Photoelastic stress (1 of 3)

Photoelastic stress (1 of 3)

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Caption: Photoelastic stress, Photo 1 of 3. Photoelastic stress in a plastic protractor is observed by placing it between co-aligned (Photo 2) and crossed (Photo 3) linear polarizers. Built-in stress causes optical birefringence which is revealed as colored bands when illuminated by white light. Also shown (Photo 1) is the same protractor in un-polarized light. Photo 1 of 3.

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Keywords: aligned, birefringence, crossed, demonstration, education, educational, effect, geometry, light, math, mathematics, optical, optics, phenomenon, photoelastic, photoelasticity, physics, plastic, polarization, polarizer, polarizing, protractor, scientific, still life, stress

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