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Monochromatic vs Coherent - . PLEASE HELP!

  1. Jul 28, 2011 #1
    Monochromatic vs Coherent - URGENT. PLEASE HELP!

    Hey guys,

    I have this exam tomorrow, and i am so confused between monochromatic and coherent waves. Can someone please explain them and the difference between them to me. The more i read the more i get confused.

    Thank you

    kirollos
     
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  3. Jul 28, 2011 #2

    Dale

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    Re: Monochromatic vs Coherent - URGENT. PLEASE HELP!

    Monochromatic means "same frequency" and coherent means "same phase and polarization".
     
  4. Jul 28, 2011 #3
    Re: Monochromatic vs Coherent - URGENT. PLEASE HELP!

    Excellent. Thanks. So monochromatic can be light with all different polarizations but same frequency, while coherent is monochromatic but has same polarization?
     
  5. Jul 28, 2011 #4

    cjl

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    Re: Monochromatic vs Coherent - URGENT. PLEASE HELP!

    Basically, yes.
     
  6. Jul 28, 2011 #5

    DaveC426913

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    Re: Monochromatic vs Coherent - URGENT. PLEASE HELP!

    You could have deduced this.
    mono = one; chroma = colour; monochromatic = one colour
     
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