# E separating closely spaced spectral lines in n2i1 1

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Unformatted text preview: 28.112° ⎝ྎ d ⎠ྏ −1 Small angle approximation is not valid. λ1 ⎞ྏ ⎛ྎ λ2 ⎞ྏ −1 ⎛ྎ Δθ = sin ⎜ྎ m ⎟ྏ − sin ⎜ྎ m ⎟ྏ = 0.031° ⎝ྎ d ⎠ྏ ⎝ྎ d ⎠ྏ −1 Lecture 4, p 17 Diffraction Gratings (1) Diffraction gratings rely on N-slit interference. They consist of a large number of evenly spaced parallel slits. An important question: How effective are diffraction gratings at resolving light of different wavelengths (i.e. separating closely-spaced ‘spectral lines’)? IN = N2I1 λ1 sinθ depends on λ. 0 λ1/d sin θ λ2 0 λ2/d sin θ Example: Na has a spectrum with two yellow “lines” very close together: λ1 = 589.0 nm, λ2 = 589.6 nm (Δλ = 0.6 nm) Are these two lines distinguishable using a particular grating? We need a “resolution criterion”. Lecture 4, p 18 Diffraction Gratings (2) We use Rayleigh’s criterion: The minimum wavelength separation we can resolve occurs when the λ2 peak coincides with the first zero of the λ1 peak: λ2/d λ1/d So, the Raleigh criterion is Δ(sinθ)min = λ/Nd. However, the location of the peak is sinθ = mλ/d. Thus, (Δλ...
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## This note was uploaded on 03/27/2014 for the course PHYS 214 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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