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Homework Help: Help with polarization problem

  1. Nov 12, 2005 #1
    One problem in my hw assignment that I am having trouble with is:

    Take two ideal polarizers (the first with its axis vertical and the second, horizontal) and insert between them a stack of 10 half-wave plates, the first with its fast axis rotated pi/20 rad. from the vertical, and each subsequent one rotated pi/20 rad. from the previous one. Determine the ratio of intensity after the second polarizer to that after the first polarizer.

    Does anyone know how to solve this problem?
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  3. Nov 14, 2005 #2


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    What is the effect of a half-wave plate, at some angle, where the angle is with respect to the axes of the polarizer and half-wave plate?
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