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written by Michael Davidson and Kenneth R. Spring
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is a introductory tutorial relating to wave-particle duality in the behavior of light.  It traces the early history of light refraction theory, from Huygens' 18th century work through the classic double slit experiment and studies using cross-polarizing filters.  Also included are four related interactive Java simulations exploring how particles and waves behave when refracted, diffracted, and reflected.  

This item is part of a larger collection of materials on optics and microscopy developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Optics
- Diffraction
- Interference
= Interference of Polarized Light
- Modern Optics
- Polarization
= Polarization by Scattering
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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Huygens, Simulations, crossed polarizers, diffraction, double slit experiment, duality, light polarization, optics, refraction, tutorial, wave optics
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M. Davidson and K. Spring, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2002), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/particleorwave.html).
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M. Davidson and K. Spring, Molecular Expressions: Light: Particle or a Wave? (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2002), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/particleorwave.html>.
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Davidson, M., & Spring, K. (2003, August 1). Molecular Expressions: Light: Particle or a Wave?. Retrieved April 21, 2014, from Olympus America, Inc.: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/particleorwave.html
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Davidson, Michael, and Kenneth R. Spring. Molecular Expressions: Light: Particle or a Wave?. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., August 1, 2003. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/particleorwave.html (accessed 21 April 2014).
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Davidson, Michael, and Kenneth R. Spring. Molecular Expressions: Light: Particle or a Wave?. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 2002. 1 Aug. 2003. 21 Apr. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/particleorwave.html>.
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