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Can We Conclude from the Interference Phenomenon Whether Light is a Transverse Wave Or a Longitudinal Wave? - Physics

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Can we conclude from the interference phenomenon whether light is a transverse wave or a longitudinal wave?

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The interference pattern can be produced by any two coherent waves moving in the same direction. It cannot be concluded from the interference phenomenon that light is a transverse wave, as sound waves that are longitudinal in nature also interfere.

Concept: Coherent and Incoherent Sources and Sustained Interference of Light
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HC Verma Class 11, 12 Concepts of Physics 1
Chapter 17 Light Waves
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