# Calculating Wavelength of Laser Diffracted by Slit Patterns

• Oijl
In summary, my calculations for the single and double slit Diffraction patterns were off by a significant amount. The single slit outputted a wavelength of 480nm, while the double slit calculated a wavelength of 2000nm. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I need to get this calculations right for my homework.
Oijl

## Homework Statement

I am to calculated the wavelength of the laser I shone through different slit patterns to create diffraction patters on a screen.

For the single slit diffraction,
Data:
xm is the distance from the central image to the mth minimum.
x1 0.008
x2 0.015
x3 0.023
x4 0.030
x5 0.037
The distance L from the grating to the screen is 1.865
The slit width a is 0.00016

## Homework Equations

asinø=my
Equation for minima for a single slit system

## The Attempt at a Solution

I graphed sinø verses m; in other words:
sinø = (y/a)m
So the slope of that graph is y/a.
So the slope times a is y.

[[ I calculated sinø using (xm)/( ((xm^2)+(L^2))^(1/2) ) ]]

The slope, I found using Excel, of the graph of sinø vs m, is 0.003.
So lambda, y, should be
y = 0.003*0.00016 = 4.8*10^-7
This is a wavelength of 480nm.
The literature value is close to 640nm.

My results for the double-slit is even more off, giving me a calculated wavelength of 2000nm - which is obviously wrong because I wouldn't have been able to see that.

What am I doing wrong?

Your calculation of the is wrong.
The slope of the graph is the band width β.
From the observation what is (x3 - x1) ? What is (x4 - x2) ?
From these values find β.
Here values of x are small compared to L. So sinθ is nearly equal to θ = x/L.
Now solve for λ.

Okay, I don't know what you mean. Band width B?

What is B for a single-slit system?

For a double-slit system?

For a grating?

Distance between the successive minimum or maximum is called band width.
From the graph, the slope is the band width. According to me it is 0.0075 m.

I'm sorry, but I still don't understand.

The y-values on my graph are sin(theta) and the x-values are m. The slope of this is, you say, B? And B is the distance between successive minima?

Then how does the slope of sin(theta) vs m relate to wavelength? How does it relate to slit width? How would this be different for a double-slit, meaning, how does the slope of sin(theta) vs. m for a double-slit diffraction pattern relate to the slit width and slit separation?

Maybe, to help you understand where I am, here are the equations I was given with which to do this:

I = Io(sinB/B)^2
B = ((πa)/y)sinø
For minima, sinB = 0, so B = mπ
And so
mπ = ((πa)/y)sinø for minima
which is the same as
asinø=my

The last post is the equations for the single-slit. Here are the equations I was given for the double-slit:

I = 4Io((sinß/ß)^2)cos^2(alpha)
alpha = ((πd)/y)sinø
When cos(alpha) = 0 there are minima, and
alpha = (m + 1/2)π = ((πd)/y)sinø
which is, rearranged,
dsinø = (m+1/2)y

Will you show me the calculations of sinφ.
According to me, since φ is very small, sinφ is nearly equal to φ, which is equal to xm/L.
Αnd from your observations slope should be 0.00402. Check it.

I calculated sinø using (xm)/( ((xm^2)+(L^2))^(1/2) )

So my curve is (xm)/( ((xm^2)+(L^2))^(1/2) ) = (slope)m

I'm told to use this curve to find, for the single-slit, the wavelength and slit width, and, for the double-slit, the slit width and separation.

Therefore, I should be able to express the slope in a relationship with lambda, slit width a, and slit separation d.

I can't reason out what that equation, slope = [y][a][d], is.

I also had used the approximation sinø = ø = xm/L, but that didn't change the slope within three significant figures.

I'm calculating the slope using a best-fit line in Excel, and it gets 0.003. I've checked my formula I put in the cells, and it is the correct formula for sinø.And, by the way, thank you for sticking with me through this. It's due in an hour, and I'm frustrated at my mental thickness about this.

I hope you have got the straight line.
Slope of a straight line can be written as (y2 - y1)/( x2 - x1)
In your graph it can write down as
(x3/L - x1/L)/(3 - 1) or (x4/L - x2/L)/(4 - 1) which is constant.
Equate it to λ/a and find λ.
Your double slit formula is correct.

Ah. The numerical value for my slope was incorrect (as you said).
But at least I was right that the slope is λ/a.
Well, thanks!

## 1. What is the equation for calculating the wavelength of a laser diffracted by slit patterns?

The equation for calculating the wavelength of a laser diffracted by slit patterns is λ = dsinθ, where λ is the wavelength, d is the distance between the slits, and θ is the angle of diffraction.

## 2. How do I measure the distance between the slits?

The distance between the slits can be measured using a ruler or calipers. Make sure to measure from the center of one slit to the center of the adjacent slit.

## 3. What is the angle of diffraction and how do I measure it?

The angle of diffraction is the angle at which the laser beam is bent when passing through the slit pattern. It can be measured using a protractor or by using the equation θ = sin^-1 (mλ/d), where m is the order of diffraction (1 for first order, 2 for second order, etc.).

## 4. Can I use any type of laser for this calculation?

Yes, you can use any type of laser for this calculation as long as the wavelength is known. However, it is recommended to use a laser with a single wavelength for more accurate results.

## 5. Are there any other factors that can affect the accuracy of this calculation?

Aside from the accuracy of measuring the distance between the slits and the angle of diffraction, other factors that can affect the accuracy of this calculation include the quality and alignment of the slit pattern, as well as any obstructions or imperfections in the laser beam. It is important to ensure that all equipment and materials are of high quality and properly set up for the most accurate results.

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