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Abstract Title: Characterization of a Dichroic Sheet Polarizer
Abstract: Students are typically exposed to polarization phenomena, including the action of ideal linear polarizers, during the introductory course in electromagnetism. Students begin to learn about the behavior of real polarization optics during the intermediate course in optics.  At Eastern Michigan University, our intermediate optics course includes a laboratory that meets weekly for three hours.  One of these laboratory meetings is devoted to characterizing a dichroic sheet polarizer through the use of a visible diode laser beam and measurements of the orientation dependence of the beam intensity transmitted by a single polarizer and by two polarizers.  Students combine these measurements with a simple computational model of the transmitted intensity to characterize the dichroic sheet polarizer and gain an appreciation of the observable behavior of real polarization optics.
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Primary Contact: Ernest R. Behringer
Eastern Michigan University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 734-487-8799
Fax: 734-487-0989