destructive interference Definition and Topics - 11 Discussions

In physics, interference is a phenomenon in which two waves superpose to form a resultant wave of greater, lower, or the same amplitude. Constructive and destructive interference result from the interaction of waves that are correlated or coherent with each other, either because they come from the same source or because they have the same or nearly the same frequency. Interference effects can be observed with all types of waves, for example, light, radio, acoustic, surface water waves, gravity waves, or matter waves. The resulting images or graphs are called interferograms.

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  1. ItsKurious

    Interference of light by splitting the wavefront and recombining

    In the above diagram, I have illustrated what is written in the summery. So, if the thickness and refractive index of the material are chosen such that the part of the wave that travels through the slab acquires a path difference of λ/2 and at the right end if I keen another convex lens so as to...
  2. A

    Newton's Rings and Thin Film Interference

    Homework Statement A total of 31 bright and 31 dark Newton's rings (not counting the dark spot at the center) are observed when 550-nm light falls normally on a planoconvex lens resting on a flat glass surface. How much thicker is the center than the edges? Homework Equations 2t = mλ 2t =...
  3. S

    Interference in thin films

    Homework Statement A uniform film of TiO2, 1036 nm thick and having index of refraction 2.62, is spread uniformly over the surface of crown glass of refractive index 1.52. Light of wavelength 515 nm falls at normal incidence onto the film from air. You want to increase the thickness of this...
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    Diffraction Grating and White Light Problem

    Homework Statement White light containing wavelengths from 400 nm to 750 nm falls on a grating with 6000 lines/cm. How wide is the first-order spectrum on a screen 2.0 meters away Homework Equations dsinθ=mλ for constructive interference dsinθ=(m+1/2)λ for destructive interference Δx = λL/d...
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    Coating Eyeglass Lenses(destructive interference)

    Homework Statement Eyeglass lenses can be coated on the inner surfaces to reduce the reflection of stray light to the eye. If the lenses are medium flint glass of refractive index 1.62 and the coating is fluorite of refractive index 1.432, (a) what minimum thickness of film is needed on the...
  6. Vanessa Avila

    Light (Constructive/Destructive Interference)

    Homework Statement This is not a homework question but I would like if someone could explain to me when to consider what equation constructive/destructive? I learned these two equations very vaguely in class: dsinθ = mλ or d(ym)/L=mλ dsinθ = (m+1/2)λ or d(ym)/L = (m+1/2)λ The power point...
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    Nonreflective Coating and Emission Relation?

    Hi all, I've been able to find the answers to most of my questions in these forums, but this time I was not able to. So here goes my first post: I've been learning about thin film interference, and it all makes sense to me except for the correlation between destructive interference caused by...
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    Question on destructive and constructive interference

    Homework Statement Two speakers A and B are 3.50m apart and each one is emitting a frequency of 444Hz. However because of signal delays, speaker A is 1/4 of a period ahead of B. Find all points relative to the centerline between A and B where there is constructive interference. Include angles...
  9. Apoorv_7

    Audio cancellation

    Homework Statement I created a 180 degree phase shifted version of a song using matlab. They cancel each other out when i play them together using any mixer software,but do not do so when i play the actual and the shifted versions from different sources. Homework Equations Is this possible.Can...
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    Phase plus Antiphase radio waves

    If you produced a focused beam from, say, a cassegrain transmitter which consisted of two waves merged but one inverted what would be the result. I presume there would be destructive interference. My question is, where does the energy go?
  11. Jilang

    Is polarised light a result of destructive interference?

    This question is prompted by a recent discussion I have been following regarding the insertion of a 45 degree angle polariser between two polarisers at 90 degrees to each other. The insertion of the filter seems to restore missing components which would suggest that those components were present...