Polarized light

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Polarized light


Light in which all vibrations are parallel to one plane. Natural light, sunlight and artificial light , is incoherent meaning it contains wave vibrations from all different directions. Polarized light is a single orthogonal component whose vibration vector travels in one direction. Light can be separated, or plane polarized, using reflection, refraction, or dichroic characteristics of a mirror, crystal, or filter. Materials which have two different path lengths depending on the direction of the polarized light are said to be birerefringent.

Synonyms and Related Terms

"polarization; optisk polarisering (Dan.); Polarisiertes Licht (Deut.); lumière polarisée (Fr.); polarizzazione (It.); polarisatie (Ned.); polaryzacja (Pol.); polarização (Port.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

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  • Walter C. McCrone, John Gustave Delly, The Particle Atlas, W. McCrone Associates, Chicago, IV, 1972