6H35.30 - Polarization - Nicol Prisms

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Polarization - Nicol Prisms
Area of Study:
Nicol Prisms, Unpolarized Laser, and Polarizers.

Place the prism in the beam of an unpolarized  laser with the beam going down the long axis of the prism.  The ordinary ray will be directed out the side of the prism and the extraordinary ray will be directed straight out the other end of the prism.

  • George M. Hopkins, "Polarized Light", Experimental Science, p. 234.
  • Wikipedia - Nicol Prism.
  • Joseph Frick, "#202 - Nichol's Prism", Physical Technics: Or Practical Instructions for Making Experiments in Physics and the Construction of Physical Apparatus with the Most Limmited Means, p. 235.
  • The Queen Catalogues Vol. I, Catalogue of Microscopes and Accessories, No. 2024, p. 5.

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