Diffraction experiment, simulation

Diffraction experiment, simulation

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This image is part of the sequence science and technology: single-slit diffraction patterns

Credit: CHRISTIAN KOCH, MICROCHEMICALS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Diffraction experiment. Numerical simulation of the interference pattern produced by single-slit diffraction of a harmonic wave front. The wave moves from upper right to lower left in each image. The sequence starts at upper left and finishes at lower right. Here, the slit is wider than the incident wavelength, meaning features seen at smaller wavelengths are absent. This simulation is shown as waves moving across a surface, but is based on the differential equations that describe dispersion-free electromagnetic waves. See C014/7201 to C014/7204 for images showing how the pattern changes with wavelength size.

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