Polarization Apparatus


Brewster's Angle, named for the Scottish physicist, David Brewster, is the angle of incidence at which light with a particular polarization is perfectly transmitted through a transparent surface. This device determines Brewster's angle for different subtances. The U.S. Military Academy purchased it in 1829, probably from Lerebours in Paris.

Date Made: around 1830

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: France: Île-de-France, Département de Ville-de-Paris

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Credit Line: United States Military Academy

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.315427Catalog Number: 315427Accession Number: 217544

Object Name: polarization apparatus

Measurements: overall: 26 cm x 16.5 cm; 10 1/4 in x 6 1/2 inoverall: 10 3/8 in x 8 1/8 in x 6 9/16 in; 26.3525 cm x 20.6375 cm x 16.66875 cm

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Record Id: nmah_1184252

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