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6: Wave Optics

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    • 6.1: Superposition and Interference
      Interference is a phenomenon in which two waves superimpose to form a resultant wave of greater or lesser amplitude.
    • 6.2: Diffraction
      Huygens’s Principle states that every point on a wavefront is a source of wavelets, which spread forward at the same speed.
    • 6.3: Further Topics
      Thin film interference occurs when incident light waves reflected by the different layers of a thin film interfere and form a new wave.
    • 6.4: Applications of Wave Optics
      Microscopy helps us view objects that cannot be seen with the naked eye.


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