Title
Visualizing the phenomena of wave interference, phase-shifting and polarization by interactive computer simulations Visualizing the phenomena of wave interference, phase-shifting and polarization by interactive computer simulations
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Educational sciences
Physics
Source (journal)
European journal of physics. - London
Volume/pages
36(2015) :5 , 10 p.
ISSN
0143-0807
0143-0807
Article Reference
055016
Carrier
E-only publicatie
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In this manuscript a computer based simulation is proposed for teaching concepts of interference of light (under the scheme of a Michelson interferometer), phase-shifting and polarization states. The user can change some parameters of the interfering waves, such as their amplitude and phase difference in order to graphically represent the polarization state of a simulated travelling wave. Regarding to the interference simulation, the user is able to change the wavelength and type of the interfering waves by selecting combinations between planar and Gaussian profiles, as well as the optical path difference by translating or tilting one of the two mirrors in the interferometer setup, all of this via a graphical user interface (GUI) designed in MATLAB. A theoretical introduction and simulation results for each phenomenon will be shown. Due to the simulation characteristics, this GUI can be a very good non-formal learning resource.
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https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/57f803/127749.pdf
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