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Homework Help: 2-d Diffraction

  1. Oct 19, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I am trying to solve the following homework problem:

    1) A laser beam of light with wavelength λ=600nm shines perpendicular to a slide that has a
    rectangular pattern of small holes that can be viewed as point sources. The spacing
    between the holes is a=40μm and b=30μm along the x and y directions, respectively. The
    light passing through the slide is projected on a screen 2 meters behind the slide.
    Determine the positions of the spots on the screen using the small angle approximation.
    Describe how the answer to problem 1 changes if the holes are squares of side 10μm.

    2. Relevant equations


    S(g) = integral[(e^(G dot r)*A(r))dr]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    For the first part, I solved for G, which is the basis for the reciprocal lattice. Since a1 = 40 um and a2 = 30 um, I used the formula which states that a(i) dot b(j) = 2Pi (kronecker delta i,j), so b1 = 2Pi / 40 and b2 = 2Pi / 30. I am confused how I use these reciprocal lattice vectors. Also, do I solve for S(g) in the first part as well as the second part?

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