Talbot Carpet for a Ronchi Grating

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A Ronchi grating is a set of equally spaced parallel wires that creates a diffraction pattern known as a Talbot carpet. The pattern is repeated at multiples of a fixed distance (the Talbot distance).

Contributed by: Enrique Zeleny (August 2013)
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The wave in the carpet has the functional form


where is the separation between slits in the Ronchi grating. Here the series is approximated with terms and evaluated in steps of size .


[1] M. V. Berry, I. Marzoli, and W. Schleich, "Quantum Carpets, Carpets of Light," Physics World, 14(6), 2001 pp. 39–44.

[2] M. S. Kim, T. Scharf, C. Menzel, C. Rockstuhl, and H. P. Herzig, "Talbot Images of Wavelength-Scale Amplitude Gratings," Optics Express, 20(5), 2012 pp. 4903–4920.

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