1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Optics, Minimizing Reflection with Refraction Index Numbers HELP?

  1. Nov 4, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    What is the minimum thickness of coating which should be placed on a lens in order to minimize reflection of 401 nm light? The index of refraction of the coating material is 1.31 and the index of the glass is 1.56.

    2. Relevant equations
    I haven't been able to attempt the problem because the book we use for optics has nothing covering this information. If you don't mind giving me an equation to start with or some guidance on how to start the problem I \'d greatly appreciate it. Our teacher was out of town so we were left to try and figure this out on by ourselves... :/ Thanks for anything you can help me with!

    3. The attempt at a solution
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 4, 2012 #2
    I believe that there are two potential equations that could help you. I am by no means great at this (since we also are going over it, and i have a test tomorrow) but i think the equations given to me may help.

    { } + (2dn2)/λ = m this is for constructive
    { } + (2dn2)/λ = m + 0.5 this is for destructive

    the { } a variable: Add 1/2 if phase change occurs @ 2nd surface, Subtract 1/2 if phase change occurs at 1st surface.

    d = thickness
    n2 = refractive index of film

    hopefully this helps you. if you have any questions about anything, let me know. also the n2 is n(subscript)2.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook