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Whether the amount of diffraction is 'negligible' depends on how you define this criterion. The first order minimum in the diffraction pattern from a single slit occurs where $\sin\theta = \lambda/d$ where $d$ is slit width, $\theta$ is diffraction angle and $\lambda$ is wavelength. If $d = \lambda$ the central lobe of the diffraction pattern will spread ...


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In your example, a wavelength and a wavenumber represent in a different way the same information as there is a direct conversion between the two quantities. You can use the same reasoning to answer your question about the m/s and s/m: You have a speed $v$. Let's define a new quantity based on that speed, $$\rho = \frac{1}{v}$$ which we conveniently call ...


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A photon that escapes from black hole's neighborhood does work on the black hole. The photon causes the black hole not to be in the photon's gravity well after the photon has escaped. In other words the photon increases the potential energy of the black hole. The following paragraph may not be science, I just want to say something sane, as opposed to ...


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This is just ordinary potential energy from first semester physics -- when the photon is close to the black hole, it's deep in the potential well. As it goes away from the black hole, it picks up gravitational potential energy, so therefore, it must lose kinetic energy. For a photon, the kinetic energy is given by the Planck formula $E = hf$, so the photon ...


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Since due gravitational time dilation something takes forever to fall inside a black hole from the perspective of an outside observer, there is nothing in it yet that could come out. The light which is emitted from outside the horizon does reach an outside observer, but since it hasn't yet fallen in, it technically doesn't escape from inside the black ...


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There are two types of radiation that are emitted from an accelerating charged particle: synchrotron radiation (if the acceleration causes circular motion) and bremsstrahlung radiation (if the acceleration is from speeding up or slowing down). The total power emitted from synchrotron radiation is given by: $$P = \frac{q^2\gamma^4a^2}{6\pi\epsilon_0c^3}.$$ ...


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This is a phenomenon called dispersion of light. White light is a mixture of all colours which get separated when they pass through a prism. The refractive index or simply for lay usage the angle at which light bends when it enters from one medium to another depends on the wavelength of light. So the colours are not newly created, but they are just ...


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When light enters glass (or another transparent material), its frequency stays the same and its wavelength changes. In a comment, you say that you are using "color" to mean "wavelength". Well, I think you are using the word "color" incorrectly. According to a normal definition of "color", the color of light does not change when it enters glass. But the ...



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