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Wavefront and point-like obstacle

  1. May 1, 2013 #1
    After reading about the diffraction and the multiple slits experiment, I've been wondering about what would happen if instead of slits, there were point-like obstacles (i.e., atoms). Using a plane wavefront and a finite number of obstacles, how would the light interact with this system?
     
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  3. May 2, 2013 #2

    Claude Bile

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    You would need to work out the transmission function of the aperture/array. The diffraction pattern at the far-field (Fraunhofer diffraction pattern) will be the Fourier transform of this transmission function.

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