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Homework Help: Easy Perpendicularly-Oriented Polarizers

  1. May 3, 2010 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Explain what happens when two polarizers are oriented perpendicular to one another.

    2. Relevant equations
    (None Known)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Well... I would imagine that absolutely no light would get through because all of it would be blocked. The question is not very specific about exactly what it wants to know. Do you guys think that this is correct, or do you have any clarifications/ways to get more specific (or I could be wrong altogether, I suppose)?
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  3. May 4, 2010 #2


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    I think you should say something about the working principle of polarizers. What happens if an unpolarized light beam crosses one polarizer?

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