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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Question related to optics [closed]

My teacher asked me a question, the question is this "Sunlight enters into a room thorugh a triangular aperture, when i place a screen nearer to the aperture it casts a triangular image, but when the ...
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Jones matrices of a mystery device

When considering a Jones matrix $$J=\ \left( \begin{array}{ccc} \cos\phi & -\sin\phi \\ \sin\phi & \cos\phi \\ \end{array} \right) $$ I understand that the effect of a device described by ...
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Please explain this optical phenomenon, as seen from the top of the cup [closed]

So here is a cup, and i poured some water in it. The question is why do i see those multiple reflections? What causes these images?
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N-Body Simulation for Photons

For my undergrad optics class I am taking we have to select final projects to work on for second half of the semester. I have spent the last few weeks working on my own project which was a GPU ...
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What equation should I use to determine retinal image size generated by 10 micron DIA input beam?

If I plot the effective focal spot diameter (S) achieved by using the popular expression: S = (4L/pi)(F/D), where L is input beam wavelength, F is the focal length of the lens, and D is the input ...
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Spectroscopy: The trustworthiness of reflected, refracted, and “mixed” light sources

Spectroscopy: If spectral lines are used to determine the composition of an object, wouldn’t the reflected light (e.g., from a star) that allows us to see non-luminous objects (e.g., planets, bolides) ...
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What happened to the perfect mirror?

Back in 1998 an article was published in Science by JPL's Jon Dowling claiming a method for making a perfect dielectric mirror: "Mirror on the Wall: You're Omnidirectional After All?" Jonathan P. ...
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Why do we have the absorption edge?

I am very puzzled by the discontinuity of any physical quantity. If the energy of the photon is smaller than the excitation energy of the atom, the absorption rate is zero; if the energy of the ...
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How is refractive index related to the density of a medium (for example, air)?

I have a question regarding refractive index dependency on the density of a dielectric, specifically air. Background Let us start from Newton's second law form of driven harmonic oscillators ...
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Temperature influence in Optical Quantum Computing

I've recently been looking into the (perhaps a bit outdated but still very interesting) field of linear optical quantum computing. Using photons as information carriers, and using objects like ...
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What is the reason behind total internal reflection?

I know that when we increase i , r increases unevenly, i.e i increases a little but r increases with a greater amount. At some time, when i reaches the critical angle, r becomes 90 and if we further ...
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Phantom blue lights under white LED headlights?

Why do I see phantom blue lights just under (and a little to the left) of white LED headlights? They appear over where the fender is, so just a few inches below the actual lights. As the vehicle ...
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How to spread out a beam from a moving head [closed]

I have a couple of small moving heads available here I'm using them for the band to focus on particular musicians sometimes and I would like to be able to make the beam angle wider. Sometimes I have ...
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Is it possible to get a lasing from every luminescent media?

Let's assume that there is a cavity with a couple of mirrors and gain media between which possesses luminescence under some external excitation/pumping. Let the absolute quantum yield of the gain ...
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Pair of Mirrors Facing Each Other [duplicate]

If you have two mirrors facing each other and you introduce a light source into the reflections and you take the light source away, would it immediately go away for all reflections in the "tunnel" of ...
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Special case of mirror formula [closed]

Can anyone show me how to prove the mirror formula when the object is between focus and pole in a concave mirror
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Which Method for finding velocity of an object in the mirror is correct? [closed]

My Professor asked a question, "A person is seen jogging in a rear view mirror of focal length $1$m. He is at a distance $39$m from the mirror. His jogging speed is given to be $5 \frac{m}{s}$. ...
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What are ways to measure light scattering for a science fair project? And how exactly does scattering work?

How does scattering work? And why? I am still in middle school. I am doing my science fair project on scattering and so far the resources I found have either oversimplified it or made it in a way ...
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The sign of a focal length

We know that for converging lens, $f>0$ , for diverging lens, $f<0$. But for many materials I have read so far, it says that: "the focal length of a concave lens is 8 cm." I thought that the ...
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Coupling into FC/APC fiber

I am currently attempting to couple a 405nm laser diode into FC/APC fibre. The fibre is mounted on a flexure stage approximately 15.3mm from an f=15.29mm lens. I have managed to couple into the core ...
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Resources on solid state laser resonator design and modelling

I'm an experimentally oriented physics student and have been fascinated by lasers for a longer time. I'm currently building a diode-pumped, frequency-doubled Nd:YVO4 laser from scratch. Before I start ...
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Given a focal length and an aperture of the telescope, what is its field of view?

While I know FOV of scope is equal to FOV of eyepiece divided by magnification. How can one find FOV given only the focal length and aperture of the telescope?
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How to sketch transmission of ht eMZI in frequency domain?

I enrolled in to Optics&Electronics class and this is my homework: There are 5 questions and they were understandable and familiar(Teached in class) but question 3 is something else! I am not ...
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Is there sound diffraction grating? [closed]

Sound is also a wave phenomenon. Therefore, is there any counterpart of the usual optical grating for sound?
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How do phonon modes and other collective atom processes fit in with the Clausius-Mossotti relation?

The Clausius-Mossotti Relation relates the molecular polarizability of a chemical (that is, how much an electric field polarizes the molecule) to its dielectric constant, which determines its optical ...
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Stark broadening and Voigt fitting

I have LIBS spectral data acquired with a CT spectrometer of resolution 0.4nm. I fitted the Voigt profile into the spectral peak at $\lambda_0$. The lorentz $\Delta \lambda_L$ and the gaussian ...
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Prismatic shaped rear view mirrors

To reduce the intensity of the incident light, prismatically shaped rear view mirrors are used in cars with a day-night switch which changes the angle such that instead of the polished surface ...
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Is the primary and secondary focal length of a lens always same distance away from pole of a lens? [duplicate]

Is the primary and secondary focus of a lens always same distance away from pole of a lens?Why? I looked up the net and could not find any satisfactory answer...
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What happens when there is object exactly in the focus of converging lens? [closed]

I was learning some optics and then I wondered what would happen if some object was exactly in the focus of converging lens, more accurately, what would I see if looking from the other side? EDIT: so ...
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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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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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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 ...