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written by Michael Davidson, Kenneth R. Spring, and Douglas B. Murphy
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is a tutorial for students of physics or optics on the topic of light polarization.  It explores basic concepts, techniques in modern polarized light microscopy, historical perspectives, and applications for industrial use.  Included are cross-sectional drawings of reflective and circular polarization and polarization of scattered sunlight.  

This item is part of a larger collection of materials for students of introductory optics and microscopy developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University.  See Related items on this page for a similar tutorial appropriate for non-science majors.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
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Optics
- Geometrical Optics
= Optical Instruments
- Polarization
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
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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, K. Spring, and D. Murphy, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 1998), WWW Document, (http://www.microscopyu.com/articles/polarized/polarizedlightintro.html).
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M. Davidson, K. Spring, and D. Murphy, Introduction to Polarized Light, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 1998), <http://www.microscopyu.com/articles/polarized/polarizedlightintro.html>.
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Davidson, M., Spring, K., & Murphy, D. (2003, August 1). Introduction to Polarized Light. Retrieved September 30, 2014, from Olympus America, Inc.: http://www.microscopyu.com/articles/polarized/polarizedlightintro.html
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Davidson, M, K. Spring, and D. Murphy. Introduction to Polarized Light. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., August 1, 2003. http://www.microscopyu.com/articles/polarized/polarizedlightintro.html (accessed 30 September 2014).
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Davidson, Michael, Kenneth R. Spring, and Douglas B. Murphy. Introduction to Polarized Light. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 1998. 1 Aug. 2003. 30 Sep. 2014 <http://www.microscopyu.com/articles/polarized/polarizedlightintro.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Michael Davidson and Kenneth R. Spring and Douglas B. Murphy", Title = {Introduction to Polarized Light}, Publisher = {Olympus America, Inc.}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {30 September 2014}, Month = {August 1, 2003}, Year = {1998} }
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