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Optics qn

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1. Homework Statement
fringes are observed when a parrallel beam of light of wavelength 500nm is incident perpendiculary onto a wedge-shaped film with an index of refraction of 1.5. What is the angle of the wedge if the fringe separation is 1/3cm?


2. Homework Equations
t(x)=xtan(theta)
2nt=m*lamda (m+.5) for deconstructive
x=(lamda/2)/2n*tan(theta)
t=lamda/2n
3. The Attempt at a Solution
ok im really struggling to understand this qn, i thought simple trig, t=1.66x10^-9
but now completely stuck... coz i think i need the x value..... but no idea how to find it??? can anyone help?
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anyone?
 
anyone know how?
 

mgb_phys

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Sorry - if you reply to your own question is shows as answered so people ignore it!

With[tex]\theta[/tex] in radians t = x [tex]\theta[/tex]
As you say you need 2t to be an odd number of half wavelenghts
t = n(m+0.5) [tex]\lambda[/tex]

Now you have two values of x for m and m+1
 
ok thankyou
 
hi again... srry, ive been looking at wat u said, andi dont understand how t=x(theta) isnt it xtan(theta)?? and from then i thought tan(theta)=t/x?? but it doesnt work because i have 2 unknowns??? theta and x. t=lamda/2n... plz can u tell me the process to solve this problem?
 
but then where does this d=1/3cm come from???
 

mgb_phys

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For small angles, angle = sin angle = tan angle (assuming radians)
d (in your diagram) doens't equal 1/3cm, that is the spacing of the fringes along the wedge - essentially it's the extra length of wedge needed to get one wavelenght of extra 't'
 

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