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ERIC Number: EJ1013803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
The Sagnac Effect: Interference in a Rotating Frame of Reference
Schwartz, Eyal; Meitav, Nizan
Physics Education, v48 n2 p203-206 Mar 2013
The phenomenon of interference has great importance in understanding the wave properties of light. Here, we demonstrate the effect of a moving reference frame on an interference pattern by building a simple Sagnac interferometer, without the burden of using optical fibres. A generalized theoretical derivation for an arbitrarily shaped interferometer is given, and the Sagnac effect is demonstrated in a simple laboratory setup. (Contains 4 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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