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Physical optics

  1. Dec 11, 2008 #1
    i would like to ask a que regarding pysical optic,so lets nt beating abt the bush,
    QUE:A laser beam is incident on a 1.50 x 10^4 grove per inch diffraction grating.The wavelength of the light produced by the laser is 6.30nm and the interference pattern is observed on a screen 2.00m from the grating.Determine maximum number of fringes that can be observed?
    here goes the solution but im nt really clear of the solution:
    d sin teta = m X lamda
    sin teta=m.lamda.N/l <1
    m< l/2N ans is 2.69.
    tis is my que,why d=l/N wat does it represents for l/N ???then why do sin teta=m.lamda.N/l <1???why?is it because of polarized light is lesser than 1 while unpolarized light bigger than 1???thanks for your help!!!:smile:
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  3. Dec 11, 2008 #2


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    d is distance between two successive groves, and N is the number of groves per meter.
    And sin theta is always <1
  4. Dec 11, 2008 #3
    oh..ya,thanks a lot,1 more doubt please,what does it mean with 1st order?is that mean a pair of fringe which involves bright and dark fringe?so as the same que as above i asked,so the m value is 2.69..so there are 5 fringes detected,m i wright?2 bright fringes and 2 dark fringes and 1 center max?please tell me if im wrong?!!!thanks...
  5. Dec 11, 2008 #4


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    When you observe the diffracted along the normal to the grating you see a bright spot. When you move on either side, at a certain angle, again you see bright spots. These are called the first order spots, because the satisfy the relation d*sin(theta) = lambda. If you move still further, again you can see bright spots, which satisfy the condition d*sin(theta) = 2*lambda. These are called second order spots. And so on.
  6. Dec 12, 2008 #5
    then what about dark spot?is it after at certain angle u observed u saw bright spot at the same time it has dark spot???i;m so sorry for troubling you..:blushing:
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