[ by Charles Cameron — actually the exam is daily, ongoing — and we’re not scoring very high marks ]
Unpolarized light vibrates in any planes:
A light wave that is vibrating in more than one plane is referred to as unpolarized light. Light emitted by the sun, by a lamp in the classroom, or by a candle flame is unpolarized light. Such light waves are created by electric charges that vibrate in a variety of directions, thus creating an electromagnetic wave that vibrates in a variety of directions. This concept of unpolarized light is rather difficult to visualize. In general, it is helpful to picture unpolarized light as a wave that has an average of half its vibrations in a horizontal plane and half of its vibrations in a vertical plane.
Polarized light vibrates in only one plane:
It is possible to transform unpolarized light into polarized light. Polarized light waves are light waves in which the vibrations occur in a single plane. The process of transforming unpolarized light into polarized light is known as polarization.
The most common method of polarization involves the use of a Polaroid filter. Polaroid filters are made of a special material that is capable of blocking one of the two planes of vibration of an electromagnetic wave. .. In this sense, a Polaroid serves as a device that filters out one-half of the vibrations upon transmission of the light through the filter. When unpolarized light is transmitted through a Polaroid filter, it emerges with one-half the intensity and with vibrations in a single plane; it emerges as polarized light.
This works either way — so to speak, either vertically, or horizontally — though not, by definition, both at once. Ohh, and there’s paradox involved:
Read the whole lesson at The Physics Classroom: Polarization — and memorize, remember?
Ali Soufan notices polarization in our political sphere wrt events we label or do not label terrorist:
Tim Furnish sees this polarization as avoiding mention of Islamic influence when it is clearly present:
And then there’s this:
Sebastian Gorka told MSNBC
Gorka in full:
Sometimes an attack is unequivocally clear for what it is. When somebody shouts ALlahu Akbar as they’re stabbing a police officer, it’s pretty clear it’s not a case of the mafia robbing a bank, wouldn’t you say so?
Vox is oppositely polarized to Gorka et alii:
As, indeed, am I.
Incientally, all you special ops types with cool shades:
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Polarization has a wealth of other applications besides their use in glare-reducing sunglasses.
Like — in USian politics?
Okay, time for the test. Sample question:
A. Referring to the above question, the glare is the result of a large concentration of light aligned parallel to the water surface. To block such plane-polarized light, a filter with a vertically aligned polarization axis must be used.