Question is based on the following paragraph.

An initially parallel cylindrical beam travels in a medium of refractive index  \mu (I)=\mu _{0}+\mu _{2}I,where\;\mu _{0}\; and\; \mu _{2} are positive constants and I is the intensity of the light beam. The intensity of the beam is decreasing with increasing radius.

Question: The initial shape of the wavefront of the beam is 

  • Option 1)

    planar

  • Option 2)

    convex

  • Option 3)

    concave

  • Option 4)

    convex near the axis and concave near the periphery

 

Answers (1)
P Prateek Shrivastava

As we learnt in

Refractive index -

\mu = \frac{c}{v}
 

- wherein

c= speed of light in vacuum.

v= speed of light in medium.

 

 For a parallel cylindrical beam, wavelength will be planar.

Correct option is 1.

 


Option 1)

planar

This is the correct option.

 

Option 2)

convex

This is an incorrect option.

Option 3)

concave

This is an incorrect option.

Option 4)

convex near the axis and concave near the periphery

This is an incorrect option.

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