Advertisement

Light Science pp 151-171 | Cite as

Polarized Light

  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
Chapter
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)

Abstract

If the end of a stretched rope is shaken up and down, as shown in Fig. 2. 1, a train of transverse waves will travel down the rope. As the wave progresses, all segments of the rope will be set into vibration in a vertical plane. Similarly, moving the end of the rope side to side, or, for that matter, in any single direction, will produce transverse waves that are plane polarized.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References and Suggested Reading

  1. Falk, D. S., Brill, D. R., and Stork, D. G. (1986). Seeing the Light. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Chapter 3.Google Scholar
  2. Hecht, E. (1998) Optics, 3rd ed. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.Google Scholar
  3. Jewett, J. W. (1994). Physics Begins with an M. Mysteries, Magic and Myth. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.Google Scholar
  4. Walker, J. The Amateur Scientist. Scientific American, 237(6), 172–180 (Dec. 1977); 238(1), 132–136 (Jan. 1978); 248(6), 146–152 (June 1983); 254 (1), 120–125, (Jan. 1986).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNorthern Illinois UniversityDe KalbUSA
  2. 2.Science DepartmentNew Trier High SchoolWinnetkaUSA

Personalised recommendations