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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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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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 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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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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Are there concave fresnel lens production [on hold]

I wonder why most fresnel lens is focused convex lens. Are there any usage and production of concave fresnel lens?
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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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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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Understanding colored shadows [on hold]

When I turn on white lights, these chairs cast a shadow. However, when blue LED lights are turned on the shadow turns yellow. Why is this? Is this due to interference of light or is it just an ...
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In what direction will this magnet move? [on hold]

What will be the direction movement of small ringshaped magnet when place inside the big ringshaped magnet with the same poles?
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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 is fluorescence often associated with Raman scattering?

In Raman scattering, the Stokes signal is at a longer wavelength compared to the excitation signal, leading to fluorescence. Why is it the case that this would lead to fluorescence? I don't ...
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Optics of the eye - do we see Fourier transforms?

I've recently been learning about Fourier optics, specifically, that a thin lens can produce the Fourier transform of an object on a screen located in the focal plane. With this in mind, does the ...
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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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Why is this way of calculating the diffraction pattern valid?

I've seen that in some books (Fowles) the intensity of the diffraction pattern is calculated in the following way. We place the source $S$ and the point at the screen $P$ in the line perpendicular ...
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Diffraction and $k$-space

Regarding diffraction I am a little bit lost reading about reciprocal space and the space of $k$'s. As I understand it the Fourier relationship between a wavepacket $\Psi(\vec r,t)$ and the complex ...
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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 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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Fiber optics with broadband, incoherent light

I wonder if someone could help clarify waveguiding with broadband, incoherent light please. If we take a telecomms fiber, which is single-moded above ~1.4 μm and couple a laser beam in, we assume ...
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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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Light reflecting inside a sphere [on hold]

I'm having a bit of trouble cracking this problem. The diagram is given below. My job is to find $\phi$ as a function of $\theta$ and the index of refraction $n$. For this part of the question, I ...
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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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What is the near point for the eye

So I am a teaching assistant for an introductory physics class. One of the problems on this weeks workshops is: Where is the near point (far point) of an eye for which a contact lens with power of ...
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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 $$\frac{\sin i }{ \sin r}$$ where $i =$ angle of incidence, $r =$ angle of refraction. Is the same ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Missing factor of 1/2 in the definition of light intensity

The light field can be written as $E=A \cos\theta$ where $\theta=kz+wt$ is the phase of light wave. What we measure or see is the intensity which is the square of the light field $$I=E^2=A^2 ...
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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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Optics (rainbows) [closed]

A passenger in an aeroplane shall (a) never see a rainbow. (b) may see a primary and a secondary rainbow as concentric circles. (c) may see a primary and a secondary rainbow as concentric arcs. ...
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Lasers : Threshold Pump Power for Laser Oscillation [closed]

I was working my way through some basic laser problems , when I cam across this one : Consider the ruby laser for which we have the following values of the various parameters: $N =$ $1.6$ x ...
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Sign convention for mirror and lens formulas

I have just started learning optics at school and my teacher derived the lens and mirror formulas. While doing so, she applied the sign convention for $u$, $v$ and $f$ and arrived at the final ...
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Reflection and refraction of light [duplicate]

When a light ray strikes an interface a part of it gets reflected, a part of it gets absorbed while another part gets refracted. Why does light reflect? Why does it refract?
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Highest NA available [closed]

I am curious, what is the highest NA for an objective available now? Most of the manufactures offer something like ~1.4 (for immersion objectives), but I think about half a year ago I heard someone ...
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Ray diagram for refraction

I'm having trouble finding out any errors in a ray diagram. The question is as follows: A ray of light falls normally on the curved face of a semi-circular plastic block, it hits the horizontal ...
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What is a lineshape function $g(\omega_0)$ in a Laser?

I am a newbie to the world of lasers and was working my way through some basic problems, when I encountered this one: Optical Electronics, A.K. Ghatak and K. Thyagarajan (Cambridge University ...
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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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Luminance from multiple light sources

I have a LED diode: Given Luminance intensity [I] of $1.85$ cd. I want to have Luminance [B] from the light source of $75 \ {\rm cd/m^2}$. From $B=I/S$, where S is light source plane area, I get ...
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Perfect pinhole diffraction pattern with sharp fringes using a 632nm laser

I'm trying to produce a diffraction pattern with pinhole using a laser of 632nm wavelength .The pinholes' diameter are ranging from 10um , 25um , 50 um , 0.1mm and so on . I also have good lenses for ...
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Frequency difference of absorbed and emitted photons?

In a transparent medium, how does the frequency of incoming light compare to the exiting light? I thought it was the same, but doesn't there have to be an energy difference in two electron states in ...
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geometrical optics

I doing an experiment now. My structure has 700nm periodicity. The surface of the unit structure is sloped at 45 degrees from the normal incidence angle. My laser is 500 nm. I can expect there ...
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Describing a single photon with creation and annihilation operators

Since I am not fully aware of the creation and annihilation operator formalism for single photons, I want to ask, if the following is correct: I am considering a photon in the vacuum which travel ...
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Light-matter interaction and an 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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Two mirrors paradox revisited

If I connect a video camera to a screen, so that whatever is seen by my camera appears on the screen, what do I see when I point it towards the screen itself? Is it, in terms of optics, this ...
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Quantum theory of light

What's the scattering matrix for a PBS (polarization beam splitter)? Is it just unitary? If one polarization never couples into another polarization (then there's a lot of zeroes in that 4x4 matrix) - ...
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Apparent depth and virtual image position

Why does the virtual image appear right on top of the object and not a little to the right, for example? Is it explained by some formula or just symmetry of the geometry?
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What is the total reflectivity/transmissivity of a pack of a semi-transparent glass sheets [closed]

Consider a pack of $N$ layered semi-transparent parallel glass sheets (like a 'cake'), each having the reflectivity coefficient and thickness $(r_k, d_k)$ for $k=1 \dots N$. Consider a light beam of ...
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Intensity of waves in single-slit diffraction

So I am trying to determine the relation between intensities of waves in single slit diffraction. Since I am pretty new to this topic, I couldn't find a way how to calculate the ratio between the ...
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If any, what would be the ideal modulation frequency for a phase-sensitive light sensing experiment in a non-dark environment?

I have constructed some equipment for sensing a beam of light. The equipment is enclosed in a rudimentary darkbox to block out the majority of the ambient room lighting, but is still partially ...