# 4.A: Diffraction (Answers)

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# Check Your Understanding

**4.1.** \(\displaystyle 17.8°, 37.7°, 66.4°\); no

**4.2. **\(\displaystyle 74.3°, 0.0083I_0\)

**4.3. **From \(\displaystyle dsinθ=mλ\), the interference maximum occurs at \(\displaystyle 2.87°\) for \(\displaystyle m=20\). From Equation 4.1, this is also the angle for the second diffraction minimum. (Note: Both equations use the index m but they refer to separate phenomena.)

**4.4. **\(\displaystyle 3.332×10^{−6}m\) or 300 lines per millimeter

**4.5. **\(\displaystyle 8.4×10^{−4}rad\), 3000 times broader than the Hubble Telescope

**4.6.** \(\displaystyle 38.4°\) and \(\displaystyle 68.8°\); Between \(\displaystyle θ=0°→90°\), orders 1, 2, and 3, are all that exist.

# Conceptual Questions

**1. **The diffraction pattern becomes wider.

**3.** Walkie-talkies use radio waves whose wavelengths are comparable to the size of the hill and are thus able to diffract around the hill. Visible wavelengths of the flashlight travel as rays at this size scale.

**5. **The diffraction pattern becomes two-dimensional, with main fringes, which are now spots, running in perpendicular directions and fainter spots in intermediate directions.

**7. **The parameter \(\displaystyle β=ϕ/2\) is the arc angle shown in the phasor diagram in Figure 4.7. The phase difference between the first and last Huygens wavelet across the single slit is \(\displaystyle 2β\) and is related to the curvature of the arc that forms the resultant phasor that determines the light intensity.

**9.** blue; The shorter wavelength of blue light results in a smaller angle for diffraction limit.

**11. **No, these distances are three orders of magnitude smaller than the wavelength of visible light, so visible light makes a poor probe for atoms.

**13. **UV wavelengths are much larger than lattice spacing in crystals such that there is no diffraction. The Bragg equation implies a value for sinθ greater than unity, which has no solution.

**15.** Image will appear at slightly different location and/or size when viewed using \(\displaystyle 10%\) shorter wavelength but at exactly half the wavelength, a higher-order interference reconstructs the original image, different color.

# Problems

**17.** a. \(\displaystyle 33.4°\);

b. no

**19. **a. \(\displaystyle 1.35×10^{−6}m\);

b. \(\displaystyle 69.9°\)

**21. **750 nm

**23. **2.4 mm, 4.7 mm

**25. **a. \(\displaystyle 1.00λ\);

b. \(\displaystyle 50.0λ\);

c. \(\displaystyle 1000λ\)

**27. **1.92 m

**29.** \(\displaystyle 45.1°\)

**31.** \(\displaystyle I/I_0=2.2×10^{−5}\)

**33. **\(\displaystyle 0.63I_0,0.11I_0,0.0067I_0,0.0062I_0,0.00088I_0\)

**35.** 0.200

**37.** 3

**39. **9

**41.** \(\displaystyle 5.97°\)

**43.** \(\displaystyle 8.99×10^3\)

**45. **707 nm

**47.** a. \(\displaystyle 11.8°, 12.5°, 14.1°, 19.2°\);

b. \(\displaystyle 24.2°, 25.7°, 29.1°, 41.0°\); c. Decreasing the number of lines per centimeter by a factor of x means that the angle for the x-order maximum is the same as the original angle for the first-order maximum.

**49.** a. using \(\displaystyle λ=700nm,θ=5.0°\);

b. using \(\displaystyle λ=460nm,θ=3.3°\)

**51.** a. 26,300 lines/cm;

b. yes;

c. no

**53. **\(\displaystyle 1.13×10^{−2}m\)

**55. **107 m

**57. **a. \(\displaystyle 7.72×10^{−4}rad\);

b. 23.2 m;

c. 590 km

**59. **a. \(\displaystyle 2.24×10^{−4}rad\);

b. 5.81 km;

c. 0.179 mm;

d. can resolve details 0.2 mm apart at arm’s length

**61.** \(\displaystyle 2.9μm\)

**63. **6.0 cm

**65. **7.71 km

**67. **1.0 m

**69. **1.2 cm or closer

**71.** no

**73. **0.120 nm

**75. **\(\displaystyle 4.51°\)

**77.** \(\displaystyle 13.2°\)

# Additional Problems

**79.** a. 2.2 mm;

b. \(\displaystyle 0.172°\), second-order yellow and third-order violet coincide

**81. **2.2 km

**83.** 1.3 cm

**85. **a. 0.28 mm;

b. 0.28 m;

c. 280 m;

d. 113 km

**87. **33 m

**89. **a. vertically;

b. \(\displaystyle ±20°, ±44°\);

c. \(\displaystyle 0, ±31°, ±60°\);

d. 89 cm;

e. 71 cm

**91.** 0.98 cm

**93.** \(\displaystyle I/I_0=0.041\)

**95.** 340 nm

**97.** a. 0.082 rad and 0.087 rad;

b. 480 nm and 660 nm

**99. **two orders

**101.** yes and N/A

**103. **600 nm

**105.** a. \(\displaystyle 3.4×10^{−5°}\);

b. \(\displaystyle 51°\)

**107.** 0.63 m

**109.** 1

**111.** \(\displaystyle 0.17 mW/cm^2\) for \(\displaystyle m=1\) only, no higher orders

**113. **\(\displaystyle 28.7°\)

**115. **a. 42.3 nm;

b. This wavelength is not in the visible spectrum.

c. The number of slits in this diffraction grating is too large. Etching in integrated circuits can be done to a resolution of 50 nm, so slit separations of 400 nm are at the limit of what we can do today. This line spacing is too small to produce diffraction of light.

**117. **a. 549 km;

b. This is an unreasonably large telescope.

c. Unreasonable to assume diffraction limit for optical telescopes unless in space due to atmospheric effects.

# Challenge Problems

**119.** a. \(\displaystyle I=0.00500I_0,0.00335I_0\);

b. \(\displaystyle I=0.00500I_0,0.00335I_0\)

**121. **12,800

**123.** \(\displaystyle 1.58×10^{−6}m\)

## Contributors

Samuel J. Ling (Truman State University), Jeff Sanny (Loyola Marymount University), and Bill Moebs with many contributing authors. This work is licensed by OpenStax University Physics under a Creative Commons Attribution License (by 4.0).