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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Is this picture sign of diffraction? [duplicate]

Please tell me that can it be the sign of diffraction? I mean can diffracted rays make this pattern?
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How deep is a rainbow?

My cousin shot this photo of a rainbow in front of a mountain. In the picture it is clear that the mountain is behind the rainbow (the rainbow blocks the view of the mountain), whereas the nearby ...
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Would the Hubble Space Telescope be of benefit for optical astronomy at Lagrangian L5 point?

The Hubble Space Telescope will enter a decaying orbit in 2024. This is a physics based question, so I don't want to get into the engineering details more than necessary. Just for background, the ...
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Use two polarizing filter without liquid crystal between them to render static image

I'm going to demonstrate the work of polarizing filter. I have a tablet for this purpose with disassembled LCD panel which is fine but it is bulky and overkill. Is there any other material that may ...
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Is local oscillator light polarised?

If a laser is used as a local oscillator in the homodyne setup does this mean the light it produces is polarised? (I am looking at this from the context of quantum physics and random number ...
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Patterns in a spinning wheel [duplicate]

Why do we see patterns on a rotating wheel with spokes which seem to rotate counterclockwise or clockwise as and when the wheel accelerates or deaccelarates. What I mean is the patterns like this
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Textbooks or papers that clearly explain second harmonic generation?

I'm having trouble learning about Second Harmonic Generation. I've found a bunch of sources, but they all seem to expect a fairly advanced level of knowledge about it. For example, in the wiki section ...
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How to recover an unfocussed image

If the lenses in a camera are not set correctly, the intended subject will be "out of focus" in the resulting image. There seems to be no loss of information here. The photons are just steered to the ...
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Regenerative Amplifier

I want to ask the questions dedicated Optics (or Laser Physics). What is the difference between laser amplifier and laser regenerative amplifier? What is the average pulse duration of Nd:YAG laser ...
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Michelson-Morley experiment

I have to do an experiment about light. I preferred to measure the speed of light by the experiment of Michelson and Morley. When you do the experiment, it will result in an interference pattern by ...
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Chromatic aberration in human eye [duplicate]

A lens focuses the different colours of white light at different points. Since our eye has a convex lens there should also be such an aberration but we see objects clearly with normal eye. I want to ...
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What about a surface determines its color?

Light falls on a surface. Some wavelengths get absorbed. The other are reflected. The reflected ones are the colors that we perceive to be of the surface. What is the property that determines, what ...
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Why do we use Mie scattering to describe light scattering off large objects?

I'm an undergraduate student who has recently come across Rayleigh and Mie scattering and I'm trying to understand them a little better. As I understand it Rayligh scattering is used only when the ...
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Combination of two concave lenses

When we have two convex lenses in contact we have the combination behaving as a converging lens. Can someone please give an analytical description for the combination of two concave lenses in contact ...
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statistical property of light reflected from a coarse mirror

This is a problem comes up in my study in correlation reflectometry. I'm wondering if there is a straight-forward way to interpret the phase and amplitude of the reflected light from a perturbed ...
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Magnification: Microscopes Telescopes

What is the difference between the way a microscope magnifies say a star and a telescope say a cell? Why is it, that the eyepiece of a telescope magnifies stronger when it is smaller and with a ...
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Derive phase shift equation for two diffirent optical paths differences

If we have two optical paths differences, call them $\phi_1, \phi_2$, and $\phi_1 > \phi_2$ then phase shift with respect to optical path difference $\phi_2$ is $PhSh = \frac{2\pi}{\lambda}(\phi_1 ...
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Limits on the information obtained through optical measurements

Consider a Gedankenexperiment shown in the figure below. There are two lasers $S1$ and $S2$ with exactly the same specifications on paper. In practice, they are of course somewhat different but ...
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images formed by refraction

While deriving the formula for image formation by spherical refractive surface we assumed that object is placed at the principal axis and is like a point object. What if the object is not placed at ...
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image motion for projectile motion of object

a ball is projected from top of the table with initial speed u at an angle of inclination 'a' to the table. describe motion of image with respect to the ball on a screen located next to the table My ...
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Plane wave conditions

Which conditions have to be fulfilled in order to approximate a light beam by a plane wave (i.e. $\phi(x)\approx \phi(0)e^{ikx}$)? I am looking for both mathematical and experimental conditions. At ...
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Reflectivity of Metals - real and imaginary part of k-vector and complex dielectric function

De electric field component of an electromagnetic wave that is traveling in the $x$-direction is given as $$E(x,t) = E_0 e^{i(kx - \omega t)} $$ with $E_0$ the amplitude and $k$ the wave vector. From ...
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Optical path difference

Hello, i have question about calculating optical path difference. $\Delta L = (BC+CD)*n2 - BF*n1$ - why calculating path difference here we are substracting $BF$ segment?
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Oberving a photon through double slits

If we send a particle with mass through the double slits we observe a interference pattern. That is of course if we don't observe which slit the particle goes through. If we do then we get two peaks ...
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Violation of conservation of energy?

Imagine a perfectly spherical mirror with 100% reflection. Imagine a point source of light in the center. The point source keeps radiating light. Will the light undergo destructive interference ...
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Any good reference on crystal optics?

I am primarily interested in the birefringence phenomenon. Any good reference? I want something above the general physics level.
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How does voltage sensitive dyes actually determine neural network in foetus?

In research topics of neurophotonics, the best way of determination of neural network in foetus is by using voltage-sensitive dyes instead of placing diodes. But how does it actually work? Sorry if ...
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Can someone give an intuitive understanding of Fano Resonance?

I'm reading about Fano Resonance. The line that almost every source I can find gives is something like (from the wiki): The Fano resonance line-shape is due to interference between two ...
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Measuring image distance of a virtual image

How to a measure image distance of a virtual image without calculation? It is impossible? To measure it, we must have a real image to measure the image distance with a screen and a ruler. I saw it ...
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Long, blurry reflections in wet road [duplicate]

When driving on a wet highway at night, any surface emitting or reflecting light will have a reflection right under it that is blurry and seems to stretch to infinity. This is not exactly what I am ...
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difference between plasmonic wave plates and usual wave plates

plasmonic waveplates are constructed using the generation of surface plasmons. Is there any difference between these plasmonic wave plates and the usual wave plates used in optics, besides the ...
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Decoherence of a Coherent Beam

If retarding films (i.e. wave plates) can retard the electric components of light (based on the films thickness) without affecting it's direction, couldn't I use a retarding film of randomly varying ...
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Is it possible for someone traveling at the speed of light to see at all? [closed]

I know that the speed of light is the same for all observers regardless of your speed, But this question is really worth thinking about. If someone let's say managed to reach the speed of light, ...
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Can anybody explain about phase shift and phase spectrum terms in case of multidimensional signal?

I know about phase of a 1D signal, but when I move into higher dimensions like 2D or 3D etc, it becomes headache to grasp the concept. What do the terms "phase shift" and "phase spectrum" mean in ...
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Polarization and Reflection [duplicate]

The polarization is a property of waves that can oscillate with more than one orientation. Given this, when the light is reflected from a surface, does the reflection change the property/orientation ...
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Why Image is not enlarged if we keep convex lens first and concave lens at last?

Well After successfully getting some concave and convex lens I started observing. At first I saw that if we keep concave lens near to your eye and just after x distance away if we keep convex lens we ...
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How much UV is reflected by glass?

On a sunny day, how much of the Sun's UV is reflected by windows? I suppose this boils down to what are the refractive indices of common window glasses, so that one might solve the Fresnel equations. ...
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Is polarization a meaningful notion for an EM mode in a close cavity?

For a generic close cavity, I suspect that all the modes are non-degenerate? Therefore, in each mode, at each point, the E field has a definite direction, and consequently, it is meaningless to say a ...
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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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Plane Mirror as the Screen in Young's experient

If I place a plane mirror instead of the screen in the Young's double slit experiment, what will I see? Will the bands appear on the mirror face?
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3D movie optics mathematics

I get the idea that we use two polarized light sources and a parallax rendered film such that the objects seem to resemble true parallax in our eyes once it passes through the polarized glasses, but ...
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Propagating higher order Hermite Gaussian modes. What are complex amplitude coefficients?

I've been tasked with writing a code (in MatLab, but I'm currently using Mathematica because I don't know MatLab %\ ...) to simulate the propagation of a Gaussian beam. I don't really know anything ...
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hexagonal patterns when we look at bright light or sun

when we look at bright light or sun, we many a times hexagonal patterns are observed. these are easily observed when we click their images. why all this happens? is all this is just a lens flare or is ...
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coherent length measurement of a monochromatic laser source

i need to learn about how to measure coherent length of a monochromatic laser source.I know that I can use michelson interferometer or spectrometry.For laser which has long coherent length michelson ...
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Position dependent refractive index [duplicate]

How to determine the angle of refraction when the medium has position dependent refraction index? Lets say that the angle of incidence on the glassy slab is $\theta_1$ and the ray goes through the ...
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Rayleigh scattering equation for optical frequencies

I would like to know if there is an empirical/generic equation for Rayleigh scattering at optical frequencies in the atmosphere, similar to the Mie scattering model from Kim and Kruse which states ...
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Disadvantages of viewing a diffraction grating at larger order?

If you are using a diffraction grating as a spectrometer you are likely to use high order, because you have a better resolution (as a result of larger dispersion??). But are there any disadvantage? I ...
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Why infrared light waves is visible through camera? [duplicate]

For example We know that some television manufacturers have the limited IR-based remotes which cannot be seen by our eyes directly but while playing when I just put my camera in front of my TV remote ...
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How do I convert lux to lumens

Overview... I'm a novice in the very basics of light physics and calculation between various units. I'm sure this is a very simple problem to those who know the process. And, before we continue, this ...
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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 ...