Student Manual

Brewster's angle is the angle of incidence at which p polarized light is perfectly transmitted through a transparent dielectric surface such as glass, without any reflection. In this experiment, you will find Brewster's angle by measuring the reflectance of a glass slide for p polarized light. You will also measure the reflectance for s polarized light and light polarized at 45° with respect to the incidence plane. Furthermore, the Brewster angle will be used to calculate the refractive index of glass.

Software CodeSimulating the reflectance.
Sample ResultsAngle vs Reflectance
s polarized
p polarized
Fresnel coefficients
Angle vs. Reflectance
45 polarized
Experiment Code3.1
VersionVersion 3; August 1, 2018

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