double refraction


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double refraction

double refraction

n
(General Physics) the splitting of a ray of unpolarized light into two unequally refracted rays polarized in mutually perpendicular planes. Also called: birefringence

dou′ble refrac′tion


n.
the separation of a ray of light into two unequally refracted, plane-polarized rays of orthogonal polarizations, occurring in crystals in which the velocity of light rays is not the same in all directions. Also called birefringence.
[1870–75]
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Noun1.double refraction - splitting a ray into two parallel rays polarized perpendicularlydouble refraction - splitting a ray into two parallel rays polarized perpendicularly
refraction - the change in direction of a propagating wave (light or sound) when passing from one medium to another
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On the other hand, I used to find Paul Tichlorne plunged as deeply into the study of light polarization, diffraction, and interference, single and double refraction, and all manner of strange organic compounds.
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