentz Model satisfy the Kramers-Kronig relations using the residue theorem. The problem ...
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Enlarge an object between lenses without affecting things behind? [closed]

Is there a way one could build a system of lenses in a way that looking through all the lenses at an object outside the system, it would look the same as without the lenses, but an object between the ...
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Lens's diameter [closed]

This question is asked in a famous competition in my country: "Approximately calculate the diameter of the lens which this picture is taken with.(for measurements consider lens as a flat object)" Can ...
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what factors cause the “energy gap” to change between different materials?

To my understanding, every electron wants to be "excited" its next energy level. Depending on the material, the electron will need a different amount of energy to reach the next energy level. This ...
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Can I calculate the size of a real object by just looking at the picture taken by a Camera?

Can I calculate the size of a real object by just looking at the picture taken by a Camera? (I think people do that) i dont understand how?(from physics point of view)
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diffraction grating

Can I design a diffraction grating that has only two orders of diffraction, with the second one has a zero intensity? So the first order of diffraction would be bright and the weak light from far ...
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Jaynes-Cummings Model in Quantum Optics

Why doesn't JC model remain valid under the weak atom-field coupling?
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Spectrometer vs. Spectrophotometer

I have been researching about the difference of a spectrometer and a spectrophotometer. They both sound the same. What is the difference?
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If we increase the aperture of a telescope and decrease its magnification, can it be harmful to the eyes?

The full moon is the brightest object in the night sky. I believe that if we increase the aperture of the objective, and decrease the magnification of the telescope, it might concentrate a dangerous ...
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Optical density

My knowledge about optical density as a quantity is limited and I have several questions regarding it. I know that it is the optical density of a medium that determines the speed of light in a ...
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Does light change phase on refraction?

I have seen a lot about when light undergoes a phase change when it is reflected. But does it undergo a phase change when refracted and if so why and if not why not?
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Gaussian beam modelling, location of the beam waist?

In reference to the specifications of a laser diode below: http://www.thorlabs.de/thorcat/11900/L780P010-SpecSheet.pdf I wish to be able to model it as a gaussian laser beam. I understand there is a ...
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Transparent vs Insulator

Being transparent, can I say that glass is a better insulator than wood. (Reason: In GLASS visible light(lower energy)is not able to excite the electrons in it,so just pass away to other ...
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Total internal reflection for perpendicular incidence

Are there any materials, which give total internal reflection for perpendicular incidence? Here, by this phenomena I mean: no absorption (including for evanescent propagation inside), finite ...
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Lens surrounded by two different materials?

If have a material refractive index $n_1$ then a lens refractive index $n_2$ then another material on the other side of the lens (but in contract with the lens) refractive index $n_3$. How do I find ...
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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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What property of medium is directly related to light propagation speed in that medium? [duplicate]

Refractive index is used to calculate phase velocity of light in medium, other than vacuum. Recently I had a discussion with somebody claiming that light is slower due to magnetic field of atoms. I ...
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Understanding camera lens and sensor compatibility

When a lens is specified not just by its focal length, but also the sensor format for which it is intended, what compatibility limits does that place on the sensors it can be used with? For example, ...
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Merging shadows [duplicate]

It is a strange phenomenon that when two shadows, say projected on to a wall, approach eachother (for example by moving the light sources closer), at some point the shadows seem to merge as if they ...
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Wave interference

Visualizing the double slit experiment, there are light lines and dark lines. The dark lines I understand are caused by the interference cancelling waves. What I don't understand is where the energy ...
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Diffraction of a thin mirror

I have a question about a particular case of light diffraction. A laser light collides into a "hairline" mirror (I mean a straight line mirror that halves the wavelength dimension), see the image ...
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Image angle illusion [closed]

I am not sure whether this question on-topic here. (please suggest to migrate if this is off-topic) What is the phenomenon/illusion (or something else?) known as where in a photo of a person, the ...
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Stimulated emission direction

Place a sub-micron clump of crystal violet molecules in front of a multipixel detector. Raise the molecules to an electronically excited state with a beam of 590 nm light, illuminating from the side ...
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Calculating distance between two objects viewed from an angle [closed]

I'm trying to determine the location of this vehicles rear bumper and the front edge of the white road marker. I can't tell if the vehicle is before, at the edge, or just ahead of the marker. The ...
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Gaze tracking with the pupil-glint response how does the geometry work?

I am struggling to understand the geometry behind the pupil glint response (see above) (With only one light source). I understand that you use the glint to find the corneal centre (Centre of corneal ...
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Help understanding Fizeau's calculation of speed of light

While searching for different methods of calculating Speed of light, I came across one of the methods that Fizeau discussed below which I cannot fully understand. In short, in Fizeau’s apparatus, a ...
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Penny dropped in the water: What would you see if transmitted light is parallel to the incident surface

I'm working on a problem which asks what is the greatest diameter of a paper you can use to totally shield a penny dropped in the water from view. The question claims that if the transmitted ...
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Why can't we see Rainbows from its end points? [duplicate]

We see Rainbows many times, but we always see them Horizontally or from Sideways. Why can't we see it from under it?/From the point where it starts or ends(end points)? I also want to stress on that, ...
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Why is cross section inversely proportional to wavelength for interstellar scattering?

The following problem was part of a homework for my Cosmology class: Compare the probability of interstellar scattering of photons of yellow light (5000 angstroms) and 50 micron infra-red light. ...
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Can unpolarized light be created from polarized light?

I have a question regarding this topic. According Stokes Parameters theory, unpolarized light could be described as a superposition of two independent beams of equal intensity and orthogonal ...
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Condition for formation of interference pattern

I recently came across this in a textbook of mine while studying the Young's double slit experiment. It says a condition for the formation of interference pattern is s/S < lambda/d Where s is ...
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Does dispersion take place in our eyes? [duplicate]

What do we see if a single ray of white light falls in to our eyes ? Doesn't it undergo dispersion ?