what is nicole prism ?

Asked by Sumit Joshi | 2nd Jun, 2013, 11:15: AM

Expert Answer:

Nicol prism is a type of polarizer, an optical device used to produce a polarized beam of light from an unpolarized beam. It is made in such a way that it eliminates one of the rays by Total Internal Reflection i.e, the O-ray is eliminated and only the E-ray is transmitted through the prism.

The Nicol prism is made up from two prisms of calcitecemented with Canada balsam . Theordinary ray can be caused to totally reflect off the prism boundary, leaving only the extraordinary ray.

Answered by  | 3rd Jun, 2013, 05:46: PM

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