# Young's Experiment - (problem with equation)

1. Sep 16, 2006

So my book has the following expression for Young's double slit experiment.

(maxima - bright fringes) $d \sin \theta = m \lambda$
for $m = 0, \, 1 \, 2 \, \ldots$.

So what if you solve this for wavelength.

$$\lambda = \frac{d \sin \theta}{m}$$

How is this valid when $m = 0$

Is this because if $m = 0$, $\theta$ HAS to equal 0?

by the way
d is the distance between the slits
theta is the angle from the central axis
lambda is the wavelength
m is the index of where the maxima occur

2. Sep 16, 2006

### Andrew Mason

The first maximum is always at 0 angle regardless of wavelength. So you can't determine the wavelength from the position of the central maximum.

AM