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This set of exercises guides the student in exploring computationally the behavior of light patterns and shadows generated by simple light sources together with apertures in thin, opaque barriers. It requires the student to generate, and describe the results of simulating, light patterns and shadows. Diffraction is ignored. The numerical approach used is summing over a twodimensional spatial grid while applying a logical mask (‘transparency function’). Please note that this set of computational exercises can be affordably coupled to simple experiments with small light bulbs and apertures cut into (or barriers cut out of) opaque paper sheets. A possible extension is to compare the predicted light patterns to experimental measurements. This set of exercises could be incorporated as an initial activity in an intermediate optics laboratory.
Subject Area  Waves & Optics 

Levels  First Year and Beyond the First Year 
Available Implementation  Python 
Learning Objectives 
Students who complete this set of exercises will be able to

Time to Complete  120 min 
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# Shadows_Exercise_2.py
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# A linear array of N point sources located a specified distance from
# a rectangular aperture that is centered on the origin.
# A screen is located a specified distance from
# the aperture.
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# This file will generate a filled contour plot of
# the irradiance of light reaching the screen
# versus lateral coordinates (x,y)
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# Written by:
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# Ernest R. Behringer
# Department of Physics and Astronomy
# Eastern Michigan University
# Ypsilanti, MI 48197
# (734) 4878799
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# 2016011213 original code by ERB
# 20160609 clean up by ERB
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# import the commands needed to make the plot
from pylab import xlabel,ylabel,xlim,ylim,axis,show,contourf,colorbar,figure,title
from matplotlib import cm
# import the command needed to make a 1D array
from numpy import meshgrid,absolute,where,zeros,linspace
# inputs
zs = 20.0 # distance between the source and aperture [cm]
zsc = 40.0 # distance between the screen and aperture [cm]
nso = 3 # number of point sources
length_so = 4.0 # length of the array of point sources [cm]
ap_width = 4.0 # aperture width [cm]
ap_height = 3.0 # aperture height [cm]
screen_width = 60.0 # screen width [cm]
screen_height = 60.0 # wcreen height [cm]
nw = 240 # Number of screen width intervals
nh = 240 # Number of screen height intervals
# initialize needed arrays to zero
rso = zeros((nso,2)) # (x,y) source positions [cm,cm]
screen_x = zeros((nw+1,nh+1)) # xcoordinates of screen points
screen_y = zeros((nw+1,nh+1)) # ycoordinates of screen points
rsq = zeros((nw+1,nh+1)) # r squared values
irradiance = zeros((nw+1,nh+1)) # irradiance values
x0 = zeros((nw+1,nh+1)) # xcoordinates of intersections at aperture plane
y0 = zeros((nw+1,nh+1)) # ycoordinates of intersections at aperture plane
# create 1D arrays to create a meshgrid for contour plotting
screen_xx = linspace(0.5*screen_width,0.5*screen_width,nw+1)
screen_yy = linspace(0.5*screen_height,0.5*screen_height,nh+1)
# generate the meshgrid of screen points
screen_xx, screen_yy = meshgrid(screen_xx,screen_yy)
# Set up point source coordinates
# Here, the sources are arranged
for i in range (0,nso):
for j in range (0,2):
if j==0:
rso[i,j] = 0.5*length_so + i*length_so/(nso1)
else: # j = 1 and the ycoordinate is
rso[i,j] = 0.0
# Calculate grid increments
deltaw = screen_width/nw # grid increment, width [cm]
deltah = screen_height/nh # grid increment, height [cm]
# Define the array of screen x and screen y values
for i in range (0,nw+1):
for j in range (0,nh+1):
screen_x[i,j] = 0.5*screen_width + deltaw*i
screen_y[i,j] = 0.5*screen_height + deltah*j
# Calculate the irradiance at each screen point
for k in range (0,nso):
for i in range (0,nw+1):
for j in range (0,nh+1):
# First calculate square of distance from source to screen
rsq = (screen_x[i,j]rso[k,0])**2 + (screen_y[i,j]rso[k,1])**2 + (zsc  zs)**2
# Calculate x and y coordinates at the aperture
x0[i,j] = rso[k,0] + abs(zs)*(screen_x[i,j]  rso[k,0])/(zsc  zs)
y0[i,j] = rso[k,1] + abs(zs)*(screen_y[i,j]  rso[k,1])/(zsc  zs)
# Check if the coordinates fall within the aperture
maskx = where(absolute(x0) < 0.5*ap_width,1.0,0.0)
masky = where(absolute(y0) < 0.5*ap_height,1.0,0.0)
# Calculate the irradiance (note that we are accumulating irradiance)
irradiance = irradiance + maskx*masky/rsq
# make a filled contour plot of the period vs overlap and length ratios
figure()
contourf(screen_yy,screen_xx,irradiance,100,cmap=cm.bone)
title('Illumination pattern: \(w = \)%s cm, \(h = \)%s; \(N = \)%d'%(ap_width,ap_height,nso))
axis('equal')
xlim(0.5*screen_width,0.5*screen_width)
ylim(0.5*screen_height,0.5*screen_height)
xlabel("\(x\) [cm]")
ylabel("\(y\) [cm]")
colorbar().set_label(label='Irradiance [arb. units]',size=16)
show()
EXERCISE 2: IRRADIANCE DUE TO $N$ POINT SOURCES WITH A RECTANGULAR APERTURE
If instead of one point source, suppose $N$ point sources are uniformly spaced and also arranged along a line segment of total length $L$ that is parallel to the $x$axis, as shown below.
Calculate the irradiance at the screen for the aperture of Exercise 1 if one source is on the symmetry axis, $L=4.0$ cm, and: (a) $N=3$; (b) $N=11$; (c) and $N=101$. How many distinct shadow regions (areas characterized by different irradiance) appear in each case?
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Credits
Fremont Teng; Loo Kang Wee; based on codes by E. Behringer
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 https://www.compadre.org/PICUP/exercises/Exercise.cfm?A=Shadows&S=6
 http://weelookang.blogspot.com/2018/06/shadowsrayoptics.html