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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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ISBN: 9781305952300

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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305952300
Chapter 25, Problem 4CQ
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Suppose you are observing the interference pattern formed by a Michelson interferometer in a laboratory and a joking colleague holds a lit match in the light path of one arm of the interferometer. Will this match have an effect on the interference patient?

To determine
Will a lit match in the path of one arm of the interferometer have an effect on the interference pattern.

Explanation of Solution

The interferometer uses the concept of combining the light from two sources to create an interference pattern.

The high temperature of the flame will change the refractive index of the air for the arm where the match is held. As the index of refraction varies randomly, the wavelength of the light in the region varies randomly...

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