8.03SC | Fall 2016 | Undergraduate
Physics III: Vibrations and Waves
Part III: Optics

Lecture 17: Polarization, Polarizer

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Lecture Topics

  • Polarizer
  • Linearly polarized waves
  • Circularly polarized wave
  • Elliptically polarized waves
  • Unpolarized light

Lecture Video: Polarization, Polarizer

Prof. Lee discusses the concept of linearly, circularly and elliptical polarized waves. He focuses on the mathematical description of polarized waves. He also shows the way to produce polarized light using a polarizer in class.

Lecture Notes

Typed Notes for Lecture 17 (PDF - 1.2MB)

Handwritten Notes for Lecture 17 (PDF - 2MB)

Textbook Reading

Chapter 11: Two and Three Dimensions (PDF - 1.8MB) 

Chapter 12: Polarization (PDF - 1.4MB) (through section 12.3) 

In-class Demonstrations

Total Internal Reflection
Fiber Optic Bundle
Polarization of Microwaves

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Course Info
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Fall 2016
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