Questions tagged [wavelength]

The wavelength of a sinusoidal wave is the spatial period of the wave—the distance over which the wave's shape repeats, and the inverse of the spatial frequency or wavenumber. Determined by considering the distance between consecutive corresponding points of the same phase, such as crests. Use for wavenumber, wavelength, frequency.

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Length of pipe required for a certain frequency [closed]

How long would a singing pipe need to be to produce a 950hz note? I tried using the formula f = nv/(2L) and using the speed of sound for 'v', however that does not ...
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Can application of force contract wavelength of particles

When I put the de broglie relation for momentum in Newton's law F=dp/dt I saw that in some way F is inversely proportional to wavelength. So if we apply greater force, the shorter the wavelength ...
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Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle - finding uncertainty in wavelength

I am confused about this problem: I needed to find the uncertainty of a wavelength using Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. In the solution, they differentiated $λ=c/f$ with respect to frequency to ...
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Are kitchen microwaves in the audible range?

The waves of a typical kitchen microwave oven have a wavelength of 12cm while the audible spectrum is between 1.7cm and 17m, so one might think that they overlap and that kitchen microwaves should be ...
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Formation of Red and blue bands in the sky

Today at the time of sunset I saw this The sky is divided into two parts one In red and one in blue which are very distinctive Can anyone tell how? The upper part of the image points towards the ...
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Sizes of Elementary Particles

Present observation shows that elementary particles have no internal structure, and have no real size as they are described by wavefunction. Something that therefore confuses me is that on a lot of ...
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Wavelength of cosine-squared

I am confused. Usually, the wavelength is the x-distance between the tops of two consecutive waves. Here is the graph. There is only 0.1 m between 2 crests. But the answer counts the wavelength as 0....
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Database of Color Emissions

I am reading about the color Green and am wondering if there is a database anywhere listing the atoms/molecules/powders/minerals and their color wavelengths in various forms. Basically I would like a ...
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Wavelength and Lattice constant - need to be the similar magnitudes to have interference?

I was taught that they need to have similar magnitudes but I did an exercise last week and the magnitudes were different by 3 decimal places. Before I also noticed them being either the same or maybe ...
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Variation of Refractive index

We know that refractive index, for any medium, $$n=1/\sqrt{\epsilon\mu}.$$ Also, according to Cauchy's relation $$n=A+B/\lambda^2,$$ where $A$ and $B$ are constants related to the medium. ...
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Phase difference in a standing wave?

What would the phase difference between P and Q be? I assumed that because they are 1/4 of a wavelength apart, it would be Pi/2, but supposedly the difference is 0.
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Why use ultrasound for medical imaging? [closed]

What advantage does ultrasound have over sound between 20-20000Hz that it is used in medical imaging over sound in that frequency range?
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How do you combine wavelengths of particles in an atom?

As the problem below results in the wavelength of a single electron, how would this combine/interact with other particles? In an atom, for example.
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When a valence electron is excited, how fast does it move from ground state to excited state?

Imagine an atom with a valence electron becomes excited and the electron moves to a higher orbital, is this transition between ground state and excited state at speed of light? If so, since it is not ...
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Energy levels of electrons in an arbitrary element?

Let's say I want to calculate the wavelength of the photon emitted when an electron of an arbitrary element (let's say Carbon) drops from $n=4$ to $n=3$. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I would ...
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Why is the extent of scattering of light by particles inversely proportional to the fourth power of the wavelength of the light wave?

When I first came across this, I speculated this law is experimental. However, later I came to know that this is not the case. A concise answer, with some reasoning as to why the negative fourth power ...
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Laser Detection Paint

Does there exist a paint which if a pulsed laser of ~1500-1600nm was fired at it it would emit visible light or IR Radation (3-5 micron)? I have seen up-converting inks and paints but I can't find ...
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Hypothetical maximum energy of a single photon [duplicate]

I'm no physicist so it might be a stupid question but is there a maximum energy a single photon can have? My idea was, that there might be restriction for the minimum wavelength and I thought about ...
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If white light were split through a prism, would it emit more wavelengths than are contained within the visible light spectrum?

If white light was refracted through a prism, creating the colors of the rainbow, would it also create wavelengths of light in the infrared and ultraviolet range, which fall in the non visibility ...
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Why should the spacings of the wires that constitute a Faraday cage be smaller than the wavelength of the radiation we wish to prevent from penenetrating inside the cage?
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De Broglie explanation of Bohr's second postulate. discrepancy of 2 times?

I am reading how de Broglie justified the 2nd postulate of Niels Bohr (i.e. angular momentum of an electron to be integral multiple of $\frac{h}{2\pi}$). I get his explanation of electron acting like ...
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Is the first harmonic the prevalent frequency? [closed]

Why, when we play a string, almost all of the energy we give them is ''used'' in the first harmonic (the fundamental frequency) rather than be distributed between all of them?
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Is there a resolution limit to electron microscopes?

Is resolution limited only by the wavelength of the electron? Because then I would presume there is no limit to resolution as you could lower the wavelength of an electron by increasing the voltage of ...
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Do photons exist at all possible wavelengths? [duplicate]

My question refers to Photon flux spectrum diagrams. The diagram shows the number of photons at different wavelengths. My question is whether the graph is granular or continuous. Do photons exist at ...
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Energy of light

If a beam of light is travelling in full vacuum in same medium ,then , the energy of the light beam will decrease or not while moving through space ? The wavelength of the beam of light will change ...
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What happens when the wavelength of light becomes as large as the observable universe? [closed]

Say the wavelength of a photon became so large that it approached the size of the observational universe. Does something unexpected happen?
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Why does a stable orbit of $H$ atom contain an integer number of de Broglie wavelengths? [duplicate]

I was trying to understand why a stable orbit of a hydrogen atom has to satisfy that the orbit length must be a multiple of de Broglie wavelength. I have seen some related questions like This. But ...
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Which device to measure UV lamp wavelength with high precision

Which techniques and devices are able to measure the wavelength/frequency of a UV lamp within the wavelength range of 50nm - 300nm? Is a VUV Optical spectrometer the right device for this?
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Wavelength of black color

In absence of visible light when we see any object or space to be dark (black), What is the wavelength we encounter so that the object or space looks dark to us?
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Wavelength to RGB [closed]

I don't know how to convert $xyz$ chromaticity coordinates in sRGB. For example in What {R,G,B} values would represent a 445nm monochrome lightsource color on a computer monitor? the author takes: ...
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How wide does a door have to be for a cat running through it to interfere with itself? [closed]

A cat runs through a door. Assuming h = 1 J s, mass of the cat is 1 kg, and the velocity of the cat is 1 m/s. Assume the cat is a quantum particle. How wide does this door have to be for the cat to ...
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Why wave graphs sometimes use space and sometimes time?

On some graphs representing waves, the horizontal axis is marked as space (x), on other graphs the horizontal axis is marked as time (...
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Wave-like properties of particles [duplicate]

If we consider a particle such as an electron to have wave-like properties too, what kind of wave it is? What is exactly meant by its wavelength?
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Reference Frames and the De Broglie Wavelength

If the de Broglie wavelength of a massive particle, is h/mv then doesn't that mean interference patterns and everything change their properties depending on the velocity of the observer? How can QM ...
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Reflection by a mirror of wavelength type dimensions

Suppose there is a perfectly reflecting mirror, which is somehow made to the size of wavelength is visible light. Will there be any reflection now, or will it act in some other way? I thought there ...
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Pulling a string with both ends fixed [duplicate]

Consider a string with both ends fixed. If somewhere in middle of it be pulled and released, how would it oscillate and what is it's equation? My solution assuming the result is a standing wave: The ...
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Why the cycles completed by standing wave completed by electron in a certain orbit is same as principle quantum number?

According to the bohr model and de-broglie hypothesis why the cycles completed by standing wave completed by electron in a certain orbit is same as principle quantum number? When we derive the ...
Context: a particle of mass $m$ can move in 3D and is trapped inside of a sphere of radius $R$ and impenetrable walls (in a more mathematical sense, the potential energy is 0 inside of the sphere and \$...