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18.3 Polarization of light

A wave is called polarized, if the particles through which it passes, are restricted to vibrate along a particular line, in the plane that is perpendicular to the direction of the propagation of wave. It is obvious therefore, that only transverse waves can be polarized. The longitudinal waves cannot be polarized. (See figure 6(a), 6(b) ).

Figure 6 (a-1)

Figure 6 (a-2)

Figure 6 (b)

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18.1 Interference of light
18.2 Diffraction of Light
18.3 Polarization of light

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