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An instrument for ascertaining, measuring, or exhibiting the properties of polarized light or for studying the interactions of polarized light with optically transparent media.


(Chemistry) an instrument for detecting polarized light or for observing objects under polarized light, esp for detecting strain in transparent materials. See photoelasticity


(poʊˈlær əˌskoʊp, pə-)

an instrument for measuring or exhibiting the polarization of light or for examining substances in polarized light.
po•lar`i•scop′ic (-ˈskɒp ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.polariscope - an optical device used to measure the rotation of the plane of vibration of polarized lightpolariscope - an optical device used to measure the rotation of the plane of vibration of polarized light
optical device - a device for producing or controlling light
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Tyler Gordon, graduate art student, for his photograph, taken with the aid of a polariscope, of "Prince Rupert's Drops," a style of glass sculpture.
Figure 1 (left) shows a photoelastic fringe pattern in a light-field circular polariscope near the edge of a tempered glass panel of 6 mm thickness.
nn] >, was measured using a Gaertner optical polariscope (model L305) equipped with a seven-order Babinet compensator (model L-133-A).
The model loaded by tightening a nut on the M12 screw through two washers made of Plexiglas was examined in a circular polariscope.
In [10] Seebeck gave an interpretation of the obtained interference fringes and investigated the changes of the fringe patterns when the specimens were rotated in a polariscope.
The stresses transmitted to the supporting structures with each appliance were recorded photographically in the field of a circular polariscope.
The instrument most commonly used to evaluate stresses is a simple polariscope, or "strain viewer," consisting of a white light source and suitable polarizing elements.
He also described the examination of diabetic urine with a simple polariscope and with Trommer's test (solutions of caustic potash and copper sulfate).
Molded-in stress analysis using birefringence (photoelastic) testing: Birefringence tests were performed using a fluorescent tube polariscope.
To analyze the parts, the team used a circular polariscope, which reveals the deflections of the test part as a series of colored lines, or "fringes.