6H35.54 - Polarization - Mica

See paragraph one in the procedure section.
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Polarization - Mica
Polarization of Light & Birefringence
Area of Study:
Optics, E & M
Overhead Polarizers (2), Mica.

Place a piece if Mica between cross Polaroid's and observe rainbow colors due to birefringence.

  • Paul Changnon, "Animated Displays IV: Linear Polarization", TPT, Vol. 31, # 8, Nov. 1993, p. 489 and referenced in Resource Letter TLC-1 Teaching Light and Color, Demonstration Experiments Resource Articles.
  • Om-14, 15:  Freier and Anderson,  A Demonstration Handbook for Physics.
  • George M. Hopkins, "Mica Objects For The Polariscope", Experimental Science, p. 247.
  • George M. Hopkins, "Polarized Light", Experimental Science, p. 238.
  • 2.2:  Charles Taylor,  The Art and Science of Lecture Demonstration, p. 62- 63.

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