birefringence definition

  • noun:
    • The quality or splitting of a light wave into two unequally reflected or sent waves by an optically anisotropic method including calcite or quartz. Also called two fold refraction.
    • the splitting of a ray of light into two parallel rays of perpendicular polarization by-passage through an optically anisotropic method
    • dual refraction.
    • the potency of the double refraction, that's, the difference between the 2 indices of refraction for a uniaxial crystal and that between your optimum and minimal indices for a biaxial crystal. See refraction, 1.
    • splitting a ray into two synchronous rays polarized perpendicularly

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