Laser Diffraction - Fixed Single Slit

Purpose

To demonstrate single slit diffraction.

Equipment

Laser cart with fixed single slits.

Images

m1-01

Description

Position single slit in holder on cross-carriage in laser beam to obtain diffraction. Pattern can be shown on a distant screen, or the small screen shown in the picture. Magnification with the cylindrical lens can be used as necessary. One slide with four slits is available: 0.2mm, 0.04mm, 0.08mm, and 0.16mm, as well as individual slides of 0.12mm, 0.25mm, and 0.5mm.

References

David Dutton, M Parker Givens, and Robert E. Hopkins, Some Demonstration Experiments in Optics Using a Gas Laser,◙Spectra-physics Laser Technical Bulletin, (1963). ◙Paul A. Young, A Student Experiment in Fresnel Diffraction, AJP 32, 367-369, (1964). ◙David Dutton, M. Parker Givens and Robert E. Hopkins, Some Demonstration Experiments in Optics Using a Gas Laser, AJP 32,◙355-361, (1964). ◙Haven Whiteside, Laser Optics Experiments and Demonstrations, AJP 33, 487-492, (1965). ◙F. Y. Yap, Some More Simple Laser Experiments for the Undergraduate Laboratory, AJP 37, 1204-1206 (1969). ◙Roy H. Biser,