|Title||Paper, 'On the polarisation of light by reflection from the surface of a crystal of Iceland spar' by John Conroy|
|Description||Conroy writes: 'In the year 1819 Sir David Brewster communicated to the Royal Society (“Phil. Trans.,” 1819, p. 145) an account of some experiments he had made on the polarisation of light by reflection from the surface of double refracting substances, and showed that Malus’ statement with regard to Iceland spar was incorrect. Malus said that Iceland spar behaves towards the light it reflects like a common transparent body, and that its polarising angle is about 56° 30', and that whatever be the angle comprehended between the plane of incidence and the principal section of the crystal, the ray reflected by the first surface is always polarised in the same manner (“Théorie de la Double Refraction,” pp. 240, 241).'|
Annotations in pencil and ink throughout.
Subject: Optics / Crystallography
Received 21 December 1885 / 27 January 1886. Read 4 February 1886. Communicated by George Gabriel Stokes.
A version of this paper was published in volume 40 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On the polarisation of light by reflection from the surface of a crystal of Iceland spar'.
|Physical description||Ink and graphite pencil on paper|
|Digital images||View item on Science in the Making|
|Related material||DOI: 10.1098/rstl.1819.0013|
Fellows associated with this archive
|NA8180||Conroy; Sir; John (1845 - 1900)||1845 - 1900|
|NA8283||Stokes; Sir; George Gabriel (1819 - 1903)||1819 - 1903|
|NA7450||Brewster; Sir; David (1781 - 1868); natural philosopher||1781 - 1868|