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 a vectorial vortex beam?

I know that a Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) beam with topological phase non zero has helical wavefront, but still linear polarization. So if LG beams are not vectorial vortices, what could they be?
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Diffraction and Shape in the grating

Suppose, I use a laser with a known wavelength of 650 nm through a "opaque grating" that has a pattern of holes of same shape and size. We can see the pattern on the screen. We know the distance ...
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What “exactly” happens when a ray is incident at the critical angle?

The question arose when my physics teacher taught me geometrical optics and told that the phenomenon of both refraction and $reflection$ occur by change in medium. First of all, I'm not sure about the ...
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How does 1/f come out as the intercept when plotting a graph of 1/u and 1/v in convex lens?

On this link, in the convex lens second method to calculate focal length. I did not understand how the graph of 1/u and 1/v can give 1/f as the intercept? Could someone please explain?
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Is the glass made up of holes that let the light to go through it?

The following passage has been extracted from the book "The Magic of Science-A.Frederick Collins" (1917): Substances of all kinds have pores or holes in them. A sponge has pores that can be ...
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What will happen if two photons collide perpendicularly? [closed]

Suppose there is an object placed at (-1,0) on x-axis. A light ray coming from it is observed by an observer somewhere on positive x-axis. In addition, a second object is placed somewhere on y-axis. ...
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Can there be a string so thin as to be invisible, but that can still support a visible weight?

A spider web thread is very thin, yet it can support a spider. Given that the human eye visual acuity is finite, are there materials, natural or man-made, sufficiently thin that a string made from ...
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Why is the focal length of a convex mirror negative?

According to the Cartesian sign convention, the focal length should be positive since the convex mirror forms a virtual image to the right of mirror (positive direction) when light comes from left. ...
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What are the factors affecting transparency and color of a substance [duplicate]

What is the reason behind visual properties like color and transparency of different substances? I have always heard that the structure of the substance is responsible for these properties. I always ...
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Can this simple spectrometer be precise without collimation?

Consider the following spectrometer structure: Here the slit can be changed in size, and the lens and detector can be moved closer to or farther from the diffraction grating. I was trying to get ...
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Absorbative polarisers

Absorbative polarisers are one way of getting linearly polarised light from an unpolarised beam. The key idea is that these materials are manufactured such that light can be absorbed in all ...
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Appearance of the recomposition of a given spectrum? [duplicate]

Given a visible spectrum, i.e. a function from the set of visible wavelengths into the set of intensities, I would like to see the color having this spectrum decomposition. Question: How can I do ...
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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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Is there a limit to the frame rate achievable with a high-speed camera?

A high-speed camera is a device used for recording fast- moving objects as a photographic image(s) onto a storage medium. A normal motion picture is filmed and played back at 24 frames per second, ...
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Laser beam divergence

How can I calculate the divergence of a laser beam by diffraction? I want to find the following relation, $$ \Delta\Omega = \frac{\lambda^2}{A}, $$ where $\lambda$ is the wavelength and $A$ is the ...
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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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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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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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What defines camera's size?

Smartphone camera is small while others are big. I know some functions like zoom can change physical size and multi lens,.. etc So, assume that a without zoom, what define camera lens? I want to get ...
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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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Is there a mathematical equivalence between gravitational optics and quantum optics or are they mathematically incompatible theories?

I know that massive gravitational bodies will curve the path that light travels. I think that quantum optical mediums also bend light. I am still confused of whether quantum optical mediums actually ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Light-Matter Interaction and Object's Appearance

I am taking a course in Computer Graphics, and the teacher said we could put materials in there main categories: mirror like glossy or specular diffuse He suggested that the law of reflection is ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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What happens to light at sharp points? [closed]

At the tip of the sharp point shown, what will happen to light incident on it. This curiosity was invoked by a friend and also my childhood of watching shiny pointed swords in cartoons. Original ...
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Lens parameters / Principal Planes vs. Entrance and Exit Pupil

Under what conditions are the Principal Planes not the entrance and exit pupil? For the definition of Principal Planes see: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/geoopt/priplan.html ...
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A beam of light, traveling around a planet

Some time ago, I happened to have found one problem: The refractive index of the planet's atmosphere decreases with height above the surface under the following law: $$n=n_0-\alpha h$$ ...
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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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Why is optical orbital angular momentum (OAM) called “topological charge”?

The terminology "topological charge" is frequent in lots of research papers related to optical vortex or optical OAM, it is used to represent the optical OAM. Why? How to comprehend it?
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Effect of water on an image

I am stuck on this question: "consider the image above, P is an opaque disc (lying in a glass beaker) illuminated from bellow by a source S. A converging lens L forms an image of this at Q. Explain ...
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Optical absorption in a semiconductor for $E<E_g$ [duplicate]

Quoting from Solid State Electronic Devices (by Ben G. Streetman and Sanjay Banerjee): A photon with energy less than $E_g$ is unable to excite an electron from the valence band to the ...
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does the positon of the virtual image change when I change position?

I placed a box in front of a plane mirror I looked at the image and smudged a bit of Vaseline on the mirror as a mark to indicate where I thought where the virtual image was. After that, I ...
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Increase contrast on the image taken by CCD camera

I project a pattern on a reflecting object and I capture the reflected pattern (reflected via the object) using a CCD camera. However, the reflected pattern has a very low contrast (due to volume ...
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why does the optical media have different refractive indices?

Optical density is a measure of the refracting power of a medium. In other words, the higher the optical density, the more the light will be refracted or slowed down as it moves through the medium. ...