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Graphical Approach to Multi-slit Interference Analysis
written by Patricia Allen
When Young's double-slit experiment is conducted in undergraduate lab courses, wavelength or slit spacing is commonly calculated using Young's relation. For multi-slit gratings of 500 lines/mm, or more, few orders of interference fringes are observed, generating inaccurate and imprecise results. Here the author suggests alternate data acquisition and analysis techniques. By graphing average distance xavg from the 0th order to 1st order fringe as a function of distance from grating to screen L a linear relationship can be obtained, with the slope related to wavelength/slit spacing. With some algebra, accurate (within 1%) and precise results can be obtained. The experimental set-up used at Appalachian State University will be presented, along with sample student results, including error propagation calculations utilized during a sophomore/junior lab "intermediate" lab course (precursor to capstone lab experience).
2018 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College
Part of the BFY Conference series
Baltimore, MD: July 25-27, 2018
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General Physics
- Measurement/Units
= Error
Optics
- Diffraction
- Interference
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
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P. Allen, presented at the 2018 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College, Baltimore, MD, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14958&DocID=5018).
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P. Allen, Graphical Approach to Multi-slit Interference Analysis, presented at the 2018 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College, Baltimore, MD, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14958&DocID=5018>.
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Allen, P. (2018, July 25-27). Graphical Approach to Multi-slit Interference Analysis. Paper presented at 2018 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College, Baltimore, MD. Retrieved December 8, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14958&DocID=5018
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Allen, Patricia. "Graphical Approach to Multi-slit Interference Analysis." Paper presented at the 2018 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College, Baltimore, MD, July 25-27, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14958&DocID=5018 (accessed 8 December 2019).
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Allen, Patricia. "Graphical Approach to Multi-slit Interference Analysis." 2018 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College. Baltimore, MD: 2018. of BFY Conference. 8 Dec. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14958&DocID=5018>.
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