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written by Michael Davidson
published by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is an interactive tutorial on the topic of interference of light waves.  It introduces the user to constructive and destructive interference patterns through models that include soap bubbles and butterfly wings.  It also includes a detailed look at Young's double slit experiment, Newton's Rings experiment, and hologram interference.   The related Java simulation allows users to further explore the double-slit experiment by adjusting the distance between slits.

This item is part of a larger collection of materials for students of introductory optics on the topic of light and color.  SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for a link to the full collection.

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Optics
- Interference
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Simulations, Young, Young's experiment, constructive interference, destructive interference, diffraction, double-slit, hologram, light, light waves, optics, tutorials
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Metadata instance created May 26, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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December 28, 2007

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: The Wave Nature of Light

Interactive Tutorial                                                                 Grades 11-12
Most of us see examples of light wave interference every day without realizing it: the thin film of a soap bubble, reflections from the surface of a compact disc, and the wings of a diamond beetle.  This tutorial uses simple models to introduce students to constructive and destructive interference patterns.  The section on Young's double-slit experiment is especially well done.  Appropriate for high school physics.

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M. Davidson, (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2003), WWW Document, (http://www.microscopyu.com/articles/polarized/interferenceintro.html).
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M. Davidson, Introduction to Light Interference, (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2003), <http://www.microscopyu.com/articles/polarized/interferenceintro.html>.
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Davidson, M. (2007, December 28). Introduction to Light Interference. Retrieved November 26, 2014, from National High Magnetic Field Laboratory: http://www.microscopyu.com/articles/polarized/interferenceintro.html
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Davidson, Michael. Introduction to Light Interference. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, December 28, 2007. http://www.microscopyu.com/articles/polarized/interferenceintro.html (accessed 26 November 2014).
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Davidson, Michael. Introduction to Light Interference. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 2003. 28 Dec. 2007. 26 Nov. 2014 <http://www.microscopyu.com/articles/polarized/interferenceintro.html>.
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