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  1. Magnetic Rotary Polarization

    If a plane polarized beam of light is sent through a transparent medium in a magnetic field its plane of polarization is rotated, and this phenomenon is denoted as above. (Compare Refraction, Electric, and see Electro-magnetic Stress.) This has been made the basis of a method for measuring current. A field of force varies with the current; the polarization produced by such field is therefore proportional to the current. (Becquerel & Rayleigh.) A plane polarized beam of light passing through the transparent medium in the magnetic field by the retardation or acceleration of one of its circular components has its plane of polarization rotated as described. The direction of the lines of force and the nature of the medium determine the sense of the rotation; the amount depends upon the intensity of the field resolved in the direction of the ray, and on the thickness and nature of the medium.

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