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Experiments Using a Neon Laser

Edition: January 2015 View or download a copy of this manual

This is the manual for the 45-600 Laser Optics Lab. It is a 68-page, fully-illustrated instruction guide that contains 34 optical, light and laser experiments. All experiments were developed by teachers and thoroughly tested in classrooms. Each experiment contains detailed instructions and illustrations to guide students to successful completion of each demonstration or activity. Experiments demonstrate the refractive, diffractive and other wave properties of light using the unique and visually dramatic characteristics of an HeNe laser. This is excellent material for the novice or for more advanced students refreshing their understanding of these concepts. In addition to guiding the student through progressively more challenging exercises in light and optics, the booklet also explains the theory of laser operation, aspects of laser construction and laser safety.

Experiments include:
  • Measure the wavelength of light using the techniques of Young, Michelson and Lloyd
  • Construct optical levers to detect and measure very small movements that are almost imperceptible to the human eye
  • Test a lens for defects, collimate light and check vision
  • Capture light in an arcing water jet or a glass fiber and investigate fiber optics phenomena
  • View a hologram, observe interference rings and measure the diffraction patterns with a ruler
  • Determine the index of refraction of a liquid or transparent solid by measuring the bend in the intense laser beam as it enters or leaves the material
  • Investigate reflection, refraction and critical angle
  • Study characteristics of light: wavelength, interference, diffraction and polarization
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  Experiments Using a Neon Laser

Part Number:  45-700
Price: $12.00
Length: 68 pages