from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See birefringence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. See Refraction.
- n. the refraction of light in two directions, which produces two distinct images. The power of double refraction is possessed by all crystals except those of the isometric system. A uniaxial crystal is said to be optically positive (like quartz), or optically negative (like calcite), or to have positive, or negative, double refraction, according as the optic axis is the axis of least or greatest elasticity for light; a biaxial crystal is similarly designated when the same relation holds for the acute bisectrix.
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- n. splitting a ray into two parallel rays polarized perpendicularly
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