Waves pp 68-94 | Cite as

Diffraction

  • D. R. Tilley
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Part of the A Macmillan Physics Text book series

Abstract

Any wave is diffracted by obstacles in its path. For example, figure 3.1 shows the optical diffraction pattern produced by a small hole in an opaque screen. Because of its wave character, the light is spread out after passing through the hole. Although diffraction is a general property of all waves, diffraction of light is the easiest to observe as well as the most important in practice, and we shall concentrate on optical examples.

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© D. R. Tilley 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. R. Tilley
    • 1
  1. 1.University of EssexUK

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