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polarizing angle

noun, Optics.
See under Brewster's law.
Origin of polarizing angle
First recorded in 1820-30

Brewster's law

noun, Optics.
the law that light will receive maximum polarization from a reflecting surface when it is incident to the surface at an angle (angle of polarization or polarizing angle) having a tangent equal to the index of refraction of the surface.
named after Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), Scottish physicist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It will be subsequently shown how this simple apparatus may be employed to determine the 'polarizing angle' of a liquid.

    Six Lectures on Light John Tyndall
  • This beautiful law is usually thus expressed: The index of refraction of any substance is the tangent of its polarizing angle.

    Six Lectures on Light John Tyndall
  • At the polarizing angle one beam only is capable of being thus reflected.

    Six Lectures on Light John Tyndall
  • The polarizing angle of the liquid may be thus found with the sharpest precision.

    Six Lectures on Light John Tyndall

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