These instructions will guide you through the assembly process of the foldable paper spectrometer, our low-cost introductory spectrometry kit. These instructions are an activity and you can find other spectrometry related activities in our spectrometry activity grid
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What you'll need
The Foldable Spectrometry Starter Kit comes with everything necessary to construct this, so if you bought one you can skip down to assembly; but if you'd like to build your own, you'll need:
To print this letter sized pdf; the first page has build instructions, but the second page should be printed onto sturdy black paper.
You'll also need scissors to cut out the pattern A DVD A narrow slit on plastic film -available on the public lab store here
Instructions for your spectrometer can be printed or viewed on this letter-sized PDF pattern which should also come included in your kit.
You can also follow along with these instructions:
To make a diffraction grating from a DVD-R, peel back the reflective layer, and cut a small square out of the transparent layer. See also: Preparing a DVD-R to act as a diffraction grating for more information on the optional removal of the residual aluminium and dye layers.
Illustrated Assembly Guide
Cut out along the outer edge if not already cut out.