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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Why does the light travel slower in denser medium? [duplicate]

Wikipedia says that "in general, the refractive index of a glass increases with its density." And the refraction index of water vapor is less than ice, and even less than liquid water. Is there any ...
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Is there an equation to calculate efficiency of an optical fiber to transmit sunlight for length of 4 m

I want to transmit sunlight over a distance of approx 4 m via optical fiber. Ideally I want to light up the whole house with sunlight. I was reading that the largest diameter for an optical fiber may ...
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Mode groups in an optical fiber

I know what modes in an optical fiber mean but what are exactly mode groups in an optical fiber? From what I read until now, I have the impression that modes that have close propagation constants ...
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n-p-n p-n-p and n-n-n heterostructure for LED

I was studying LED Heterostructures and I found out that my book is always giving reference to p-p-n type heterostructure. So I looked up into another book in order to find other type of ...
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How to demonstrate total internal reflection?

How can we demonstrate total internal reflection practically to explain it clearly?
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What are the practical consequences of “approximate” quantum cloning with a stimulated emission cloning machine?

Say I build some stimulated emission-based cloning machine for photons (e.g. some active laser medium). Alternatively I could do cloning via interference, e.g. a linearly polarized photon could be ...
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Single mode fibers

Is it possible to focus white light into a single mode optical fiber? I thought no because in order to focus it should be a solution to the Helmholtz equation but I am not too sure about it. Also ...
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Numerical aperture of a lens

Using a laser setup, I was asked to determine the aperture of a given lens and then use some geometrical arguments and compare the theoretical value from the manufacturer and the experimental value. ...
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Polarization effects of second-harmonic generation (SHG)

In one of my labs, we were using an Nd:YAG at 1064 nm and we put it through a KTP nonlinear crystal to perform SHG. We noticed that before the crystal, the 1064 light was unpolarized, but the 532 ...
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What are the 'oscillators' in the Drude Lorentz model?

Jackson's Electrodynamics defines the Drude-Lorentz model as a set of harmonic oscillators (running over indices $j$ below), which, if you write out the equations of motion and rearrange a little, ...
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Total internal reflection problem — could the textbook be wrong?

This regards the following problem: A ray of light is traveling in glass and strikes a glass/liquid interface. The angle of incidence is $58.0^\circ$ and the index of refraction of the glass is $n = ...
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Photoelectric effect: current vs wavelength

In an experiment where the type of metal,intensity of light and potential difference across a battery is kept constant at 2V the results show that an increase in wavelength, obviously in turn ...
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Is every ordinary coloured transparent paper an optical filter?

Can any red coloured transparent paper be used as an optical filter that only allows red colours through it?
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Query on Polarization [closed]

Describe the state of polarization represented by (here w = omega and TT = pi) a) $E_x = E\sin(kz - \omega t)\,\& \,E_y = E\cos(kz - \omega t)$ b) $E_x = E\cos(kz - \omega t) \,\&\, E_y = ...
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Is the plane wave model always valid in reflection and transmission?

my question is related to another one I asked, but I foolishly made that question about several things (experiment, computation, theory) at once so it was confused. I was talking to my boss about ...
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Refractive Index formula for denser to rarer medium

I learnt that the formula for refractive index when light travels from rarer to denser medium is (sin i / sin r) where i = angle of incidence r = angle of refraction Is the same formula used for ...
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Heat production of magnifying glass

Why Magnifying glass(convex lens) produces heat when placed in front of sun?
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Need to use lasers,mirrors and prisms for a project.How to make the light visible and presentable at the same time? [closed]

Alright so I really want to put some art into science for my project.project. I'm thinking of creating a beautiful image,preferably in air.I read about the visible lime-green lasers but i still want ...
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Getting nonphysical results when solving for the index of refraction of a slab?

I'm trying to computationally find the refractive indices (real and imaginary) for a thin slab suspended in air (so the only indices to deal with are air and my material's). I've experimentally taken ...
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Would electron degenerate matter be a good x-ray reflector?

I do not know much about x-ray physics or degenerate matter, but I have the intuitive feeling that the high electron density and what must be some crazy band structures in electron degenerate matter ...
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Brewster angle and perpendicular component

Fresnel's equations give that at Brewster's angle, the parallel component of the incident light is zero. The reflected perpendicular component is not zero, though. We can "remove" this component using ...
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Photovoltaic IV data

I am looking for any available measured solar-cell datasets (Voltage/Current) especially for organic photovoltaic cells for the testing of a software unfortunately I am unable to get the measured ...
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Is it possible to see light intensity fluctuate?

Solutions to Maxwell's equations shows that the $\vec{E}$ and $\vec{H}$ component are of the same phase, which means they go to maximum and zero together, therefore the intensity of the ...
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Why do particular materials allow particular light waves to pass through them? [duplicate]

To be honest, I really don't understand this at all. If we take cardboard for example, obviously gamma rays can penetrate cardboard because the light has such a high energy, and obviously radio waves ...
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Optical Simulation Tool [duplicate]

I am a student and trying to design an aperture from which a light will pass will project on a sensor. I tried to find some software simulation tool for this purpose where i can draw the aperture ...
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How does a microscopes optics expose defects in the users vision?

I've got cataracts in both eyes. My vision is correctable to 20/30, so the cataracts are essentially a non-issue in daily living. But when I use a microscope, which I do daily, (binocular, zoom ...
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Focused beam of light

I'm trying to understand what happens to photons when a beam of light is focused down to its waist. In the image attached, do photons take the path 1 or 2. That is, do the photons cross or just get ...
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How is the width of a slit related to the intemsity of light passing through it?

Here's a question I got in my final exam this morning. "If in a Young's double slit experiment setup, the ratio of intensity of the bright spot to the dark spot is 25:9, what is the ratio of the width ...
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Infinity Corrected Microscope - Building from Scratch

I took an optics course a few years back, and am trying to figure out how to build an infinity-corrected microscope from discrete optical components which are listed in references [2] (lenses) and [3] ...
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Is TRUE invisibility possible?

First off, this question may seem highly stupid at first, but it arose from past cartoon memories. In the cartoon Tom & Jerry from the 1940s, there was already hypothesizing over cream that, when ...
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Optics - Faraday Rotator using waveplates

I'm trying to replicate the effect of a 45° Faraday rotator using a series of waveplates instead. I've encountered some difficulties using the jones matrix notation, the main book I'm using is: ...
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Does the photon-phonon interaction always rotates the photon polarization of 90°?

I'm reading about the acousto-optic effect and on the Acousto-Optical Tunable Filters on particular and wanted to understand the physics under its working. I found this paper ...
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Cylindrical Fresnel Lens Focus Problem

How to focus beam from the fresnel lens on a flat surface. In my case, instead of producing the light beam, I am receiving the light beam. So, the beam comes from the right and then focuses at a ...
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Deriving and gaining intuition for the equation for the index of refraction $n = \sqrt{\mu_r\epsilon_r}$

I've come across the equation in the title. It relates the index of refraction of a substance to the square root of the product of the relative permittivity and the relative permeability at whatever ...
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Query regarding interference

In Young's Double Slit experiment, why is it that two waves vibrating perpendicular to each other doesn't show interference? I know that for interference to happen, the waves must be coherent ( i.e., ...
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Does a mirror help a near-sighted persion see at a distance clearer?

A near-sighted person without eye-glasses can not clearly see things at distance. If he takes a photo of the things at distance, he can see the things from the photo much clearer, because he can ...
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Magnification in compound microscope

I was studying about compound microscope here I don't see why we multiply linear magnification of objective with angular magnification of eyepiece. Shouldn't it be both angular or both linear? Can ...
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Help in understanding the derivation for Fresnel Distance?

An Aperture of size $a$ illuminated by a parallel beam sends diffracted beam (the central maxima) in angular width approximately $λ/a$. Travelling a distance $z$, it aquires the width $zλ/a$ due to ...
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Optical absorption — what are the common ranges and mechanisms?

So let's say you do some reflection/transmission spectroscopy of a material. It's clear that it's absorbing in some range. What would be your first step in identifying the source of the absorption? ...
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What really is reflection? [duplicate]

What really is reflection? Is it just the reemission of EMR? I asked my teacher, he said in quantum sense, it is true. But when I read something about emissivity in Stefan Boltzmann's equation, it ...
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Optical Bloch Oscillation

I have a doubt about how the optical Bloch oscillations happen in a 1D photonic crystal. I try to explain: in a photonic crystal with discrete translational symmetry in one direction I superimpose a ...
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Can we solve California's drought crisis by pointing parabolic mirrors at the ocean?

If you concentrated sunlight to points in the ocean, could you make the water evaporate significantly faster to induce a substantial amount of rain? Assuming you could do that, could you use silver ...
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Can you replace the backlight of a thin film transistor (TFT) with a mirror?

I basically know how TFT' displays work. They have on both sides a polarizing foil, in 90 degrees with the crystals in the middle modifying which light particles should pass through or not. The light ...
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what is the best way to collimate light emitted by a led?

I'm new to this forum. This is half a question, half a challenge. And it's more engineering then physics but I thought I might get good insights from a physics forum. I would like to cure a UV ...
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Divergent thin lens producing real images

The question is as in the title, can a divergent lens produce a real image, when backed by a convergent lens? Which are the conditions to be respected? This was a homework and I have received the ...
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Fermat's principle to prove the law of reflection

Fermat's principle tells that a light ray will follow a path from point $A$ to point $B$ so that the optical path length of this path is an extremum over neighboring paths. I wanted to use this ...
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Identifying an optics equation in a code refactoring project

I apologise if this a somewhat naive post. My knowledge of optics is limited, and I am learning on the job, so to speak. I'm a computational biologist, dabbling in a bit of physics. I'm currently ...
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What are the current experimental limits on the polarizability of the vacuum?

Many (all?) materials are polarizable at some level; meaning that when we apply an electric field across the material, there is an induced dipole moment $$ \vec{p}=\alpha(\omega)\vec{E}, $$ where ...
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Is 'color' characteristics of a body or characteristics of light?

In situation when body exposed by light, is 'color' characteristics of a body or characteristics of light? Is there any difference on macro/micro levels? Will exist such term as 'color' in parallel ...
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If photons don't have mass, how can they accelerate objects? [duplicate]

As far as I know photons don't have mass but they do have momentum ($p=mv$). Scientists say that if we put a shiny (reflective) shield of large radius in the vacuum of space, then light from sun will ...