double refraction

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splitting a ray into two parallel rays polarized perpendicularly

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A waveplate is a transparent slab that can alter the polarization of light because it is birefringent-exhibits double refraction.
These patchy diptychs rather seminarishly conjure Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Munter's Hinterglastnalerei, Blue Rider works painted behind glass in the manner of Bavarian peasant exvotos, folkloric saints enlivened by the double refraction of the paint itself when seen through a glass surface.
The laser welding beam is deflected to the right position due the double refraction.
has a significant new capability--prediction of birefringence, or double refraction, which causes optical defects in lenses.
9) As Brewster notes, Huygen's explanation of double refraction is more elegant than Newton's.
The double refraction occurs when a ray of light enters the crystal and, due to calcite's unique optical properties, the ray is split into fast and slow beams.