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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Proportion of photons passing through three polarizers

I've started recently reading book "Quantum Computing, A Gentle Introduction". After each chapter there are exercises for self study. For some of them there are answers, for some not. So far I've been ...
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Does the irradience on a surface change as the length scale of the surface patch approaches the wavelength of the incident light? [on hold]

Imagine an ideal, square, surface patch with sides of length l and area a that is a perfect absorber. Imagine this patch is being illuminated by a monochromatic plane wave. The irradient power on ...
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Total number of primary maxima in diffraction grating

I am trying to determine the total number of primary maxima that can be observed when light of wavelength 500 nm is incident normally on a diffraction grating, with the third-order maximum of the ...
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Same photon or different photon?

Consider a typical optical focusing system: A small light source, then a collimating lens, then a focussing lens, and then a detector (e.g. CCD). Assume that source intensity is so low that only one ...
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Intensity fluctuations at the output of a single mode fiber coupled to a He Ne laser

I have coupled a Thorlabs HNL050L-EC - HeNe, 632.8 nm, 5 mW, Polarized Laser to a 2 meter long single mode fiber patch chord using a Thorlabs F230-FC-B aspheric lens. While I am certainly able to ...
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Diffraction pattern without a slit

A few weeks ago, I aimed a laser at a wire perpendicular and interestingly, I saw the diffraction pattern, like the picture below: Why is this happening? I mean, I don't have any slits and I'm ...
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How do you calculate the change in location of the focal point by rotating the lense? [on hold]

Image you have a lens with a certain focal length. Light will be focused into the focal plane on the Optical Axis if the light is a collimated beam which travels parallel to the Optical Axis. But I ...
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Photon absorption in a medium - basic principle?

I am trying to understand the basic physics of photon absorption in a medium. Take the example of oxygenated hemoglobin (red curve). Clearly at different frequencies/energies relatively more or less ...
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Fiber optics with broadband, incoherent light

I wonder if someone could help clarify waveguiding with broadband, incoherent light please. If we take a telecomms fiber, which is single-moded above ~1.4 μm and couple a laser beam in, we assume ...
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Light's inverse square law: Does it require a minimum distance from the source?

Does the inverse square law begin to take effect the moment light leaves its source? For example, does light's intensity decrease, i.e. does the area in which the photons might land increase, at a few ...
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How image is formed within the eye? [on hold]

So our eye has a layer of nerves. Our eye lens refracts and concentrates light rays of different amplitudes, and that concentrated impulse (of a mixed amplitude) induces a signal on some nerve; since ...
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Fringe Width and Spacing and Number of Slits in Diffraction Experiments

In a single slit experiment, the fringes are not equally spaced and aren’t of equal widths—the central maximum is the widest, the secondary maxima grow narrower and narrower outward, and the minima ...
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Spatial coherence of SLED light (width of active region?)

As far as I know, super-luminescent diodes (a.k.a. SLEDs) have a very similar structure to laser diodes, except that the front faces of the active region are tilted to prevent the sort of reflections ...
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Is there an equation to calculate efficiency of an optical fiber to transmit sunlight for length of 4 m

I want to transmit sunlight over a distance of approx 4 m via optical fiber. Ideally I want to light up the whole house with sunlight. I was reading that the largest diameter for an optical fiber may ...
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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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Diffraction and wavelength [duplicate]

Why is it that when the slit-width is much larger compared to the wavelength of light, there is little diffraction or spreading-out of the light? And why is it that the diffraction effects are ...
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Confused regarding sign convention of silvered plano convex lens

I'm totally confused while finding the sign convention of a silvered plano convex lens. I know that equivalent power of such a system can be found by adding the power of the mirror and twice the power ...
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Magnification in compound microscope

I was studying about compound microscope here I don't see why we multiply linear magnification of objective with angular magnification of eyepiece. Shouldn't it be both angular or both linear? Can ...
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Actual spot size = geometric spot size + diffraction spot size?

I read in [1] that for a camera obscura the total spot diameter is equal to the diameter of the spot produced concerning geometric optics only plus the diameter of the spot concerning only ...
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Breakdown of Snell [on hold]

I have reason to believe that if we are using an accurately formed thin prism, then very near the working apex, where there are few atomic layers in a latticed prism, there will be inaccuracies in the ...
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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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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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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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Can AMO physics be applicable for space travel? [closed]

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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How to find the width of a sinc function? [on hold]

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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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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Does the Abbe limit hold for a single lens?

Let us say I have a single (converging lens) could I use the Abbe diffraction limit (for a microscope) to find its resolution or do I have to use the Rayleigh criterion. (i.e. Is the Abbe diffraction ...
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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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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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Why is an exciton only observed when we excite to the conduction band and not to other electronic level inside the bandgap?

Excitons can be observed when we excite electrons to the conduction band. I don't know about excitons being observed when we excite the electrons to an electronic level that would eventually be in ...
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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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Production of entangled photons by spontaneous down conversion [closed]

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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What causes atoms to have their specific colors?

I understand that light (color) is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, and that it depends on what wavelengths are reflected/absorbed. Though what property of an individual atom gives it its color? ...
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Definition of pole of a spherical mirror

what can be a suitable definition to a pole of the spherical mirror. It cant be the geometrical center of a spherical mirror as if a mirror is cut then its pole does not change. moreover if a ...
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Refractive index and color

Does the color of an object have anything to do with its refractive index, and if so, what is the relation? I tried googling this and searching through the questions on stack exchange, but I haven't ...
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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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Is the photon truly not absorbed in Raman scattering?

In reading about Raman Scattering, I was thinking while reading it "okay, incident photo absorbed by molecule, molecule goes to higher energy vibrational state, molecule re-emits photon with either ...
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Law of reflection for a moving mirror

An elementary fact that people learn about mirrors is the law of reflection, that the angle of incidence of a light beam striking the mirror (as measured with respect to a normal) equals the angle of ...
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Optical path difference

I have question about calculating optical path difference. $$\Delta L = \mathrm{(BC+CD)}\cdot n_2 - \textrm{BF}\cdot n_1$$ - why calculating path difference here we are subtracting $\mathrm{BF}$ ...
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how to solve this question? [closed]

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? [closed]

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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Is true black possible?

Black is the absence of light because it absorbs light, but when we create black paint or black objects, light is always reflected, either in all directions in matte or smoothly in shiny black ...
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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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How to calculate reflection profile of a beam shining onto a moving mirror?

I want to build a projector, where a beam of light is shining on to mirrors, placed at different angles, which are spinning fast enough to draw lines. The question is, how to calculate the needed ...
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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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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 ...