birefringence

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See also: biréfringence

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bi- +‎ refringence

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  • IPA(key): /baɪɹɪˈfɹɪndʒəns/

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Photograph of a birefringent calcite crystal on a squared paper.
Birefringence property of a calcite crystal.

birefringence (countable and uncountable, plural birefringences)

  1. (physics) The splitting of a ray of light into two parallel rays of perpendicular polarization by passage through an optically anisotropic medium.

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