Mars-Avril 2019European Way of Photonics
|Page(s)||44 - 45|
|Section||FOCUS: PHOTONIC TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGIES|
|Published online||01 May 2019|
The Fresnel triprism and the circular polarization of light
Departament de Física Aplicada, IN2UB, Universitat de Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
2 LPICM, CNRS, École polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau, France
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In 1822 Augustin Fresnel discovered the circular polarization of light with an experiment in which a plane polarized beam was resolved into its left- and right- circularly polarized components after refraction at slightly different angles at the interface between two different species of quartz that formed a composite prism, called the Fresnel triprism. Fresnel’s landmark experiment, once popular, remains today a very little known method for producing circularly polarized light.
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