An On-Site Course; Available in 1 and 1.5 day formats

Recent Participant Comments:

This course, presented by Dr. R. A. Fisher, will cover beginning and intermediate topics in polarized light. Emphasis will be placed upon simple, clear explanations, taking examples from everyday experiences. The presentations will utilize numerous demonstrations, including "hands-on" activities. The course will be equally suitable for photographic enthusiasts, technical personnel, managers, and technicians.  Each attendee will receive two linear polarizers, a circular polarizer, a quarter-wave plate, and a half-wave plate.

Considerable material will be appropriate for those who wish to become familiar with the fundamentals. Attendees will learn to appreciate  a light beam's "polarization degree of freedom," and attendees will learn how to use various polarization-modifying elements (linear polarizers, half-wave plates, Faraday rotators, etc.) to convert the beam's state of polarization from one form to another.  There will be a strong emphasis on assuring that each participant retains a well-founded visualization of each concept, and the reliance upon mathematics will be kept to a minimum.

Discussions will include:

Each idea is explained in clear and simple terms with an emphasis on underlying physical principles and without a reliance upon mathematics. Pertinent references and review material are identified. The course notes contain copies of each vuegraph used during the day so that participants can spend a maximum amount of time listening and understanding.

Each participant will receive a course notebook showing each vuegraph used during the day.

This course will enable you to:

Intended Audience
Scientists, engineers, technicians, photographic enthusiasts, and managers who need a fundamental understanding of polarized light.

Continuing Education Units (CEU's) available upon request.

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