Light Beams through Multiple Polarizers

Requires a Wolfram Notebook System

Interact on desktop, mobile and cloud with the free Wolfram CDF Player or other Wolfram Language products.

Requires a Wolfram Notebook System

Edit on desktop, mobile and cloud with any Wolfram Language product.

In this Demonstration, you can observe the changes in intensity of a light beam as you vary the angles of two or three polarizers.

Contributed by: S. M. Blinder (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


Snapshots


Details

Snapshot 1: parallel polarizers: full transmission of light beam

Snapshot 2: crossed polarizers: no transmitted light

Snapshot 3: insertion of third polarizer with intermediate orientation: some light gets through now! maximum when θ=45°



Feedback (field required)
Email (field required) Name
Occupation Organization
Note: Your message & contact information may be shared with the author of any specific Demonstration for which you give feedback.
Send