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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Sharp spot with laser diode

Hope this is the right forum. What components are required for optic system to project a sharp spot with laser diode on a target 10mm-30mm away of the light source? Sharp- means that the transition ...
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How to find the width of a sinc function?

I took the data of visibility by varying the distance between two slits in the YDS experiment. I plotted the visibility vs the distance between two slits and fitted with sinc function. The width of ...
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How does the area of illumination affect the numerical aperture / optical resolution of an optical system?

I have been reading an optics paper in which they designed a microscope with the following setup. A light source passes through a small pinhole, illuminates a sample, which then forms a diffraction ...
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Calculating the diameter of Jupiter through an image

I took an image of Jupiter through my 8" Dobsonian Telescope, attaching a DSLR and a 1.25" Barlow Lens where the eyepiece goes, as shown in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reFxoF3XoaU ...
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Can AMO physics be applicable for space travel? [on hold]

I know it sounds very stupid question. I am a Ph.D student currently working on the AMO physics (Quantum Optics). I recently saw articles about the Spacex, and I thought it is really amazing, and ...
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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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How does change in medium affect object distance/image distance?

Say,we have a container filled with a liquid of refractive index $7/5$ upto a height up $H$. There exists a plane glass mirror at the bottom of the container. Now if a fish were placed at a height of ...
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Production of entangled photons by spontaneous down conversion [on hold]

I have found that the conditional uncertainty product of position and momentum of any one photon produced in the spontaneous parametric down conversion process using a gaussian pump beam decreases ...
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Michleson Interferometer fringe shift

I have a problem with interferometer fringe shift. I am learning it from my physics book. In the book, it is written, "As the L1 (Displacement of moveable mirror) is changed, the pattern of ...
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Binocular vs. monocular field of view in head-up displays

I've been reading about head-up displays in Wiki: Head-up display and understand that it works such that an image from an LCD screen (automotive) or from a cathode ray tube (aviation) is projected to ...
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Why can't incoherent light be collimated as well as laser light (e.g. in a laser pointer)?

Why does a laser pointer contain a laser diode, and not just an LED? A laser pointer contains a laser diode, which essentially shines coherent light over a large angle, and a collimating lens, to ...
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how to solve this question? [on hold]

This is the question in my text : A monochromatic light of wavelength $\mathrm{600 \times 10^{-9}m}$ is used in a Young's double slit experiment. One of the slit is covered by a transparent sheet ...
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How to solve the following wave equation? [on hold]

We have paraxial beam propagating in a uniaxial anisotropic media. When such is the case wave can be divided into two orthogonal parts: Ordinary wave beam Extraordinary wave beam. The ordinary ...
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How black body absorbs light?

I learn that black body absorbs light, but couldn't get the mechanism behind it. I wish I could get help.
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Amplitude of unpolarized EM wave after a polarizer

The amplitude of a linearly polarized wave after a polarizer is $$E_1 = E_0\cos(\theta)$$ and the intensity is $$I_1 = I_0\cos^2(\theta)$$ Now for unpolarized light, the time averaged amplitude is ...
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Quantify shade-off and halo effect in phase contrast microscopy

Shade-off and halo effect introduce distortion to phase contrast images. I am trying to utilize these features to write a program which could identify spherical cells from (positive) phase contrast ...
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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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How can my window not scramble the image of my yard?

How can an image pass through a window if the atoms in the glass randomly emit photons in any direction? I've read that glass is transparent because the atoms don't readily adsorb visible light, so it ...
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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 the angle of incidence change the refractive index?

I've been told if you plot a graph using the sine of the angle of incidence and the sine of the angle of transmission it should follow a linear regression $y = ax + b$. However, if you use certain ...
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Tilted and Misaligned Items in Optical Schemes

My scientific advisor has said me to find correct and concrete ray matrices (ABCD (2x2) or ABCDEFGHI (3x3) or ABCDEFGHIJKL (4x4)) corresponding to tilted and misaligned optical elements such as: ...
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What is meant by the point-source response of eye or telescope?

I have heard that a source is called unresolved if it is much smaller in angular size than the point-source response of the eye or telescope observing it. What is the meaning of point-source response ...
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Is there a minimum population inversion necessary for lasing? [on hold]

Let's say I have a cavity built, with a lasing medium inside, positioned optimally. What are the conditions on the population inversion that must take place for lasing to occur?
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What is the relative importance of lens element quality in a multiple lens system? [closed]

I tried grinding a custom lens out of acrylic glass (diameter 20mm, focal length 30mm). Not very surprisingly, the result is a quite poor quality lens. I think it mostly suffers from geometry and ...
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Is perfectly diffuse reflection entropy maximizing?

Suppose that I shine light on a surface and none of it will be absorbed or transmitted, and the spectrum doesn't change (so that all that's left to determine is the power reflected from the surface as ...
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Application of Snell's law for an extraordinary wave?

I have read [1] that when the light enters a birefringent material with optical axis perpendicular to the plane of incidence that the angle of refraction of the extraordinary wave can be found by ...
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Why is second harmonic Intensity periodic in coherent length?

Solving for the intensity of second harmonic generation we get that intensity is $sinc^2(\pi/2*L/L_{coherent})$. How is calculated that the intensity is periodic in L_{coherent} (coherent length, L ...
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What is the theoretical maximum data transmission rate of an optical laser at 400nm and at 800nm, with optimal pulse width? [on hold]

I want to know what the highest possible data transfer is for visible light with regards to the frequency, disregarding noise. Using the shannon-hartley formula wasn't of much use, as it operates ...
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Does curving only the inner surface of a diving mask prevent blurred images?

Diving masks often have lenses built into the glass for divers who do not have perfect vision. The lenses in a diving mask faceplate often only have a curved surfaces on the inside glass. Why is this ...
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What is the difference between a white object and a mirror in terms of heat absorption?

Will a white object be cooler than a mirror when exposed to direct sunlight? Or will it be the other way around? If mirrors bounce all visible light and some of the other elements of electromagnetic ...
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Why do I see better under water using swimming goggles? [duplicate]

I am myopic (I don't really know if this is relevant or not) and I usually swim without contact lenses. My vision is clearly better underwater when I am using swimming goggles. I have tried to ...
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Why are photonics fibers called band gap fiber?

Why are photonics fibers called band gap fibers? Do the photonic fibers guide light inside the band gap or outside? What creates the band structure?
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Glowing light around my shadow during sunrise

This morning I was jogging when the sun came rose. I was in the middle of wheat-fields and noticed that there was a glow around the upper part of body's shadow on the fields. At first I thought that ...
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How do I find uncertainties in an intensity plot created from a photograph?

I have a photo of a laser beam (taken by sending the laser into a CCD). I then took the image and ran it through an image reader that gave an intensity surface plot. I then took a single cut from that ...
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Explain Sun Glare

Above is a picture that I took just before the sun set. Notice the prominent red blob to the left of the sun. Can anyone explain the phenomenon that creates superimposed shapes and blobs in images ...
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Focal Length Calculation [closed]

Although I research in the internet, I couldn't find detailed answer. I have a question and I want to make sure from the answer. The ligth is coming from a fiber laser source and focused on a ...
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Is light getting another color when travelling through a prism?

When white light travels through a prism the speed of this light is slowed down. Now there is a relation between speed of light, frequency and wavelength. So when a red light of 700nm enters a prism ...
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How does total internal reflection cause sparkling of diamonds? [duplicate]

How does total internal reflection cause sparkling of diamonds? What is the problem with ordinary glass?
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Does this picture look wrong to anyone else? [closed]

There is a typo. One which obfuscates the main point and makes it difficult for anyone unfamiliar with the problem to deduce the answer.
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Minimum deviation of prism

Is it right to say angle of minimum deviation of a prism is an arithmetic mean of incident angle and emergent angle?
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Why is infrared radiation associated with heat?

I am little confused with infrared radiation. I understand that when an object is hotter, it radiates electromagnetic waves of a bigger frequency and this waves are also more energetic, that is why ...
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Stimulated Emission in QED

The explanations of stimulated emission which I have found all describe the phenomenon in terms of non-relativistic quantum mechanics. How might you describe it in a field theory such as QED? In ...
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Spherical aberration in concave mirrors [closed]

I saw this posted on the forum with an answer: Cause of Spherical Aberrations However, the answer helps explain aberration in lenses. Why is there spherical aberration in concave mirrors? Thanks, ...
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Definition of a ray?

The typical definition of a ray and the one that I was initially taught was that a ray was a line perpendicular to the wave front. However, when reading up on birefringence it seems as though there ...
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Power distribution in a defocused focal plane

Given an optical system of focal length $EFL$ and f number $f/n$, if the focal plane is defocused in a way that the defocused plane distance from the focused plane is $d$, assuming we have a point ...
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How Does Silicon Surface Barrier (SSB) radiation detectors work?

I'm dealing whith some old detectors (about 1980) called Silicon Surface Barrier, searching online I've seen that they consist on metal-semiconductor(Si n-type) junction (schottky diode) and in one ...
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Derivation of the group velocity

I know that the group velocity of a light pulse is defined as $$\begin{split}v_g&=v_p\left(1+\frac{\lambda}{n}\frac{dn}{d\lambda}\right)\\ ...
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Cherenkov Luminescence Imaging, Cherenkov radiation,

Is it possible to see glowing from Thin Layer chromatography (TLC silica gel on Aluminium) when we image it by IVIS spectrum (no radioactive source)?
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Sphere, silver reflector, refraction questions

A sphere with its back silvered can act as a retroreflector. When a fine beam of light is directed to the sphere as shown, it is refracted at the front surface, and focused on the rear interior ...
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Tricky Optics Questions, shifting lenses [closed]

A candle is placed at a fixed distance in front of a wall. A lens is inserted and moved slowly between them. At two particular positions, sharp images are formed on the wall. The heights of the images ...