Single and Dual Slit refraction

In summary, there are two formulas for single and two slit diffraction of light: Wave length = xd/L and Wave length = yw/L. The variables stand for wavelength, distance between slits, and wavelength respectively. The intensity profile for two slits is I1(x) + I2(x) + 2*sqrt(I1(x)*I2(x))*cos(delta), where I1(x) and I2(x) are gaussian functions and delta is determined by the distance between slits and wavelength. The equations mentioned are used to calculate the intensity profile for two slits and have constants such as source intensity and slit width.
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PhysicsMan_2003

Can someone give me the formulas for single a two slit defraction of light. And please explain what te variables mean.

Are these right? Wave length = xd/L

Wave length = yw/L
If these are right can someone please explain what the variable stand for because I am at a loss due to the fact that I have lost my notes
-thanks
 
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Intensity profile for 2 slits:

I1(x) + I2(x) + 2*sqrt(I1(x)*I2(x))*cos(delta)

Where

I1(x) = Intensity due to 1st slit
I2(x) = Intensity due to 2nd slit
delta = 2*pi*d/lambda

Where

d = distance between slits
lambda = Wavelength

I1(x) and I2(x) are gaussians i.e in the form Ae^(-(x-b)^2/a^2)
where A, b and a are constants determined by source intensity, slit width etc.

I have no idea what the equations you mentioned mean.
 
  • #3
Thanks

Thanks a lot for your reply you really helped alot.
 

What is single and dual slit refraction?

Single and dual slit refraction is a phenomenon in which light waves passing through a narrow opening, such as a single or double slit, are diffracted and produce a distinctive interference pattern.

How does single slit refraction differ from dual slit refraction?

In single slit refraction, a single narrow opening is used to diffract light waves, resulting in a central bright band surrounded by a series of alternating bright and dark bands. In dual slit refraction, two narrow openings are used, resulting in a more complex interference pattern with multiple bright and dark bands.

What factors affect the diffraction pattern in single and dual slit refraction?

The diffraction pattern in single and dual slit refraction is affected by the wavelength of the light, the width of the slit(s), and the distance between the slit(s) and the screen on which the pattern is projected.

How is the diffraction pattern in single and dual slit refraction related to the properties of light waves?

The diffraction pattern in single and dual slit refraction is a result of the wave nature of light. Light waves behave as both particles and waves, and when passing through a narrow opening, they diffract and interfere with each other, producing the distinct pattern.

What are some real-world applications of single and dual slit refraction?

Single and dual slit refraction has various practical applications, such as in the design of optical instruments like cameras and microscopes, in the study of light and wave properties, and in technologies like holography and diffraction gratings used in telecommunications and laser printing.

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