# The Superposition of Waves

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The Superposition of Waves
```Optics Course
(Phys 311)
Wave Optics
The Superposition of Waves (2 of 2)
Lecturer:
Dr Zeina Hashim
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Lesson 2 of 2
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Objectives covered in this lesson :
1. Standing waves (Continue : two waves of the same frequency).
2. Weinerβs Experiment.
3. Complex Waves (The addition of waves of different frequencies along the
same direction).
4. Beats.
5. Group velocity.
6. Addition of waves at right angles.
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Standing Waves :
also called:
βStationary Wavesβ
Two waves with the same frequency, but travelling
in opposite directions will superimpose as follows:
Let
,
,
Standing wave
equation
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Standing Waves :
Conditions for a standing wave to occur:
1. The waves have to travel in opposite directions.
2. they must have the same frequency.
3. they must be coherent.
4. they must be 180º out-of-phase.
Reflected waves from totally reflecting surfaces always have a phase-shift of 180º.
Its profile does not travel through space, but it oscillates between a straight line position.
It is not of the form
Standing waves have nodes and antinodes.
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Standing Waves :
Food for thought:
Q: Why does a microwave oven require a turning table ?
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Standing wave
equation
Standing Waves :
Nodes occur when:
πΈ = 0 ο  amplitude of E = 0 ο  sin ππ₯ = 0 ο  ππ₯ = 0 , π , 2π , 3π , β¦
π
ο  π₯ = 0 ,2 ,π ,
or ο  cos ππ‘ = 0 ο  ππ‘ =
π
2
π
,32
π
,52
,β¦ ο  π‘ =
π
2π
π
, 3 2π
π
, 5 2π
3π
2
, 2π , β¦
,β¦ο  π‘ =
π
4
π
,34
π
,54
,β¦
Antinodes occur when:
π
2
,
3π
2
,
3π
4
,
5π
4
,β¦
πΈ = πππ₯πππ’π ο  amplitude of E = 2πΈππΌ ο  sin ππ₯ = 1 ο  ππ₯ =
π
ο π₯=4 ,
π
and ο  cos ππ‘ = 1 ο  ππ‘ = 0 , π , 2π , 3π , β¦ ο  π‘ = 0, π ,
2π
π
,
3π
π
5π
2
,β¦
π
π
, β¦ ο  π‘ = 0, 2 , π, 3 2 , 2π, β¦
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Standing Waves :
Nodes occur when:
π₯=π
π
2
or
π‘ = (2π + 1)
π
4
, π = 0, 1, 2 , β¦
π₯ = (2π + 1)
π
4
, π = 0, 1, 2 , β¦
Antinodes occur when:
π‘=π
π
2
and
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Standing Waves :
Q: Does a standing wave violate the law of conservation of energy (having zero
energy at the nodes) ?
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Standing Waves :
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Wienerβs Experiment
Weiner detected standing waves as follows:
1. Quasimonochromatic waves were sent
perpendicular to a mirror. Reflected back.
2.
π
A 20
thin film was put at an angle so
that nodes and antinodes cross the film.
3. Energy in non-nodal positions on the
film caused darkening, so the film had
dark bands separated by non-dark lines.
4. Decreasing the angle of the film caused
the lines to be separated further apart.
5. This experiment also proved that the waves have nodes at the reflecting surface.
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Complex Waves :
is a wave resulting from the
superposition of waves having different frequencies.
Constituents: different π , different πΈπ , different πΌ.
Resultant:
a complex wave. It is not harmonic (not a sine wave).
Constituents: same π , different πΈπ , same πΌ.
Resultant:
NOT a complex wave. It is harmonic (sine wave).
Its amplitude depends on both amplitudes and on πΏ.
When πΏ = 0 ο  maximum amplitude.
Smallest amplitude = πΈπ1 β πΈπ2
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1
Constituents: π1 = π2 , same πΈπ , same πΌ.
2
Resultant:
A complex wave. It is not a sine wave.
Changing the phase of one wave with respect to the
other results in a totally different profile.
If these waves were of visible light, the eye will
sense a mixture of the two colors regardless of the
phase difference.
1
π
2 2
Constituents: π1 =
, same πΈπ , different πΌ.
Resultant:
A complex wave. It is not a sine wave.
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Constituents: π1 βͺ π2 , any πΈπ , any πΌ.
Resultant:
A complex wave.
Constituents: π1 β π2 , any πΈπ , any πΌ.
Resultant:
A complex wave. ο  the phenomena of beats.
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Complex waves and visible light:
The frequency of visible light determines its color.
Complex waves of light are produced when beams of light of different colors are used.
The βimpureβ colors, which are not found in the spectrum (e.g. brown) ο  have a
complex form.
βwhite lightβ is also a complex wave (in the form of beats or pulses) ο  it consists of
waves differing by only infinitesimal (i.e. very small) amounts.
Fourier analysis is used to decompose a complex wave into a number of simple ones.
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Beats :
The beatβs wave equation of two
waves having the same amplitudes.
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The beatβs wave equation of two
waves having the same amplitudes.
Time-varying
(i.e. modulated)
amplitude
average
The resultant wave has a wavelength = average
wavelength of the two constituents. But the
amplitude is modulated to form groups.
Beat frequency
modulation
angular frequency
propagation number
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A beat resulting from the superposition of two waves with different frequencies and
different amplitudes:
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Group Velocity :
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Envelope moves with group velocity
Carrier moves with phase velocity
Any pulse of light can be viewed as a superposition of harmonic waves with different
frequencies.
The duration of the pulse is inversely proportional to the range of frequencies.
EM waves with different frequencies travel with different speeds through a given
medium (dispersion).
Phase velocity: is the velocity of the resultant harmonic wave that constitute the signal.
Group velocity: is the velocity at which the positions of maximal constructive
interference propagates.
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Envelope moves with group velocity
Group Velocity :
Carrier moves with phase velocity
Because the velocities of the constituent waves are very similar; the resultant wave
has the same phase velocity as either of them:
π
π£π =
π
However, the group velocity is:
ππ
π£π =
ππ
The group velocity may be greater than, equal to, or less than the phase velocity.
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Group Velocity :
The relationship between the group and phase velocities is:
ππ£π
π£π = π£π + π
ππ
In terms of the wavelength:
ππ£π
π£π = π£π β π
ππ
In a non-dispersive medium (vacuum): π£π = π£π
The group velocity is the one important for light because it is the one that can be
observed experimentally.
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Addition of two waves perpendicular to each other :
We will take this when we study βPolarizationβ:
Pages to cover later on:
1. Jenkins: p.253 β 256.
2. Hecht: first pages of chapter 8.
3. Jenkins: parts of chapter 24.
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Homework :
Q1: Standing waves are produced by the superposition of two waves travelling in opposite
directions:
π‘
πΈ1 = 7 sin 2π(π β
2π₯
)
π
,
π‘
πΈ2 = 7 sin 2π(π +
2π₯
)
π
Find (a) the amplitude, (b) the wavelength, (c) the length of one antinode, (d) the velocity of
the waves, and (e) the period.
Q2: The phase velocity of a resultant wave in a light pulse in a certain medium is represented
by:
π£π = πΆ1 + πΆ2 π
where πΆ1 and πΆ2 are constants. What is the velocity of the pulse?
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Homework :
Q3:
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Lesson 2 of 2
Slide 22 (last)
Summary:
1. Standing waves (Continue : two waves of the
same frequency).
2. Weinerβs Experiment.
Next lesson will
cover:
3. Complex Waves (The addition of waves of
Interference (1)
different frequencies along the same direction).
4. Beats.
5. Group velocity.
6. Addition of waves at right angles.
Any Questions?
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