Og-3 Interference colours in Mica (Polarisation)
Published: Wednesday 15 March 2006 - Updated: Monday 28 March 2011
To demonstrate interference colours in mica sheet.
- Overhead projector
- Mica sheet
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Mica is birefringent. The cleavage planes are such that an incident wave is split into two waves polarised vertically to each other. On emergence from the crystal the waves display a phase difference dependent on the thickness of the plate and the wavelength. These two phase displaced waves interfere with each other to produce the interference colours displayed.