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This item is an introductory tutorial on the topic of diffraction of light waves, the bending of light waves around obstacles.  It explains the phenomenon in a variety of ways and provides real-life examples of diffraction patterns.  Related interactive simulations demonstrate basic properties of light being diffracted through a slit and through diffraction gratings, plus offer a look at more complex phenomena such as Airy disk patterns.

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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- Diffraction
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Airy patterns, Simulations, aperture, diffraction, diffraction grating, double-slit, light, light waves, optics, periodic grating, single-slit, tutorials
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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: The Wave Nature of Light

Scientists began to question the classical theory of light as a particle when they studied the phenomenon of diffraction:  the bending of light around an obstacle into a "shadow region".  If light consisted only of a particle nature, it would not be capable of such movement.  This interactive tutorial helps students understand light scattering and diffraction through a single slit.

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M. Davidson, (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2003), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/diffractionintro.html).
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M. Davidson, Molecular Expressions: Diffraction of Light, (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2003), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/diffractionintro.html>.
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Davidson, M. (2007, December 28). Molecular Expressions: Diffraction of Light. Retrieved September 27, 2016, from National High Magnetic Field Laboratory: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/diffractionintro.html
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Diffraction of Light. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, December 28, 2007. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/diffractionintro.html (accessed 27 September 2016).
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Diffraction of Light. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 2003. 28 Dec. 2007. 27 Sep. 2016 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/diffractionintro.html>.
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