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How is the difference in paths taken by two originally in-phase light waves related to whether they interfere constructively or destructively? How can this be affected by reflection? By refraction?

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If the path difference is zero or integer multiple of wavelength (λ\lambda) of the light, then the two light will interfere constructively. But if the path difference is equal to the odd multiple of the half of the wavelength (λ/2\lambda/2) then they will interfere destructively.

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