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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.
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(Chemistry) an instrument for detecting polarized light or for observing objects under polarized light, esp for detecting strain in transparent materials. See photoelasticity
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(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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Polarizers inserted above and below a masked sample could enable further information to be extracted from the photographic images taken in cross-polarized geometry, since the imaging system then functions as a simple polariscope. Our preliminary results shown in Figure 4 illustrate that such images could be used as an effective means for visualizing material flow and anisotropic crystallization under nonquiescent conditions for, among others, injection-molded polymer samples such as those analyzed above.
In the new study published in Applied Physics Letters, Aben, Chandrasekar, Chaudhri, and their coauthors have investigated the stress distribution in Prince Rupert's drops using a transmission polariscope, which is a type of microscope that measures the birefringence in an axi-symmetrical transparent object, such as a Prince Rupert's drop.
The residual stresses of the manufactured specimens were also evaluated by the polarized light technique using a polariscope with polarizing and quarter-wave lenses of 250 mm diameters, following the ASTM D4093 [18].
The absence of a reflected ray does not imply that reflectivity is zero, as the polariscope attests.
Viewed with the polariscope, these distinctly fissured stones appeared streaky and exhibited tabby extinction.
* 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.
Birefringent coatings are bonded to the surface of the component with a special reflective cement and when the structure is loaded, the surface strains are transmitted to the coating and produce a fringe pattern which is recorded and analysed by means of a reflection polariscope. This method combined with the circular drilling technique is pursued to study residual stresses.
Load tests were performed in an Instron Model 4411 (Instron Corp, Norwood, MA) universal testing machine equipped with polariscope (white light source and polarizing filter), and digital camera (Sony Model Handycam DCRSR300 6.1 MP, Sony Corporation, Japan).
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.
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. He named the interference fringes in glass "entoptical fringes" (entoptische Farbenfiguren), evidently following Goethe's classification of colours into "dioptical", "paraoptical" and "epoptical" ones [2].
The stresses transmitted to the supporting structures with each appliance were recorded photographically in the field of a circular polariscope. In addition, each appliance was mounted on a split-stone maxillary cast and the force-activation levels were measured.