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Application of properties of the light

  1. Mar 13, 2008 #1
    which of the following colours would you expect to see near the bottom of a soap bubble, red or blue?....i think red is... because it has longer wavelength?
     
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  3. Mar 13, 2008 #2

    Dick

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    Maybe. I'd be more convinced if you explain what wavelength has to do with it.
     
  4. Mar 13, 2008 #3
    if the thickness of the soap bubble is much smaller than the wavelength of light, the result is destructive interference (dark color). the thickness required to produce constructive interference for red is larger than that required for blue. ....
     
  5. Mar 13, 2008 #4
    but we see all the rainbow colors in soap bubble because thickness of the bubble varies.....the bottom of the bubble is thicker......therefore we see red at the bottom/??
     
  6. Mar 13, 2008 #5

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    Not bad. Though if the thickness is much smaller than wavelength of light then you won't see much interference at all. But I'll take that explanation.
     
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