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PC Chapter 38

PC Chapter 38

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Chapter 38
Diffraction PatternsandPolarization
 
 
Diffraction
Light of wavelength comparable to or larger than the width of a slit spreadsout in all forward directions uponpassing through the slit
This phenomena is called
diffraction
This indicates that light spreads beyondthe narrow path defined by the slit intoregions that would be in shadow if lighttraveled in straight lines
 
 
Diffraction Pattern
A single slit placed between a distantlight source and a screen produces adiffraction pattern
It will have a broad, intense central band
Called the
central maximum
The central band will be flanked by a seriesof narrower, less intense secondary bands
Called
side maxima
or 
secondary maxima
The central band will also be flanked by aseries of dark bands
Called minima

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