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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How do RGB colors work?

They say that all colors can be formed by mixing Red, Green, and Blue appropriately. Is it true? Isn't the Fourier basis infinite dimensional? Or does it turn out to be the case that only three ...
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Fraunhofer Diffraction using lenses

I've come across a question that I don't know how to tackle: An alternative way of observing Fraunhofer diffraction uses lenses to provide appropriate conditions. Sketch an optical configuration ...
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Modern Optics (Fowles) Transmittance as a function of wavelength [on hold]

I need to get the coefficient of finesse to equal ((n^2-1)/(2n))^2 from 4R/(1-R)^2 knowing that the incident beam is normal so that R=((n-1)/(n+1))^2. If this isn't possible I'm not understanding the ...
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Why exactly are images formed by lenses/mirrors?

I just don't get the concept behind why a lens or a mirror forms a reproduction of the object at present. Is it to do with the object blocking parts of the light source? I just don't understand why an ...
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Reconciling total internal reflection and the evanescent Wave

I understand that light is guided in a dielectric waveguide via total internal reflection. My question is regarding the origin of power contained in the evanescent field traveling along the direction ...
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Why can colors be mixed? [duplicate]

We can combine colored light, creating other colors, at least in terms of visual perception. But how it the result physically "a different color" - if it is at all? Or is all this not a physical ...
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Can a $TEM_{00}$ beam incident on a confocal cavity along its optical axis excite modes other than $TEM_{00}$ in the cavity?

Can a $TEM_{00}$ beam incident on a confocal cavity along its optical axis excite modes other than $TEM_{00}$ in the cavity? If not, is the FSR of the confocal cavity $\frac{c}{2L}$ in this case, ...
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What is the effect of total internal reflection on polarized light [on hold]

Total Internal Reflection causes phase change of a light beam. I searched for effect on a polarized light beam by Total Internal Reflection but could not find much. I am assuming polarization does not ...
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How car headlight works?

There are two headlight of car. One having a light bulb between two concave mirrors (one mirror behind and other infront of bulb), and the other type of light only have one concave mirror behind the ...
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Why do we see laser beams?

A laser produces a coherent beam of photons with particular $\mathbf{k}$ and $\mathbf{\omega}$. So, if there is no particular $\mathbf{k}_0$ directed toward our eyes, why do we see laser beams? I ...
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Imaginary number for extinction coefficient in complex refractive index

In complex refractive index on a material, $n=n'+ ik$, the imaginary part $k$ is physical meaning, as it shows absorption in the material but it is an imaginary. How we measure an imaginary values in ...
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Resonance condition in confocal cavity

In a confocal cavity, a beam traverses the length of the resonator 4 times between two transmissions along the same ray. . For example, in the above figure, path difference between two beams that ...
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Are Verdet Constants Temperature Dependent?

The Verdet constant of a magneto-optical material shows up in the calculation of the rotation of polarized light in a medium submerged in a magnetic field. The amount of rotation is given by $$ ...
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Why do the RGB gamut vertexes not intersect the edges of human vision on the CIExy plot?

As I understand, the CIExy graphic maps "greenness", or rather middle-wavelengthness, to the Y axis and "redness", or rather long-wavelengtsness, to the X axis. The trapping used to reduce the 3d ...
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Does ordinary refraction exert a couple on the refracting medium?

Refraction gives rise to a momentum change orthogonal to the propagation direction. This must result in an equal and opposite change to the medium at the boundary. Entry and exit cancel, and the ...
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Negative radiation pressure from negative refractive index?

I see this claim being originally made by Vesselago (the discoverer of the principles of metamaterials) and indeed in contemporary papers. It means that such a metamaterial would be pulled towards its ...
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Fraunhofer Diffraction [closed]

A 1-dimensional aperture is illuminated by a parallel beam of light of wavelength $\lambda$ and the diffraction pattern is viewed on a distance screen. Show that the amplitude of the diffraction ...
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What's the difference between Raman scattering and second harmonic generation in crystal?

As far as I know, the Raman scattering is from the stokes and anti-stokes scattering that the laser light interact with molecular vibrations. So we know that ""laser light interact with molecular ...
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Difference between the increase in optical path due to refraction and that due to reflection

If we place two glass plates of refractive index n and each having thickness t,on the way of a light ray the increase in optical path becomes (S2P-S1P)=2(n-1)t due to refraction through them,and the ...
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Optical brightener in plastics? [closed]

Is there any way to add some type of 'optical brightener' to a PC+ABS molded part? I'm looking for something that will not affect the color / gloss. Ideally it will be a material that can be added ...
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What is fidelity in experimental QM?

I often comer across the term high fidelity in QM papers. Does fidelity imply ratio of entangled photons / total photons? Is there some other metric to measure how good the source is?
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Geometrical optics assumes light as particles?

I've been studying optics for a while and the first thing I learned was geometrical optics where we think of light as rays and use Fermat's Principle of least time to guess the path light follows. On ...
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The skin effect and the reflectivity of gold

I am simulating a waveguide in COMSOL, a FEM solver. My model looks like this (it is similar to a standard Quantum Cascade Laser geometry): Therefore there is a very thin (30nm) layer of gold ...
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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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Why must an integrating sphere be a sphere?

Why must an integrating sphere be a sphere? Why can't it be an integrating cube? What is the difference? Could I use a cube to measure total illuminance like an integrating sphere does?
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Mean free path of a photon in a fiber

Is there a way to calculate, or a reference table I can to look up which provides the average distance a photon travels before it encounters an electron and is absorbed or re-emitted in a fiber optics ...
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Wave or particle in the end

In Young's double slit experiment I put a convex lens after double slit and direct interference pattern on to a fibre. Then I expose the other end of fibre to a screen. What will I observe - the ...
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Question about the wave nature of light

I quote from my textbook, " Consider two vertical slits S1 and S2 placed parallel to each other, and a string is passed through them. The end B is fixed and A is given jerks perpendicular to its ...
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Why a minus in the equation of a paraxial plane wave?

paraxial plane wave = $\exp{(-jkz)}$ for waves propagating to the right I can't figure out why it's not $\exp{(+jkz)}$. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
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How fast is wave propagation in interference?

When someone performs Young's Double Slit experiment, the person sees an interference pattern on the screen. What is the time taken to for the pattern to appear on the screen? Is it distance between ...
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Will overlapping two different beams of coherent light cause interference?

I have two laser beams with same polarization running parallel to each other. Will they interfere? If yes, then what are the conditions (perpendicular distance etc) and how can I observe the ...
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What is the near point for the eye

So I am a teaching assistant for an introductory physics class. One of the problems on this weeks workshops is: Where is the near point (far point) of an eye for which a contact lens with power of ...
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Locations of destructive interference for two spherical waves

I have looked at this, but it did not help with locations. Really this just comes down to mathematical manipulation, which for some reason I fail to see. Here is my paraphrased setup: Consider two ...
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Graded Index fiber

In the following picture of a graded index fiber two different modes are depicted. One is a higher mode which is propagating towards the core-cladding interface and one is through the higher ...
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When polarized light hits a polarizer, what happens to the polarization which is not transmitted?

It is typically said that in polarization of light only those waves can pass through a polaroid which has a plane of vibration parallel to the axis of polaroid. My question is: what happens to the ...
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What is the difference between dispersion and differential mode group delay?

I want to know what exactly is the differential mode group delay in optical fibers, is it the same thing as dispersion?
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Non-uniform lens flares [duplicate]

I assume -- and maybe wrong -- that lens flares, in photography, are caused by light getting "trapped" inside the curved lens and bouncing around (due to refraction and non-perfect total internal ...
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Why do we need screen to see real images?

As we know that concave mirror forms a real image when object is placed beyond focal plane. This image can only be seen if a screen is kept at the point of intersection of rays(sharp image).If any ...
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What is the difference in application for near infrared camera data capture as opposed to infrared data capture?

I am trying to understand why I would use a near infrared as opposed to an infrared camera for data capture of vegetation health monitoring.
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How is the image in a mirror created without a lens or pinhole?

How is the image in a mirror created without a lens or pinhole? From every point in the world there are infinitely many rays going out. How come the image on a mirror is ok, when there is no pinhole ...
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How to calculate loss due to Gaussian beam divergence of a laser going through multiple lenses?

To better explain my question, I will need to give a brief description of the configuration used in 2D MEMS switches. So, the next figure shows a configuration of a 2D MEMS switch, a light beam ...
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Calculating the rainbow angle

I've read that the angle for viewing a Primary Rainbow is between 40-42 degrees. How would I go about showing this? How would I calculate that angle from scratch? I figured that Snell's Law and the ...
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Impact of Ag nano-particle size on OPV efficiency : simulation

I would like to simulate the impact of gold nano particles size on the efficiency of Organic photovoltaic devices(inverted ofcourse) looking for any simulation plateform where this idea could be done ...
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Is my simulation result for unpolarized light correct?

This is a follow-up of this question. After that, I picked up some knowledge of FDTD (an algorithm for solving Maxwell's equations) and simulated following scene: Pic 1 As the picture shows, a ...
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Would you see a rainbow from refraction when the sun is in front of you?

I know how rainbows are formed, and why. Usually it is said that the Sun must be behind the observer, in order for its light to be totally reflected inside the droplet and then reach the observer. ...
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Is changing angle of grooves in a Fresnel lens important for the lens to work?

I'm thinking of making a huge Fresnel lens out of a plastic sheet I found in my storage. As it's for fun, and I'm not very concerned about precision, I thought I could make it using a nail, rope and ...
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Why is water clear?

Water appears transparent to visible light, yet most other objects are opaque. Why is that? Is there an explanation why water appears transparent? Is water transparent at all wavelengths, or are ...
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Viewing glass from an oblique angle

When I view most glass from the side it's green which I've found out is due to impurities in the glass specifically from iron oxide. Why is it when I view the larger face from an oblique angle, it ...
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Underwater photography and lens for camera housing [migrated]

Im thinking about building simple waterproof housing for camera. I don't expect high quality I want to record some videos good enough to identify fish species, nothing more for now. My housing will ...
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fusion of ir rays and visible rays [duplicate]

How to merge infrared rays into a visible image, so that visible image on screen should not disturb? i want to project fusion of infrared rays and visible rays through same projector,but video playing ...