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The Discovery It is difficult to single out who first discovered polarized light. Early humans could have noticed a peculiar smudge when looking at the sky in certain directions. Moreover, polarization has lots of quirks and was discovered many times in different contexts: But the official story goes like this: Viking tales circa Did the Vikings beat Bartholinus by a thousand years?
As described elsewhere in Polarization.
Even if they didn't, they did discover Iceland. That not so icy at the time land later became the main source of Iceland Spar nowadays, a more accurate name would be Mexican Spar as Exercise 1 rectilinear motion Iceland deposits have been depleted. Iceland Spar had a prime role in the modern discovery of polarization and continues to be a preferred material to split the polarization components of light.
It is easy to conceive that a Viking, exhausted after some foray, would have taken some time to play with those transparent crystals and noticed how images were doubled or was it the beer?
Bartholinus sees double Iceland Spar was involved in the official discovery of polarization.
This naturally occurring transparent crystal optical quality Calcite, CaCO3 separates an image into two displaced images when looked through in certain directions. Ina Danish mathematician at the University of Copenhagen, Erasmus Bartholinus, not only saw double, but also performed some experiments and wrote a page memoir about the results.
This was the first scientific description of a polarization effect the images are polarized perpendicular to each otherand for his efforts he may be considered the discoverer of this hidden property of light.
Huygens waves Newton Christian Huygens developed a pulse-wave theory of light that he published in in his famous optical book "Traite de la Lumiere", while Isaac Newton pushed a corpuscular theory of light in his not less influential book "Optics" Opticks however, see Note 1.
Although in the end both were correct or wrong as light has a dual personality wave AND particleHuygens was closest to the modern view. Yet, in trying to explain double refraction, Newton asks in Question 26 of Optics: The "Huygens Principle" considers each point on a wavefront the source of spherical wavefronts that add up to build the propagating wavefront.
Huygens realized that if the velocity of light varied with the direction the spheres would deform to ellipsoids and thus was able to explain the refraction law for crystals such as Iceland Spar.
Huygens experimented by passing light through two crystals and rotating one with respect to the other. For example, he noticed that for some directions the second crystal doesn't double the two images from the first crystal.
This meant that each of the two beams were somehow different to ordinary light. Huygens interpretation was that the crystal impressed a peculiar disposition into each beam while Newton thought that the crystal separated particles with different "sides". Young and restless Thomas Young had amazing broad interests and talents, "a la Leonardo".
From his discoveries in medicine and science, Helmholtz concluded: Perhaps as a result of the preeminence of the corpuscular theory of light, the study of polarization didn't advance much for the next one hundred years.
In Young did the famous double-slit interference experiment. This seemed to definitely prove that light behaves like waves by showing that light plus light can result in darkness destructive interference.
He used his theory to explain such things as Newton rings and the rainbow supernumerary arcs. However, the contemporary discoveries on polarization seemed to contradict the wave theory. How could the ether, a fluid, transmit a wave with sides?
Sound in air cannot be polarized. He wrote that same year to Malus: As this is the yearlets recall that Iceland Spar was also critical in the birth of crystal science. A French ex-priest, Rene-Just Hauy, was one day showing a piece of calcite to a friend when he dropped it.
He was amazed and bewildered that all the small pieces had similar shape. He studied other crystals and in published a book stating that there are six basic crystal forms, thus founding the science of crystallography.
Malus on the road of Hell "Beware of living during interesting times," says the Chinese adage. The young Etienne Louis Malus didn't loose his head during the French revolution nor during the Reign of Terror, but had to follow the Napoleon army in its invasion of Egypt.
He participated in the campaigns in Palestine and Syria, where he contracted the plague that would finally kill him some years later. But he had time to make several important contributions to the understanding of polarization.
His most crucial discovery came when he was playing with a crystal of Iceland Spar in his apartment at the Rue d'Enfer literally, Street of Hell in Paris. He looked at the reflections of the setting sun from a window of the Luxemburg Palace across the street and noticed how the intensity varied when he rotated the crystal the image of the sun is partially polarized upon reflection.
He followed this with some more experiments showing that the ability to polarize light was not restricted to very special crystals but could be present in reflections from any ordinary substance, transparent or opaque, except for polished metals.
He came up with the Malus law that predicts the intensity of the light transmitted through a polarizer when the angle of the transmission changes square law.rectilinear motion, starting at instant t = −3 s and ending at t = +9 s. (a) Suppose we had been watching the particle and had the sense that .
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