Light Science pp 151-171 | Cite as

Polarized Light

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


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.


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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

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