Billings, Bruce H. Formerly, Special Assistant to the Ambassador for Science and Technology, Embassy of the United States of America, Taipei, Taiwan.
Hua, Hong College of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
- Types of polarized light
- Law of Malus
- Linear polarizing devices
- Polarization by scattering
- Production of polarized light
- Analyzing devices
- Retardation theory
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Light which has its electric vector oriented in a predictable fashion with respect to the propagation direction. In unpolarized light, the vector is oriented in a random, unpredictable fashion. Even in short time intervals, it appears to be oriented in all directions with equal probability. Most light sources seem to be partially polarized so that some fraction of the light is polarized and the remainder unpolarized. It is actually more difficult to produce a completely unpolarized beam of light than one which is completely polarized.
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