Optical Phenomena Glossary for Optical Phenomena Transmission axis - The transmission axis of a polarizer is the axis such that light with its electric field oriented parallel to this axis will be transmitted. If the light is not already linearly polarized parallel to the transmission axis, only that component of the light parallel to the axis will pass through the polarizer unhindered. Polarizer - Any substance or device which transmits light preferentially according to its polarization. In other words, a substance whose input is natural light and output is polarized light. Polarizers can be linear, circular or partial depending on the type and extent of polarization they produce. Analyzer - Any polarizer used as a tool to determine the polarization of light. For example, if one polarizer is placed behind another in order to determine the transmission axis of the first polarizer, the second polarizer is called an analyzer. Dichroic
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