CHRISTIAN KOCH, MICROCHEMICALS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CHRISTIAN KOCH, MICROCHEMICALS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Diffraction experiment. Simulation showing properties of the interference pattern that results when a plane wave (top) passes through two small holes in a barrier (across top). The two concentric elementary waves that result are shown as: (1) an amplitude value 3D surface (yellow and orange), with the amplitude value increasing from orange to yellow; (2) an intensity distribution (blue and pink) at a certain distance parallel to the aperture. This blue-pink plane, partly obscured, is visible at lower right. The intensity increases from black via blue towards pink. An alternative representation of this pattern is at C014/7184.
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