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Diffraction Collection

"Unveiling the Mysteries of Diffraction

Background imageDiffraction Collection: David Brewster (engraving)

David Brewster (engraving)
815887 David Brewster (engraving) by Maclise, Daniel (1806-70) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir David Brewster (1781-1868)

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Lunar corona

Lunar corona around a gibbous Moon. This phenomenon is caused by the diffraction of the moonlight by water droplets or ice crystals in the air

Background imageDiffraction Collection: God rays, Crepuscular rays, clouds, and mountain peaks at sunset, Yerupaja, Grande and Chico to left

God rays, Crepuscular rays, clouds, and mountain peaks at sunset, Yerupaja, Grande and Chico to left
god rays, Crepuscular rays, clouds, and mountain peaks at sunset, Yerupaja, Grande and Chico to left, Jirishanca to right viewed from Lake Carhuacocha, Huayhuish Mountains and Circuit

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Illustration of Thomas Youngs double slit experiment, showing that light travels as a wave, and not

Illustration of Thomas Youngs double slit experiment, showing that light travels as a wave, and not

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Interference patterns in a frozen pond

Interference patterns in a frozen pond. containing thin films of oil. The oil has been released by decomposing leaves at the surface of the pond

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Diffraction grating pattern

Diffraction grating pattern formed by laser light (red). The laser light has passed through an array of crossed gratings. Because light is a wave

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Iridescent clouds near the Sun

Iridescent clouds near the Sun
December 10, 2013 - Iridescent clouds near the Sun, taken from White Sands National Monument, New Mexico prior to shooting the sunset

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Solar corona above the Ama Dablam mountain in the Himalaya range of easten Nepal

Solar corona above the Ama Dablam mountain in the Himalaya range of easten Nepal
Colorful solar corona over the Himalayas. In the foreground is the famous Himalayan mountain peak Ama Dablam (Mothers Necklace)

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Iridescent clouds, Alberta, Canada

Iridescent clouds, Alberta, Canada
September 27, 2008 - Iridescent clouds, Alberta, Canada

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Rising sun, radiating and diffracting, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada

Rising sun, radiating and diffracting, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada, California

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Spectre of the Brocken or the Brocken Bow. The image of the observer is thrown

Spectre of the Brocken or the Brocken Bow. The image of the observer is thrown on nearby fog bank by diffraction. Named for the Brocken, the highest peak of the Harz mountains, Germany

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Italy - Trentino-Alto Adige Region - Welsberg-Monguelfo. Welsberg Castle. Rainbow

Italy - Trentino-Alto Adige Region - Welsberg-Monguelfo. Welsberg Castle. Rainbow

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Double-slit experiment, artwork C016 / 9864

Double-slit experiment, artwork C016 / 9864
Double-slit experiment Computer artwork showing a plane wave (top left) passing through a screen with two gaps. The gaps act as new wave sources

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Interference patterns, artwork C016 / 9856

Interference patterns, artwork C016 / 9856
Interference patterns. Computer artwork showing two sets of circular waves interacting with each other. At the point where a wave peak from one hits a wave peak from another

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Interference patterns, artwork C016 / 9861

Interference patterns, artwork C016 / 9861
Interference patterns. Computer artwork showing two sets of circular waves interacting with each other. At the point where a wave peak from one hits a wave peak from another

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Double-slit experiment, artwork C016 / 9863

Double-slit experiment, artwork C016 / 9863
Double-slit experiment Computer artwork showing a plane wave (top left) passing through a screen with two gaps. The gaps act as new wave sources

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Double-slit experiment, artwork C016 / 9862

Double-slit experiment, artwork C016 / 9862
Double-slit experiment Computer artwork showing a plane wave (top left) passing through a screen with two gaps. The gaps act as new wave sources

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Interference patterns, artwork C016 / 9857

Interference patterns, artwork C016 / 9857
Interference patterns. Computer artwork showing two sets of circular waves interacting with each other. At the point where a wave peak from one hits a wave peak from another

Background imageDiffraction Collection: William Lawrence Bragg, British physicist

William Lawrence Bragg, British physicist
William Lawrence Bragg (1890-1971), British physicist, as an undergraduate. Bragg, the son of William Henry Bragg, was born in Australia, graduating from the University of Adelaide in 1908

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Double-slit experiment, artwork C016 / 9866

Double-slit experiment, artwork C016 / 9866
Double-slit experiment Computer artwork showing a plane wave (top left) passing through a screen with two gaps. The gaps act as new wave sources

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Double-slit experiment, artwork C016 / 9865

Double-slit experiment, artwork C016 / 9865
Double-slit experiment Computer artwork showing a plane wave (top left) passing through a screen with two gaps. The gaps act as new wave sources

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Interference patterns, artwork C016 / 9859

Interference patterns, artwork C016 / 9859
Interference patterns. Computer artwork showing two sets of circular waves interacting with each other. At the point where a wave peak from one hits a wave peak from another

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Chikungunya virus diffraction pattern

Chikungunya virus diffraction pattern
Chikungunya virus research. X-ray diffraction pattern of proteins from the Chikungunya virus that have been analysed in a synchrotron

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Ionising X-ray spectroscope C016 / 3689

Ionising X-ray spectroscope C016 / 3689
X-ray crystallography. An early design of X-ray spectroscope made in the 1910s. A beam of X-rays passes through a collimator and slit (left)

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Thomas Young, British physicist

Thomas Young, British physicist
Thomas Young (1773-1829), British physicist and Egyptologist. Young was a voracious reader as a child, and excelled at languages

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Prism, light spectrum

Prism, light spectrum
Conceptual computer artwork of a prism and light spectrum

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Pollen corona

Pollen corona. Pine tree branch in front of a corona (luminous disk) around the Moon. A corona is an optical atmospheric effect

Background imageDiffraction Collection: DNA fingerprinting, sequence of bases

DNA fingerprinting, sequence of bases
Conceptual computer artwork of DNA fingerprinting used to prove family relationships. The illustration is based on a sequence of bases in a fragment of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Diffraction demonstration, 19th century

Diffraction demonstration, 19th century
Diffraction demonstration using a sheet of mica. Mica has highly ordered cleavage planes and crystals, allowing sheets of this silicate mineral to be used to demonstrate diffraction of a candle

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Light rotation concept

Light rotation concept
Light rotation image of a Meteosat weather satellite at the National Space Centre, Leicester, UK (effect produced by zooming and rotating camera while shutter was open)

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Fossil DNA and X-Ray diffraction, artwork

Fossil DNA and X-Ray diffraction, artwork
Conceptual computer artwork showing strands of fossilised DNA being scanned by X-Ray diffraction, the method first used to identify the helical structure of DNA

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Light explosion concept

Light explosion concept
" Light explosion" image of a Meteosat weather satellite at the National Space Centre, Leicester, UK (effect produced by zooming while shutter was open)

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Diffracted light pattern

Diffracted light pattern
Diffraction. Abstract pattern formed by diffracted light

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Solar halo

Solar halo in cirrostratus clouds. This atmospheric optical phenomenon, seen here around the Sun, is caused by prismatic refraction of sunlight through randomly-oriented hexagonal ice crystals in

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Lunar halo

Lunar halo. This atmospheric optical phenomenon is seen here around the Full Moon, and is caused by prismatic refraction of moonlight through randomly-oriented hexagonal ice crystals in

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Solar corona

Solar corona (upper left), with shades of green and purple colored cloud (centre). The term corona is here being used to refer to an optical phenomenon observed in the Earths atmosphere

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Diffraction

Diffraction pattern created by shining a monochromatic (single wavelength) light at a circular object. The light waves bend and spread around the object and converge

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Wave diffraction experiment

Wave diffraction experiment. Waves in a ripple tank passing through an aperture, demonstrating the principle of diffraction. Plane waves are generated on the surface of the water at bottom

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Solar spectrum

Solar spectrum
Diffraction effect created by the use of a cross screen filter and two polarisers to split the suns light into spectral colours

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Quantum resonance

Quantum resonance. Computer model showing quantum resonance. A quantum wavefunction is seen as the parallel waves moving up from bottom. They hit a barrier (black, lower centre)

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Diffraction experiment equipment

Diffraction experiment equipment. This is a set of narrow, closely spaced slits called Youngs Double Slits (YDS). The YDS experiment involves passing monochromatic light through these slits

Background imageDiffraction Collection: Abstract pattern with diffracted light

Abstract pattern with diffracted light
Diffraction. Abstract pattern formed by diffracted light



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"Unveiling the Mysteries of Diffraction: A Spectacular Display of Nature's Light Symphony" Witness the awe-inspiring phenomenon as nature paints the sky with its divine brushstrokes. God rays and crepuscular rays dance through the atmosphere, casting ethereal beams that illuminate clouds and mountain peaks at sunset. Behold Yerupaja Grande and Chico standing proudly on the left, basking in the mesmerizing spectacle. Intriguingly engraved by David Brewster, this captivating display is reminiscent of a lunar corona, where light reflects off celestial bodies to create a halo-like effect. Delve deeper into Thomas Young's double-slit experiment illustration, revealing that light travels not only as particles but also as waves - an enchanting revelation. Marvel at interference patterns etched upon a frozen pond like a delicate tapestry woven by Mother Nature herself. The intricate diffraction grating pattern unfolds before your eyes, showcasing how light bends and scatters to form stunning visual symmetries. Iridescent clouds near the Sun add another layer of enchantment to this grand spectacle. Witness Alberta, Canada adorned with these iridescent marvels or gaze upon Nepal's Himalaya range where solar corona crowns Ama Dablam mountain majestically. As dawn breaks over Yosemite Valley in Sierra Nevada's Yosemite National Park, watch in wonder as the rising sun radiates and diffracts its resplendent hues across the landscape. Let yourself be captivated by nature's own masterpiece unfolding before you. Finally, witness "The Spectre of Brocken" or "Brocken Bow, " an extraordinary optical illusion where your very image is thrown onto misty surroundings – a reminder that even our presence can become part of this magical play between light and matter. Diffraction unravels before us like an enigmatic symphony orchestrated by nature itself - unveiling secrets hidden within beams of light.