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Find the final percentage of light exiting the last polizer

  1. Dec 15, 2003 #1
    I was having some difficulty in solving problems, where they ask to find the final percentage of light exiting the last polizer, when three polirizers are placed on top of each other. With a certain angle between the first two polirizers and an angle between the first and the third polirizer.
    plz help me asap, thnx
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  3. Dec 15, 2003 #2


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    It is no different then when 2 are present compute the output of the first pair, then use that as the input of the third. You will see some seemly strange results. If you have 2 filters at 90 deg they will block all (most) light. If you insert a 3rd filter BETWEEN the first 2 at 45 (or just something other then 90deg) you will suddenly get output from the last filter.

    Sort of like the light gets twisted passing through the system.
  4. Dec 16, 2003 #3
    An excellent experiment regarding this phenomena can be carried out while waiting in line at any of the attractions at Universal Studios which require 3D glasses. Just stack 3 pairs on top of each other and start playing with the angles. It really kills the time.:smile:
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2003
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