PHY 127: Physical Optics, Waves & Oscillations and Modern Physics

Credit Hours: 3:00 (Level-1, Term-1, ChE)


Physical Optics: Theories of light; Interference of light, Young's double slit experiment, Displacement of fringes and its uses, Fresnel Bi-prism, Interference at wedge shaped films, Newton's rings, Interferometers; Diffraction of light; Fresnel and Fraunhoffer diffraction, Diffraction by single slit, Diffraction from a circular aperture, Resolving power of optical instruments, Diffraction at double slit and N-slits-diffraction grating; Polarization; Production and analysis of polarized light, Brewster's Law, Malus Law, Polarization by double refraction, Retardation plates, Nicol prism, Optical activity , Polarimeters, Polaroid.

Waves & Oscillations: Differential equation of a Simple Harmonic Oscillator, total energy and average energy, Combination of simple harmonic oscillations, Lissajous figures, spring- mass system, Calculation of time period of torsional pendulum, Damped oscillation, Determination of damping co-efficient. Forced oscillation, Resonance, Two-body oscillations, Reduced mass, Differential equation of a progressive wave, Power and intensity of wave motion, Stationary wave, Group velocity and phase velocity, Architectural acoustics, Reverberation and Sabine's formula.

Modern Physics:  Michelson-Morley's experiment, Galilean transformation, Special theory of relativity and its consequences; Quantum theory of radiation; Photo-electric effect, Compton effect, Wave particle duality, Interpretation of Bohr's postulates, Radioactive disintegration, Properties of nucleus, Nuclear reactions, Fission, Fusion, Chain reaction, Nuclear reactor.