The rotation of the plane of polarization of plane polarized light as it passes through a chiral medium
Optical rotation is the turning of the plane of linearly polarized light about the direction of motion as the light travels through certain materials. It occurs in solutions of chiral molecules such as sucrose, solids with rotated crystal planes such as quartz, and spin-polarized gases of atoms or molecules. It is used in the sugar industry to measure syrup concentration, in optics to manipulate polarization, in chemistry to characterize substances in solution, and in optical mineralogy to help identify certain minerals in thin sections. It is being developed as a method to measure blood sugar concentration in diabetic people.
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The rotation of linearly polarized light as it passes through various media.
The numerical value of optical rotation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of optical rotation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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