Law of Diffraction
Name: brian s martin
I am working on a project in one of my classes...
We are attempting to demonstrate how construction/destruction works with
waves. We will demonstrate this on the computer using fortran.
We have a basic concept but need some information on how to demonstrate
what will happen when the wave hits an object.
I am aware that refraction follows snells law, but what does diffraction
follow? Is there a law that determines which way the wave will go
when it is diffracted?
Hold your fingers together and look at a bright region (like a light or
the outdoors) through the tiny crack between 2 fingers where they join the
hand. You will see some vertical dark lines, like fine hairs. These
are diffraction minima, caused by interference of light waves that arrive
along different paths.
Jack L. Uretsky
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