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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Why is forward brillouin scattering difficult to observe?

Generally we talk of only the backward Brillouin scattering. And I just know forward scattering is difficult to observe? Why is it so? Does it have something to do with phonon life time? Is it ...
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Optical system for cloning an image of a light source?

I need to create an optical system for cloning an image of a light source to human eyes. Is there a correct solution(design) for this problem. Reflectivity of the mirrors must be equal. Because ...
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Single particle passing through the double slit at a time

In modern experiments, With the classical setup of photons or electrons passing through double slit, the intensity is kept extremely low, such that one can detect a single particle passing through ...
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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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What is the formula of power of an optical instrument?

I have searched and found that the power of a lens, with surrounding medium of refractive index $n$, is $n/f$ where $f$ is the focal length, the formula is $$n/f=(n'-n)/R1 + (n-n')/R2.$$ But in my ...
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Optics modelling software

I am looking for software that could allow me to model the internals of my spectrometer. I would imagine some sort of ray tracer that allows me to add mirrors, slits, gratings etc. This way, I can see ...
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Double slit experiment collimating lens?

In some appratus for the Young's double slit experiment a collimating lens is used infront of the double slits, meaning plane wavefronts hit the double slits. But why do we need/want plane wavefronts ...
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Is it feasible for a lens of focal length of 1 meter to have a radius of curvature of 92.1 meters? [on hold]

Is it feasible for a lens of focal length of 1 meter to have a radius of curvature of 92.1 meters?
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What is the maximum of information in a beam of light?

If I look at the space I can see the Andromeda Galaxy as a small dot in the sky. If I look through a telescope, I can see the spiral shape. If the saw right through a huge telescope, I could see a ...
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Point Spread Function of a Complicated Optical System

suppose I image a point source using a single lens, then at its focus (image plain) I'll get a spot resembling a Fourier transform of the point. As far as I know, that is defined to be the lens's PSF. ...
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About Powell lens

I am a Post graduation student and I am doing a project on the conversion of a Gaussian beam into a flat top beam using optical components. I have found that the best component to do the same is a ...
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How absorption coefficient determines which material is used to make solar cells?

Does the knowledge of the material absorption coefficients aids engineers in determining which material to use in their solar cell designs? If yes, how?
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Fringe Localisation

How am I to understand where the fringes of a given setup are localised? For example, Young's double slits have non-localised fringes, that is the fringes are localised (and so are well formed) at ...
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Examples in which the light maximizes the optical path length

I posted a similar question about geodesics on Math.SE. Many sources (Wikibooks for instance) claim that the light could maximize the optical path length in some cases. But I don't think it's actually ...
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Usefulness of half-shade in Laurent half-shade polarimeter

In the Laurent half-shade polarimeter, if the half-shade weren't there, what difference would it make? The light after being polarized by the Nicol polarizer,could have entered the tube containing the ...
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What is incorrect about the original statement of Fermat's principle?

Here are some statements about Fermat's Principle taken from Eugene Hecht's Optics book. The original statement of Fermat's Principle : "The actual path between two points taken by a ray of light is ...
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Making a bright beam of artificial white light

For educational purposes, is there a way to make a narrow bright beam of white light without much equipment and without using the sun as the source? The collimated beam should be about 2 mm wide for ...
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Absortion of light by a plasma

Considering a plasma generated in a fixed volume by increasing the temperature of Helium gas from the environment temperature (this temperature is not stated) and an initial presure of 0.001 Torr, to ...
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What is angular accelerating light?

As described in this article "Our angular accelerating fields rely on combinations of orbital angular momentum - so-called twisted light," says Forbes. Light carrying orbital angular momentum ...
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Would an inverted design of a laser phosphor display (LPD) work?

Background info... It is my understanding that a laser phosphor display works by emitting RGB laser beams through a mechanism that cycles them in a pattern similar to a cathode ray tube. When I read ...
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Resolving power of a diffraction grating?

I was working thru a derivation of the resolving power of a diffraction grating at the $n$th order. Here is that derivation: Let us say we have a diffraction grating width $W$ and are looking at ...
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How does one align a laser using two adjustable mirrors?

Suppose we would like to get a laser beam to pass through a particular point in space in a particular direction. At our disposal we have a laser, two adjustable mirrors (can rotate up/down and ...
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Slowing down light in an opaque crystal for a whole minute

I just read about a team of physicists at the University of Darmstadt, Germany, that managed to completely slow down a beam of light that traveled through an opaque crystal (article here). How is it ...
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Why glass is transparent?

Once I asked this question from my teacher and he replied "because it passes light", "and why it passes light" I asked and he said "because it is transparent". Same question again, Why glass is ...
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Relation between Refractive Index and Reflection [on hold]

I know the Fresnel equation. According to this equation, can you please tell me the relation between $n$ and $R$? I mean what happens to $R$ when $n$ increases?
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Double image in binoculars

How can I reduce the double image seen when looking through binoculars? I recently got a new pair, but have been having troubles using them because I am seeing double...
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How could I translate a field of view value into a magnification value?

When I zoom in with Stellarium, it indicates a field of view (FOV) value in degrees, but most binoculars and telescopes are advertised with value like "nX magnification power." How could I translate ...
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Rayleigh scattering question

Usually from books, Rayleigh scattering only refers to the light scattering by neutral atoms or molecules. For example if I want to measure temperature or number density in combustion using Rayleigh ...
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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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By what maximum amount can we concentrate sunlight?

This refers to a previous question re: Solar Cell Systems and as part of the answer the statement: If we concentrated sunlight to [the] maximum amount 42600× was given. My questions are: By what ...
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Optics Cornu spiral diffraction [on hold]

I am in second year of university and doing optics. I have a questions in one of my assignment: Fresnel diffraction is observed behind a wire 0.37 mm thick, which is placed 2 m from the light ...
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Is fluorescence from a single atom/ion visible with the naked eye (e.g. in a strongly coupled trap or cavity)

I remember sitting in on a conference talk by a person (possibly Rainer Blatt) doing research with trapped ions (or single atoms strongly coupled to light in an optical cavity), and the person showed ...
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Criterion for resolvability and spot size for optical systems

Look at the following table: By spot size I mean if we have a point source for the object, the angular radius of the spot created by the source as viewed in the image plane. My question is is all ...
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Optical fibers: pulse spreading in an optical fiber due to material dispersion [closed]

I am a newbie to the world of lasers and optical fibers and was working my way through some basic problems, when I encountered this one: Calculate the pulse spreading in an optical fiber due to ...
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Fraunhofer Diffraction and Lenses

Suppose we have the diffraction pattern for a single slit in the Fraunhofer approximation. In order to see this diffraction patter at finite distance we locate a converging lens. Is the diffraction ...
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How do Optically Active Compounds Rotate Plane Polarized Light?

I am not sure if this is more of a Chemistry or a Physics question, but in my Organic Chem class we discussed that chiral molecules will rotate plane polarized light. However, my professor did not ...
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Increasing the efficiency of solar cell systems

As far as I know, there are currently two main approaches to utilising solar radiation for maximum energy conversion to electricity. These are either direct conversion to electricity, using ...
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Is the plane wave model always valid in reflection and transmission?

my question is related to another one I asked, but I foolishly made that question about several things (experiment, computation, theory) at once so it was confused. I was talking to my boss about ...
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Trouble understanding phase matching equation

consider a 2nd order non linear optical material, i.e. a material in which it holds that $ P = \epsilon_0 E + 2dE^2$. In the Born approximation, the non linear contribution to the polarization density ...
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Third-order susceptibilities of metals?

Can anyone point me to a source for measurements of the third-order nonlinear electric susceptibilities $\chi^{(3)}$ of various metals? Specifically in relation to the AC Kerr effect, so measurements ...
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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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Rayleigh length determination for Laguerre-Gaussian Modes

Recently I have measured the Rayleigh length of a Gaussian electron beam probe in a scanning electron microscope, using the function: $$w(z) = w_0 \times \sqrt{1 + (z/z_r)^2}$$ Where $w$ is beam ...
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Time that we have changing color [closed]

I have a question but I don't know the answers and the book or sth else for answering to it : Please help me and tell me anything When do we have a color changing in clothes when they get wet?
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Effects of Lens Changes on Geometric Optics [closed]

What is the effect of changing curvature of a lens on the location of the projected image?
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Three polarizers, 45° apart

If light is passed through two polarizing filters before arriving at a target, and both of the filters are oriented at 90° to each other, then no light will be received at the target. If a third ...
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How to calculate the focal length of spherical shell (zero meniscus lens)

I can get my head around the optics of a spherical shell (a meniscus lens that neither diverge nor converge, being neither positive nor negative etc). I don’t see how I can describe in a formula how ...
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Why would an object appear a different size when in water?

A friend of mine has a homework question and we're having some trouble figuring out what physical mechanisms come into play for this. An underwater swimmer sees a spherical air bubble that appears ...
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Calculating the beating length of the directional coupler

I want to determine the coupling length needed to achieve a certain power coupling coefficient of a directional coupler. Recently, I read a paper titled "Ultra-compact high order ring resonator ...
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image transmission through waveguides

in general optics we study the transmission of image information through lenses, basically governed by Fourier optics laws. how can images be transmitted through waveguides at smaller propagation ...
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Phase change by reflection [duplicate]

Let's consider a light ray falling on a cuboid made of glass at the angle $\alpha$. Then there will be a reflected ray $A$. The ray will also refract. Let the refracted ray be $B$. Ray $B$ will be ...