In the figure below


In the figure below, $\mathrm{P}$ and $\mathrm{Q}$ are two equally intense coherent sources emitting radiation of wavelength $20 \mathrm{~m}$. The separation between $\mathrm{P}$ and $Q$ is $5 \mathrm{~m}$ and the phase of $P$ is ahead of that of $\mathrm{Q}$ by $90^{\circ} . \mathrm{A}, \mathrm{B}$ and $\mathrm{C}$ are three distinct points of observation, each equidistant from the midpoint of PQ. The intensities of radiation at $A, B, C$ will be in the ratio:


  1. $0: 1: 2$

  2. $4: 1: 0$

  3. $0: 1: 4$

  4. $2: 1: 0$

Correct Option: , 4


For (A)


$=5 \mathrm{~m}$

$\Delta \phi$ due to path difference $=\frac{2 \pi}{\lambda}(\Delta \mathrm{x})=\frac{2 \pi}{20}(5)$


At $A, Q$ is ahead of $P$ by path, as wave emitted by $Q$ reaches before wave emitted by $P$. Total phase difference at $\mathrm{A}$

$=\frac{\pi}{2}-\frac{\pi}{2}$ (due to P being ahead of Q by $90^{\circ}$ )


$\mathrm{I}_{\mathrm{A}}=\mathrm{I}_{1}+\mathrm{I}_{2}+2 \sqrt{\mathrm{I}_{1}} \sqrt{\mathrm{I}_{2}} \cos \Delta \phi$

$=\mathrm{I}+\mathrm{I}+2 \sqrt{\mathrm{I}} \sqrt{\mathrm{I}} \cos (0)$

$=4 \mathrm{I}$

For $\mathrm{C}$

$x_{Q}-x_{P}=5 m$

$\Delta \phi$ due to path difference $=\frac{2 \pi}{\lambda}(\Delta x)$

$=\frac{2 \pi}{20}(5)=\frac{\pi}{2}$

Total phase difference at $\mathrm{C}=\frac{\pi}{2}+\frac{\pi}{2}=\pi$

$\mathrm{I}_{\text {net }}=\mathrm{I}_{1}+\mathrm{I}_{2}+2 \sqrt{\mathrm{I}} \sqrt{\mathrm{I}_{2}} \cos (\Delta \phi)$

$=\mathrm{I}+\mathrm{I}+2 \sqrt{\mathrm{I}} \sqrt{\mathrm{I}} \cos (\pi)=0$

For B


$\Delta \phi=\frac{\pi}{2}$ (Due to $\mathrm{P}$ being ahead of $\mathrm{Q}$ by $90^{\circ}$ )

$\mathrm{I}_{\mathrm{B}}=\mathrm{I}+\mathrm{I}+2 \sqrt{\mathrm{I}} \sqrt{\mathrm{I}} \cos \frac{\pi}{2}=2 \mathrm{I}$

$\mathrm{I}_{\mathrm{A}}: \mathrm{I}_{\mathrm{B}}: \mathrm{I}_{\mathrm{C}}=4 \mathrm{I}: 2 \mathrm{I}: 0$

$=2: 1: 0$

$\therefore$ correct option is (4)


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