Physics

Problem 19.33

Two light bulbs are 1.0 m apart.


Part A -

From what distance can these light bulbs be marginally resolved by a small telescope with a 3.0cm -diameter objective lens? Assume that the lens is limited only by diffraction and wavelenght = 600nm .

Express your answer using two significant figures.

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  1. The Rayleigh resolution used for telescopes is

    1.22 (lambda)/D = limiting angle
    = 2.44*10^-5 radians
    = separation/X
    = 1 meter/X

    Solve for X

    X = 40 km

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