The width of a laser beam is significant in reading CDs and DVDs. The thinner the beam, the closer the series of pits can be. Why will blue laser light allow closer pits than red laser light?
Solution 42E Step 1 of 2: As the beam waist limited to a diameter of roughly of that wavelength, the size of the laser beam depends on the wavelength of the light. Also as the electromagnetic waves cannot read the structures much smaller than their own wavelength. Blue light(405 nm) has smaller wavelength compared to red light(700 nm). So blue light can form a narrow beam waist.
Textbook: Conceptual Physics
Author: Paul G. Hewitt
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