Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Optical Birefringence Relations

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This item is an interactive Java simulation depicting the Michel-Levy birefringence color chart.  By clicking on the virtual chart, students can observe how birefringence, thickness of specimen, and path difference are correlated.


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This is an interactive Java simulation designed to serve as a model for understanding the behavior of light as it passes through anisotropic crystals.


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This is an interactive Java simulation that depicts a virtual calcite crystal superimposed over the word "Birefringence".  By rotating the crystal and axis of the polarizer, users can see the image doubling effect caused by the crystal's birefringent properties.


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This is an interactive Java simulation on the topic of birefringence.  It explores how the orientation of a crystal's optical axis is related to divergence of orthogonal wave pathways through the crystal.


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This is an interactive Java simulation by the same authors on the topic of birefringence.  It simulates light being passed through a crystal of calcite (Iceland Spar), which has strong birefringent properties.  The user will see a double image from the refracted light rays.


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This is an interactive Java simulation that depicts a 3-D ellipsoid that represents an optically positive birefringent crystal.  Users can adjust the optic axis and refractive index to observe the dielectric properties in all directions.



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