Polarization of light

It is known that light is a transverse electromagnetic wave. Electromagnetic waves are the vectors of the electric (E) and magnetic (H) fields. The vector of the electric field is also called light. It determines the amount of energy carried in space. The light intensity depends on the module of this vector.

Each of them oscillates in planes perpendicular to the propagation vector of the wave. If these vibrations are in all directions (perpendicular to the planes remains the same), the light is called unpolarized or natural. Such light waves are emitted by the Sun and all earthly sources.

Polarized light occurs during the passage of a wave of certain substances. Light vector starts to oscillate only in one plane, which is perpendicular to the plane of the oscillations of the magnetic vector and the direction vector distribution. Such light is called linearly or pleapositive. To human eyes he is no different from the natural, but by using it you can observe an interesting phenomenon.

Law Of Malus

To ploskopolyarizovanny light with the help of the tourmaline crystal. In 1809, the French engineer E. Malus discovered an interesting property of such light. In his experiments he used two plates made of tourmaline. He placed the light source and the two plates on the optical bench.

A Brewster plate was placed so that it was possible to change the angle between them (it is formed by their planes of polarization). The plate is located closer to the source, is called the polarizer, while the one on the analyzer. These names are conditional, since the records do not have qualitative differences.

By changing the angle the intensity of light transmitted through the analyzer is changed. If the plane of polarization is perpendicular to, she was equal to zero. Each plate "cut out" certain plane of oscillation of the light vector, which has varied the intensity of the light wave.

After careful analysis of the results obtained was formula connecting the intensity ploskorelefnaja light transmitted through the analyzer, the intensity of natural light. It looks like this: I=0.5*I0*(Sof)^2, where I is the intensity of natural light, I0 - intensity of light passing the analyzer, f is the angle between the planes of polarization of the tourmaline plates.