# Formula Destructive interference condition Path difference Integer Wavelength

## Path difference

`\( \Delta s \)`Unit

`\( \text{m} \)`

The path difference of two waves, which travel to the observation point (e.g. to the point where a bright interference fringe can be seen). The path difference thus indicates by how many wavelengths a wave leads or lags another wave.

For destructive interference, the path difference takes the following values:`\[ \Delta s ~=~ \frac{1}{2} \, \lambda,~ \frac{3}{2} \, \lambda,~ \frac{5}{2} \, \lambda, ~... \]`

## Integer

`\( m \)`Unit

`\( - \)`

Integer multiple of the wavelength takes the following values in the case of destructive interference: \( m = 1, 2, ... \). This integer indicates the factor by how much one wave precedes the other.

## Wavelength

`\( \lambda \)`Unit

`\( \text{m} \)`

Wavelength of the two waves under consideration. So the wavelength of the light used.