# What is the distance between the circles on the CD's surface?

The shiny surface of a CD is imprinted with millions of tiny pits, arranged in a pattern of thousands of essentially concentric circles that act like a reflection grating when light shines on them. You decide to determine the distance between those circles by aiming a laser pointer (with lambda 680 nm )... show more The shiny surface of a CD is imprinted with millions of tiny pits, arranged in a pattern of thousands of essentially concentric circles that act like a reflection grating when light shines on them. You decide to determine the distance between those circles by aiming a laser pointer (with lambda 680 nm ) perpendicular to the disk and measuring the diffraction pattern reflected onto a screen 1.5 m from the disk. The central bright spot you expected to see is blocked by the laser pointer itself. You do find two other bright spots separated by 1.4m, one on either side of the missing central spot. The rest of the pattern is apparently diffracted at angles too great to show on your screen. What is the distance between the circles on the CD's surface in micrometers?