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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Keep the light beam in a closed room, is it possible? [duplicate]

I mean if I am in a room totally closed to light. If I switch on a torch for a second then switch it off. So will the inside of room be always bright?
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Is a holographic recorder able to capture a large full color picture? [closed]

Is it practical to attempt to build a 3D hologram generator that is full color and big enough to recreate a watermelon full size? If so, is real-time control feasible?
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Trapping EM radiation [duplicate]

Is there a material which can allow light (or any other EM radiation) to pass through from one side as if it is transparent but its other side reflects light like a mirror?
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How to calculate the height and length of a reflected ray?

I barely know anything about optics, so I could use some help about how to go about solving this problem. If I have a ray of light at a certain height from the optical axis, propagating at an angle, ...
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Beam waist at extremely long distances

A beam of light of wavelength $\lambda$ and width $W$ needs to be focused at a distance $D$ to a spot not bigger than $w_S$, which stands for 'width of sail'. Now, the diffraction limit says it ...
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How reflected objects are composed and who is responsible for that?

Please refer to this image. The scene contains an object close to a mirror in the wall and a window, note that the reflected object is receiving more light than the object itself. I read some ...
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Kiessig fringes

I have come across many papers but still couldn't find the relationship between index of refraction or atomic scattering factors, and reflectivity. My flow of thought goes as follows: Get the ...
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How big of a lens or parabolic mirror would it take

...to heat a piece of steel so its glowing yellow (1100 C)? Assuming you had a cloudless day at a latitude of, say, San Francisco... Basically I'm wondering if it is possible/feasible to be able to ...
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Rays in Symmetric Resonator

I'm having some trouble figuring out how to get started on this question: If I have a symmetric resonator with two concave mirrors of radii $R$ separated by a certain distance, after how many round ...
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E and H fields created by fiber optics?

When an EM wave travels down a conductor, it creates and electric and magnetic field around (H) the wire and normal to (E) the wire. My question is, when light travels down an optical material such ...
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Why does heterodyne laser Doppler vibrometry require a modulating frequency shift?

On the wikipedia article (and other texts such as Optical Inspections of Microsystems) for laser Doppler vibrometry, it states that a modulating frequency must be added such that the detector can ...
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Does a FTS work on the same principle as a michelson (amplitude division) interferometer?

As far as I can tell within an Fourier Transform Spectrometer the spectral information is gained from changing the path length along one arm, this sounds very similar to a michelson interferometer but ...
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Physics of Fireworks

This evening I saw the 4th July classic Fireworks in San Diego, and I was wondering about the most physical picture of what was happening. Does anyone have a good way to explain the detailed physical ...
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Find the dispersion of the slab?

I've been having trouble with this for a few days and already used up all my tries on the homework for it, but have the final is coming next week. Thus I would like to know how do this, however I ...
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size and distance of mirror used in projected “smart” whiteboard

Apologies in advance for complete ignorance of optics (beyond conic sections) How is the size, distance, and angle of the mirror used here calculated? The mirror is I believe the open flap in front ...
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Intensity distribution of a LED light source

The light source: 190 high power LEDs in NIR. I have the datasheet of the LED. I want to make a graph showing the spatial distribution, and to measure the intensity of the beam on the whole field of ...
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Can a complex lens be represented by wavefront aberrations?

Usually complex lenses are described by their geometric design - usually a sequence of spherical cap sufraces and materials. The lens behavior, ie. how it transfers rays, can be evaluated by ray ...
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Intensity loss due to vignetting

I was trying to get an expression for the loss of intensity due to vignetting in a simple optical system, and got a fairly complex integral. I was wondering if there's an easier way, or any book that ...
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The further the focal length, would more or less be projected in the image?

When the focal length of a camera gets further, the object projected on the image gets larger. But would more or less of the object be projected on the image? I know the answer is that less of the ...
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Creating the opposite of an optical lattice

Is it possible to create periodic potentials that instead of creating a well for an atom to be trapped in, repulsed by that specific location? If yes, can we use this as a means to make artificial ...
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What software can I use to simulate supersonic gas particle flow? [closed]

Please please help me out with this. I am trying to find a software/program that I could use the simulate the scattering effect of light when it strikes gas particles moving at supersonic speeds? ...
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Simulating a noisy image: Poisson Noise Clarification

I'm currently working to simulate an image that mirrors the output of a CMOS camera we have in the lab. My images include Poisson (photon) noise as well as a gaussian (readout) noise. My issue is ...
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Reflectivity of Metallic surfaces

Can someone please point me to an academically verified web resource/page that tabulates the Reflectivity of various metallic surfaces like gold, silver , aluminium etc? I have found a list on ...
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Analytical calculation for focus deviation [on hold]

How can I analytically calculate the deviation in focus or focal length variation in a situation as shown in figure. When the Sensor is parallel to the face of the lens/ light; its easy to calculate. ...
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How was microscope-level zoom created by a lens and a water droplet?

It was a rainy night. My glasses were speckled with fresh water droplets. I looked at a distant street light and I was surprised to see cells - a single cell was zoomed in to the level where I could ...
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Cheap DIY Zernike-Phasecontrast: Optical Thickness of a inkjet/laser printed contour for phasering? [closed]

Rough guess: Optical Thickness of a inkjet/laser printed contour? Edit I was wondering if there is any research regarding the refractive index and the height of an inkjet or laser printed contour?  ...
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optical properties of metal-dielectric-metal microcavities

I would like to figure out the optical properties of metal-dielectric-metal microcavities, used in the fabrication of micro patch antenna. The paper that I'm reading is this one. Now the specific ...
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Time involved in reflection

Consider light bouncing back and forth between two ideal front surfaced mirrors. How long does the process of reflection (i.e., absorption and re-emission) take?
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Why is 2000 grit good enough for a mirror finish?

The mean particles size on a 2000 grit sandpaper is ~ 1 um, which is not that smooth compared with the wavelength of visible light. But usually when I want a mirror finish, 2000 grit will provide a ...
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Fourier optics (diffraction from pinholes)

A plane wave of wavelength $\lambda$ and unit amplitude is normally incident on a mask placed in the xy-plane at $z=0$. The mask contains two infinitesimally small pinholes, located on the x-axis ($y=...
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What is a good book to self-teach optics?

I'm interested in camera lenses and how things like barrel distortion and lens flare happens, but know that one cannot just start there. I'm a math major and I've worked out of Strauss PDE book so I ...
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How is the Rayleigh criterion connected to the Abbe limit

I am interrested whether one can derive a formula for the point resolution (like Abbe did) of an optical system from the Rayleigh criterion (without the use of small angle approximation i.e. $\rm{sin}(...
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Diffractive peak for high-frequency scattering from a sphere with small index of refraction?

How does a transparent sphere's shadow fade as $n\to 1$? Consider radiation of wavenumber $k$ incident on a transparent sphere of radius $a$ and index of refraction $n$ in the limit $ka \gg 1$. (...
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Refractive index of red and blue light

if $\frac{\sin(I)}{n}=\sin(r)$ where $n$ is the refractive index, $I$ is angle of incidence and $r$ is angle of refraction (these are relative to the normal). How come blue light refracts at a ...
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What is the explanation of the glory (optical phenomenon)?

Yesterday, I took the following picture. I was looking downwards from within an aircraft and I saw the 'glory' around the shadow of the plane on the clouds below. Wikipedia has an entry on the ...
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What happens if we stand in the centre of a sphere inside covered with as a mirror? [duplicate]

What happens if we stand inside a sphere covered with as a mirror? That is when we are at the centre of a spherical mirror, how the image of us is formed?
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Calculating angle of min deviation of prism [closed]

Two rays incident with angle 40 and 60 on one face of equilateral triangular prism the angle of deviation are equal .find angle of minimum deviation?
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Unpolarized wave, $\Delta\varphi =\Delta \varphi(t)$?

I have seen a unpolarized wave defined in a number of places (e.g. here) as a wave such that: \begin{align} E_x&=E_0 \cos(kz-\omega t) \\ E_y&=E_0 \cos(kz-\omega t+\varphi) \end{align} Where $\...
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Why does a fan blade appear to spin backwards when spun really fast?

This a phenomenon which I notice everyday but never really took an interest in. Why does a fan (or any other rotary object), when spinning really fast, 'appear' to slow down, upto a certain rpm, then ...
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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 Does Silicon Surface Barrier (SSB) radiation detectors work?

I'm dealing whith some old detectors (about 1980) called Silicon Surface Barrier, searching online I've seen that they consist on metal-semiconductor(Si n-type) junction (schottky diode) and in one ...
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Covering half of a lens [duplicate]

What happens to the image of an object kept before a lens if the upper half of lens is covered by an opaque coating? I understand that the full image will be formed and only the intensity of the ...
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Why does Light change color through Glass slab?

I shone a green laser light(~532 nm) through a glass slab and what I saw inside was that the light beam was now red. Imagine a regular refraction diagram but color the beam outside green and that on ...
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Superluminescent LED [closed]

How do Superluminescent LED generate amplified spontaneous emission? Moreover," a superluminescent LED combines the spatial coherence of a laser diode and the temporal incoherence of an LED. " Please ...
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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) ...