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noun Optics.

the separation of a ray of light into two unequally refracted, plane-polarized rays of orthogonal polarizations, occurring in crystals in which the velocity of light rays is not the same in all directions.

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Also called birefringence.

Origin of double refraction

First recorded in 1870–75
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double refraction

noun

the splitting of a ray of unpolarized light into two unequally refracted rays polarized in mutually perpendicular planesAlso called: birefringence
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