8.03SC | Fall 2016 | Undergraduate
Physics III: Vibrations and Waves
Part III: Optics

Lecture 21: Phased Radar, Single Electron Interference

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Lecture Topics

  • Phased radar
  • Single electron interference
  • Interference
  • Huygens Principle

Lecture Video: Phased Radar, Single Electron Interference

Prof. Lee explains how phased radar works. He also discusses the implication of the single electron interference experiment and its relation to Quantum Physics.

Lecture Notes

Typed Notes for Lecture 21 (PDF - 3.2MB)

Handwritten Notes for Lecture 21 (PDF - 1.8MB)

Textbook Reading

Chapter 13: Interference and Diffraction (PDF - 1.6MB) 


  • Section 13.4.1 The Single Slit is important for this course
  • Section 13.4.2 Near-field Diffraction is not covered, but interesting
  • Section 13.4.4. δ “Functions” is not covered in this course

In-class Demonstrations

Ripple Tank (Interference of Two Point Sources)
Moiré Pattern
Single-Slit Diffraction with a Laser and Single-Slit Diffraction with a Laser

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