polarizing angle

noun Optics.

See under Brewster's law.

Nearby words

  1. polarization charge,
  2. polarize,
  3. polarized,
  4. polarized light,
  5. polarizer,
  6. polarizing filter,
  7. polarizing microscope,
  8. polarogram,
  9. polarograph,
  10. polarography

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.

Origin of Brewster's law

named after Sir David Brewster (1781–1868), Scottish physicist

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