We describe a tabletop experiment for the direct measurement of the speed of light to an accuracy of a few percent. The experiment is accessible to students not majoring in science or engineering. The experiment can include a measurement of the index of refraction of a sample. We discuss the experimental apparatus and safety considerations. The results and limitations of the experiment are analyzed, based partly on our experience in employing the experiment in student laboratories.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)