Polarization Microscopy

Masud Mansuripur

The state of polarization of a given beam of light is modified upon reflection from (or transmission through) an object. The resulting change of the polarization state conveys information about the structure and certain physical properties of the illuminated region. Polarization microscopy is a variant of conventional optical microscopy that enables one to monitor these changes over a small area of a specimen. Such observations then allow the user to identify and analyze the specimen's structural and other physical features.

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Polarization Microscopy

Masud Mansuripur

The state of polarization of a given beam of light is modified upon reflection from (or transmission through) an object. The resulting change of the polarization state conveys information about the structure and certain physical properties of the illuminated region. Polarization microscopy is a variant of conventional optical microscopy that enables one to monitor these changes over a small area of a specimen. Such observations then allow the user to identify and analyze the specimen's structural and other physical features.

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Publish Date: 01 November 1998


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