Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 9-12
Publication Year: 2000
Product Number: EG-2000-10-64-MSFC
Subjects: Physical Science
When light of a single color (or wavelength) passes through the layer of air between two flat pieces of glass, part of the light is reflected by the glass-to-air boundary and part is reflected from the air-to-glass boundary. If the difference in the paths of the two rays is equal to a multiple of whole wavelengths, the light amplitude will add to form a bright band. Students will observe the differences between looking at the light through high-quality glass and low-quality glass.
Interference Fringes [112KB PDF file]
This activity is part of the Optics Educator Guide.