Rochon prism, Wollaston prism(noun)
optical device that produces plane-polarized ultraviolet light
An optical device that separates randomly polarized or unpolarized light into two orthogonal linearly polarized outgoing beams.
Origin: After its inventor, .
A Wollaston prism is an optical device, invented by William Hyde Wollaston, that manipulates polarized light. It separates randomly polarized or unpolarized light into two orthogonal linearly polarized outgoing beams. The Wollaston prism consists of two orthogonal calcite prisms, cemented together on their base to form two right triangle prisms with perpendicular optic axes. Outgoing light beams diverge from the prism, giving two polarized rays, with the angle of divergence determined by the prisms' wedge angle and the wavelength of the light. Commercial prisms are available with divergence angles from 15° to about 45°.
The numerical value of wollaston prism in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of wollaston prism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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