Nicol Prism


A Nicol prism that converts ordinary light into plane polarized light. William Nicol (1770–1851), a geologist and physicist in Edinburgh, invented the form in 1828.

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.329179Catalog Number: 329179Accession Number: 290307

Object Name: nicol prism

Measurements: overall: 3/8 in x 1 in x 3/8 in; .9525 cm x 2.54 cm x .9525 cm


Record Id: nmah_1814342

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