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Constructive & destructive interference of light waves

  1. Oct 26, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A glass-plate of 350 nm thickness is free standing in space. At the angle of 75 degrees, relative to the glass-plate plane, a white light point-source is placed. The diffraction (probably a typo, and should really be refraction) index of the glass is 1.33. On the same side as the light source, a screen is placed, allowing the observation of the reflections from the glass-plate.
    Derive, explicitly, the conditions for the observation of constructive and destructive interference on the screen.

    2. Relevant equations
    I really have no idea, other than; that Snell's law should probably come into it at some stage.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I drew a diagram, and I used Snell's law to work out the angle of refraction. I sat still for half an hour, reading the question over and over, trying to figure out what interference had to do with anything in the question.
    I really just need to know, where to start. I have no idea how to begin to attempt this question
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  3. Oct 26, 2011 #2

    rude man

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    Do you think the 350 nm specification might have anything to do with it? Could there be reflections from more than one surface?
  4. Oct 27, 2011 #3
    Well, this is just the first part of the question.

    Oh yeah, reflections from more than one surface. That's a lot of help actually. Thanks.
    I'd ask for more hints, but I have to go hand it in now.
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