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written by Michael Davidson, Matthew J. Parry-Hill, and Kenneth R. Spring
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is an interactive Java simulation  relating to birefringence, also known as double refraction.  It depicts the birefringence color chart, a tool developed by 19th Century scientist Auguste Michel-Levy to correlate birefringence, thickness, and optical path difference in analyzing materials.  Users can click on the chart to view how polarization colors seen with a microscope are correlated with thickness and retardation values.  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.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Optics
- Polarization
= Birefringence
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
- Reference Material
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© 1998 National High Magnetic Field Laboratory-2008
Keywords:
Michel-Levy, Simulations, birefringence, birefringence chart, double refraction, light polarization, microscopy, optical instruments, optics, polarization, polarized light microscope
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June 15, 2006
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M. Davidson, M. Parry-Hill, and K. Spring, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 1998), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/polarizedlight/michellevylarge/).
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M. Davidson, M. Parry-Hill, and K. Spring, Molecular Expressions: Michel-Levy Birefringence Chart, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 1998), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/polarizedlight/michellevylarge/>.
APA Format
Davidson, M., Parry-Hill, M., & Spring, K. (2006, June 15). Molecular Expressions: Michel-Levy Birefringence Chart. Retrieved December 18, 2017, from Olympus America, Inc.: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/polarizedlight/michellevylarge/
Chicago Format
Davidson, M, M. Parry-Hill, and K. Spring. Molecular Expressions: Michel-Levy Birefringence Chart. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., June 15, 2006. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/polarizedlight/michellevylarge/ (accessed 18 December 2017).
MLA Format
Davidson, Michael, Matthew J. Parry-Hill, and Kenneth R. Spring. Molecular Expressions: Michel-Levy Birefringence Chart. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 1998. 15 June 2006. 18 Dec. 2017 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/polarizedlight/michellevylarge/>.
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@misc{ Author = "Michael Davidson and Matthew J. Parry-Hill and Kenneth R. Spring", Title = {Molecular Expressions: Michel-Levy Birefringence Chart}, Publisher = {Olympus America, Inc.}, Volume = {2017}, Number = {18 December 2017}, Month = {June 15, 2006}, Year = {1998} }
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Molecular Expressions: Michel-Levy Birefringence Chart:

Is Part Of Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Optical Birefringence

This item is the full tutorial relating to birefringence, also known as double refraction of light.  It contains an introduction to birefringence and links to several related interactive Java simulations.

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