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Unformatted text preview: Michelson invented a device now known as the
‘Michelson Interferometer.’ 1907 he received the Nobel prize for it! -v
mirror We will see it in action in the famous Michelson-Morley
experiment, which will lead us to the special relativity
theory. So the interferometer had a huge impact!!
“Interferometer” Such interferometers are nowadays widely used for
various precision measurements. State-of-the-art
visible-light interferometers achieve resolutions of
~100pm! (X-ray interferometers are ~1pm). Light source (100pm = 1Å = diameter of a Hydrogen atom.) The detector measures differences in the position of the maxima or minima
of the light-waves of each of the two...
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- Spring '14