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Effective physical optics hands-on experience through the characterization of a CD and a DVD
Author(s): A. Márquez; M. L. Álvarez; C. Neipp; D. Méndez; A. Beléndez

Paper Abstract

We present a fruitful student's lab experiment allowing for an effective learning of some of the basics in physical optics. We proceed with the characterization of the surface structure of a compact disk (CD) and a digital versatile disk (DVD). This experiment is an effective means to have a direct hands-on experience on diffraction, Young's fringes interference phenomena, and diffraction chromatic dispersion. The fact that both CD and DVD are widespread consumer electronics devices enhances the interest of the student on the experiment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2005
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 9664, Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 96642L (24 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.2207707
Show Author Affiliations
A. Márquez, Consultant (Spain)
M. L. Álvarez, Consultant (Spain)
C. Neipp, Consultant (Spain)
D. Méndez, Consultant (Spain)
A. Beléndez, Consultant (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9664:
Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
François Flory, Editor(s)

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