Refraction of light through optical calcite

Refraction of light through optical calcite

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Caption: Double refraction. Double refraction (birefring- ence) through a block of transparent calcite on a box of crayons. Double refraction occurs when a ray of light is split into two rays on passing through a medium such as calcite. As a result, the box of crayons has multiple images under the calcite. The rock- forming mineral calcite consists almost entirely of calcium carbonate. It is the main constituent of limestone and marble.

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Keywords: birefringence pattern, box, calcit, calcite, calcium carbonate, crayons, double, double refraction, light, mineral, optics, physics, refraction, type

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