# Physics: Probability density of interferometer

• Apr 21st 2009, 06:27 AM
aussiedave
Physics: Probability density of interferometer
Hey. Problem here that I've spent hours trying to solve. I'm pretty sure that I understand the physics. It's just the trig in the maths that's tripping me up. I'm dissecting the question to provide the relevant info here.

http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/1...tquestion2.jpg
I've tried many things converting to trig functions etc (I did that a bit to go from the second last to last line)

Please can you check if my current working is correct and steer me in the right direction. I've tried so many different trig identities by hand and with scientific notebook for help and still....nothing.

• Apr 21st 2009, 10:13 PM
CaptainBlack
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Originally Posted by aussiedave
Hey. Problem here that I've spent hours trying to solve. I'm pretty sure that I understand the physics. It's just the trig in the maths that's tripping me up. I'm dissecting the question to provide the relevant info here.

http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/1...tquestion2.jpg
I've tried many things converting to trig functions etc (I did that a bit to go from the second last to last line)

Please can you check if my current working is correct and steer me in the right direction. I've tried so many different trig identities by hand and with scientific notebook for help and still....nothing.

$\rho_D=(\Psi_1+\Psi_2)^{^*} ~(\Psi_1+\Psi_2)$ ?
(that is $\rho_D$ is real)