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College Physics (Urone)

Book edition 1st Edition
Author(s) Paul Peter Urone
Pages 1272 pages
ISBN 9781938168000

Is it possible to create a situation in which there is only destructive interference? Explain.

No, it is possible to have only destructive interference

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Step 1: Interference Pattern

The constructive and destructive interference patterns can be differentiated by the observed periodic maximum and minimum amplitude in an interference pattern.

Step 2: Explanation

Two coherent waves give an interference pattern after the superimposition of waves after the slits. However, if you introduce a dielectric piece with a thickness such that the path difference for the one coherent wave is${}^{\lambda /2}$ and then both coherent light waves will be completely out of phase Then we will see only the destructive interference pattern.