Physical Properties of Crystals

Crystallography Reports

, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 823-831

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The influence of optical activity on the intensity and polarization parameters of transmitted light in crystals

  • A. F. KonstantinovaAffiliated withShubnikov Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • , K. A. RudoyAffiliated withFar Eastern State Transport University
  • , B. V. NabatovAffiliated withShubnikov Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • , E. A. EvdishchenkoAffiliated withShubnikov Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • , V. I. StroganovAffiliated withFar Eastern State Transport University
  • , O. Yu. Pikul’Affiliated withShubnikov Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences

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Abstract

The ellipticity and azimuth of light transmitted through an optically active plate and the intensity of this light transmitted through an analyzer are theoretically investigated as functions of the rotation angle of the plate. Relationships describing these parameters are considered. It is demonstrated that, depending on the angle of inclination of the plate, the optical activity can affect the characteristics of the transmitted light differently. A technique for determining the optical activity parameters is proposed from analyzing the relationships for the light intensity. The conoscopic figures of uniaxial and biaxial optically active crystals are described.