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depolarization


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Depolarization  \De*po`lar*i*za"tion\,  n.  [Cf.  F. 
  d['e]polarisation.] 
  The  act  of  depriving  of  polarity,  or  the  result  of  such 
  action  reduction  to  an  unpolarized  condition. 
 
  {Depolarization  of  light}  (Opt.),  a  change  in  the  plane  of 
  polarization  of  rays,  especially  by  a  crystalline  medium, 
  such  that  the  light  which  had  been  extinguished  by  the 
  analyzer  reappears  as  if  the  polarization  had  been 
  anulled.  The  word  is  inappropriate,  as  the  ray  does  not 
  return  to  the  unpolarized  condition. 




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