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Unformatted text preview: nature of the object. A basic polariscope consists of, in order of arrangement, a light source, some polarizer, an object to be scrutinized, followed by another polarizer. So, in order to construct a functional one for a class to use, we needed to find these basic materials. This design is the simplest, most cost-effective option. Other polariscopes using circular and elliptical polarizations would allow the use of reflective (not transparent) birefringent materials. This could enable the use of something very versatile as a birefringent, like spray so would be more versatile in that respect. This would also require a device for circularly polarizing light which would be costly and time consuming to make. For these reasons, the more simple, linearly polarized design seems most workable for class purposes....
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