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Waves and Optics

  1. Jan 18, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    An unpolarised light beam is shone horizontally through a cubic tank filled
    with weakly scattering fluid. Can vertically polarized light leave through the sides that are parallel to the beam’s propagation direction?

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    My thinking is that they can. If the fluid is weakly scattering the chances are that a small amount of light would be able to leave through the top sides and that this would have vertically polarised light. Any ideas on how to approach this problem?
     
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  3. Jan 18, 2016 #2

    haruspex

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    If the light is scattered straight up through the top then I don't see how it could be vertically polarised. But if you change it to scattering horizontally through the sides I would agree. Mind you, I'm no expert on this topic.
     
  4. Jan 18, 2016 #3

    Suraj M

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    The last image on this page -http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/phyopt/polar.html
    Wouldn't that mean it is possible?
     
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