# How Does Wavelength Affect Single Slit Diffraction Patterns?

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In summary: The circular aperture diffraction diffraction formula for object separation using a light of wavelength 455nm is:W = 455 * (Y*λ)
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Help! Single slit diffraction

heya all... this is the problem..
Predict whether violet light(lambda=404nm) or red light (lambda=702nm) will have a wider central maximum when used to generate a single-slit diffraction pattern. Calculate the difference if the light is incident on a 6.9x10^-5 wide slit falling onot a screen 85cm away..

i know that the red light will have a wider central maximum, but i don't know the unknown, is it Ym from the formula Ym=(m*lambda*L)/W? and i don't know the value for m, is it 5 since the gap between the red light and the violet light is 5... I am not sure... and the value of red light in my book is 7.3x10^-3m... HELP me please...im soo confused..

THANKS SO MUCH in advance for the big help.

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six789 said:
heya all... this is the problem..
Predict whether violet light(lambda=404nm) or red light (lambda=702nm) will have a wider central maximum when used to generate a single-slit diffraction pattern. Calculate the difference if the light is incident on a 6.9x10^-5 wide slit falling onot a screen 85cm away..

i know that the red light will have a wider central maximum, but i don't know the unknown, is it Ym from the formula Ym=(m*lambda*L)/W? and i don't know the value for m, is it 5 since the gap between the red light and the violet light is 5... I am not sure... and the value of red light in my book is 7.3x10^-3m... HELP me please...im soo confused..

THANKS SO MUCH in advance for the big help.
For single-slit diffraction, the first MINIMUM will occur at (m=1) of your formula:

$$1: \ \ \ \ Y_{1} \ \, = \ \, \frac{\color{red}\mathbf{(1)}\color{black}\lambda L}{W}$$

where "L" is the distance to screen, and "W" the slit width. The "length" of the Central Maximum measured from the first minimum below the Central Peak to the first minimum above the Central Peak is (2*Y1). The above formula applies to each different "λ" you wish to evaluate.

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im so confused... wat is the unknown here?? is it L or Y?

six789 said:
im so confused... wat is the unknown here?? is it L or Y?
The unknown is "Y". You know the value of "L", which is the distance from the slit to the screen, given in the problem to be (L = 0.85 meters).

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and the value for W is 6.9x10^-5?

six789 said:
and the value for W is 6.9x10^-5?
You did not include units for the above value. Assuming the units to be "meters", then yes you're correct that {W = 6.9x10^(-5) meters}.

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yes, that's what i did.. but why is my answer incorrect to the answer in the book... it should be 7.3x10^-3m for the red light..

six789 said:
yes, that's what i did.. but why is my answer incorrect to the answer in the book... it should be 7.3x10^-3m for the red light..
According to your msg, problem requires calculation of the DIFFERENCE in Central Maxima "lengths" for Red & Violet light:

$$2: \ \ \ \ \mbox{Problem Requirement} \ \, = \ \, \color{red}2Y_{1}(Red) \ \, - \ \, 2Y_{1}(Violet)$$

Recalculate your results using above Eq #2.

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i just have to multiply my answers to 2 or ...??

yeah i got teh right answer...
thanks so much man..

but why do u have to do that .. i mean multiply it to 2??

six789 said:
i just have to multiply my answers to 2 or ...??
Use Eq #2 given in Msg #9. The value for each Y1 must be multiplied by 2 to obtain the FULL "length" of the Central Maximum. The Central Maximum "length" must be calculated for BOTH red and violet light, and then placed into Eq #2 given in Msg #9.

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oh now i see.. thanks again man..

Commercial satellites are able to resolve objects separated by only 1.0m. If those satellites orbit the Earth at an altitude of 650km, determine the sixe of the satellites' circular imaging aperture. Use 455nm light for the light in the lenses of the satellites..
can u help me again... i don't know waht formula to use here??

six789 said:
Commercial satellites are able to resolve objects separated by only 1.0m. If those satellites orbit the Earth at an altitude of 650km, determine the sixe of the satellites' circular imaging aperture. Use 455nm light for the light in the lenses of the satellites..
can u help me again... i don't know waht formula to use here??
The formula for circular aperture diffraction is different from that for single-slit diffraction. The minimum resolvable distance "Y" at distance "L" from a circular aperture of diameter "W" using light of wavelength "λ" is given by:

$$3: \ \ \ \ Y \ \, = \ \, \frac{\color{red}\mathbf{(1.22)}\color{black}\lambda L}{W}$$

Solve for aperture diameter "W" (in meters) using other variable values given by problem {Y=(1 meter), L=(650e3 meters), λ=(455e(-9) meters)}.

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where did u get the formula for this?? i just know the formula... tetha = 1.22(lambda)/D... can u tell me how u derived from that formula??

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six789 said:
where did u get the formula for this?? i just know the formula... tetha = 1.22(lambda)/D... can u tell me how u derived from that formula??
$$\setlength{\unitlength}{.001cm} \begin{picture}(6000,5000)(500,-7000) \color{red} \thicklines \linethickness{1pt} \put(6001,-2161){\line(-1,-1){600}} \put(5401,-2761){\line( 1,-1){600}} \put(6001,-661){\line( 0,-1){4500}} \put(1201,-2761){\line( 1, 0){4800}} \put(4201,-661){\line( 0,-1){1800}} \put(6001,-3361){\line(-3, 1){4815}} \put(4201,-3061){\line( 0,-1){2100}} \put(1201,-3350){A} \put(1201,-1561){B} \put(6151,-2950){C} \put(6151,-2300){\color{blue} \large Triangle Represents Point A's Airy Diffraction Central Max} \put(7500,-3300){\color{blue}\theta \, = \, \angle CED \, = \, \angle AEB} \put(7500,-4400){\color{blue} \frac{Length(AB)}{Length(AE)} \, \approx \, \theta \, \approx \, \frac{(1.22)\lambda}{(Aperture \ Diameter)} } \put(6151,-3600){\mbox{D}} \put(4351,-2611){\mbox{E}} \put(0,-7000){\mbox{.}} \end{picture}$$
You are certainly correct that several approximations are involved. At large distances, the approximations shown above are usually valid. The Triangle represents Point "A"s Airy Diffraction resulting from the Circular Aperture at Point "E". Point "B" can be resolved from Point "A" by the Rayleigh Criteria when Point "B"s Airy Diffraction Central MAX falls on Point "A"s First MIN. This occurs at angle "θ" shown above. The other relationships can be determined from the formulas shown.

Derivation and discussion of Airy Diffraction from a circular aperture (a special case of Fraunhofer Diffraction) can be found here:
http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics/FraunhoferDiffractionCircularAperture.html
A brief overview discussion can be found here:
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/phyopt/cirapp.html

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xanthym, i know what u mean... but I am not familiar with the formula u said...
so u mean.. 1.22 is the m?

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ok xanthym.. thanks for the big help... now i understand now

## What is single slit diffraction?

Single slit diffraction is a phenomenon where light passing through a narrow slit undergoes diffraction, producing a pattern of bright and dark fringes on a screen behind the slit.

## How does single slit diffraction occur?

Single slit diffraction occurs when light passes through a narrow slit and spreads out, causing interference between the diffracted rays. This interference results in a pattern of bright and dark fringes on a screen.

## What factors affect the diffraction pattern produced by a single slit?

The diffraction pattern produced by a single slit is affected by the wavelength of the light, the width of the slit, and the distance between the slit and the screen. A wider slit and a shorter distance between the slit and the screen produce a wider diffraction pattern.

## What is the difference between single slit diffraction and double slit interference?

Single slit diffraction is the spreading out of light as it passes through a narrow slit, while double slit interference is the result of two narrow slits causing interference patterns on a screen. In single slit diffraction, the pattern consists of a central bright fringe with smaller, less intense fringes on either side. In double slit interference, there are multiple bright and dark fringes.

## What are the practical applications of single slit diffraction?

Single slit diffraction has many practical applications in fields such as optics, spectroscopy, and astronomy. It is used to study the properties of light and to analyze the composition of materials. It is also used in the design of optical instruments such as telescopes and microscopes.

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