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Old 01-20-2010, 03:51 AM #1
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Lightbulb Low spread diffraction gratings?

So, the other day after seeing a thread about how pickles fluoresce pink, I decided to go and test everything in my kitchen. Most liquids fluoresce really cool colors, and as I moved on to the alcohol cabinet I saw that the alcohols would fluoresce really cool colors, bright green or red, even a couple blues. So, that got me thinking. How kick-ass would it be if we could get fluorescent lines and stuff going through people's drinks and the stuff behind the bar counter in a club or something? So my idea was to put a really thin blu-ray beam (low diameter for maximum fluorescence) behind a moving diffraction grating, this way it would pass over bottles and glasses and make bright lines through them while it wouldn't hurt someone's eyes. The problem is, I think it would look the best look would not by the typical scatter of a diffraction grating, but rather a close bunch of lines (maybe a foot wide at ten feet out). Of course this is all hypothetical but I was wondering if there are any diffraction gratings with low spread like this? Or does it just depend on beam focus or something?

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Wider spacing between the lines of a diffraction grating will produce smaller angles between the diffracted beams.
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Wider spacing between the lines of a diffraction grating will produce smaller angles between the diffracted beams.
sweet. So I want to buy gratings with lower lines/inch? Where could I get that?

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Default Re: Low spread diffraction gratings?

You can check a calculator like the one here:
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The calculator only shows the angles for the first three lines, but the rest will vary by the same angle.

Id guess you will want something around 100 lines/mm, but I don't know where you would get a grating so coarse.
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Thats a very interesting idea you have there Will. Maybe you could develop a prototype "laser alcohol illumination system" and make millions selling to clubs and bars!
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lol-that will be my career.

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Default Re: Low spread diffraction gratings?

what if you got one of those laserland disco laser things, and out a blu-ray in it instead of a red?

would already have the diffraction grating in it.
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what if you got one of those laserland disco laser things, and out a blu-ray in it instead of a red?

would already have the diffraction grating in it.
I think those have pretty wide divergence... or have you seen differently?

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