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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What is the maximum concentration ratio achieved for CPV (concentrated photovoltaic)? [closed]

CPV uses ratios in the range of 100-1000. On what lens parameters does it depend.
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Rayleigh-Plateau instability and optic [closed]

Let a liquid jet fall onto a surface. If the contact point is illuminated by a lase beam, rings of light around the jet can be observed . (pic.1) and we know it that the reason of this phenomenon is ...
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a question of optical interference and it's energy propagation [duplicate]

When I am thinking about the interference of two laser beams, a curious question often comes to my head: Take a Mach-Zehnder interferometer as example and suppose the frequency of the leaser beams is ...
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The Optics of the Vortex (in Water): why there is a bright ring also in reversed flow?

This question is closely related to this one; The optics of vortex (in water): why there is a bright ring? In this case "physics girl" gives somehow an plausible explanation, and it's only debatable ...
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What happens to the Fringe Width when the velocity of electrons passing through the slit in Young's Double Slit Experiment increases?

A beam of electron is used in Young's Double Slit Experiment. The slit width is d. Then the velocity of electron is increased. What happens to the Fringe Width? My approach: $$\beta = ...
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Let's suppose I am to display the letter R on mirror as well water , will I get the same images?

As far as my practical experience goes both look quiet the same when an image of any object is formed on them, yet I wanted to be ascertained is there any actual visible differences between both the ...
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what is the theoretical reason behind the new paper, Highly tunable hybrid metamaterials employing split-ring resonators built using graphene?

A few days ago, a group of University of Exeter physicists published a paper titled: Highly tunable hybrid metamaterials employing split-ring resonators strongly coupled to graphene surface ...
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Help to find a simple setup for optical surface topography

I'm looking for some help from someone expert in optics to create an inteferometry based setup to map the surface of a small object. This is for a small lab project so I'm not looking for a really ...
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Bandwidth of laser pulses

I am working on a practice test for my optics class. The professor does not provide the solutions for the test. I was just wondering if someone could tell me if I am doing this correctly because it ...
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Right lens for my laser [closed]

I want to know if there is a way to find out size of lens(radius, it has to be sphere), when i know focal distance(120cm) and refractive index(1.7), for 2cm(diameter) laser ligting on it?
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How to estimate function from PDF and covariance? [closed]

I've added a picture of what I want to compute. In the nomenclature of the picture, I want to compute a realization of y(x) given the known distributions and constants. Let's say y(x), random ...
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ray tracing through a stack of flat plates

Say I want to trace rays in 3 dimensions through a stack of flat plates of various refractive indices. My rays have canonical coordinates {Q,P}. The plates are normal to the z axis, all the rays start ...
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Fraunhofer diffraction at circular aperture - integration of bessel function

I'm trying to understand the calculation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraunhofer_diffraction_(mathematics)#Circular_aperture for the solution by integration, but I plain and simple fail to see ...
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Hollow metallic waveguides versus optical waveguides versus cables

In almost every physics program, you learn about electricity, electromagnetism, photonics, ... Within the electricity course, you learn about transporting electric energy as electrons through cables. ...
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Refractive index of prism

The formula for the refractive index of a prism is: $$\mu = \frac{\sin (\frac{A + D_m}{2})}{\sin (A/2)}$$ However, this requires me to find out the angle of minimum deviation ($D_m$). This would ...
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Single Slit Diffraction

I am trying to derive the intensity variation function for a single slit diffraction. Sorry for the poor diagram... So I decided to take the amplitudes of the waves originating from the slit on the ...
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Polarizing cavity dumped laser light

From what I have read, most lasers are polarized because of Brewster windows. However, cavity dumped laser light never interacts with Brewster windows. Now, I know that there have been many cases of ...
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Coherent Polarization Beam Combination

All the papers I have read regarding coherent polarization beam combination split laser beams and then coherently combine the components. But is it possible to coherently combine two different lasers ...
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Method of Transformed Impedances

So I am taking an advanced optics class at the moment, using the book Lasers and Electro-Optics by Chris Davis. At one point, while explaining the concept of impedance, he mentions something called ...
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LED characteristics to use in heating a material sample?

I am looking to be able to heat a sample of material, typically less than 500mg and sitting in a fused silica sample holder about 10mm diameter. Wondering about using (say) a 5W LED with narrow ...
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Given a dimension of a known object in the image, how can we calculate the dimension of other objects in the same image ?

The question considers a very specific scenario in which we have an image with let us say, two rectangle objects. We know width and height of one object. How can we calculate the dimensions of the ...
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Can one make a propagating field along a waveguide only have longitudinal/transverse components?

We know that in free space, a propagating electromagnetic wave is always transverse. However, along a dielectric waveguide, the propagating wave can have longitudinal components. The exist of the ...
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Source of a parabolic wavefront

The Huygens-Fresnel diffraction integral has been formulated for incident spherical waves. A source of a spherical wave is kind of intuitive, since the perpendicular rays of the sphere converge into a ...
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Numerical Calculation of the Second Harmonic Generation in the Nonlinear Media

Recently I am working on the Numerical Calculation of the Second Harmonic Generation in the Nonlinear Media. I refer to the Book ...
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Deduce dielectric function from appearance of material

It is often hard to find data on the optical absorption spectra of materials. However one can easily find a description of the appearence of a material (e.g. grey powder, white powder, metallic). What ...
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Characteristics of an Optical System in the Fourier Domain

An imaging system can be characterized by its point spread function (PSF), which in most cases is space-variant. The final image is the result of the convolution of the PSF with the object (2d ...
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Fresnel diffraction approximation (parabolic waves)

The Huygens-Fresnel principle (Introduction to Fourier Optics, Goodman), $$ U(x,y)=\frac{z}{i\lambda}\int_\Sigma U(\xi,\eta)\frac{e^{ikr}}{r}d\xi d\eta\,, $$ where $\cos \theta=\frac{z}{r}$, shows ...
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Why isn't the magnifying power in a compound microscope zero when image is formed at infinity?

I think, in a compound microscope, angular magnification and lateral(or linear) magnification is given by the same formula for both image at infinity and near point(D) And the formula is ...
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Optimization of transfer matrix method for quarter wave stack

Does anyone have any tips for Matlab optimization algorithms to use with a 2x2 Transfer Matrix Method Program? I have written a Matlab function that takes a series of refractive index values and ...
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Wave equation - Cases where separation of variables doesn't work

Separation of variables combined with the Fourier's theorem is the most common technique of solving D'Alembert's wave equation: $$ \Delta\Phi-\frac{1}{c_0^2}\frac{\partial^2 \Phi}{\partial t^2}=0 $$ ...
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Instrumental function vs. instrumental line profile?

I am reading into spectroscopy and the terms instrumental function and instrumental line profile come up regularly. I have reason to believe that they are not equivalent but cannot find any clear ...
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What is the minimal size of the spec of dust I can see with naked eye?

When sun directly shines thru the window - I can see small specs of dusts in the air. All specs have different sizes. Assuming direct sun luminosity is 100kLux, spec is a perfect sphere, reflection ...
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Can one detect a single photon through measuring its impulse/momentum on a mirror?

Can one detect a single photon through measuring its impulse/momentum on a mirror? If the answer if YES or theoretically possible, photon path and interference fringes can be detected simultaneously ...
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In Fermat's Principle of Least Time, how do we know that light is able to reach the end point? [duplicate]

From my understanding of Fermat's Principle, you decide a start point and an end point for a light ray to travel between, and the light 'chooses' whichever path takes the least time (or technically ...
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How can I determine spatial resolution from an Airy disk diffraction pattern?

From introductory optics, the angular resolution of a lens (in radians) can be described by the Rayleigh criterion: \begin{align*} \theta = 1.220 \frac{\lambda}{d} \end{align*} This has its ...
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thin film interference of light

In a thin film interference (reflective system) I know that condition for maxima is $$2\mu t\cos(r)=(2n\pm 1)\frac{\lambda}{2}$$ and for minima is $$2\mu t\cos(r)=n\lambda$$ and for transitive ...
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Question about lens maker's formula

I am trying to follow the derivation of lens maker's formula from the textbook "University Physics", p.1133 ...
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Maxwell Stress Tensor at material boundaries

I am trying to grasp the meaning of the Maxwell Stress tensor $T_i^j$ at material boundaries. Concretely, I am trying to calculate the force between two waveguides. The results are given in an article ...
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Is there a limit to telescope resolution? [duplicate]

Could a strong enough telescope read a newspaper on a planet 1400 light years away, or is there a theoretical limit to the resolution of magnification?
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Imaging and the Electric Field

In this book (pg. 162), it mentioned that conventional lenses only focus propagating waves, thereby creating an imperfect image. In contrast, superlenses focus both propagating and evanescent waves, ...
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Using reflective optics concepts to focus gas pressure in a vacuum

At very low vacuum pressures the bulk behaviour of molecules can be approximated by non interacting particles bouncing off of the chamber walls: For an monotonic molecule such as He with perfect ...
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Recommended books that describe emission and absorption of light and light/matter interactions

Hello I am a Chemical Engineer that has ventured into the field of optics and I was wondering if there is any recommended book/books to understand the maths and also some answered exercises or ...
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Why does not the optical fiber break? [duplicate]

Glass is a very fragile object. So why does not the optical fiber break? Everytime I take them, I am worried about this problem.
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Coordinate Transformation across different media

I have an arrangement that is as follows : (1) inner cylinder(radius r1) filled with water (2) outer cylinder(concentric, radius r2>r1) made of glass I have a sensor S1 at radius r(r1) at angle beta. ...
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Interference on curved film

Let's say I have a curved film in the XY plane, delimited by $y=0$, $y=\sqrt{x}$, $x=L$. Now I light the thin film from the top and I try to see the interference pattern by transmision. I'm stuck ...
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Spherical Aberration Of Electron Lenses

I would like to know why electron lenses can't have negative spherical aberration. Every textbook I have found devotes one or two sentences to saying that Otto Scherzer prooved this 80 years ago, but ...
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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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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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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, ...