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Birefringence

 

Some materials are birefringent and will show a wide range of colors and shapes in cross-polarized light. Some more explanation about birefringence can be found here. The majority of these photos have been taken with the microscope set-up at the bottom of the page.

 


Benzoic acid


Beta-alanine


Caffeine


Citric acid


Glucose


Glutamine


Hair


Ice


Leucine


Lysine


Menthol


Paracetamol


Plastic


Potato starch


Sand


Sodium acetate


Sodium nitrate


Sodium saccharin


Sucrose (common sugar)


Tartaric acid


Urea


Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

 

 

Set-up

 


Set-up

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