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written by Michael Davidson, Matthew J. Parry-Hill, and Robert Sutter
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is an interactive Java simulation relating to wave/particle duality in the behavior of light.  The tutorial explores how both photons and waves behave when diffracted by an opaque surface.  Users can observe that particles pass by a barrier undeviated, whereas light waves diffract (or bend) around it.   This item is part of a larger collection of materials on optics and microscopy developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University.  See Related Materials on this page for links to a full tutorial and a companion simulation on refraction.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Optics
- Diffraction
= Diffraction Around Objects
- Modern Optics
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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- application/java
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© 2002 National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Keywords:
Simulations, diffraction, optics, tutorial
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Metadata instance created May 1, 2008 by Caroline Hall
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May 1, 2008 by Caroline Hall
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AIP Format
M. Davidson, M. Parry-Hill, and R. Sutter, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2002), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/particleorwave/diffraction/).
AJP/PRST-PER
M. Davidson, M. Parry-Hill, and R. Sutter, Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Particle and Wave Diffraction, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2002), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/particleorwave/diffraction/>.
APA Format
Davidson, M., Parry-Hill, M., & Sutter, R. (2006, June 15). Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Particle and Wave Diffraction. Retrieved December 21, 2014, from Olympus America, Inc.: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/particleorwave/diffraction/
Chicago Format
Davidson, M, M. Parry-Hill, and R. Sutter. Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Particle and Wave Diffraction. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., June 15, 2006. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/particleorwave/diffraction/ (accessed 21 December 2014).
MLA Format
Davidson, Michael, Matthew J. Parry-Hill, and Robert Sutter. Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Particle and Wave Diffraction. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 2002. 15 June 2006. 21 Dec. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/particleorwave/diffraction/>.
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@misc{ Author = "Michael Davidson and Matthew J. Parry-Hill and Robert Sutter", Title = {Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Particle and Wave Diffraction}, Publisher = {Olympus America, Inc.}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {21 December 2014}, Month = {June 15, 2006}, Year = {2002} }
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Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Particle and Wave Diffraction:

Is Part Of Molecular Expressions: Light: Particle or a Wave?

This is the full tutorial by the same authors on wave-particle duality.  It traces the early history of light refraction theory, from Huygens' 18th century work through the classic double slit experiment.  Also included are four related interactive Java simulations.

relation by Caroline Hall
Covers the Same Topic As Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Particle and Wave Refraction

This is a companion simulation on light refraction.  Students use a slider to change the incident angle and observe the light beam behaving in both a particle-like and wave-like manner.

relation by Caroline Hall

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