The wavelength of a laser diode and the birefringence of mica. The IPhO40 experimental exam

A. Cornejo-Rodríguez, R. Diaz-Uribe, R. Espejel-Morales, J. Jiménez-Mier, N. Korneev, M.E. Ortiz, V. Romero-Rochin

Abstract


The experiments proposed and the equipment built for the 2009 International Physics Olympiad are described in this article. A list of the items used with details of the constructed elements, as well as an exhaustive discussion of both experiments, including the questions and the step by step solutions, are given.

Keywords


Physics education; diffraction; polarization; birefringence

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Revista Mexicana de Física E

ISSN: 2683-2216 (on line), 1870-3542 (print)

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