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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Can virtual reality goggles have focal point 20 feet away?

Can virtual reality goggles have focal point 20 feet away? I read that eye strain from computer screens occurs if the eyes spend too much time looking at a screen that is too close. The 20-20-20 ...
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Resolving power of a diffraction grating?

I was working thru a derivation of the resolving power of a diffraction grating at the $n$th order. Here is that derivation: Let us say we have a diffraction grating width $W$ and are looking at ...
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Non resonant modes in cavity

I have a simple question. Suppose we have a laser with a cavity such that the frequency of the light that the laser emits does not match with any longitudinal modes allowed by the cavity. In ...
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Is it possible to implement the reversed dispersion of a white light beam and how?

The dispersion of white light beam while passing through a triangular prism is well known. Considering the reversibility of optical path, it should be possible to reverse the experiment. How can ...
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How reflective are typical mirrors in the visible part of the spectrum?

I was wanting to perhaps grow some plants using grow lights. For the sake of efficiency, however, I would like to use some mirrors to reflect this light, ie, keep less of it from uselessly ...
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Michelson interferometry - is a compensator plate necessary?

I am studying the Michelson interferometer shown in figure 2 (similar design shown below) of the AMRITA vlabs tutorial. There it is stated that Since the reflecting surface of the beam splitter ...
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What will happen if I transmit 850nm signal through a 1300nm optical fiber? [closed]

We prefer 1300nm optical fiber over 850nm optical fiber because later one is more efficient. So am selecting 1300nm optical fiber. But I want to know the possibility of using same cable to transmit ...
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Textbook Problem: Fiber Coupling Spheres

I am reading the book Fundamentals of Photonics. I try to solve problems at the end of chapter 1, but I got stuck on two problems. Tiny glass ball are often used as lenses to couple light into and ...
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Black holes in a denser media

In Crown Glass, the speed of light is 1.52 times the speed of light in vacuum. Consider the following hypothetical situation: Hypothetical Situation If a black hole is surrounded by a giant crown ...
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Understanding Braggs x-ray diffraction and why light is treated as a single “ray/line”

I'm not familiar with optics. So my knowledge of treating light as single lines is almost completely foreign to me. Although I do know something about EM waves and Maxwells equations, so you can ...
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How to calculate desired light path in continuous medium with gradient refraction index

See the Figure below. $O:(0,0)$ is the disk center of light source $\odot{O}$ with radius $3$. Then the profile light rays of disk $O$ from the view point $B:(-14,0)$ is defined by segments $DB$ ...
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Interpreting Seidel Aberration coefficients

I am trying to model a simple system in Zemax (though I think the question is general and is not limited to Zemax app), but the ray-tracing does not seem to be consistent with the analysis of the ...
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Far-sightedness problem

Let's consider BOB and HENA have far-sightedness problems, and they uses lenses to correct their vision. Somehow, they exchange their glasses; how then can we determine the closest object distance ...
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Radius of an image not in the image plane due to diffraction?

When viewing an image in the image plane the radius of the image (assuming it is circular) is given by the radius of the Airy disc. But let's say we are not viewing it in the image plane, but in ...
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Resolving power of a microscope?

I was reading up on the resolution of a microscope. I read (in some lecture notes) that the size of the limiting spot size is $1.22 \lambda f/W$. But that the smallest resolvable feature has a size ...
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Why is there no fluorescence background in CARS?

In CARS (coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering), the detected signal is blue-shifted with respect to the excitation - how does this mean that there is no fluorescence or that the fluorescence can be ...
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On unfocused images, their information content and possible restoration

So, when an image is out of focus the light of any given point of the object does not refocus exactly at one point on the screen, but is spread out around a region, such that the light of the image at ...
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Scattering of strong non-resonant light by cesium vapor

can anybody provide good references (research papers, books,,reviews, recent...) about a VERY strong NON-resonant light scattering from a cesium atomic cloud/vapor? (The light should be capable of ...
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Higher order multipolar second harmonic generation in centrosymmetric materials

As is pointed in this question, second harmonic generation is forbidden in the bulk of the materials possessing centrosymmetry. In some papers it is said that in the dipolar approximation the SHG ...
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Why can one see the outline of a white sheet of paper kept on another white sheet of paper?

Why can you see the outline of an object of a color that is in front of another object of the same color.
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Resonant vs. Non-resonant Raman

What does it mean to say that the conventional Raman effect is non-resonant? And, how/why does resonant Raman give a stronger signal than the non-resonant type?
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How to calculate the colour a human eye sees when looking at a light spectrum?

I have to do a presentation about colourants in Chemistry class (grade 12, advanced) and want to write a program that calculates and visualizes the colours of some simple molecules. What I need is ...
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Diffraction from a single slit experiment and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle [duplicate]

Practically how to separated between Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction? Do all diffraction fringes from single slit have same peaks? Why?
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Intuitive picture of diffraction without fictitious secondary wavelet

This question has been asked in a similar way but no satisfactory answers came up. Huygen's principle relies on the fact that if we consider an aperture, every element dS on the surface of the ...
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Solution of the wave equation [closed]

I am dealing with the solution of the wave equation in two different cases represented in figure by Case A and Case B. The two figures were obtained by shining a slab with an incident wave coming from ...
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Microscopy: aperture matching and Huygen's principle

I have repeatedly read that the maximum spatial resolution of a microscope occurs when the aperture of the objective and condenser are the same. However, I don't understand why. The resolution is ...
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How to calculate reflection profile of a beam shining onto a moving mirror?

I want to build a projector, where a beam of light is shining on to mirrors, placed at different angles, which are spinning fast enough to draw lines. The question is, how to calculate the needed ...
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An image in movement viewed by different cameras [closed]

Why in the image the string looks like is in two places at the same time, what is the optical reason or is it because of how cameras work?
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Frequency dependence of the speed of light in air

According to this link, the speed of light of different colors in a medium should be different. But if the refractive index of light in air is 1 then this means that the speed of light in air and ...
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What is the minimum required length of mirror to view full object if the mirror is convex?

i want to find the Radius of curvature of a convex mirror. i have all the factors to calculate except for image height of an object and image distane. so i can find the image height of an object from ...
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Mie's scattering Theory Problem

Is Mie's theory which describes the scattering of EM wave off sphere , possible to extend to spheroidal ? object or arbitrary shape with finite series expression ? I tried to replace the radial ...
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Is near point defined for a myopic eye and far point defined for a hypermetropic eye?

I learnt about far Point of a myopic eye and near point of a hypermetropic eye. But I am confused about the above question. And if near point is defined for a myopic eye and far point defined for a ...
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Double slit experiment collimating lens?

In some appratus for the Young's double slit experiment a collimating lens is used infront of the double slits, meaning plane wavefronts hit the double slits. But why do we need/want plane wavefronts ...
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White, is it a colour or absence of colours?

Our chemistry sir and we had an argument today at the lab, he says that white actually is not a colour, it is the abscence of colour, but we say that it is a colour and we gave the following point to ...
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Diffraction Pattern on LCD Screen

I was up late working with my red LED headlamp on and when I was looking at the black part of my LCD (Apple Retina Macbook Pro) screen I noticed this interesting diffraction pattern. I'm confused ...
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What is the transfer function in fft beam propagation for unpolarized light?

What is the transfer function in fft beam propagation for unpolarized light ? How to construct the fft beam propagation ? This is for homework. For coherent light the beam propagation is E(x,z) ...
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Laser travelling through a radially graded index of refraction

A laser beam propagates through a region whose refractive index varies as $\mu=\mu_0(\frac{r}{r_0})$. At a distance of R the beam makes an angle of 30° with the normal. Find the minimum seperation ...
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How many foci does a converging or diverging lens have?

I thought this was a simple question but can't seem to find a direct answer. In ray diagrams with a converging or diverging lens, we always draw F (the focal length) on both sides of the lens. But ...
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How can we redirect light from any direction to one direction

Not just focused light. I mean whenever light come from sideway or any angle. What device it called to refract light from any angle to one angle
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How do photons carry information?

In cosmology it's frequently said that photons from the early universe carry information from that time. However, wouldn't they also carry data from later interactions? How do we differentiate ...
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Examples in which the light maximizes the optical path length

I posted a similar question about geodesics on Math.SE. Many sources (Wikibooks for instance) claim that the light could maximize the optical path length in some cases. But I don't think it's actually ...
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Why are certain opaque objects so biased?

Why is it that most of the opaque objects only block em waves in the visible spectrum but fail to block waves with frequency higher and(or) lower than the visible spectrum?
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How does a laser emit light in a coherent state?

Lasers work by stimulated emission of atomic transitions. Stimulated emission produces two photons which, because the particle number is well-defined, projects the field into a Fock state. However, it ...
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Why does a circle of light appear when I shine a laser pointer at a wire? [duplicate]

When I point a laser at a wire , a circle of light appears on a wall behind it . why this happens. What is the circle of light and why does it appear? Could anyone give some tips on what I should ...
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Why zone-plate photography is not monochromatic?

Zone-plate photography produces somewhat "blurry" photos. However, according to Fresnel's equation, I'd expect the resulting photos to be somewhat monochromatic, due to the dependence between $r,f$ ...
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Why grating is an essential part of a monochromator?

From looking at these two images, it appears that the dispersed "rays" of the reflected light could be manipulated just as well if the reflecting mirror would be turned to a fixed angle. So why is ...
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Optics Network NEED good Reference or TEXT

I am using Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective, 3rd Edition (Amazon link) as a reference for studying optics network. The main focus of the course is rather on the layer, data, and protocol side ...
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Optics problem: Determining the new focal length when changing from film to CCD detector [closed]

An older camera has a lens with a focal length of 50mm and uses 34-mm-wide film to record its images. Using this camera, a photographer takes a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge that completely ...
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Making sense of sinogram of perspex block in air

I'm confused trying to visualize what happened exactly during this experiment: Setup with a laser and a photo diode on the opposite side. A perspex block (2x2cm) in between. Take 200 measurements ...
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Is possible carry light using a rectangular mirroned tube? [closed]

I'm newbie and I want know if Is possible to carry light using a rectangular mirroned tube and create a illumination system with this principle.? I think is possible using schemas with mirrored ...