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About fiber optic refraction

  1. Sep 11, 2007 #1
    Question:

    A ray of light enters a light fiber at an angle of 15degree with the long axis of the fiber. Calculate the distance the light ray travels between succesive reflections off the sides of the fiber has an index of refraction 1.6 and is 10[tex]^{-4}[/tex]mm in diameter.
     
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  3. Sep 11, 2007 #2
    the answer given is L = 3.9 x 10[tex]^{-4}[/tex] m.
     
  4. Sep 11, 2007 #3
    what is the solution to this question?
    I just can't get to the answer.
     
  5. Sep 11, 2007 #4
    is it using n = sine i/sine r or n = 1 / sine c?
    and is it i = 90degree - 15degree = 75degree?
    i don't know actually what the question mean by.
    Can someone help me?
     
  6. Sep 11, 2007 #5

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    I think index of refraction = sin(angle of incidence)/sin(angle of refraction)
     
  7. Sep 11, 2007 #6

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    I think you need to use 75 degrees.
     
  8. Sep 13, 2007 #7
    but then i get the angle of refraction is 37.14 degree.
    then what else i could do to get L = 3.9 x 10[tex]^{-4}[/tex] m ?
     
  9. Sep 13, 2007 #8
    I don't think the angle of reflection has anything to do with the refractive index, if total internal reflection takes places.

    "A ray of light enters a light fiber at an angle of 15degree with the long axis of the fiber. Calculate the distance the light ray travels between succesive reflections off the sides of the fiber has an index of refraction 1.6 and is 10^-4mm in diameter."

    I get an answer 3.7320508075688776*10^-4 using a computer.

    We find that tan(incidence)=diameter/(distance between each reflection)

    Therefore tan(pi/12)=10^-4/x

    Regards,
    Sleek.
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2007
  10. Sep 13, 2007 #9
    lolx, i know what to do now.
    I just get the answer.
    Just by using trigonometri. 10^-4 / sin 15 to find the hipotenus.
     
  11. Sep 13, 2007 #10
    Ops, I think i blundered. I found the length of fiber traveled by light instead. Yes, you have to use sine. Answer come out to be 3.86*10^-4 ~ 3.9*10^-4mm. Sorry about that.
     
  12. Sep 13, 2007 #11
    No need to sorry.. ^^
    Is very nice that u guyz is tryin to help.
     
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