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  8  Polarisation filter LD
1 46830  8  Light filter, yellow LD
1 57862  8  Solar cell, STE 2/19 LD
1 46021  8  Holder for plug-in elements LD
1 531183  4  Digital multimeter 3340 LD
1 44153  8  Screen, translucent LD
1 460310  8  Optical bench, S1 profile, 1 m LD
2 460311  8  Clamp rider with clamp 45/65 LD
5 460312  8  Clamp rider with clamp 45/35 LD
1 450641 Halogen lamp, 12 V, 50/100W LD
1 45063  4  Halogen bulb, 12 V/100 W, G6.35 LD
1 45066  4  Picture slider LD
1 726890  4  DC-High Current Power Supply 32/20 LD
2 50146  4  Connecting leads 19 A, 100 cm, red/blue, pair LD

Experiment Instructions

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