Quarter-wavelength and half-wavelength plate

Quarter-wavelength and half-wavelength plate
Quarter-wavelength and half-wavelength plate

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The experiment P5.4.2.2 investigates the properties of λ/4 and λ/2 plates and explains these in terms of their birefringence; it further demonstrates that the names for these plates refer to the path difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary rays through the plates.

Components of equipment sets

2 472601  8  Quarter-wavelength plate, 140 nm LD
1 47259  8  Half-wavelength plate LD
2 472401  4  Polarisation filter LD
1 46882 Interference filter 580 nm, 50 x 50 mm² LD
1 57862  4  Solar cell, STE 2/19 LD
1 46021  4  Holder for plug-in elements LD
1 531183  8  Digital multimeter 3340 LD
1 44153  8  Screen, translucent LD
1 460310  8  Optical bench, S1 profile, 1 m LD
2 460311  4  Clamp rider with clamp 45/65 LD
5 460312  4  Clamp rider with clamp 45/35 LD
1 450641  8  Halogen lamp 12 V, 50/100W LD
1 45063  4  Halogen bulb 12 V/100 W, G6.35 LD
1 45066  8  Picture slider LD
1 726890  8  DC power supply unit 1...32 V/0...20 A LD
1 50098  8  Safety adapter sockets, black, set of 6 LD
1 500621  4  Safety experiment cable, 50 cm, red LD
1 500622  4  Safety experiment cable, 50 cm, blue LD
2 500624  4  Safety experiment cable, 50 cm, black LD

Experiment Instructions

PDF (Experiment description) PDF (Experiment description) P5.4.2.2 Quarter-wavelength and half-wavelength plate
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