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written by Michael Davidson, Matthew J. Parry-Hill, and Mortimer Abramowitz
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is an interactive Java simulation for students of introductory physics or optics relating to birefringent materials.  It examines the use of compensators (often plates composed of quartz, muscovite, or gypsum) which are used in the laboratory to produce a fixed optical path difference.  The user may choose from among five compensator materials and three specimen materials.  Specimen and compensator thickness are also adjustable.  

This item is part of a larger collection of materials on introductory optics developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.  See Related items on this page for a link to the full index of tutorials by the same authors relating to Polarized Light Microscopy.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Optics
- Geometrical Optics
= Optical Instruments
- Polarization
= Birefringence
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
- Reference Material
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Keywords:
Simulations, anisotropy, birefringence, compensator, compensator plate, full-wave plate, optics, polarization, polarized light, refractive index
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M. Davidson, M. Parry-Hill, and M. Abramowitz, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 1998), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/polarizedlight/compensation/).
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M. Davidson, M. Parry-Hill, and M. Abramowitz, Molecular Expressions: Polarized Light Microscopy - Compensation Accessory Plates and Wedges, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 1998), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/polarizedlight/compensation/>.
APA Format
Davidson, M., Parry-Hill, M., & Abramowitz, M. (2006, June 15). Molecular Expressions: Polarized Light Microscopy - Compensation Accessory Plates and Wedges. Retrieved December 11, 2017, from Olympus America, Inc.: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/polarizedlight/compensation/
Chicago Format
Davidson, M, M. Parry-Hill, and M. Abramowitz. Molecular Expressions: Polarized Light Microscopy - Compensation Accessory Plates and Wedges. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., June 15, 2006. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/polarizedlight/compensation/ (accessed 11 December 2017).
MLA Format
Davidson, Michael, Matthew J. Parry-Hill, and Mortimer Abramowitz. Molecular Expressions: Polarized Light Microscopy - Compensation Accessory Plates and Wedges. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 1998. 15 June 2006. 11 Dec. 2017 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/polarizedlight/compensation/>.
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@misc{ Author = "Michael Davidson and Matthew J. Parry-Hill and Mortimer Abramowitz", Title = {Molecular Expressions: Polarized Light Microscopy - Compensation Accessory Plates and Wedges}, Publisher = {Olympus America, Inc.}, Volume = {2017}, Number = {11 December 2017}, Month = {June 15, 2006}, Year = {1998} }
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Molecular Expressions: Polarized Light Microscopy - Compensation Accessory Plates and Wedges:

Is Part Of Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Polarized Light Microscopy

This is the full tutorial by the same authors on polarized light microscopy.  It includes tutorials on basic concepts, microscopy configurations, optical birefringence, historical perspectives, and links to more than a dozen related interactive Java simulations on the topic or polarization.

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