Faraday effect and birefringence-I

Ramaseshan, S. (1951) Faraday effect and birefringence-I Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Section A, 34 (1). pp. 32-40. ISSN 0370-0089

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Approximate formulæ correlating the decrease in Faraday rotation with birefringence have been derived and these have been verified by experiments on strained glasses and plastics. It is found that for small values of birefringence, the decrease in the Faraday rotation is proportional to the square of the total birefringence. For values of the birefringence of λ/30, the decrease in the rotation is less than 1%. The Verdet constant in birefringent solids can be accurately determined provided sufficiently thin specimens are taken such that the total birefringence is small. Finally it is shown that the decrease in the Faraday rotation can itself be used as an accurate measure of the birefringence in strained solids.

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