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Title
Visualizing the phenomena of wave interference, phase-shifting and polarization by interactive computer simulations
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European journal of physics. - London
Publication
London : 2015
ISSN
0143-0807
Volume/pages
36:5(2015), 10 p.
Article Reference
055016
ISI
000359609100016
Medium
E-only publicatie
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Creation 05.10.2015
Last edited 20.08.2017
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