Double slit interference pattern

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Homework Statement



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.

Homework Equations



d*sin(theta) = m*(lambda)


The Attempt at a Solution



(.32)sin(30)/.0005mm = m
m=320

so there are 320 maxima in 30 degrees. and thus 640 in this total range. is that right?

Homework Statement





Homework Equations





The Attempt at a Solution

 

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  • #2
Seems fine to me.
 
  • #3
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There is a problem.
What if it's from -0.001 degrees to 0.001 degrees? Find m corresponding to that case and you will find out what you missed :wink:
 
  • #4
There is a problem.
What if it's from -0.001 degrees to 0.001 degrees? Find m corresponding to that case and you will find out what you missed :wink:
I think your comment has weight...but the range of visibility of this diffraction pattern are already set in place...namely between 30 and -30 degrees. OP, correct me if I'm mistaken in my interpretation of your problem statement, please.
 
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I'm not entirely sure what you are getting at. But, I'm pretty sure it is meant to be strictly limited to 30 and -30.
 
  • #6
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No, I mean, what if the question asks for the number of maxima in another range. Just replace -30 with -0.001 and 30 with 0.001, solve the problem again, and you will see why.
 

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