# Where does energy go in destructive interference?

I read about Young's double slit experiment. I find one thing difficult to comprehend.; What happens to the energy associated with the waves when two identical waves perfectly cance out each other? Typical answer i have obtained is : The energy just gets transfered to the point of constructive interference from the point of destructive interference. I have trouble in grasping this idea of " redistribution of energy." Please help.

4 years, 7 months ago

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Think about it this way. If constructive interference means there is more energy, where did that energy come from? The energy that is no longer in a node for destructive interference is going into the anti-node of the constructive interference. This page describes it very well. Department of Physics - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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