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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Will matter vibrating at THz frequencies emit light?

Much like a magnet creating an alternating current when slid through a solenoid, will matter that vibrates at 500 THz create lightwaves? Here we are talking about taking an object which doesn't glow ...
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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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The Effect of Camera Lens Extension Rings on Minimum Object Distance [closed]

I found this article on hacking macro lenses. The author used a lens extension tube to increase the magnification of a standard lens into a macro lens. To my surprise the lens's Minimum Object ...
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Optics Diffraction Grating Plot

I was unsure whether to post this in physics stackexchange or mathematica stackexchange, so I posted it in both. I'm trying make an intensity plot for a diffraction grating that contains 100 ...
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Effect of polarizer on light's intensity

If you take unpolarized light and pass it through a polarizer, it's intensity will be half of what it was (ideally). Following Malus' Law I'd issume that if I pass this now polarized light through ...
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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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Polarization Of Light From A Calculator Display

Okay so I couldn't see anything that matched this, partially because I do not know what aspect of polarization it fits into, but in Physics class we did a practical and as part of an extra bit of it ...
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Encoding multiple images in 1 beam

I am doing some research involving geometric optics. I need to reduce an image in size so it fits a rotating mirror we are using. I came up with the idea of projecting the focal plane on the mirror, ...
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Improper integral of the product of exponential function and Laguerre polynomial

I saw this integral in the book [Gerry C.C.,Knight P.L.] Introductory quantum optics: ...
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How the Jordan Schwinger components transform the mode operators in a Beam Splitter- component

Hello, I am unsure how to prove this equation. It is suggested to take the derivative with respect to theta on both sides and use commutation relations for the Jordan Schwinger operators. I can't ...
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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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If refraction slows down light, isn't it possible to hold light still?

I have a quick question about the refraction of light, and I'm sorry if it seems a bit simplistic or even stupid, but I'm still learning. We know that when light passes through a denser medium, it ...
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Incident angle and refracted angle

I came across this picture while studying about Huygens' principle and Laws of Refraction.In my book I saw that it is mentioned $\theta_1$ is the incident angle and $\theta_2$ is the refracted ...
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Young's Double Slit Experiment problem, regarding change in medium

In the question we have a simple YDSE setup , there's just the addition of a glass slab of thickness t and ,refractive index u, in front of the top slit ( S1). Now we submerge the entire setup into ...
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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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Why does the critical angle for refraction exist?

When light moves from a medium with a high refraction index to a medium with a low refractory index (water to vacuum), that there exists a "critical angle" at which no more refraction occurs. What is ...
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Does the direction of propagation of the natural light is perpendicular to the direction of electric and magnetic field making up natural light? [closed]

I know that the direction of propagation of the wave(light) is perpendicular to the direction of electric and magnetic field in the situation of plane waves. And I want to know the relation between ...
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Is there any limit to distance between two waves when used in Huygens principle?

when I used Huygens principle to determine the spherical wavuefront of radius $R/2$ created by reflection from a spherical concave lens of radius $R$, I got amazingly different results for different ...
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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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Confused regarding sign convention of silvered plano convex lens

I'm totally confused while finding the sign convention of a silvered plano convex lens. I know that equivalent power of such a system can be found by adding the power of the mirror and twice the power ...
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Why does Feynman say that Huygens' principle is not correct for optics?

I am reading Feynman's famous paper Space-Time Approach to Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, and in section 7 he says: Actually, Huygens' principle is not correct in optics. It is replaced by ...
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Are there any CO2-Laser notch filters? [closed]

I'm searching for a notch (band-stop) filter (like [1]) for a 10.6 $\mu$m CO$_2$-Laser and I have yet to find one. Is there some physical reason such filters don't exist or is there just no demand? ...
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How can I simulate two fluorophores with a reticle?

Fluorophores typically emit in an incoherent fashion. I thought I could simulate two fluorophores (e.g. single molecule fluors) with a reticle. My concept was to make two small holes in a chrome ...
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In a double slit experiment, fringe separation is constant. However in a diffraction grating fringe separation is not constant. Why is this?

Can you explain this as simply as you can? I am currently in high school and I've been wondering why? Correct me if my question is wrong, and if my assumption in my question is wrong, would you help ...
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Are there Non-conformal maps encountered in Physics?

We always encounter Conformal maps in Physics, may be they are easier to study, but are there Non-Conformal transformations encountered in Physics anywhere? if they are encountered, where are they ...
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How does refraction work? [closed]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW8KuMtVpug&feature=iv&src_vid=CiHN0ZWE5bk&annotation_id=annotation_187211 Start the above video at 8:15. How does the phase velocity affect the apparent ...
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differences between the real image and virtual image [duplicate]

which image can be seen by us and photographed simultaneously - real or virtual. I don't understand the major difference between the two.
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Why aren't all objects transparent?

I know that for an object to be transparent, visible light must go through it undisturbed. In other words, if the light energy is sufficiently high to excite one of the electrons in the material, ...
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Simulation software for wave optics

I am using COMSOL multiphysics Optics module for wave optics simulations and I am wondering if there is better simulation software for wave optics simulations (no multiphysics needed). Like software ...
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What is the formula for light emission from a point source in scattering media?

I'm trying to model the light output emitting from a point source somewhere in R3, and impinging on a fiber optic at distance r, that may be angled relative to the point source at some angle $\theta$. ...
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How to collimate a wide-field from a classical Cassegrain telescope?

I have a 0.25 degree field-of-view Cassegrain telescope (see below) that I'm trying to collimate, i.e. make the diverging beam afocal, not collimate in the sense of aligning M1-M2. I can do this with ...
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Would optical signal processing still suffer from slew rate?

In electronics, analog signal processing/computation suffers from parasitic capacitance which leads to slew rate—which is the maximum change of voltage allowed, so handling super-high frequency ...
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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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Is radar-style 'pulse coding' (stretch, amplify, interact, and then compress) used in the optical domain?

Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) is an optics technique for producing short laser pulses at intensities which are high enough that the gain medium would destroy itself through nonlinear phenomena ...
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Calculating lens parameters

I have a very bright LED light and I'd like to make this light focus so it forms around 5mm thick strong line (height can be arbitrary) on on an object about 150 mm away. I used a cylindrical lens ...
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White Laser Light

I have heard that recently researchers have developed white laser light by combining semiconductor laser sources of different colors. However, I have heard that before these lasers become a practical ...
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Why paraxial rays are used for image construction?

I teach physics to high schoolers. Some days ago I read the following optics question in a physics book. Q. Why paraxial rays are used to study ray optics? The answer given in the book is ...
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Aquarium/refractive indices/detector

Quick question: I'm currently fiddling around with this homework of mine and I seem to be lacking some basic optics knowledge apparently. An aquarium is filled with a fluid as seen in the figure ...
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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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Is it possible build a telescope on a field of mirrors?

Is it possible build a telescope on a "field of mirrors" like the image below? I mean, an energy plant on day time and a telescope in the night Maybe the mirrors are not enough polished but the ...
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Gaussian beam with its waist lying on medium boundary

For $z<0$ the medium is air and for $z<0$ the medium has refractive index $n$ The waist lies on the $z=0$ plane with radius $W_0$. What is the solution in the medium? I take the distribution ...
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How does the power-series expansion of the spectral phase describe chromatic dispersion?

I don't understand how the spectral phase (the phase in the frequency domain) describes dispersion.
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Can Incoherent Polarization Beam Combining be Used to Produce Polarized Light?

I know that different beams can be incoherently combined to produce high power laser sources. But as far as I know these resultant beams are not polarized. But what if you combined several lasers with ...
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How fast would you have to run to create a mirror image?

So I was watching The Flash and in the most recent episode he runs so fast that he is able to create a mirror image of himself so that it looks like there is more of him than there actually is. So I ...
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Dispersion in ultrafast lasers

In mode-locked Ti:sapphire lasers, positive dispersion is caused mainly by the crystal. A prism pair placed in the laser resonator can compensate for some of the dispersion by introducing negative ...
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The squeezed-displaced-thermal state [closed]

I wonder whether the following squeezed-displaced-thermal state has any applications in the related fields. I would be grateful if anyone could make some comments.
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How can a slowed light ray bend?

If light is traveling through air, it slows down and ends up bending. But how? If I'm running straight, and I get slowed down, shouldn't I still be running straight?
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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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Interference of light in a dielectric mirror

Here it is mentioned that for dielectric mirrors (mirrors designed to reflect a specific wavelength of light) "there is a 180-degree difference in phase shift at a low-to-high index boundary, compared ...