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Seeking Advice on Optics Experiments

  1. May 18, 2009 #1

    I've been wanting to do a number of home lab experiments on optics and sound, using things like prisms, lenses, sunlight, mirrors, lasers, tonoscopes, and so forth, and more recently with glass or crystal rods.

    I was hoping for advice on where to find a reasonably priced supplier for items of this nature, particularly glass or crystal rods, and was also wondering which is better - a glass rod or a quartz rod for conducting and bending light, or would the two have radically different optical properties? This is really silly, but I was using a transparent plastic rod to prop open a text book while taking notes and noticed it acted as a very clear magnifying glass, but unlike a regular hand held magnifying glass, the rod magnified a strip instead of a point, a strip, such as a sentence. I never thought of light being focused along one dimension.

    this is the first dealer I found but I'm not even sure what to ask for.
    http://www.ecplaza.net/trademall/37427/quartz_rod.html [Broken]
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