College Physics (4th Edition)

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 0073512141
ISBN 13: 978-0-07351-214-3

Chapter 25 - Section 25.7 - Diffraction by a Single Slit - Practice Problem - Page 966: 25.8


No, the diffraction will be negligible.

Work Step by Step

The window is large compared with the wavelength of light, so we expect diffraction to be negligible. The Sun is not distant enough to treat it as a point source; rays from different points on the Sun's surface travel in slightly different directions as they pass through the window.
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