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Double slit and thin film interference

  1. Feb 4, 2009 #1
    While completing my problem set for this chapter, I came across 5 problems I could not solve. I thought it might be rather annoying if I posted six posts, so I'm putting all my work and such here. I don't expect one person to try to help me with all of them, just one or two at a time will do, thank you. :]

    Problem 1:

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Two radio antennas separated by 300 m as shown in the figure [interference.jpg] simultaneously broadcast identical signals at the same wavelength. A radio in a car traveling due north receives the signals. (a) If the car is at the position of the second maximum, what is the wavelength of the signals? (b) How much frather must the car travel to encounter the next minimum in reception (Note: Do not use the small angle approximation in this problem)

    2. Relevant equations

    [tex]x = \frac{\lambda*m*L}{d}[/tex]
    [tex]n\lambda = d sin \theta[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    No idea how to try this one, didn't seem like a typical double slit problem.

    Problem 2:

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Light with a wavelength of 442 nm passes through a double slit system that has slit separation d = 0.400 mm. Determine how far away a screen must be placed so that a dark fringe appears directly opposite both slits, with just one bright fringe between them.

    2. Relevant equations

    [tex]x = \frac{\lambda*m*L}{d}[/tex]
    [tex]n\lambda = d sin \theta[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I first started by putting in the values I knew:

    [tex]x = \frac{m*442*10^{-9}*L}{.400*10^{-3}}[/tex]

    Of course I think we'll have to eventually solve for L, but I am unsure what the m would be so that the fringe appears directly opposite both slits.

    Problem 3:

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Two slits are separated by 0.320 mm. A beam of 500-nm light strikes the slits, producing an interference pattern. Determine the number of maxima observed in the angular range -30 degrees < theta < 30 degrees.

    2. Relevant equations

    [tex]x = \frac{\lambda*m*L}{d}[/tex]
    [tex]n\lambda = d sin \theta[/tex]


    3. The attempt at a solution

    Using the first equation, I again put in what I knew.

    [tex]x = \frac{500*10^{-9}*m*L}{.320*10^{-3}}[/tex]

    I'm again unsure what to put for m, also L is not given either. Missing variables missing variables.

    Problem 4:

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A possible means for making an airplane invisible to radar is to coat the plane with an antireflective polymer. If radar waves have a wavelength of 3.00 cm and the index of refraction of the polymer is n = 1.50, how thick would you make the coating?

    2. Relevant equations

    [tex]2nt = m\lambda[/tex] (equation for thin film destructive interference if I'm not mistaken)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I actually got an answer for this one, albeit the wrong answer.

    [tex]2(1.50)t = (1)(.03)[/tex]
    [tex]t = .001 m [/tex]

    Book answer: .500 cm


    Problem 5:

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    An air wedge is formed between two glass plates separated at one edge by a very fine wire, shown in the figure [thinfilm.jpg]. When the wedge is illuminated from above by 600-nm light, 30 dark fringes are observed. Calculate the radius of the wire.

    2. Relevant equations

    [tex]2nt = m\lambda[/tex]
    [tex]2nt = (m+\frac{1}{2})\lambda[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    No idea how to solve this one.
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     

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