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The Polarization Paradox

A demonstration of some surprising properties of polarized light.

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The Polarization Paradox. A demonstration of some surprising properties of polarized light.
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Hits: 7316 | Favorites: 4 | Emailed: 1 | Rating: 2.7 | Category: Science | Date: 06/09/2012
 
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MrAtari
Male, 30-39, Europe
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Monday, June 11, 2012 2:42:19 AM
wow, I actually learned something on I-A-B :)

piperfawn
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 3898 Posts
Saturday, June 9, 2012 5:33:16 PM
MacGuffin i love you.


5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
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Saturday, June 9, 2012 5:15:47 PM
@MacGuffin, did you submit this ages ago? I recall seeing it in the Live Subs or something.

Anyhow, the explaination is simple, if counter-intuative.
The "filter" doesn't block all the light, but most of it, and the rest is "oriented" a certain way. The second filter blocks those oriented that way.
BUT when you put a 3rd filter in the middle, the orientation is changed! Now the 2rd (closest to the camera) filter lets most of the light pass through it!

Elementary!

8BitHero
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Saturday, June 9, 2012 4:58:23 PM
Interesting :)

nayrbarr
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Saturday, June 9, 2012 2:18:56 PM
It's a fairly interesting set of facts, but the presentation (ie, his voice) was awful.

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