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

Lecture 22: Diffraction, Resolution

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Lecture Topics

  • Huygens Principle
  • Diffraction
  • Resolution of a telescope

Lecture Video: Diffraction, Resolution

The phenomena related to diffraction are the focus of the lecture. Prof. Lee explains the mathematical description of the diffraction pattern of the wave traveling through a wide slit.

Lecture Notes

Typed Notes for Lecture 22 (PDF)

Handwritten Notes for Lecture 22 (PDF - 2MB)

Textbook Reading

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

Notes:

  • 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

SEE IT IN THE LECTURE
Single-Slit Diffraction with a Laser

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