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Young's Double Slit Experiment in Water

  1. Sep 27, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    If Young's double-slit experiment were submerged in water, how would the fringe pattern be changed?

    2. Relevant equations
    None...but maybe [itex]d\sin(\theta)=m\lambda[/itex]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    It would not because the waves still propagate in the same manner and the wavefronts are still circular.
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 28, 2011 #2
    Doesn't the wavelength change in water?
  4. Sep 28, 2011 #3
    I do not think that is the formula to be used.
  5. Sep 28, 2011 #4
    I just found the answer, the wavelength does shorten in water, so the fringes would become closer together.
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