Advanced Microwave Optics System – WA-9316A


SKU: WA-9316A


The Microwave Optics Advantage

To a beginning student, the relationship be­tween a simple wave on a string and the complicated interactions of optics can be hard to grasp. PASCO’s answer is microwave optics. There are advantages to studying optical phenomena at microwave frequencies. Using a 3-cm microwave wavelength radically changes the scale of the experiment. Microns become centimeters and variables obscured by the small scale of traditional optics experiments are easily seen and manipulated. PASCO’s Microwave Optics System takes full advantage of these large-scale benefits. The large wavelength makes it easy to understand and visualize electromagnetic wave interactions. Interference and diffraction slits are several centimeters wide, and polarizers are slotted sheets of Stainless Steel.

Optics and Waves

Most traditional optics experiments can be performed with this Microwave Optics System: from determining the laws of reflection and refraction to investigating polarization effects to examining the phenomena of diffraction and double-slit interference. Basic wave experiments can also be performed. Students can investigate standing waves be­tween two reflectors, locating nodes and antinodes. Com­bining these experiments can establish a clear parallel between electromagnetic wave interactions and mechanical wave theory.

Typical Experiments

With Teacher’s Guide and Sample Data.

  • Introduction to Microwaves: Explanation
  • Reflection
  • Standing Waves
  • Refraction by a Prism
  • Polarization
  • Double Slit Interference
  • Lloyd’s Mirror
  • Michelson Interferometer
  • Fabry-Perot Interferometer
  • Fiber Optics
  • Brewster’s Angle
  • Bragg Diffraction