A report on WavelengthLight and Wave interference

The wavelength of a sine wave, λ, can be measured between any two points with the same phase, such as between crests (on top), or troughs (on bottom), or corresponding zero crossings as shown.
A triangular prism dispersing a beam of white light. The longer wavelengths (red) and the shorter wavelengths (blue) are separated.
The interference of two waves. When in phase, the two lower waves create constructive interference (left), resulting in a wave of greater amplitude. When 180° out of phase, they create destructive interference (right).
Sinusoidal standing waves in a box that constrains the end points to be nodes will have an integer number of half wavelengths fitting in the box.
The electromagnetic spectrum, with the visible portion highlighted
Interference of right traveling (green) and left traveling (blue) waves in Two-dimensional space, resulting in final (red) wave
A standing wave (black) depicted as the sum of two propagating waves traveling in opposite directions (red and blue)
Interference of waves from two point sources.
Wavelength is decreased in a medium with slower propagation.
Beam of sun light inside the cavity of Rocca ill'Abissu at Fondachelli-Fantina, Sicily
A magnified image of a coloured interference pattern in a soap film. The "black holes" are areas of almost total destructive interference (antiphase).
Refraction: upon entering a medium where its speed is lower, the wave changes direction.
Due to refraction, the straw dipped in water appears bent and the ruler scale compressed when viewed from a shallow angle.
Geometrical arrangement for two plane wave interference
Separation of colors by a prism (click for animation)
Hong Kong illuminated by colourful artificial lighting.
Interference fringes in overlapping plane waves
Various local wavelengths on a crest-to-crest basis in an ocean wave approaching shore
Pierre Gassendi.
Optical interference between two point sources that have different wavelengths and separations of sources.
A sinusoidal wave travelling in a nonuniform medium, with loss
Christiaan Huygens.
Creation of interference fringes by an optical flat on a reflective surface. Light rays from a monochromatic source pass through the glass and reflect off both the bottom surface of the flat and the supporting surface.  The tiny gap between the surfaces means the two reflected rays have different path lengths. In addition the ray reflected from the bottom plate undergoes a 180° phase reversal.  As a result, at locations (a) where the path difference is an odd multiple of λ/2, the waves reinforce.   At locations (b) where the path difference is an even multiple of λ/2 the waves cancel.  Since the gap between the surfaces varies slightly in width at different points, a series of alternating bright and dark bands, interference fringes, are seen.
A wave on a line of atoms can be interpreted according to a variety of wavelengths.
Thomas Young's sketch of a double-slit experiment showing diffraction. Young's experiments supported the theory that light consists of waves.
White light interference in a soap bubble. The iridescence is due to thin-film interference.
Near-periodic waves over shallow water
The Very Large Array, an interferometric array formed from many smaller telescopes, like many larger radio telescopes.
Wavelength of a periodic but non-sinusoidal waveform.
A propagating wave packet
Pattern of light intensity on a screen for light passing through two slits. The labels on the right refer to the difference of the path lengths from the two slits, which are idealized here as point sources.
Diffraction pattern of a double slit has a single-slit envelope.
Relationship between wavelength, angular wavelength, and other wave properties.

Visible light is usually defined as having wavelengths in the range of 400–700 nanometres (nm), corresponding to frequencies of 750–420 terahertz, between the infrared (with longer wavelengths) and the ultraviolet (with shorter wavelengths).

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Interference effects can be observed with all types of waves, for example, light, radio, acoustic, surface water waves, gravity waves, or matter waves.

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The term wavelength is also sometimes applied to modulated waves, and to the sinusoidal envelopes of modulated waves or waves formed by interference of several sinusoids.

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Examples of waves are sound waves, light, water waves and periodic electrical signals in a conductor.

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The fringe spacing increases with increase in wavelength, and with decreasing angle

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Soon after, Heinrich Hertz confirmed Maxwell's theory experimentally by generating and detecting radio waves in the laboratory and demonstrating that these waves behaved exactly like visible light, exhibiting properties such as reflection, refraction, diffraction and interference.

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The wavelength of a sine wave, λ, can be measured between any two points with the same phase, such as between crests (on top), or troughs (on bottom), or corresponding zero crossings as shown.

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