# Geometrical problem related to thin film interference

1. Aug 1, 2011

### khaos89

Look at the picture below, I have to prove that the optical path length difference is

$\Delta=n(BC+CD)-BE=2nd\cos(r)$

[PLAIN]http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/2271/schermata082455775alle1.th.png [Broken]

The problem is just how to get $2nd\cos(r)$

I actually don't have any idea :\

I have tried to work with trigonometry but no luck yet...

(I am posting it here because it's not related to course work, i am just trying to understand how it works when we don't have perpendicular incidence)

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2. Aug 1, 2011

### khaos89

Sorry, here we go with the pic:

[PLAIN]http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/2271/schermata082455775alle1.png [Broken]

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3. Aug 1, 2011

4. Aug 2, 2011

### khaos89

Thanks a lot :)