Light - electromagnetic frequency

In summary, if you combine two "lights" that have the same frequency, the result will have the same frequency as well.
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hi Guys,

if i have 2 sources of "light" that both have an electromagnetic frequency of 200 THz (infrared/invisible).

- now, if i shine both of them into my eye at the same time, will i see light at a frequency of 400 THz?

greetings...




( ps: I'm not going to try this and i suspect that it is dangerous and not possible, just mainly want to know why )
 
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Welcome to Physics Forums.

If you combine two "lights" that have the same frequency, the result will have the same frequency as well. So, in your example, still at 200 THz.

To get double the frequency, you would need a special nonlinear material to convert the 200 THz into 400 THz. This can be done, but again it requires a special material, it does not just happen as a matter of course.
 
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No. The reason is "why should it?" If it's 70 degrees in Los Angeles and 50 degrees in San Francisco, it's not 120 degrees in California. There's no reason to add temperatures and there is no reason to add frequencies.
 
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For visible radiation, the frequency is the color of the radiation. If you shine two red lights into your eye, you won't see blue, you just see red at double the intensity. When you add two beams together, you get double the intensity, not double the frequency. Well, that's not completely true, if its like a laser beam, then you can have phase cancelling, but if the beam has a mix of frequencies in a large enough range around the center frequency, then it will pretty much add up intensities.
 
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thanks for the interesting answers


Redbelly98 - didn't know that there were materials that could do that, that's just the kind of information i was looking for... thanks

Vanadium 50 - i understand what you mean but i guess you kind of missed the point of my question

Rap - i will think about that thanks


sorry for the late reply, i was distracted.
 

1. What is light?

Light is a form of electromagnetic radiation that is visible to the human eye. It is made up of particles called photons, which travel in waves at a constant speed of 299,792,458 meters per second.

2. How does light travel?

Light travels in a straight line until it comes into contact with an object. When it hits an object, it can be reflected, transmitted, or absorbed depending on the properties of the object.

3. What is the electromagnetic spectrum?

The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of all possible frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. This includes radio waves, microwaves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, X-rays, and gamma rays.

4. What determines the color of light?

The color of light is determined by its wavelength. Shorter wavelengths correspond to blue and violet colors, while longer wavelengths correspond to red and orange colors.

5. How does light interact with matter?

Light can interact with matter in several ways. It can be reflected, which causes objects to appear visible. It can be transmitted, which allows light to pass through transparent materials. And it can be absorbed, which results in the transfer of energy to the object.

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