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Homework Help: Reflection of light off film, wavelength and thickness?

  1. Sep 10, 2008 #1
    What is the thinnest film of MgF2 (n = 1.39) on glass that produces a strong reflection for light with a wavelength of 680 nm?

    This is the exact question I am faced with. I didn't really know where to begin so I tried using the ratio of n-air/wavelength to n-film/(new wavelength) to try and find the original wavelength. I found that, and really didn't know where to go then. I have looked around, and I just can't seem to find anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2008
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  3. Sep 10, 2008 #2


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    Hi mithraz87,

    From your post, I was wondering if you asking what type of problem this is? This problem is dealing with the interference by thin film; I would think that your textbook has at least a section devoted to the topic with some examples.

    You can also look at http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/phyopt/thinfilm.html#c1

    Does that help? If you are still stuck, post what you have tried.
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