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27: Wave Optics

Thumbnail: Physical optics is used to explain effects such as diffraction; this photo shows diffraction from a single pinhole. Image used with permission (CC-SA-BY-3.0; Wisky).


  • Paul Peter Urone (Professor Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento) and Roger Hinrichs (State University of New York, College at Oswego) with Contributing Authors: Kim Dirks (University of Auckland) and Manjula Sharma (University of Sydney). This work is licensed by OpenStax University Physics under a Creative Commons Attribution License (by 4.0).