Fresnel's double mirror experiment
Product No: P1195000
This double mirror experiment devised by Fresnel in 1816 is one of a number of experiments of historical significance which were performed in the 18th and 19th century to demonstrate the wave theory of light. Using two plane mirrors set at an angle to each other of almost 1800 ,two virtual light sources are created by reflection of a diverging beam of light from which two divergent light beams appear to emerge. These are coherent and can thus interfere.
The students should first familiarize themselves with the
general set-up of the Fresnel experiment and describe the
interference patterns. The angle of the two mirrors remains
constant which simplifies the set-up.
In the second experiment, the wavelength of red light is to be determined. You have the Option of using the other colour filters to ascertain the wavelengths of further colours.
- Let a narrow beam of light shine onto a Fresnel double mirror and observe what happens.
- Determine the distance from the virtual Iight source and, using
this and the interference pattern, find out the wavelength of red
|PHYWE Power supply DC: 0...12 V, 2 A / AC: 6 V, 12 V, 5 A||13505-93||1|
|Fresnel mirror on plate||08561-00||1|
|Light box, halogen 12V/20 W||09801-00||1|
|Slit, adjustable.up to 1 mm||11604-07||1|
|Support base, variable||02001-00||1|
|Plate mount f.3 objects||09830-00||2|
|Meter scale for optical bench||09800-00||1|
|Lens on slide mount, f=+300mm||09820-04||1|
|Lens on slide mount, f=+50mm||09820-01||1|
|Bottom with stem for light box||09802-10||1|
|Mount with scale on slide mount||09823-00||1|
|Screen, white, 150x150mm||09826-00||1|
|Slide mount for optical bench||09822-00||2|
|Color filter set,add.color mixt.||09807-00||1|
|Support rod, stainless steel, l = 600 mm, d = 10 mm||02037-00||2|
|Diaphragm holder, attachable||11604-09||1|
|Measuring tape, l = 2 m||09936-00||1|