6D30.46 - Thin Film Interference - Alcohol Film
Expand the beam of the laser and reflect it off a front surface mirror onto a screen. Dab or spray some isopropyl alcohol onto the mirror. As the alcohol evaporates, interesting and moving interference patterns are observed.
- Arthur Eisenkraft, "Interference Patterns Produced an Evaporating Film", TPT, Vol. 17, # 6, Sept. 1979, p. 392.
- Gordon McComb, Lasers, Ray Guns, & Light Cannons - Projects from the Wizard's Workbench, p. 153.
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