Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me with this problem. Calculate the distance y between adjacent maxima in single slit diffraction patterns. Your answer should be given in terms of a, λ and D. (a is the length of the slit, D is the distance between the slit and the screen and λ is the wavelength of the light). Ok, so I know how to get the minima of single slit diffraction. You just break it down into many rays going through the slit to get a*sin O=nλ. So is it just the same for the maxima? Say for two rays you would get (a/2)*sin O=nλ (nλ since you want the two rays to constructively interfere and when its nλ they are perfectly in phase) so in general it would be be a*sin O = 2nλ. This doesn't really make much sense though...cause the 2nλ distances are just multiples of nλ which is the minima.