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An experimental method of presenting the principles determining the general properties of optical gratings

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McAulay, Alexander Leicester (1923) An experimental method of presenting the principles determining the general properties of optical gratings. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 87-102.

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Abstract

In a laboratory which is not well equipped with modern
optical instruments, the actual appearance and meaning of
many of the phenomena whose theory is studied is not in the
least appreciated. This seems especially the case in connection
with the elements of the more advanced theory of
optical gratings, and with the theory of interference spectroscopes.
The following presentation is an attempt to provide a
set of experiments, made with fairly cheap and simple
apparatus, which shall illustrate the various effects that
produce the phenomena exhibited by an optical grating, and
includes such simple theoretical discussion as is necessary to
understand the experiments.
In the course of the experiments the effects that
determine such things as the resolving power of a grating,
the intensity of the spectrum of a given order, and so on, are
directly observed. At the end of the paper the results
obtained in the discussion are applied to the cases of the
ordinary plane grating and the Michleson Echelon.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 87-102
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 00:58
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:45
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