Theory: The Fresnel biprism experiment was one of the early experiments which demonstrated the phenomenon of interference between two coherent light. Principle Along with the Fresnel double mirror experiment, this experiment with a Fresnel biprism is another one of historical significance which was performed. In this experiment the wavelength of Sodium Light was measured using the so called Fresnel Biprism method. This has several advantages.

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Amita Maurya, Peoples University, Bhopal. To obtain well defined interference fringes following adjustments of apparatus are required.

Fresnel’s biprism experiment

Move the eyepiece and count the number of fringes shifted. The position of this central white fringe is recorded by focusing the cross wire of eye piece on it and taking this reading of micrometer scale. Documents Flashcards Grammar checker. Biprism is positioned in such away, may be by giving lateral movement that overlapping region should be in field of view of eyepiece.

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The edge A of the biprism divides the incident wave front into two parts. The biprism and the screen in this case an eye piece are also mounted vertically. Lateral shift of the fringes should be removed with the help of biprism and eyepiece. The central white fringe is now shifted to another position of cross wire.

Shifting of fringes relative to crosswire when the eyepiece is moved along the bench is known as lateral shift. The lens is moved along the length of bench to a position where two images of slits are seen in the plane of cross wires of eye piece.

Application of Fresnel Biprism

The light emerging from the slit fall on bpirism biprism. For this, slit and biprism are adjusted along the breadth of bench so that on moving the eyepiece along the bench,no lateral shift of fringes is observed. Fresnel’s biprism experiment Item no.: The difference between the two readings gives the value of shift which is equal to x.

The optical bench should be levelled. The vertical wire of the eyepiece is made to coincide with one of the fringes and screw of micrometer is moved sideways and number of fringes is counted. The fringes so obtained should be made clear by adjusting biprism slit and eyepiece.


The distance between these two images of slit is measured by setting the vertical cross wire successively on each of images and recording the two positions of cross wire using micrometer.

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MST-I Nov The interference is observed by the division of wave front. One is through upper half AB of biprism fresnfl appears to coming from virtual source S 1. The biprism consist of two active angled prisms with their bases in contact.

The fringes are coloured with the central fringe as white. Light from monochromatic source is made to fall on a thin slit mounted vertically on a rigid optical bench fitted biprosm a scale. On the screen at O we get a central maximum then alternatively dark, bright fringes on both sides.

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