# A laser emitting light with a wavelength of 560 nm (Single slit).

• LionLieOn
In summary, the conversation discusses the interference patterns created by light passing through a double slit and a diffraction grating. It explains how changing the width of the slit, the distance between the slit and the screen, and the wavelength of light can affect the interference pattern. The conversation also touches on the concept of central maxima and adjacent maxima, as well as the difficulty in seeing fringes when the intensity decreases. Additionally, there is discussion about the complexity of the interference pattern created by light passing through a double slit.
LionLieOn

## The Attempt at a Solution

a) see attached.

b)[/B]

i) Decreasing the width of the slit will cause less interference fringes to be seen, increases the distance amongst fringes and the fringes become wider.

ii) If the screen was moved further away, fewer fringes will be visible on the screen, increased the distance amongst bright fringes, and the fringes that are developing the interference pattern become wider.

iii) Increasing the wave length will cause the fringes that make up the interference pattern become wider, less fringes visible on the screen and an increased distance amongst bright fringes.

c)

i)
A double slit with a light shone through it will result in having the interference pattern being evenly spread out and have like intensities.

ii) Light shone through diffraction grating will result in evenly brighter fringes that are widely spaced and narrower.

I was wondering if there's anything that i missed? I feel I have it all but I just want to be sure. Also, for questions B and C, i had a hard time learning the concepts during class as the videos my teacher showed hurt my eyess so it was kind of hard to see the differences in the waves/ dark and bright fringes.

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If the central maximum is 5 cm wide, how can the distance between adjacent maxima be 2.5 cm? That is less than the width of the maximum.
LionLieOn said:
If the screen was moved further away, fewer fringes will be visible on the screen
Why? It is not necessarily wrong, but it is also not generally true.
LionLieOn said:
i) A double slit with a light shone through it will result in having the interference pattern being evenly spread out and have like intensities.
Perfectly? Or is it more complicated?

mfb said:
If the central maximum is 5 cm wide, how can the distance between adjacent maxima be 2.5 cm? That is less than the width of the maximum.Why? It is not necessarily wrong, but it is also not generally true.Perfectly? Or is it more complicated?

Hmm did I approach it wrong? From what i have in my notes, the central maxima is twice as wide as the other maxima. Since Central Maxima was given I used the formula 2(Triangle)y to find the distance between the other maxima. :/ unless I'm forgetting something crucial.

I upon looking at this question again and more examples, (If the screen was moved further away.) the intensity of the fringes is not as pronounced and thereby making it seem to have less visible fringes. Hmm is this more accurate? Or am I not seeing something?

It's more complicated. I mean, the interference pattern created when light is shined through a double slit, is actually an overlap, and therefore the interference, of two single slit interference patterns. The two patterns is what diminishes the central maxima from each of the single slit patterns to make an evenly distributed double slit pattern. Hmmm i should of included this into my answer... What do you think?

Ah, so your "distance between maxima" applies to all other maxima? Then it should be fine.
LionLieOn said:
I upon looking at this question again and more examples, (If the screen was moved further away.) the intensity of the fringes is not as pronounced and thereby making it seem to have less visible fringes. Hmm is this more accurate? Or am I not seeing something?
The intensity goes down, making the fringes harder to see, yes. But the number of existing fringes stays the same, some just get too dim to be visible.
LionLieOn said:
It's more complicated. I mean, the interference pattern created when light is shined through a double slit, is actually an overlap, and therefore the interference, of two single slit interference patterns. The two patterns is what diminishes the central maxima from each of the single slit patterns to make an evenly distributed double slit pattern. Hmmm i should of included this into my answer... What do you think?
That description confuses me. The point is that the two slits have a finite width. You still get effects from their single-slit behavior.

## 1. What is the significance of a laser emitting light with a wavelength of 560 nm?

A laser emitting light with a wavelength of 560 nm falls within the visible light spectrum, specifically in the green-yellow range. This wavelength is commonly used in various applications such as laser pointers, medical instruments, and telecommunications.

## 2. How is the wavelength of a laser determined?

The wavelength of a laser is determined by the frequency of the light it emits. This frequency is directly related to the energy level transitions of the atoms or molecules within the laser medium.

## 3. What is the difference between single slit and multiple slit lasers?

A single slit laser produces a single beam of light, while a multiple slit laser has multiple beams of light. Single slit lasers are typically used for precision measurements, while multiple slit lasers are used for applications requiring multiple beams of light.

## 4. How does the wavelength of a laser affect its properties?

The wavelength of a laser affects its properties, such as its color, energy, and penetration depth. Longer wavelengths have lower energy and are better at penetrating materials, while shorter wavelengths have higher energy and are better at precision cutting or targeting specific areas.

## 5. Can the wavelength of a laser be changed?

Yes, the wavelength of a laser can be changed by adjusting the properties of the laser medium. This can include changing the temperature, pressure, or composition of the medium. Some lasers also have the ability to tune their wavelength electronically.

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