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Single and double slit diffraction formulae

  1. May 16, 2010 #1
    Is the formula for single slit diffraction [tex]Dsin\theta = m\lambda[/tex] identical to the double slit diffraction besides m being minima rather than maxima? More specifically will m + 1/2 tell me the angles between maxima?
    Last edited: May 16, 2010
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  3. May 16, 2010 #2

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    Yes, where D is the distance between the slits instead of the slit width.
    No, except approximately. Finding the maxima for single slit diffraction is more complicated.
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