Polarized light microscopy

  • R. Haynes

Abstract

The waves in a beam of ordinary light vibrate in all directions transverse to the direction of propagation. However, under certain conditions some directions of vibration are eliminated or rotated so that the vibrations occur either in a single plane or in a pair of planes: in the former case we say that the light is plane polarized and in the latter, in general, is elliptically polarized. In the polarizing microscope we make use of the effects of crystals and other constituents on plane polarized light to study and characterize the specimen.

Keywords

Polarize Microscope Polarize Light Microscopy Anisotropic Crystal Interference Colour Vibration Plane 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Haynes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Materials Engineering and DesignUniversity of TechnologyLoughboroughUK

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