6H35.62 - Liquid Crystal Displays

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Liquid Crystal Displays
Polarization of Light & Birefringence
Area of Study:
Optics, E & M
Overhead Polarizers (2) and Liquid Crystal Displays.

See also 1R50.30 in Mechanics and 4A10.50 in Heat and Fluids.

Use a Polarizer to show that a liquid crystal display is polarized.

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