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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Reducing the distortion of transmitted light through a prismatic array

I'm wondering if there is a way to reduce the distortion of light transmitted through a prismatic array (without touching the surface of the prisms). The obvious thing to try is a corresponding ...
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Ellipsometry measurments

Why it is good to measure on a wavelength range in ellipsometry instead of using a single wavelength. I understand this that the measured data (ψ and ∆ ) plotted against wavelength and if we have ...
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What is the ratio power in core/ total power in an optical fiber?

I need to plot a graph of power_core/total power in optical fiber with respect to $V$ Number: searching on the internet I got this formula: ...
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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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Problem in ray diagrams in convex mirrors

I just found out about the Desmos online graphing calculator, and it is really a very nice tool. Just while playing with it, I had the idea of creating simulations. I decided to make a simulation of ...
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Resolution of the Eye-Light Rays and Diffraction

Please look at the problem. The problem is solved for me. However, I don't understand why the angle alpha is considered to stay constant when the rays go through the lens. The ray along the ...
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Is it possible to 3D print a mirror to create a high quality telescope?

Is it possible to 3D print a mirror with todays available materials? If so, would there be a reduction in image quality?
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Broken Thin Lens Algorithm [closed]

We all know the thin lens equation. For $o$ being a horizontal object distance and $f$ being the focal length, the horizontal image distance $i$ is described by: $$\frac{1}{f} = \frac{1}{o} + ...
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Why do roads appear wet on hot days? I do not understand [duplicate]

Why do roads appear wet on hot days? I don't understand the bending of light rays in relation to the density fluctuations. How are they related? Why do we see mirror images of cars on road in hot ...
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Entanglement g-2-experiment - Which components do I need?

I would like to measure whether my source emits entangled photon pairs. To that order I want to build a g-2-experiment, which measures photon coincidence counts as a function of time delay between ...
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Effective refractive index calculation of fiber core

Can someone pls explain what is effective refractive index of fiber core and how to calculate it theoretically? Suppose the fiber core refractive index=1.4446 and cladding refractive index is= ...
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Phase shift in back-reflection generated at the mating point of two fibers

If you have light traveling from glass to air at normal incidence, e.g., in an optical fiber with the endface open, the Fresnel reflection coefficient would roughly be $R = |(1.5-1)/(1.5+1)|^2 = 0.04$ ...
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Helicopter blades

Why do the propellers on helicopter appear to be so slow when the propellers is going at full speed? Can you please explain this particular optical illusion to me?
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Can a painting be used as a current generator via absorption of photons in the paint?

What happens to absorbed photons in a painting? Heat of course except for the free electrons. Could paint compounds (the dark, non-reflective) be embedded with reactive and conductive materials to ...
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Frequency dependence of refractive index $ n $ considering electron oscillator using Electromagnetic Theory

First and foremost, I am referring to Hecht, Zajac E. Optics 4th edition. I am reading the dependence of refractive index on frequency, and it goes well until Hecht jumped on his equation. First we ...
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Transfer matrices - drift distances

I have a question regarding transfer matrices in optics. For thin lenses, the thickness of the lense is not taken into the calculation because it is very small compared to the dimensions of the rest ...
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Analytically transform a spherical wave into a planar one

Is it possible to transform a light spherical wave front or another wave front with a known behaviour into a planar one? Say I have the position of a point light source, and I can approximate it by ...
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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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holographic projection in thin air?

from where I come from ,they taught us in high school that it is possible to project holograms in thin air simply by illuminating the hologram with the "correct light" , and having a semi transparent ...
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Laser beam shaping

Hi I like to build a laser pointer that reflects different shapes for a project I am working on. I know this can be done with Diffractive Optical Elements. Are there other options? DOEs are expensive. ...
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What is “field size” when referring to perspective?

I'm trying to get my head around perspective. If you look at the animation in Wikipedia : You can see that the cube looks very distorted, then the edges go more parallel. From my understanding, ...
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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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How to define a convex surface in case of refraction?

In an exam at high school level, it was said, "ray goes from optically denser to rarer medium through a convex surface. It forms a real image...." this was a part of the question. Now I thought that ...
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Mie theory “upper limit”?

I have read most often that objects experimented with in Mie theory are on a scale not much larger than the incident wavelength (usually a fiber of diameter $5$ microns with an incident wavelength of ...
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Diffracton at the edges of an opaque object?

To understand the phenomenon of diffraction as an interference effects of several dipole oscillators (like in case of several symmetrical, not sawtooth, scratches in a diffraction grating), we ...
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Silicon/silicon dioxide interface

Suppose we have an interface of silicon/silicondioxide. If we shine light on the top surface electron-hole pairs are generated in silicon. since there is always a field directing from surface to bulk ...
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How to calculate the refracted light path when refraction index continuously increasing?

Suppose an incident light from vacuum ($n_1=1.0$) into some media ($n_2=n_1+\mu\; x^2$) as in the figure below. How to calculate the refracted light path curve in closed form? Update: Try to set ...
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Is the image formed at the retina messy?

The following passage has been extracted from Newton's book Opticks: ...So if PR [in Fig.at the top] represent any Object without Doors, and AB be a Lens placed at a hole in the Window-shut ...
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Has anyone developed tunable notch filters in the visible RGB wavelengths which have very fast response times?

I am interested in whether the combination of a spectrometer and a tunable notch filter with notch frequencies at the visible red, green and blue wavelengths which have very fast response times could ...
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Is diffraction through an aperture similar to diffraction by a plane of atoms?

I'm asking because I have a problem asking me what the diffraction pattern would be if instead of spherical atoms I'd have triangular atoms. I can't find anything about this in my X-ray diffraction ...
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A mirror in the sky to look at past Earth

Earth reflects light from Sun into Space; are there any "mirror like" objects which reflect back to Earth this light? Has anyone been able to use this method to recover some information on how was the ...
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Can we multiply an electromagnetic field?

can we multiply light by a sequence of reflections in a closed vessel? also, is light a part of EM wave? can we multiply the radio wave or EM wave from a transformer?
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The lineshape of a 2D photonic crystal dispersion diagram

Using simulation software (CST Studio), I calculated the dispersion of the eigenmodes of a photonic crystal, that is frequency vs wavenumber for the desired propagation direction. I wonder what kind ...
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What is an intuitive explanation of Gouy phase?

In laser resonators, higher order modes (i.e. TEM01, etc) accumulate phase faster than the fundamental TEM00 mode. This extra phase is called Gouy phase. What is an intuitive explanation of this ...
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Refractive index of dielectric in different frames of reference

The setup A transparent isotropic dielectric medium moving in the negative $x'$ direction at speed $v$ in frame $S'$ is stationary in frame $S$, where it has refractive index $n$. In other words, ...
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Sum of 2 Light sources

When we have 2 sinusoidal waves with slightly different wavelengths and the same amplitude, the resulting wave has a changing amplitude (amplitude = intensity) which varies from 2*Amplitude to 0 ...
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Misaligned Mirror on Michelson Inferometer

If one of the outer mirrors on a Michelson interferometer was to be misaligned by a small angle of theta, what would be the shape of the interference pattern in the detector plane? What would happen ...
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Rotation speed measurment

Could anyone please explain with simply how we can measure the rotation speed of an object using the Sagnac Interferometer ?
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Are quantum effects significant in lens design?

Over on Photography, a question was asked as to why (camera) lenses are always cylindrical. Paraphrasing slightly, one of the answers and follow-up comments asserted that quantum effects are ...
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What happens to light in a perfect reflective sphere?

Let's say you have the ability to shine some light into a perfectly round sphere and the sphere's interior surface was perfectly smooth and reflective and there was no way for the light to escape. If ...
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Is one way glass possible?

I am not talking about mirrors, just a plain window made of glass like material. Would it be possible to allow light pass only in one direction but not the other?
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Is there any case of total transmission?

When light strikes the interface of two media some light is refracted and some is reflected. But, is there a case where no light is reflected i.e all the light gets passed through the given object. ...
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Brewster angle and perpendicular component

Fresnel's equations give that at Brewster's angle, the parallel component of the incident light is zero. The reflected perpendicular component is not zero, though. We can "remove" this component using ...
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Magnification of an astronomical telescope not in normal adjustment?

I am stuck on this question: A telescope consists of two thin converging lenses of focal lengths 100cm and 10cm respectively. It is used to view an object 2000cm from the objective. What is the ...
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Numerical aperture (NA) of an optical fiber

Numerical Aperture (NA) (for fiber optics) is usually used to denote the acceptance cone for a multi-mode fiber. Does NA also describe the expansion of light emitted from the end of a fiber? I have ...
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Smaller Airy disk with another lens?

Is it possible to reduce the airy disk size produced by one lens with another lens placed after the previous one? For example, parallel ray incident on first lens L1 (without aberration), then there ...
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Angular magnification of a two-lens system

Suppose an object is a distance $d_o$ from a first lens (which has a focal length $f_1$), where $d_o>f_1$. Behind the first lens is a second lens with a focal length $f_2$, such as to produce a ...
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Infinity Corrected Microscope - Building from Scratch

I took an optics course a few years back, and am trying to figure out how to build an infinity-corrected microscope from discrete optical components which are listed in references [2] (lenses) and [3] ...
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Microscope Objective / NA, F/#, Exit aperture - when are they non-intuitive?

Numerical aperture (NA) $= sin(\theta)$ where $\theta$ is the half-angle (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerical_aperture) F/# $= \frac{f}{D}$ (same reference as above) where F/# is the ...