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written by Michael Davidson, Matthew J. Parry-Hill, Kenneth R. Spring, Mortimer Abramowitz, John Long, and Brian O'Flynn
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is a tutorial for students of introductory physics or optics on the polarized light microscope, including its history and applications of its use.  It also includes links to a variety of interactive Java simulations on topics including Brewster's Angle, double refraction, polarized wave lightforms, and nicol prisms.  

This item is part of a larger collection of materials for students of optics and microscopy.  See Related items on this page for links to additional tutorials on light polarization for non-science majors as well as advanced students.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
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= Optical Instruments
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= Interference of Polarized Light
- Polarization
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Brewster's Angle, Simulations, birefringence, crossed polarization, light polarization, microscopy, optical instruments, optics, polarization, polarized light microscope, tutorials
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M. Davidson, M. Parry-Hill, K. Spring, M. Abramowitz, J. Long, and B. O'Flynn, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 1998), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/techniques/polarized/polarizedhome.html).
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M. Davidson, M. Parry-Hill, K. Spring, M. Abramowitz, J. Long, and B. O'Flynn, Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Polarized Light Microscopy, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 1998), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/techniques/polarized/polarizedhome.html>.
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Davidson, M., Parry-Hill, M., Spring, K., Abramowitz, M., Long, J., & O'Flynn, B. (2003, November 21). Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Polarized Light Microscopy. Retrieved October 25, 2014, from Olympus America, Inc.: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/techniques/polarized/polarizedhome.html
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Davidson, M, M. Parry-Hill, K. Spring, M. Abramowitz, J. Long, and B. O'Flynn. Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Polarized Light Microscopy. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., November 21, 2003. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/techniques/polarized/polarizedhome.html (accessed 25 October 2014).
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Davidson, Michael, Matthew J. Parry-Hill, Kenneth R. Spring, Mortimer Abramowitz, John Long, and Brian O'Flynn. Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Polarized Light Microscopy. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 1998. 21 Nov. 2003. 25 Oct. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/techniques/polarized/polarizedhome.html>.
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