Problem: A helium-neon laser beam has a wavelength in air of 633 nm. It takes 1.43 ns for the light to travel through 35.0 cm of an unknown liquid.What is the wavelength of the laser beam in the liquid?

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The velocity of the laser beam in the unknown liquid medium is:

vL=f0λL

The velocity of light in a vacuum is:

c=f0λ0

Velocity in an unknown liquid can be given as:

vL = d/t = (35.0 × 10-2)/(1.43 × 10-9) = 2.45 × 108 m/s

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A helium-neon laser beam has a wavelength in air of 633 nm. It takes 1.43 ns for the light to travel through 35.0 cm of an unknown liquid.


What is the wavelength of the laser beam in the liquid?

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