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Young's Double Slit with 2 Wavelengths variant

  1. Apr 25, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A point light source is used in a Double Slit experiment. The light source contains two wavelengths(500nm and 600nm).

    Separation of the two slits d=1mm. Two sets of interference fringes are formed on a screen. Find the angles θ where bright fringes are formed for both the wavelengths on the screen.

    2. Relevant equations
    d sin θ= ΔL = +- mλ (bright fringes)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    The question asked for angles. From the fringes created from the 500nm and 600nm waves. How many though, I don't know. So the first thing I tried to do was find out how many fringes there will be since it would give me the values of "m" and hence, the angles involved in each value of "m".

    And here, I have no idea how.
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  3. Apr 25, 2016 #2


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    Assume m = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ... etcetera !
    Ignore single slit difffraction pattern (no info given -- assume narrow enought).
  4. Apr 25, 2016 #3
    Hello, BvU, thanks for replying. But I wouldn't know "m" goes how high?

    If I use m=0, m=1, m=2, I will get 6 angles, 3 from each wavelength. If I use m=3 too, I get more angles as the answer. So how many values of m should I use? The question didn't specify.

    I mean, technically there are an infinite amount of fringes right? And hence, angles.
  5. Apr 25, 2016 #4


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    Nope. It stops by the time ##\theta = {\pi\over 2}## :smile:.

    But I think an answer in the form of ##\theta = \arcsin \left (m\lambda\over d\right )## with ##m = 0, \pm 1, \pm 2, ... ## should be acceptable. If you then complete with: for ## m << {d\over \lambda} ## the values are ##\theta = 0, ... ## and fill in##m = 0, \pm 1, \pm 2, ... ## for both ##\lambda## you are covered on all sides (:rolleyes: unless this is a computerized exercise ?).
  6. Apr 25, 2016 #5
    Oh yeah sheesh, it ends at 90 degrees. And yes, that would work. Thanks for the clarification, BvU.
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