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HOW DOES DIFFRACTION HAPPEN? Light, which has wave-like properties, tends to radiate from a central point outward, similar to how water behaves when you toss a stone into it. A light encounters an edge. It is bent and redirected, sending it in different directions. In situations where these light waves meet and interact, they can either become more amplified or cancel each other each other out. These areas of amplification and cancellation from the light and dark spots that show in diffraction patterns.

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