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Homework Help: Fraunhofer diffraction and Fourier Transform

  1. May 25, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In lab, I obtained a single slit diffraction pattern and recorded an image of it. The slit width is known to be 0.000134 m. We are supposed to compare our experimentally-obtained diffraction pattern to the result of taking a Discrete Fourier Transform of the aperture in MATLAB.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Here is my MATLAB code:

    for n=1:8001;

    Here, E corresponds to spatial frequency (m^-1). I'm plotting the power spectrum as a function of E. Qualitatively, the MATLAB result looks very similar to the experimental result, as one would expect. But can I compare the width of the central maxima? At first, I thought that maybe taking the reciprocal of the width of the central max. of the MATLAB result would yield the same width as I saw experimentally. But then again, I'm not taking into account the wavelength of the light in the code. How could I modify my code to give an accurate comparison?
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  3. May 25, 2010 #2
    I guess I'm technically not taking the Discrete Fourier transform but just plotting what I know the Fourier transform should be based on F.T. pairs.
  4. May 26, 2010 #3
    Any suggestions?
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