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Homework Help: Optics : Lens Combinations with laser beam problem

  1. Feb 15, 2010 #1
    Hello. I've been struggling with this problem for some time, and honestly I do not know how to solve it.

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Two positive lenses are to be used as a laser beam expander. An axial 1.0 mm diameter beam enters the short focal length positive lens, which is followed by a somewhat longer focal length positive lens, from which it emerges with a diameter of 8.0 mm. Given that the first lens has a 50.0 mm focal length, determine the focal length of the second lens and the separation between the lenses

    I suppose that yi=1.0mm; yf=8.00mm;f1=50.0mm

    2. Relevant equations
    Focal length of system = f
    1/f = 1/f1 + 1/f2
    Magnification of image Mt=(yf/yi) (per lens)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I tried to solve this by combining the two lenses as a system, but I can't find an answer that makes sense.
    Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
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  3. Feb 15, 2010 #2


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    Do you understand the system before putting numbers in ?

    http://www.edmundoptics.com/technical-support/lasers/beam-expanders/ [Broken]
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