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# Microwave Optics

Mark Curtis Fred, Geoff, Lise and Phil
Sam Meek Junior Lab 2002

Santosh Shah
History of Microwave Optics
• WW2 in England Sir John Randall and Dr.
H. A. Boot developed magnetron
– Produced microwaves
• Percy Spencer tested the magnetron at
Raytheon
– Noticed that it melted his candy bar
– Also tested with popcorn
– Designed metal box to contain
microwaves
– First home model - \$1295
How to Make Microwaves
• Magnetron
• Oldest, still used in microwave ovens
• Accelerates charges in a magnetic field

Klystron
•Smaller and lighter than Magnetron
•Creates oscillations by bunching
electrons

Gunn Diode
•Solid State Microwave Emitter
•Drives a cavity using negative resistance
Equipment Used

transmitter
Intensity vs. Distance
Shows that the intensity is related to the inverse square of the
distance between the transmitter and the receiver

Distance v. Intensity
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2
18 R = 0.9887
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Distance (9 inch tiles)

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12

10

0
0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 1.4

1/sqrt(Intensity)
Reflection
qI qR
• Angle of incidence
equals angle of
reflection
Angle of Incidence v. Angle of Reflection
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Angle of Reflection (degrees)

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280 290 300 310 320 330 340

## Angle of Incidence (degrees)

Measuring Wavelengths of Standing Waves
• Two methods were used
– A) Transmitter and probe
• Our data
– Method A:
• Initial probe pos: 46.12cm
• Traversed 10 antinodes
• Final probe pos: 32.02cm
•  = 2*(46.12-32.02)/10
•  = 2.82cm
– Method B:
• Initial T pos: 20cm
• Initial R pos: 68.15cm
• Traversed 10 minima
• Final R pos: 53.7cm
•  = 2.89cm
Refraction Through a Prism
• Used wax lens to collimate beam
• No prism – max = 179o
• Empty prism – max = 177o
• Empty prism absorbs only small
amount
• Prism w/ pellets – max = 173o
• Measured angles of prism w/
protractor
 q1 = 22 +/- 1o
 q2 = 28 +/- 2o
– Used these to determine n for
pellets
• n = 1.25 +/- 0.1
Polarization
Polarization

0.5

0.4
Intensity (mA) at 30x

0.3

0.2 Series1

0.1

0
0 100 200 300 400
-0.1

## • Microwaves used are vertically polarized

• Intensity depends on angle of receiver
• Vertical and horizontal slats block parallel
components of electric field
Single Slit Interference
Used 7 cm and 13 cm slit widths

d sin q  n
This equation assumes that we are near the
Fraunhofer (far-field) limit
Single Slit Diffraction – 7cm
q1  24.4 o Single Slit Diffraction - 7 cm
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q 2  55.66 o 16

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12

Not in the
Intensity
10

Fraunhofer limit,
8

so actual minima
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are a few degrees
4
off from expected
2
minima
0
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90

Angle (degrees)
Single Slit Diffraction – 13cm
q1  12.8o Single Slit Diffraction - 13 cm
6

q 2  26.4 o
5

4
Intensity

0
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90

Angle (degrees)
Double Slit Diffraction
• Diffraction pattern due to the interference of waves from
a double slit
• Intensity decreases with distance y
• Minima occur at d sinθ = mλ
• Maxima occur at d sinθ = (m + .5) λ
Double Slit Diffraction
Mirror
Extension

## Double Slit Interference (d=.09m)

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Intensity (V)

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3
2
1
0
0 20 40 60 80 100
Angle of Reciever (deg.)
Lloyd’s Mirror
• Interferometer – One
portion of wave travels in
one path, the other in a
different path

## • Reflector reflects part of

the wave, the other part is
transmitted straight
through.
Lloyd’s Mirror
Condition for Maximum:

n
d  h  d1 
1
2 2

Trial 1 Trial 2

• D1= 50 cm • D1= 45 cm
• H1=7.5 cm • H1=6.5 cm
• H2= 13.6 cm • H2= 12.3 cm

= 2.52 cm = 2.36 cm
Fabry-Perot Interferometer
• Incident light on a pair of partial reflectors
• Electromagnetic waves in phase if:

2d cos  m
•In Pasco experiment, alpha(incident angle) was 0.
Fabry-Perot Interferometer
• d1 = distance between reflectors for max reading
– d1 = 31cm
• d2 = distance between reflectors after 10 minima traversed
– d2 = 45.5cm
• lambda = 2*(d2 – d1)/10 = 2.9cm

## • Repeated the process

– d1 = 39cm
– d2 = 25cm
– lambda = 2.8cm
Michelson Interferometer

## • Studies interference between two split beams that are brought

back together.
Michelson Interferometer
Constructive Interference occurs when:

2 Lm  L f  n
Michelson Interferometer
• Split a single wave into two parts
reflectors
• Brought back together to create
interference pattern
• A,B – reflectors S
• C – partial reflector
• Path 1: through C – reflects off A

M
• Path 2: Reflects off C to B –
• Same basic idea as Fabry-Perot
– X1 = A pos for max reading = 46.5cm
– X2 = A pos after moving away from
PR 10 minima = 32.5cm
– Same equation for lambda is used
– Lambda = 2.8cm
Brewster’s Angle
• Angle at which wave incident upon dielectric
medium is completely transmitted
• Two Cases
– Transverse Electric
– Transverse Magnetic

Equipment
Setup
TE Case
S polarization
• Electric Field
transverse to boundary

• Using Maxwell’s
Equations (1 = 2 =1)

Er  sin(q  q )

Ei sin(q  q )

## Et 2sin q  cos q Transverse Electric Case at

 oblique incidence
Ei sin(q  q )

NO BREWSTER’S ANGLE
TM Case
• Electric Field Parallel to P polarization
Boundary

• Using Maxwell’s
Equations (1 = 2 =1)

Er tan(q  q )

Et tan(q  q )

## Et 2sin q  cos q Transverse Magnetic Case at

 oblique incidence
Et sin(q  q ) cos(q  q )
Brewster’s Angle
• Plotting reflection and transmission(for reasonable n1 and
n2)
Brewster’s Angle (our results)
Setting the T and R for vertical polarization, we found the maximum
reflection for several angles of incident.
We then did the same for the horizontal polarization and plotted
I vs. theta
We were unable to detect Brewster’s Angle in our experiment.
Brewster's Angle
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Intensity

Horizontal
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Vertical

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0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80

Angle (degrees)
Bragg Diffraction
• Study of Interference patterns
of microwave transmissions in
a crystal

• Two Experiments
– Pasco ( d = 0.4 cm, λ = 2.85 cm)
– Unilab (d = 4 cm, λ = 2.85 cm).

## Condition for constructive interference

2d sin q  n
Bragg Diffraction (Pasco)
Bragg Diffraction [100] Symmetry

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3
2.5
Intensity (V)

2
1.5
1
0.5
0
0 10 20 30 40
Grazing Angle (deg.)
Bragg Diffraction(Unilab)
• Maxima q1  20.0 
Maxima 1 q  21 .2 

2

## Unilab Bragg Diffraction

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0 10 20 30 40 50 60
Angle(Degrees)
Frustrated Total Internal Reflection

## • Two prisms filled with

oil
Transmitter
• Air in between
• Study of transmittance
with prism separation
• Presence of second prism
Detector
“disturbs” total internal
reflection.
Frustrated Total Internal Reflection
Frustrated Total Internal Reflection
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20
Intensity

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10

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0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3

## Prism Separation (cm)

Optical Activity Analogue
• E-field induces current in
springs
• Current is rotated by the
curve of the springs
• E-field reemitted at a
different polarization
• Red block (right-handed
springs) rotates
polarization –25o
• Black block (left-handed
springs) rotates
polarization 25o
References
• www.joecartoon.com
• www.mathworld.wolfram.com
• www.hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase
• www.pha.jhu.edu/~broholm/I30/node5.html