Unpolarized light of intensity I0 = 950 W/m2 is incident upon two polarizers. The first has its polarizing axis vertical, and the axis of th

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Unpolarized light of intensity I0 = 950 W/m2 is incident upon two polarizers. The first has its polarizing axis vertical, and the axis of the second is rotated θ = 65° from the vertical.

Required:
a. What is the intensity of the light after it passes through the first polarizer in W/m2?
b. What is the intensity of the light after it passes through the second polarizer in W/m2?

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1 year 2021-08-15T01:00:21+00:00 1 Answers 32 views 0

Intensity of the light (first polarizer) (I₁) = 425 W/m²

Intensity of the light (second polarizer) (I₂) = 75.905 W/m²

Explanation:

Given:

Unpolarized light of intensity (I₀) = 950 W/m²

θ = 65°

Find:

a. Intensity of the light (first polarizer)

b. Intensity of the light (second polarizer)

Computation:

a. Intensity of the light (first polarizer)

Intensity of the light (first polarizer) (I₁) = I₀ / 2

Intensity of the light (first polarizer) (I₁) = 950 / 2

Intensity of the light (first polarizer) (I₁) = 425 W/m²

b. Intensity of the light (second polarizer)

Intensity of the light (second polarizer) (I₂) = (I₁)cos²θ

Intensity of the light (second polarizer) (I₂) = (425)(0.1786)

Intensity of the light (second polarizer) (I₂) = 75.905 W/m²