What is Doppler effect: Definition and 504 Discussions
The Doppler effect or Doppler shift (or simply Doppler, when in context) is the change in frequency of a wave in relation to an observer who is moving relative to the wave source. It is named after the Austrian physicist Christian Doppler, who described the phenomenon in 1842.
A common example of Doppler shift is the change of pitch heard when a vehicle sounding a horn approaches and recedes from an observer. Compared to the emitted frequency, the received frequency is higher during the approach, identical at the instant of passing by, and lower during the recession.The reason for the Doppler effect is that when the source of the waves is moving towards the observer, each successive wave crest is emitted from a position closer to the observer than the crest of the previous wave. Therefore, each wave takes slightly less time to reach the observer than the previous wave. Hence, the time between the arrivals of successive wave crests at the observer is reduced, causing an increase in the frequency. While they are traveling, the distance between successive wave fronts is reduced, so the waves "bunch together". Conversely, if the source of waves is moving away from the observer, each wave is emitted from a position farther from the observer than the previous wave, so the arrival time between successive waves is increased, reducing the frequency. The distance between successive wave fronts is then increased, so the waves "spread out".
For waves that propagate in a medium, such as sound waves, the velocity of the observer and of the source are relative to the medium in which the waves are transmitted. The total Doppler effect may therefore result from motion of the source, motion of the observer, or motion of the medium. Each of these effects is analyzed separately. For waves which do not require a medium, such as electromagnetic waves or gravitational waves, only the relative difference in velocity between the observer and the source needs to be considered, giving rise to the relativistic Doppler effect.
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Does someone please know whether they assume for the equation highlighted that ##\frac{v}{f} ≥ \frac{v_S}{f}## since otherwise the wavelength would be negative (which I assume is impossible)?
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Hi, I am looking for some sound clip examples of the doppler effect for some specific questions. Specifically I would like to find a single tone/horn recorded in the three different ways:
1. Not moving at all
2. Moving past the recorder at a slower speed
3. Moving past the recorder at a higher...
Hi. I need help with part a).
I calculated the wavelength of the source by using the formula f_0 = v_phasefront / λ and got λ = (343 m/s) / (520 Hz) = 0.6596 m.
And then I set up an equation for the velocity of the source v(t) = a*t (with v(t = 0 )= 0 m/s) and s(t) = 1/2 * at^2 + s_0. But I...
I am trying to understand a case of doppler shift if I have two satellite circling the earth with different velocities but the same direction and with different altitudes as well. How I will be able to figure out the doppler shift in three dimension between the two satellite if one of the...
I'm a highschool student learning about astrophysics, and I'm trying to understand this paper by Dr. Sophia Cisneros because I find it interesting and I want to do an informational interview. The problem is, I just have really bad reading comprehension, especially with all the scientific jargon...
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I'm watching a Walter Lewin lecture and it seems to me at least that he is dividing maximum frequency of the sound by sound frequency of the transmitter to derive velocity of the transmitter, does this work? It seems that quantity would be dimensionless and velocity obviously...
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I know the usual formula for both moving source and receiver in a static medium (from wiki):
Is ir correct?
What about when the medium is moving too?
I can't seem to find an answer, and worst, I'm finding contradicting ones.
For example, when the source and the receiver are moving at the...
I have read about doppler effect in acoustics so i searched for the relation ship between wavelength of wave produced by linear movement of body and its momentum along with other dependent variables such as density of fluid (leaving acoustics for a second) and temperature but souldn't find a...
Can you derive the formula for frequency observed from doppler effect with stationary person and moving sound source away from the person like this:
##v_t = v + v_s## where ##v_t## is the total velocity observed by stationary person from moving sound, v is velocity of sound and ##v_s## is...
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My question is about Doppler redshifts, but I'm going to mention cosmological redshifts first because I'm a lay person as far as cosmology's concerned (I'm an amateur astronomer and did a few introductory astrophysics/cosmology courses at university, but my degree focus was planetary...
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I will pass an illustrated problem, below.
- We know that the solar rays that reach the Moon and Earth are practically parallel;
- We know that the lunar orbit with respect to Earth lasts 27.322 days or 2,360,621 seconds;
- We know that the lunar orbit with respect to the Earth is...
Does time dilation in Special Relativity relate to the Doppler effect? If you move near the speed of light you experience time differently and the sound is stretched. Are these similar phenomenon?
Hey everyone, if I were to view a shining person rotating near a black hole at near the speed of light there would be 2 kinds of redshifts: gravitational redshift and relativistic doppler effect redshift. Right?
But, say at some point, the person is traveling towards me, then the doppler effect...
If two cars are driving side by side at the same speed, their relative speed is zero but do they nonetheless perceive a sound Doppler effect from the other car's siren because of the apparent headwind generated by their speed?
From what I understand, the anomalous Doppler effect can occur when a charged particle moves through a medium faster than light would move through that medium; however in the paper, The Doppler Effect in a Warm Uniaxial Plasma, it mentions that this effect can occur when a dipole moves faster...
I found the observed frequency from the energy. Then I used the receding Doppler shift formula to find, the source frequency but after that when i tried to use the Rydberg equation I got a value for the energy level less than one. and I'm pretty sure my work is right, any help is greatly...
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here's the problem:
There's a sound, with a certain frequency coming, from a source.
Both the listener and the source are fixed in a inertial reference frame.
But there's wind blowing from the source to the listener.
Now, this situation isn't the same as the listener chasing the...
I'm struggling a lot with this problem on the Doppler effect. I understand the first step which is to treat the bat as the source of the emitted sound, giving
And the second to treat the bat now as the observer, but instead of using f_b on the left the solution involves setting both...
AM/FM radio stations, cell phone towers transmit signals at certain frequencies. How can the frequency of a signal change depedning on whether the receiver is moving towards or away from the source?
I thought that the frequency of an electromagnatic wave is determined at the source (the energy...
I am assuming that B is a stationary observer here.
For the first part of the trip, using the formula, rocket A is approaching B at velocity $$v_A$$ =0.6 c.
The length that A travels is $$L_A = v_A t_1 $$ where $$t_1 = $$ 6 hrs. For the first part of the trip, B is receiving signals at a rate...
A type of star that usually emits light at a frequency of 6.00 × 10^14 Hz appears to emit light at a frequency of 6.01 × 10^14 Hz.
Calculate how fast the star is moving, and if it moving towards us or away from us.
I'm trying to understand the Energy-Momentum relativistic relationships for a light particles. It is commonly said that the Energy of a photon depends on the observer by the relationship ## E = - \mathbf{p} \cdot \mathbf{u}## where p is the 4-momentum of the source emitting light particles and u...
The Doppler effect of light corresponds to the classical Doppler effect corrected by time dilation, but the first one is obtained with classical velocity additions (c+v at the front of the source and c-v at the back) whereas velocity addition of special relativity gives c at the front and c at...
Summary:: Two speakers A and B are at rest, and a listener L stays on the line that connects the two speakers (see picture). The speakers have almost the same frequency. Assume that the speed of sound in air is 340 m/s. When the listener is at rest, he/she hears beats with frequency 6 Hz. The...
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Assuming that the planet is rotating at a constant rate, shouldn't the distribution be even across all wavelengths, or do I have something very wrong with my model.
I take the graph as the summation of...
I am trying to figure out why the relativity don't get in the doppler effect, that is, why can't we apply the "galileo transformations" in doppler effect?
OBS: i am not saying about doppler effect relativistic (using Lorentz transformation)
In another words, i am moving in direction to a source...
If the source is at ##(t,0)## in ##S## and the receiver is at ##(t',0)## in ##S'## which moves at ##\beta_x## w.r.t. ##S##, then by considering two crests at ##(0,0)## and ##(T_s, 0)## in the source frame ##S## and transforming these events into ##S'## we can derive that ##\lambda_{r} =...
I found it confusing since there is only "mutual" speed of both aircrafts and hence I do not know how to correctly put it into the common Dopplers formula...
Looking for a beginners explanation to the following question:
How is Doppler effect separated from the original spectrum of light emanating from a moving body (in astronomy or other physics branches)?
If the question does not make sense, here is the reasoning to ask it:
If a certain color is...
**I realize some of my inline math delimiters '\(' and '\)' are not acting on the text for some reason, and it looks clunky. I spend 20-30 minutes trying to understand why this is, but I can't. My limited LaTeX experience is in Overleaf, and these delimiters work fine in that compiler. My...
I had many attempts on trying to solve this one, but I got always stuck in the problem-solving part: how do I manage to find the source-speed from the Doppler formula, in an analytical way, and then reach to the result-formula?
Anyway, I'm pretty sure the only formula needed to solve this...
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Question 1:
Let's say we start with a red wavelength photon, that is absorbed by an atom and raises the atom to an excited state. The atom is then accelerated. After reaching a high velocity (say 0.1c), the photon is emitted. I would have thought that the energy of the emitted photon...
Summary: I have a question on cosmological redshift which I have just learned about from Sean Carroll. After calculating it for an expanding universe he does a thought experiment to show that it is different to Doppler redshift which would be detected if two galaxies were flying away from each...
My answer on this question for now is that producing a waves in the medium is an event which is basically must be invariant in the any of frame of references. For an example: a brick is freely falling, then the brick suddenly splinted into two pieces — no matter from which frame will we observe...
Pretending the siren is at rest in air:
Wavelength = velocity/frequence --> (343 m/s) / 10,000 Hz = .0343m.
I don't believe this is the correct way to go about solving the problem, since the vehicle is moving at the start and the siren is not at rest.
Kindly don't delete the post again, I am a teacher.
The question above mentioned came in Board Exams 2 years ago in our Country. We the group of teachers tried to solve but we found that the problems misses the required information to be solved.
The data still seems to be the case of Doppler's...
Problem Statement: The Doppler effect is routinely used to measure the speed of winds in storm systems. As the manager of a weather monitoring sta- tion in the Midwest, you are using a Doppler radar system that has a frequency of 625 MHz to bounce a radar pulse off of the raindrops in a...
I found the beat frequency to be 4 Hz and the carrier frequency to be 260 Hz, but I'm not sure how to apply them to the solution/integrate the doppler and beat frequency equations?
Homework Statement
A Doppler flow meter is used to measure the speed of red blood cells.
The frequency of the apparatus is f = 12 MHz. The sensor in the apparatus measure 1.8 kHz beats between the emitted frequency and the frequency of the ultrasound reflected back by the blood cells.
The speed...
Homework Statement
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"Wave crests spread out behind a boat as shown above. What do the wave crests indicate about the boat's speed?"
It is increasing.
It is less than the speed of the water...
If you had an object moving away from you at near C and it was emitting light that was pulsed at 1 Hz (from the point of view of the object) and you were to view it from a stationary position (earth), what would you see? It would be red shifted and the pulse rate would be slowed down? Would the...
Homework Statement
Derive the formula for the Doppler effect for a receiver traveling at an angle theta away from a planar source
Homework Equations
The Attempt at a Solution
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I thought that we can assume that the wavelength has two components ##λ_x## and ##λ_y## where
##λ_x =...
I have an obvious understanding failure here, so hopefully someone can help me clear this up. Thanks for reading this obnoxious drivel.
Leading clocks lag
So, if two clocks are fixed to a the ends of a barn, and they are set off with light pulses from the midpoint, in the frame of the barn...
I have seen few examples on Doppler effect and i am confused about one such.
We are standing on ground.
If the source of sound S moves and Object O is stationary. We would presume the frequency as well as wavelength of sound be changed to the obeject O.
But if O moves towards or away from S...