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Malus' law

[ muh-loos; French ma-lys ]
/ məˈlus; French maˈlüs /
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noun Optics.

the law stating that the intensity of a beam of plane-polarized light after passing through a rotatable polarizer varies as the square of the cosine of the angle through which the polarizer is rotated from the position that gives maximum intensity.

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Also called law of Malus, Malus cosine-squared law [koh-sahyn -skwaird]. /ˈkoʊ saɪn ˌskwɛərd/.

Origin of Malus' law

Named after E. L. Malus (1775–1812), French physicist
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