Homemade Simple CD Spectroscope

Concept: We can make a spectroscope using a CD instead of replica grating.


CD (Compact Disc) is used as a music media and a kind of computer memory media. When you look at the surface of CD under a fluorescent light or sunlight, you can see something like a rainbow. The reason is that CD has a large number of grooves (pits) on its surface at regular intervals along its radius. Namely, CD is something like a reflecting type grating. So, we can make a spectroscope using a disused CD.


(a) A4 size cardboard  (b) a disused CD    (c) a black permanent marker (d) a cutter/scissors   (e) wood glue  (f) sellotape


  1. Draw the figures of parts A, B on the cardboard as shown in Fig.2.
  2. Cut out the parts A, B and paint the back side of them black using a black permanent marker.3. Make two slits on the parts A and fold it as shown in Fig.2
  3. to make a solid body as shown in Fig.3 using wood glue.
  4. Put the CD into the solid bodyand fix it to the tabs of parts A using sellotape as shown in Fig.4.
  5. Using sellotape, attach the parts B to the tabs of parts A as shown in Fig.4

Homemade CD Spectroscope diagram

Homemade CD Spectroscope


Abdul Rauf

Teacher, Innovator, Love to create, explore new ways to view & imagine things and then make them real

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