6-00.00 - Support Equipment used for Optics

The following list refers to manuals and files for support equipment used for demonstrating optics.
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Support Equipment used for Optics
Blackboard optics apparatus on moving blackboard or white board, black lights - various wattages and wavelengths, refraction trough and accessories, large fish tank, diffraction gratings - reflection of various line spacing, diffraction gratings - transmission of various line spacing, cylindrical lenses, object lamps, spherometers, Sodium light source, Schlieren techniques.


  • Sameen Ahmed Khan, "Cylindrometer", TPT, Vol. 48, #9, Dec. 2010, p. 607.
  • Carl E. Mungan and Jennifer J. Birriel, "Sampling discretization can lead to strange shapes of data curves", TPT, Vol. 54, #4, Apr. 2016, p. 196.
  • Zygmunt Przeniczny, "Mercury Vapor Street Lamps", TPT, Vol. 10, #3, Mar. 1972, p. 153, also A Potpourri of Physics Teaching Ideas - Optics and Waves, p. 232.
  • Haym Kruglak, "More About Sodium Light Sources", AJP, Vol. 52, #8, Aug. 1984, p. 762.
  • Yardley Beers, "Inexpensive Sources and Detectors for Microwave Demonstrations", AJP, Vol. 51, #10, Oct. 1983, p. 925.
  • R. Mark Wilson, "Recycling Light", Physics Today, Vol. 69, #3, Mar. 2016, p. 20.
  • Martin Gardner, "56. The Bronx Cheer Effect", Smart Science Tricks, p. 87.



  • Arc Lamp
  • Beam Splitters
  • Blackboard Optics
  • Black Lights
  • CCD - These are with the cameras in the 6A70.30 portion of the Optics section.
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Crystal Cube
  • Diffraction Grating Reflection Type
  • Diffraction Grating - Transmission
  • Flexcam
  • Lasers
  • Laser Pointers
  • Laser Safety Goggles
  • Laser Tracing Bracket
  • LED's
  • Lenses
  • Lenses - Cylindrical
  • Light Bulbs
  • Light Sensor
  • Microscope
  • Mercury Arc Lamp
  • Mercury Light Source - Poor Man's
  • Neutral Density Filters
  • Optical Flats
  • Optical Object Lamp
  • Point Source Lamp
  • Refraction Trough
  • Schlieren Techniques
  • Smoke Generator
  • Sodium Light Source
  • Spatial Filter - Spatial Modulator
  • Spherometer
  • Spotlight - 1,000,000
  • Stroboscope
  • Quartz
  • Vacuum Pump

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